Well gang, week 1 is in the books. And though I didn’t have Ryan Moore on the radar, I did wisely advice to play Sergio, but “not bet on him to actually win.” His T2 paid off nicely, and gave me hope going into GolfMatch’s first season covering fantasy golf. But enough with last week – let’s get to this week.

Two continents. Two tournaments. Bunch of picks.

How it works:

  • My Guy: If I’m picking in a one-golfer league, and had to just pick one…he’s the guy.
  • Stripes: “Man, I was striping it today” as the big guy likes to say. Call these guys my “favorites” each week.
  • Wildcard: All in the name. Not necessarily a big name or a front-runner, but someone to consider fielding.
  • Shanks: I hate to even say this word, especially on a golf course, but these are guys that may be getting some love around the ‘interwebs’ - but I’m not buying it. Pass on ‘em.

Sanderson Farms Championship

My Guy: 

  • 7 out of his last 8 rounds were carded in the 60’s. A MC, top 10, and top 20 on the year. Why not throw a win in there for Scott Piercy. He lost strokes putting in 2 of 3 starts this year, so if he can find a rhythm on the greens, I think he could put himself out front.

Stripes:

  • Coming off a “bye” week, no travel, after a confidence boosting first win and T17 in his last two starts. Over 80% GIR in last two starts, and over 70% driving accuracy. In a weaker field, I’ll take high GIR% all day. If he can putt near where he did at Shriners (1.64 strokes gained), Ben Martin may be this year’s ‘Jimmy Walker’ and take full advantage of the new wrap around season with a second win.
  • He gained nearly 2 strokes putting two weeks ago at the McGladrey. Somewhat unfair to call out that he leads the TOUR in strokes-gained-putting since he only played one tournament, but…he does. If he keeps it up, look for Fabian Gomez in contention on the weekend.
  • Maybe I’m front-running with this pick. But he passed on travelling after a win at the McGladrey, ranks 2nd in All-Around ranking, and 2nd in Final Round Scoring Average. Can you keep him off your team this week? I’m not sure he’ll win back-to-back tournaments, but I think Robert Streb will at least give himself a chance to do just that on Sunday.

Wildcard:

  • Not a great finish in his last start, but two top 20’s in his first two starts of the new season. The Scotsman, Martin Laird, should be able to navigate the field nicely this week.

Shank:

  • May be stating the obvious here, but let’s not bet on the “defending” champion Woody Austin this week. For one, this is a new course, for two, three, and four, he made less than 50% of cuts in 2013-2014 season (10 for 22), with 1 top 25 (in a field of only 30), and he’s 0 for 1 so far in 2014-2015.

WGC: HSBC Champions

My Guy: 

  • Always solid tee to green and always a threat. Showed that he’s still in good form with a solid week at the Volvo World Match Play (Runner-up). I think it’s about time for a W for Henrik Stenson.

Stripes:

  • In solid form going into and throughout the Ryder Cup. Showing no signs of slowing after Gleneagles with a top 5 last week. Justin Rose also posted a top 5 here last year. What’s not to like?
  • Ryder Cup hero with an instantly legendary shot - Jamie Donaldson has been riding the confidence and carded a top 5 last week at BMW Masters. Enjoyed a top 10 here last year in Shanghai.
  • Just can’t leave Rickie Fowler off the team this week. New swing and all, Rickie is looking to build upon last year’s swing changes to start winning some tournaments.

Wildcard:

  • In a field this deep it’s hard to find a true wildcard. But when he gets hot, he can out-birdy any field. Four rounds in the 60’s in his only other TOUR event in the young season, including a 63. So if you’re looking for someone that not everyone is taking, bet on Russell Henley to make some money.

Shank:

  • Finished solo second here last year, but only bright spot in past few months was a few clutch shots at the Ryder Cup. His role in the Ted Bishop debacle hasn’t helped his form of late, so I’d pass on Ian Poulter.

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