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Playing the Tips

Our Picks: CPI at Colonial

by Mike Glasscott
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:09 pm ET



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Each week this will be the one-stop resource to soak in all the picks from our group of fantasy staffers from Rotoworld.com. We’ll have all of our selections from the GolfChannel.com, Yahoo! Fantasy Golf plus my new expanded feature on my weekly selection for One-and-Done players.



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Glass ($12,539,696; Rank: 900)



I moved up EXACTLY one spot from 901 to 900. My plan of Gary Woodland having a better week than Marc Leishman did not come to fruition and I lost almost $200K on not playing the COD-LOCK-HORSE-FOR-COURSE. I don’t want to remind myself that Woodland began the final round ONE shot off the lead either. Jordan Spieth told us after round four how this course does NOT fit his eye but he’s hitting it great. Justin Hicks MC and Robert Allenby closed with 67 to finish T39. Sigh.  


Group 1: Zach Johnson

Group 2: Ryan Palmer

Group 3: John Huh

Group 4: Kevin Kisner



ANALYSIS: Zach Johnson is the horse-for-course here and Ryan Palmer is a member so we’re taking our chances on experience. John Huh has been incredible in two starts on this track and comes in with his form rounding into shape. My “dark horse” last week finished T16 so he takes over in Group 4. How can a guy from Georgia be on TOUR and not have a win? #GOKISGO




Rob Bolton ($10,253,705; Rank: 5,680)


Group 1: Zach Johnson

Group 2: Paul Casey

Group 3: John Huh

Group 4: Justin Hicks


ANALYSIS: Marc Leishman saved the day with T3 last week for Rob as Keegan Bradley continued his uneven play and his two, young, long shots didn’t fire. This week, he goes RIGHT BACK to Justin Hicks after watching me bust him last week. He HAD made eight cuts in a row up until that point! We’re both on Johnson and Huh so let’s have it!



Ryan O’Sullivan ($13,059,958; Rank: 524)



Group 1: Matt Kuchar

Group 2: Paul Casey

Group 3: Russell Knox

Group 4: Kevin Kisner


ANALYSIS: O took the safest option in Group 1 and he’s done it again this week with Kuchar. Along with Rob, the Casey confluence is in play this week with ball-striker Russell Knox. We’re ALL on Kisner this week. YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS!



Ned Brown ($13,991,991; Rank: 205)



Group 1: Zach Johnson

Group 2: Ryan Palmer

Group 3: John Huh

Group 4: Kevin Kisner


ANALYSIS: With Kaymer and Keegan failing to bounce, Ned still kept his lead as none of us had Todd or Weir for the big money. This week, Ned and I share all four selections. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG??? Go, Ned, Go!!!



Game 2


European Tour BMW Championship at Wentworth




Group 1: Luke Donald

Group 2: Lee Westwood

Group 3: Shane Lowry

Group 4: Thomas Pieters





Group 1: Luke Donald

Group 2: Francesco Molinari

Group 3: Retief Goosen

Group 4: Richard Green





Group 1: Luke Donald

Group 2: Lee Westwood

Group 3: Marc Warren

Group 4: Eduardo Molinari





Group 1: Luke Donald

Group 2: Lee Westwood

Group 3: Anders Hansen

Group 4: Richard Green




Yahoo! Fantasy Golf


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“Pure Spin”


HPBNC Points: 177

Spring Segment Points: 1,035

Spring Ranking: 6,517

Season Points: 2,963

Season Ranking: 4,042



Group A


Matt Kuchar: I only have two starts left on Kuchar, but he continued his hot play last week with a T7 at the HP Byron Nelson, which is a course he doesn't have a strong history at. His history here is good with two top 10s in seven career starts, including a second place last year.


Adam Scott: He didn't play last week, but due to the way the Official World Golf Rankings work, he slipped into the world number one slot. One of the reasons why he has moved up in the rankings is that he has been a top 10 machine since the tail end of last year. His history at Colonial is very light with two starts and a best finish of T64 in '09, so he is all about trying to capitalize on his current form.




Marc Leishman, Rickie Fowler, Rory Sabbatini



Group B


Zach Johnson:  I'm down to three starts on Zach Johnson, but there are two must use stops left on this TOUR to use him. The first is here and the next will be just before the British Open at the John Deere Classic. His recent record at Colonial is nothing short of outstanding with five straight top 10 finishes, including championships in '10 and '12.


Jim Furyk: He is red hot in his last three stops on the TOUR with a T7 at the Heritage and solo second places at the Wells Fargo and THE PLAYERS Championship. His record at Colonial is very good with 7 top 10s in 18 career starts. In an OAD game, I think Zach Johnson and Furyk are equally strong starts this week.


