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.
Here is a quick rundown of what sites and formats we will cover each week:
Page 1 will feature all of our selections for GolfChannel.com and Yahoo! Fantasy Golf.
Page 2 will go over One-and-Done as well as Daily Fantasy Golf picks.
Page 3 will take a look across the pond with Fantasy Race to Dubai selections.
Dave Tindall has you covered for all things European Tour. Check out his Trophee Hassan II Preview.
To check out what you may have missed last week, Mo Yoshimoto has you covered in his Zurich Classic Recap.
Now for the picks...
GolfChannel.com Fantasy Golf
2016 Earnings: $10,885,376
2016 Rank: 2,040 of 39,586
Group 1: Rory McIlroy
Group 2: Phil Mickelson
Group 3: Jamie Lovemark
Group 4: Lucas Glover
ANALYSIS: Ryan is riding course history with McIlroy, Mickelson, and Glover. Lovemark is the hot hand, and his pair of Quail Hollow missed cuts (2012,2014) should be taken with a grain of salt considering the rejuvenation his game has seen this year.
2016 Earnings: $9,535,755
2016 Rank: 5,844 of 39,586
Group 1: Rory McIlroy
Group 2: Phil Mickelson
Group 3: Webb Simpson
Group 4: Bryson DeChambeau
ANALYSIS: The first three groups were easy selections for me. The top three course horses are spread out into three different groups. Bingo! Group 4 is where things got difficult. The course history route is likely Geoff Ogilvy or Lucas Glover. Harold Varner III has local ties and is entering on great form. Others like Luke List and Si Woo Kim have upside as well. In the end, I'm sticking with the hype train, DeChambeau.
2016 Earnings: $7,804,21
2016 Rank: 14,233 of 39,586
Group 1: Rory McIlroy
Group 2: Hideki Matsuyama
Group 3: Brendan Steele
Group 4: Shawn Stefani
ANALYSIS: A good balance of overall skill here. Stefani has lost some form this season but Quail Hollow could provide a much-needed sparkk.
Yahoo! Fantasy Golf
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“Future of Fantasy”
Spring Points: 712
Spring Rank: 20,376
Full Season Points: 2,775
Full Season Ranking: 1,053
Phil Mickelson (4): About as good of course history as you can have without a win. Lefty is 12-for-12 with 10 finishes inside the top 15 here at Quail Hollow.
Rickie Fowler (7): Had Adam Scott here originally, but I opted for split tee time waves just to be safe. Weather should not be a big concern, but I also like to lead with the AM wave to get fresh greens on Thursday and Friday.
Adam Scott, Gary Woodland
Rory McIlroy (8): The course history is oozing with must-play status. Quail Hollow allows you to grip-it and rip-it off the tee and that's exactly where McIlroy gains his biggest edge.
Webb Simpson (8): The Wake Forest product literally lives on the course. He's a member and is ready to break out of his slump with a big week on his home course.
Justin Rose (6): I'm not going to let one bad week deter me from Rose. Last week his putter went cold and that snowballed into a poor performance everywhere on the course. He even made an uncharacteristic driver-off-the-deck decision, which kind of started the snowball process. I'm expecting a nice rebound this week.
Hideki Matsuyama (7): One of the best with his long irons and that's what Quail Hollow demands.
J.B. Holmes, Charles Howell III, Patrick Reed, Kevin Chappell
Byeong-Hun An (10): I've been waiting for An to finally showcase his potential on U.S. soil. After last week, I think he's ready to continue that success and we may start to see a lot of An near the top of leaderboard as the summer progresses.
Daniel Berger (9): Sticking with the split tee time strategy, Berger opens in the afternoon on Thursday, while An has an AM tee time. Berger has pieced together four straight top 20s in stroke-play events. Riding the form here on a course that should treat him nicely.
Paul Casey, Bryson DeChambeau, Jamie Lovemark, Patrick Rodgers
Ryan O’Sullivan (O)
“The Golf Aficionado”
Spring Points: 802
Spring Rank: 2,678
Full Season Points: 2,729
Full Season Ranking: 2,347
Rickie Fowler (8) and Phil Mickelson (7)
J.B. Holmes (8), Hideki Matsuyama (7), Rory McIlroy (7), and Justin Rose (7)
Jamie Lovemark (9) and Bill Haas (7)
Spring Points: 694
Spring Rank: 24,352
Full Season Points: 2,546
Full Season Ranking: 13,617
Kevin Streelman (10) and Phil Mickelson (8)
Hideki Matsuyama (7), Rory McIlroy (6), Kevin Chappell (10), and Charles Howell III (8)
Brendan Steele (10) and Daniel Berger (9)
Daily Fantasy Sports [DFS]
I will be giving out selections for one team each week.
