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Playing the Tips

Our Picks: Hyundai TOC

by Mike Glasscott
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

 

 

Welcome to Playing the Tips!

 

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, my weekly selection for One-and-Done players plus DFS love from Josh Culp and European Tour insight from Dave Tindall.

 

 

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Glass

 

@MikeGlasscott


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Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd, we’re back!

 

That was the fastest six weeks of my life as the holidays ate up half of that time but I’m refreshed and ready to go at my boys in all of our games.

The 2015 portion of the season starts in Maui and there is NOTHING WORSE than having to watch the coverage all weekend while sitting around in a pile of snow with temperatures below freezing.

 

Whatever.

 

I’m hoping to get off to a good start so I’m not chasing throughout these first events where ANYONE is liable to pick up a W.

 

To check out how our gang did last year, click HERE for more details.

 

Group 1: Matt Kuchar

Group 2: Chris Kirk

Group 3: Russell Henley

Group 4: Sang-moon Bae

 

ANALYSIS:  This week, Matt Kuchar anchors my side. This will be a common occurrence throughout the year as he has proven to be FANTASY GOLD over the last five years. Sure Day and Watson are also great choices but I’ll go with the best all-around player in the group. Group 2 sees the red hot Kirk getting the nod in his third appearance at Kapalua. Seeing that Group 2 is LOADED, any of those seven players will work except for Mahan for me. Group 3 cries out for Ogilvy so I’ll let my competitors take a bite on him as I stick with another ‘Dawg in Henley. He lit up Waialae two years ago and got his first taste of Kapalua last year. Bae has some legal troubles lingering but anytime you can get a guy in Group 4 with two wins in the last three months, you take him no questions asked.

 

 

 

Rob Bolton


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Group 1: Jason Day

Group 2: Chris Kirk

Group 3: Russell Henley

Group 4: Sang-moon Bae

 

ANALYSIS: I match the final three groups with the boss but he’s gone for the youthful power of Day as his anchor. It’ll be easy to keep track of this head-to-head matchup in week 1.

 

 

 

 

Ryan O’ Sullivan

 

@RyanGolfBlogger 

 

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Group 1: Matt Kuchar

Group 2: Patrick Reed

Group 3: Kevin Streelman

Group 4: Charley Hoffman

 

ANALYSIS: O, like me, is using Kuchar to guarantee a solid start to the season. As mentioned above, Group 2 is almost impossible to screw up and he backs Reed with the hit-or-miss Streelman and the winner the last time out, Hoffman. It’s all to play for between us outside of the Koooooooch this week!

 

 

 

Ned Brown

 

@Esoxgolf

 


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Group 1: Jason Day

Group 2: Ryan Moore

Group 3: Kevin Streelman

Group 4: Sang-moon Bae

 

 

ANALYSIS: So, we end up with a pair of Days and three Baes and no matches in Group 2. Over the years I’ve learned that this means Ned usually wins so let’s all congratulate Ryan Moore on another title before the week even starts! He gets the Ned Brown seal of approval and the rest of us will be digging out. You watch.

 

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“Pure Spin”

 

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Group A

 

Bubba Watson: He stands out in a very thin Group A this week. His off-season was highlighted with his first World Golf Championship title at the HSBC and he has played well at Kapalua in the past with a T4 finish in '13.

 

J.B.Holmes: The second pick this week in Group A is really a guessing game. You have five first-timers and only two with past experience at the TOC. The two players with experience are JB Holmes and Angel Cabrera. Cabrera has missed the cut in three of his last four worldwide starts, which is enough for me to avoid him this week. Holmes has made his last four worldwide starts and he did notch a T4 here in '07.

 

SUPER SUBS

 

Ben Martin, Seung-yul Noh

 

 

Group B

 

Matt Kuchar: He played a bit in the fall part of the wrap around schedule with a T21 at the Frys.com and T22 at the McGladrey. His record at Kapalua is very solid with four top 10s in five career starts (third in '10, T6 in '11, T9 in '13 and T6 last year).

 

Jason Day: He played some great golf in the FedEx Cup Playoffs and then took quite a bit of time off with his only start being a fifth place at the Hero World Challenge. His only start at Kapalua was in '09 when tied for ninth place.

 

Zach Johnson: He missed the cut in the McGladrey, but he looked good at the Hero when he tied for eighth place. He has a lot of experience at Kapalua and is the defending champion.

 

Hideki Matsuyama: I think this spot is a real toss-up between Matsuyama and Kevin Streelman. I like Streelman due to his second place at the Shriners and his T3 last year at Kapalua. Matsuyama is first-timer at Kapalua, but he gets to nod due his recent play of a championship at the Dunlap Phoenix and a 13th place at The Hero Challenge.