Jordan Spieth: He had a bit of a letdown last week at the Byron Nelson, but it wasn't surprising in light of his history at that course. I'm looking for his to get back on track this week at Colonial, where last year he tied for seventh place.


Graeme DeLaet: I think this spot is a real tossup between Dustin Johnson and Graham DeLaet. Both looked great last week and tied for seventh place at the Byron Nelson, but I am starting to run low on starts on Johnson, so DeLaet will get the nod this week.




Dustin Johnson, Bill Haas, Chris Kirk, Jason Dufner



Group C


Ryan Palmer: He played well last week in the first two rounds and despite a lackluster weekend he still finished in a tie for 22nd place. He now moves to Colonial, where he is a member, and his recent form here has been pretty good with a T5 in '12 and a T14 last year.


Paul Casey: There are a lot of ways to go in Group C with this pick, but I'm going to go with Paul Casey. The former world number three player is starting to round into form with a T18 at the RCB Heritage, a T11 at the Zurich and a T16 at the Byron Nelson. He has only two starts at Colonial, but they were good ones, with a fifth place in '09 and a T13 in '10.




Boo Weekley, Jimmy Walker, Charley Hoffman




Ryan O’Sullivan (O)


The Golf Aficionado”


HPBNC Points: 166

Spring Segment Points: 1,172

Spring Ranking: 20 (this is not a typo)

Season Points: 3,206 (this is also not a typo)

Season Ranking: 19 (this is also correct and not operator error)



Group A


Daniel Summerhays

Matt Kuchar



Group B


Jordan Spieth

Zach Johnson

Jim Furyk

Chris Kirk



Group C


Russell Knox

Paul Casey




Rob Bolton




HPBNC Points: 175

Spring Segment Points: 995

Spring Ranking: 14,252

Season Points: 3,000

Season Ranking: 2,418


Group A


Matt Kuchar

Adam Scott



Group B


Jason Dufner

Jim Furyk

Brian Harman

Zach Johnson



Group C


Kevin Na

Ryan Palmer








HPBNC Points: 154

Spring Segment Points: 1,051

Spring Ranking: 4,272

Full Season Points: 3,031

Full Season Ranking: 1,509


Last week I succumbed to the golf gods as I had Woodland and Kuchar in Group A but took the fewest points possible due to guessing wrong on who would go lowest. I also forgot to enter Dustin Johnson into my lineup on Sunday and that didn’t help either. Group C was awful with Walker and Palmer so I got what I deserved there. Undaunted, I move forward to Colonial looking to bounce back.



Group A

Matt Kuchar: I can’t possibly hop off now! #burnbabyburn!


Rickie Fowler: He’s not going to play anyhow because Kuchar is white hot. I’m appeasing the Golf Gods and taking the spokesman for Crowne Plaza. CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW, GOLF GODS?


There’s a reason Adam Scott added this tournament to his schedule: Because he’s not playing well. With only four starts left on him, I’ll leave him for down the road.  Rory Sabbatini got a look for this group as well as did Brian Davis.



Group B


Jim Furyk: Mr. Obvious


Zach Johnson: Mr. Obvious II


Jordan Spieth: His six birdies on Sunday on a course that doesn’t fit his eye (according to his presser after the round last week) tells me his game is in fine shape.


Graham DeLaet: Between him and Dufner, they are going to put me in the nuthouse. Congrats to Dufner on his win since I’m going with the Loon.


Group B is loaded this week with guys who will make you tear your hair out. Dustin Johnson could have been in here as well as could have Dufner, Bill Haas, Chris Kirk, or even Brian Stuard. If you need a long-shot, ball-buster, David Hearn or Bo Van Pelt should satisfy “off the radar”.



Group C


Ryan Palmer: Make it THREE weeks in a row for the Dallas native who plays out of Colonial. Experience is a key this week.


Kevin Na: He’s been awfully solid this season and awfully solid at Colonial with seven cuts made in seven attempts. In five of those, he’s finished T22 or better including two top 10s.


The rest of the free world is in Group C so there are many options to let your freak flag fly this week if you are trailing. My next two would have been John Senden and Paul Casey.






Frys.com: Gary Woodland, MC. Well, at least I don’t have to worry about when I’m using GARY WOODLAND again!


SHFC Open: Hideki Matsuyama. Time to break through, son. Matsuyama WD with injury so he was replaced with Nick Watney. He finished T48 for $15,264


CIMB Classic: Let’s try this again: Hideki Matsuyama. There’s no cut. This pleases me. His T25 after 74 on Sunday does not please me. Oh well. Here’s $53,433 into the piggy bank.