This week I will enter the following lineup into the $3 Drive the Green contest. It brings the opportunity to turn three dollars into 100 thousand, so there will definitely be a lot of entries to contend with.
This contest has a large number of entries, with guaranteed prize payouts, which means we can't play it safe if we want to see our name at the top!
Rory McIlroy ($12,800): You can't ignore his history here at Quail Hollow. Ignore his salary and throw him in!
Byeong-Hun An ($8,600): Last week's runner-up finish was not surprising for gamers who have followed An overseas. It was really surprising it took to long to happen on U.S. soil. I think he can parlay it into some nice finishes now.
Patrick Rodgers ($7,700): He's been spotty since the turn of the calendar year. However, he returns to the site of last year's runner-up finish and I will gladly take Rodgers on a course that let's him grip-it and rip-it.
Luke List ($6,900): Distance is a big advantage at Quail Hollow. List is longggg. Finished T16 here in 2013 which is great confirmation, as well.
Lucas Glover ($6,300): We can't ignore this course history gem. Well, we could, but the salary cap really forces us to drop down into this lower tier. I like Glover the best here of sub-$6.5K options.
Brendan Steele ($7,200): There are a TON of options just above our remaining salary in the $7,800 to $8,400 range, but Steele is the best available talent here. He also finished T9 here last year, so he sports recent good memories at Quail Hollow.
Other Picks to Consider
Gary Woodland ($7,800): Has reunited with Butch Harmon in hopes of getting back to the winner's circle. With back-to-back top 20s at Quail Hollow, this is a great opportunity to take a shot on him. He didn't make the lineup above, but he'll be featured in a lot of my lineups this week.
Webb Simpson ($7,900): Playing on his home course, this is quite the steal.
Phil Mickelson ($9,500): Left owns the second best course history here (after Rory) but he sports the eighth highest salary. His recent missed cuts may have dropped his odds a bit, but he's still in a great spot to bounceback this week.
Each week I think aloud to provide you with my One-and-Done selection as well as a few alternatives. Fade or Follow? You decide!
We can start our search this week with the course horses Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, and Webb Simpson. I've already used the first two, unfortunately or they'd be option 1 and 1A. Simpson is entriguing, but he will be viable again at Wyndham. Given his current form, I think I want to pass on Webb.
The next route is best available golfers who I want miss down the road. My shortlist there includes Byeong-Hun An, Gary Woodland, Patrick Rodgers, Daniel Berger, Jamie Lovemark, and Justin Thomas.
Gary Woodland is the only golfer on that list with more than one strong finish on his Quail Hollow resume. All of them should be a great fit for the course, but we have the actual results to back up Woodland. It's extra gravy on top that he recently reunited with Butch Harmon. Even if it's just a mental edge he's looking for, that could be the slight edge he needs to end his trophy-less drought. Gary Woodland is my pick.
Zurich Classic: We may have got a win if weather cooperated, but Jason Day still pieced together a T5, which isn't crippling.
Valero Texas Open: Got our first win of the calendar year thanks to Charley Hoffman finally closing the door on Sunday!
RBC Heritage: Chalk this one up as a failure. The Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick missed the cut by one stroke and still claims Harbour Town Golf Links is his favorite course on TOUR. Remember that next year when the RBC rolls around.
Masters Tournament: Adam Scott was looking like a missed-cut candidate through day one, but fought back to a T42. Very disappointing given it was a major championship and the second option was Jordan Spieth ($851K more earnings).
Shell Houston Open: Phil Mickelson really took advantage of all the ball-washing opportunities at the Golf Club of Houston. Unfortunately, they weren't free, and they cost him by week's end. Still, a T13 is not the end of the world.
Puerto Rico Open & Match Play: DeLaet came through with a T11 (another one!) while Paul Casey disappointed at the Match Play as he attempted to play through a stomach bug.
Arnold Palmer Invitational: Despite an early double in round one, Rose bounced back and hung around near the top for most of the week. A finish of T9 will suffice, but we're still looking for a big winner.
Valspar: Didn't trust any of the course horses, so I went with Stenson and got a T11 out of it. This is not my seventh finish between 10th and 17th since the start of 2016.
WGC-Cadillac: A T3 for Rory McIlroy as he recorded just one birdie in the final round. Slightly disappointing.
Honda Classic: T61 for Donald as he performed the worst of the three I had narrowed down. Our worst showing yet, but at least he made the cut!