 

SUPER SUBS

 

Kevin Streelman, Jimmy Walker, Billy Horschel

 

 

Group C

 

Ryan Moore: He really tailed off at the end of the '13 season, but he surprised in the off-season with a championship at the CIMB Classic. His record at Kapalua is very good with two top 10s in three career starts (T6 in '10 and 10th last year).

 

Patrick Reed: He’s has had an nice off-season with a T5 at the Volvo Match Play, a T26 at the CIMB, a T22 at the WGC-HSBC and a T3 at the Hero. He played in his first TOC last year and came away with a respectable T16.

 

SUPER SUBS

 

Charley Hoffman, Sang-moon Bae, Tim Clark

 

 

 

Ryan O’Sullivan (O)

 

The Golf Aficionado”

 

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Group A:

 

Bubba Watson

Matt Every

 

Group B:

 

Jason Day

Matt Kuchar

Zach Johnson

Billy Horschel

 

Group C:

 

Patrick Reed

Ryan Moore

 

 

 

Rob Bolton

 

“@RobBoltonGolf”

 

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Group A:

 

Bubba Watson

Ben Martin

 

Group B:

 

Jason Day

Chris Kirk

Matt Kuchar

Jimmy Walker

 

Group C:

 

Patrick Reed

Ryan Moore

 

 

 

Glass

 

“@MikeGlasscott”

 

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Group A:

 

Bubba Watson

J.B. Holmes

 

Group B:

 

Jason Day

Matt Kuchar

Chris Kirk

Hideki Matsuyama

 

Group C:

 

Patrick Reed

Ryan Moore

 

I’ve ran on the back of my rankings to set my lineup here. Group A is a complete disaster with the exception of Watson. There’s not one player in there with an ounce of form at the moment so I went course history and Holmes. #FourRoundsBubba. In B, there are plenty of options to balance out the foursome of choice and enough to make another very capable “B” team. This is where the separation will occur this week because everyone in their mother will be on Reed and Moore, rightfully so, in C. I reserve the right to add Russell Henley at the last minute if I see fit.

 

Daily Fantasy Sports [DFS]

 

Josh Culp is our resident DFS guru. Every week, he’ll publish his lineup and alternatives for DraftKings.com.

 

Check out the game Josh is playing this week by clicking HERE.

 

 

DraftKings Picks

 

 

Matt Kuchar ($12,100) ... He is very pricey but provides us with a course horse that has been here before and finished inside the top 10 on four occasions. This is the anchor of our entire squad.

 

Charley Hoffman ($7,100) ... He's making his third appearance at The Plantation Course, which is what we like to see considering the importance of course knowledge around here. It doesn't hurt that his latest start yielded a win at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

 

Geoff Ogilvy ($7,300) ... Sticking with the plan, we get another course horse to place in our stable. He won the Barracuda Championship and found some late-season form. Now he returns to Maui where he has won twice before. With a lot of guys priced underneath him, he will likely go overlooked this week.

 

Steven Bowditch ($6,500) ... The Aussie is going to provide us with some salary relief this week. He got here by winning the Valero Texas Open where the Texas winds can be quite disruptive. That will come in handy this week since The Plantation Course doesn't have any defense against the coastal winds.

 

Billy Horschel ($9,000) ... This is a course that requires a lot of local knowledge, but the current FedExCup champion had no troubles his first time around. With four rounds now under his belt, I am looking for him to improve upon or at least match his T6 finish from last season.

 

Kevin Streelman ($8,000) ... Just like Horschel, Streelman was not intimidated during his course debut. The Duke University product finished T3 here last year, and that included two rounds of 67 along the way. He currently ranks 10th in the FEC standings.

 

 

 

Other Picks to Consider

 

 

Alternate for Streelman: Brendon Todd ($8,000) ... At the same price as Streelman, you can grab this Georgia Bulldog who loves putting on Bermudagrass greens. Todd is making his course debut, but he should adjust quickly to the winds and tough-to-read greens.

 

Alternate for Bowditch: Chesson Hadley ($6,400) ... He finished the season strong with a pair of top 15s to end his Playoff debut. Now he is 3-for-4 to start the new campaign and heads to Maui where he'll be making his course debut. He is also a good salary-saving option if you want to upgrade elsewhere while still keeping Bowditch in the lineup.

 

Alternate for Kuchar: Jason Day ($13,900) ... You're going to have to pay a premium to get him, but Jason Day appears to be healthy and ready to rock in 2015. The Aussie posted top 15s in four of his last five to end the season and recorded a finish of fifth place at the Hero World Challenge.