WGC-HSBC: Martin Kaymer. There’s no other place I would consider using him and he’s the defending champ on this track. #hangsonfordearlife. Kaymer’s third round 62 dared me to dream but his T8 and $161,667 is a nice deposit.


The McGladrey Classic: David Toms. He’s finished T3 in 2010 and second last year. His recent form suggests he’s playing well and I don’t see another chance to burn him down the road. It was him or CH III. Well, BOTH of my selections finished T27. I should have listened to O…T27 was good for $39,050.


OHL Mayakoba: Brian Gay. When form meets course history…  Well, that was a nice theory but it resulted in T45 and $18,060. I’m glad 2013 is now over.


HTOC: Martin Laird. Since I’m off to a woeful start I see no reason to burn a premium player. Chris Kirk was my second choice but nobody wins in back-to-back starts plus he’s just had another child. Laird is the horse-for-course. The Scot finished T20 in a 30-man field for $87,000.


Sony: Charles Howell III. He plays great in the early part of the season and his record at Waialae has everything BUT a win. If you notice, I saved most of my heavy hitters for the latter part of 2013 last year and that strategy worked out. Hey, a top 10 and $119,000! Feels like a winner!


Humana: Webb Simpson has been on fire to get 2013-14 started and going low has never been a problem. It’s time to start firing at ‘em. Sigh. Another week brings another disappointing selection as I add a whopping $57,000 to my morbid total.


FIO: Same as last year, Rickie Fowler. He’s working with Butch Harmon to get to the next level and he’s played SoCal courses plenty in his young life. He finished up last week at Humana 67-66 and he’s finished T5, T20, T13 and T6 last year in four career starts. I’ll save Woods and Mickelson for down the road for bigger winner’s checks. Snedeker and Walker were also considered and are solid options for this week. Fowler was just as bad as the other four I had listed, save for Woods’ MDF cash. Tough week in OAD for most I’m guessing. MC $0.


WMPO: Ryan Palmer. He’s on fire, can really putt and was fifth here last year. His excellent 64 saw him make the cut but his 70-72 weekend resulted in T48 at $15,772. I finished strong last year because I had a stable full of studs from The Open Championship through the FedExCup Playoffs. I’m not panicking. Yet.


AT&T PEBBLE: Jimmy Walker is the pick this week. He’s a beast on the West Coast and he’s had time to recover from his illness after MC at Torrey Pines. BANG TRISCUITS. Winner, winner, chicken dinner and $1,188,000.


NTO: Dustin Johnson goes to bat this week for Team Glass. His form is excellent and the fact that he’s banged top 10s in half of his trips here doesn’t hurt either. Tacos for everyone! Johnson’s solo second adds $723,600 to the bank! #heatwave


WGC-Match Play: Ian Poulter will be my hedge this week. His recent starts hardly inspire but there’s no doubting his inner fortitude in Match Play. He is the 2010 champ and was fourth last year. I don’t see myself using him anywhere else this season. Hunter Mahan would be choice No. 2 but I don’t like his draw with the sizzling Zach Johnson. Don’t forget Mahan played in the last group in the U.S. Open and The Open in 2013. Ah, Poults…$48,000.


Honda Classic: Graeme McDowell is the choice this week. There has been no rust after his time off this winter and I’m encouraged after his result at Pebble and WGC-Match Play. I’m using Mickelson at Pinehurst so this is an easy play. He was three-under heading into the weekend. He was even when the weekend was over. Add $15,600 to the bank. That couldn’t cover Bolton’s Lear jet for the weekend…


WGC-CC: With a massive prize pool, I have no problem pulling the trigger on, as for reasons mentioned above, on an ultra-premium player. GO MCILROY GO! After making a birdie on No. 1 on Sunday, He was just four back. That was his last birdie of the day, sigh, T25, $76,000.


Puerto Rico: My heart says Brooks Koepka but my wallet says Chris Stroud. I’m glad I went with my wallet as Stroud hit the top 10 (T9) with $94,500.


Valspar: It was down to Furyk or Donald, but Donald had only ONE bad round last week! Go Luke Go! Donald finished T4, good for $235,600. Another cash and another top five works for me.


API: It came down to Bubba Watson and Kevin Na last week and T14 from Na never sounded so good! I added $102,300 to the kitty and another top 25 to the ledger.