Northern Trust: I didn't get a win, but I chose the second-best option of the five I was considering. Holmes and his T11 will suffice.
AT&T Pro-Am: A third-round 63 saved the week for Jimmy Walker as he finished T11. Not terrible, but Phil obviously would have been the best pick of the three I had it narrowed down to.
WMPO: Bubba Watson backdoored a T14 after slipping on Saturday with a 2-over 73. Not the podium finish we hoped for, but it will suffice.
Farmers: My decision to save Sneds looked good on Friday as he snuck into the weekend. A big pile of WELP was served though as Snedeker came from behind to grab a victory. A T17 from Charles Howell III is not too disappointing though.
CareerBuilder: Kevin Na pulled through with that podium finish we asked for. Successful week.
Sony Open: Matt Kuchar teased us but fought his way back to a T13, which is acceptable.
Hyundai TOC: Dustin Johnson finished T10, not killer but I really wanted a little more out of my DJ usage.
2016 Fantasy Race to Dubai
Dave Tindall is our main man 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.
Format: Pick 6 golfers. Players accumulate points based on Race to Dubai (R2D) points earned. Captain’s points are trebled and vice-captain’s doubled. Unlimited team changes can be made each week.
Team Tindall (Team name: YESSIR!)
Last week: All six made the cut but, for the second week running, no fireworks and a gentle climb of 193 spots.
Romain Wattel (captain): Runner-up in this event last year on a different course but clearly enjoys Morocco and rounding into some good form after strong 54 holes last week gave him top 15 in China. No standout captain this week so Wattel just edges the vote to contend for triple points.
Alejandro Canizares (vice-captain): Took the title at Golf du Palais Royal two years ago and can shine again on a course he played all four rounds on in 2010. Top 15s on his last two starts and should be fresher than most after missing trip to China.
Gregory Havret: Three top 15s in his last five starts and, like some of his compatriots, has done well in French-speaking Morocco. T15 on this course in 2010 and hitting fairways galore at the moment.
Gregory Bourdy: Strong iron play in China last week when T21 and played well on this course for three rounds in 2010 before falling away on Sunday. Can often pop up and contend in these weaker European Tour events.
Julien Quesne: Good record in this event and had some strong putting stats in the two recent events in China (T13 and T39). Three top 10s in last seven starts so capable of cashing decent cheques.
Dean Burmester: The Kikuyu grass should make Burmester feel at home and he has some great recent form in South Africa. Two of his countrymen made the top three when this course was used for the only time in 2010.
Matt Cooper joins Dave Tindall as a part of our European team. He contributes to player news, and he’ll share his selections and analysis for the Fantasy Race to Dubai at EuropeanTour.com.
Team Cooper (Team name: NormanStanleyFletcher)
Last week: I actually climbed about 100 spots these last seven days, testimony to what a tough week it was because my team did not excel. Most happy to have noted Peter Hanson's superb China record and included him on the team.
Alejandro Canizares (captain): 6-for-8 this season, and four of those top 15. I like his T11 at Valderrama (similar test this week) and he's a past winner of the event, albeit on the other course. Feels a solid play.
Ben Hebert (vice captain): Might seem unlikely to give a man who is yet to win the VC armband, but I think there is plenty to like this week. T27 and T36 are solid efforts in the event, the course is new to him, but could be up his street as he has form on RTJ Sr designs from the Challenge Tour. 8-for-9 this season clinches it; he's beginning to feel at home in this level and this field might be ripe for the picking.
Julien Quesne: Made his last 5 cuts in Morocco, including the Challenge Tour, and hit a R2 65 on this course back in 2010. Also likes southern Spain which has similar conditions. 4 top 15 finished in his last 7 starts.
Paul Dunne: The Irishman is flattering to deceive, but important to keep things in perspective. His British Open bid has set the bar high, under normal circumstances his rookie year would be looking pretty solid. R4 hurt him last time out in China, this tight venue should suit and he could be wiser for the lesson.
Dave Horsey: His superb record in the event (never outside the top 30, including a win and runner-up spot) is mostly down to a fondness for another course, but there's nothing to suggest he won't be keen this week, a venue he was T29 at in 2010 particularly since the Englishman is superb on tree-lined tracks. 4-for-5 this season.
Gregory Bourdy: The Frenchman seems to be playing an awful lot of golf at the moment, but he is 10-for-12 and was T16 after 54 holes on this course in 2010. Has won amongst cork trees in Portugal and also at Celtic Manor, where half the holes are RTJ Sr designed.