 

 

2015 Fantasy Race to Dubai

 

Dave Tindall is our newest contributor, but he’s been a fixture in Europe. In addition to his weekly previews of European Tour events on Mondays, he’ll share his selections and analysis for the Fantasy Race to Dubai at EuropeanTour.com.

 

NOTE: The Fantasy Race to Dubai will begin with the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on Jan. 15-18.

 

 

One-and-Done

 

Each week I painfully writhe and wretch trying to figure out the proper strategy to find a player that will hit the top 10. Wins are great but aren’t likely so I’m satisfied with having a CHANCE to hit the big money. Missed cuts are absolutely the death in this game but even the surest of things don’t always happen in the reality world of fantasy golf. Remember, fade or follow, it’s up to you! I’m going to leave my 2013-14 results up for a few weeks so if you have any questions “mapping” your season, you can learn from my plays from last year.

 

Those who don’t recall history are condemned to repeat it.

 

 

2014-15 Glass OAD

 

Frys.com: Brooks Koepka. Let’s get this started off on the right foot. Koepka, playing without any status last year, led on Sunday by three shots at the turn. He finished T3 and learned a valuable lesson. His recent form has been scintillating as he has four top 15s in his last four worldwide starts, including the PGA at Valhalla (T15). He was T9 last week at the Dunhill. Koepka, T8, did what was expected and racked up a top 10 for $168,000.

 

Shriners Open: It came down to Moore, Watney and Piercy for the OAD place this week. Laird was also in the conversation but I’m going with the best putter of the group mentioned above and there’s not a place that Moore HAS TO BE USED later. Sure, he beat Gary Woodland in a playoff last year at CIMB but I don’t use defending champions. #WeakSauce. He shares the tournament record has three top 10s in his last four. More Moore please! ANY SINGLE ONE OF THOSE THREE OTHER THAN MOORE would have been just fine. Moore has wiped me twice in eight events. The good news is I don’t even have to CONSIDER his presence again until October of 2015.

 

McGladrey Classic: This is the CLASSIC HEDGE MOVE for gamers. I’m going with Kuchar above but Simpson down here to cover my ASSet. Look, save Simpson for Greenbrier, Sedgefield or TPC Boston, but I’m going with a guy who is hot NOW and will find someone else later. HOW COULD THIS GO WRONG, RYAN MOORE??? Nothing like a T41 to back up a MC; $19,600.

 

CIMB Classic: I’m loading up on Charl Schwartzel since I can’t play him on the Sunshine TOUR at the Dunhill or Joburg. His course form is overwhelming and in a limited field with limited views of this track, his experience and successes here are huge. He’ll probably WD. He couldn’t catch up after his opening round 74; T19, $94,500.

 

WGC-HSBC Champions: I’ll go with the guy who holds the course record, the 2011 title plus two other top eight finishes in four starts, Martin Kaymer. Did I mention he made 29 birdies here last year? Ok, good. If I was a casual golf fan and just picked up the newspaper on Monday morning to see that Kaymer finished T6 I would have been thrilled…$216,337

 

Sanderson Farms: It came down to Tony Finau or Hudson Swafford and I went with the Georgia ‘Dawg. Both are hot so I’ll go with the local-er of the two and the better ball-striker. I should be required to take the “Silly Season” off. BOTH missed the cut. I’m ready for 2015…

 

OHL Classic: Can I just pass? Since I couldn’t pull the trigger on Jason Bohn in the Golf Channel game, I’ll hedge him here with Stroud and Sabbatini right behind him. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG? I need a vacation. I was gun-shy but the hedge paid off with T7 and $196,275

 

HTOC: This is a good news/bad news event. The good news is that there are only 34 players and this is a track that requires previous experience. The bad news is if the guy you pick doesn’t finish in the top five it’s a complete waste of time. For the conservative/saver this is THE ONLY WEEK TO PICK Ogilvy since he’s won here twice. For the throw-caution-to-the-wind player, Kuchar, Day or Watson should lead the line. I’ll find myself right in the middle with Chris Kirk. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?

 

 

Results

 

 

SEASON TOTAL: $694,722; 7 events

 

Wins: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

 

Seconds: er, no

Thirds: NAE PODIUMS

 

Top 10s: 3

Top 25s: 4

MC: 2, Ryan Moore (Shriners), Hudson Swafford (SFC)

Thermometer: Jason Bohn saved the day. I’m getting that tattooed. Let’s just say I’m happy for 2015 to get going.

 

 

 

Coming Wednesday

 

And the analysis doesn't end here. Rob Bolton and I will be co-hosting a live chat Wednesday at Noon ET. We will be breaking down the field at the HTOC and answering your questions. Simply return to the golf home page to join in on the chatter.

 

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