VTO: It came down to Charley Hoffman and Freddie Jacobson last week and the American with the impeccable track record at Valero won the starting spot. He didn’t disappoint as he ground-out a T11 to rack up $136,400. #verynice


Shell Houston Open: The big Swede I should have went with was Freddie Jacobson but instead it was Henrik Stenson. I have now been severely toasted on two premium players in 2014 as McIlroy (T25, WGC-CC) and Stenson (T54) have given me absolutely nothing. Yes, $14,456 is nothing in this game.


Masters: The Westwood for a two-and-done was more solid advice than going with (again) injured Jason Day. He rallied nicely for T20 but that’s not what I need in big events. I’ll add $101,600 to the kitty.


Here are my results in the four big payday events:

Ian Poulter WGC-Match Play: T33

Rory McIlroy WGC-CC: T25

Jason Day Masters: T20

Sergio Garcia THE PLAYERS: Third

U.S. Open

The Open




Do you see a trend developing then?


RBC Heritage: Donald would obviously be the selection this week but I’ve burned him at Tampa. I’m going with Jim Furyk this week as he returns to a track where he’s had plenty of successes and his game has been in fine form the past month.  I also considered Spieth and Kuchar for this spot but after a trying weekend at the Masters, I’ll save them both for down the road.  As I mentioned above, I #fantasyfailed in so many ways on Kuchar this week I’ve lost count. Jim Furyk did exactly what gamers would expect, a top 10 (T7) and $187,050.


Zurich Classic: The safe pick this week would be Justin Rose but as I’ve demonstrated above, I DON’T PLAY SAFE. Or smart, sadly, for that matter. Whatever.  That was the FIRST SENTENCE I wrote last week. Top 10s are GREAT people! Sadly, T29s are not and that’s what Graham DeLaet racked up for me last week. Sure it’s $44,200 but that’s not what I was looking for from a guy who made only FOUR bogeys on the week!!!


Wells Fargo: Since I’ve burned McIlroy, Furyk, Fowler and Walker, that leaves me Westwood, Moore, Rose and Holmes from my top eight. As I’ve mentioned, I’m leaving Rose for larger fish fryings and I would suggest that Holmes makes a nice choice for TADs this week. That leaves last week’s champion in Malaysia, Lee Westwood and Ryan Moore. Moore’s current form is the biggest concern and that’s the least of my worries with the Englishman. Westwood will fly the flag this week for the S.S. Tirefire. SO CLOSE YET SO FAR as Holmes was the suggestion in the TWO and Done so hopefully Don from the PNW read the column!! As we all know, Westwood MC.


THE PLAYERS: For those of you who didn’t blow Westwood out last week, he’ll make a tasty TAD pick this week to go along with Rory McIlroy, Jim Furyk or Sergio Garcia. Since I’ve burned three of the four mentioned above, I’m going with the Spaniard to claim his second title here. Vamos Sergio! Wow. All FOUR of those picks hit the T6 or better last week! I know what that means this week: carnage. Fine. I’m not scared.


HPBNC: I’m going with #SpiethBoner in his backyard. Keegan Bradley would make a fine selection as well and I should hedge but WHAT FUN WOULD THAT BE? I wouldn’t talk you out of Woodland either as I’m really high on him this week as well but I’ve burned him already. For the TOADs (TwOAndDones) in the crowd, Marc Leishman is the no-brainer here. Add Jordan Spieth to the Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Jason Day pile of premium players that I have burned with awful results. At least my TOAD pick with Leishman was quality. Spieth finished T37 for $30,403.


CPIC: There are two reasons I like Zach Johnson this week. One, I’ve already burned Jim Furyk. Two, the win pool is almost $300k more than the JDC where I will burn Stricker. LET’S GET GREEDY. There are three chalk players this week and I’ve mentioned two of them. Matt Kuchar is the third. I could argue Spieth is the fourth. Everything else this week is pure guess work on this tough old bird. If I had a clean slate, I would go with Furyk because of his recent play but Johnson’s history is leaving me lacking for much. For TOADS, Paul Casey should be the play. He’s this week’s Marc Leishman.





SEASON TOTAL: $4,234,155; 27 events


Wins: 1; Jimmy Walker (AT&T Pebble)


Seconds: 1; Dustin Johnson (NTO)

Thirds: 1; Sergio Garcia (PLAYERS)


Top 5s: 4

Top 10s: 7

Top 25s: 15

MC: 2

Thermometer: Another week, another time to ride heavy CHALK in Ft. Worth.



Coming Wednesday


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Mike Glasscott
Fantasy Golf columnist Mike Glasscott joined Rotoworld in 2012. He can be contacted via email at RotoworldGlass@gmail.com or on Twitter.