Aug 15

2014 The Barclays Fantasy Golf Advice & Predictions

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Previous Barclays champions include: Adam Scott (2013), Nick Watney (2012), Dustin Johnson (2011), Matt Kuchar (2010), Heath Slocum (2009), Vijay Singh (2008, 2006, 1995, 1993), Steve Stricker (2007), Padraig Harrington (2005), and Sergio Garcia (2004, 2001). Ridgewood Country Club will host the Barclays (formerly the Buick Classic) for the 3rd time (2008 & 2010), with Kuchar and Singh the two previous winners at Ridgewood. The event gets moved between venues now that it’s part of the Fedex Cup Playoffs. Ridgewood Country Club is a par 71, 7,319 yard test with typically high caliber players taking home the trophy.

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#1 – DAILY YAHOO FANTASY GOLF STARTERS

Group A
Group B
Group B
Group C
Round 4
Matt Kuchar
Hunter Mahan
Jason Day
Charl Schwartzel
Round 4 Notes
  • Weather: 4-7mph in the AM, 5-7mph in the PM, fast greens, deep rough but manageable wind
  • (A) Stenson imploded on Saturday. Kuchar at -7 and in contention; have to burn his 2nd to last start and hope he pulls off a top 3.
  • (B) “Mountain Man” Mahan is in contention and will be in our lineup on Sunday; we’re going to take the bet that Rose won’t come back to win, so we’ll go with Day in round 4 and keep Rose for 2 of the final 3 tournaments. Too many guys in between 1st and Rose.
  • (C) Charl Schwartzel since Jimmy Walker missed the cut today.


#2 – YAHOO FANTASY PICKS – 2014 THE BARCLAYS

Player
Recent Finishes
“Barclays – Ridgewood CC” Finishes
Comments
(A) Adam Scott (15) PGA Championship
(8) WGC Bridgestone
(5) British Open
(9) U.S. Open
(9) 2010
(MC) 2008
Adam is still the clear #1 Group A player but we’re out of starts for him, so we’ll have to go further down the list (see below)
(A) Henrik Stenson (3) PGA Championship
(19) WGC Bridgestone
(39) British Open
(1) BMW Int’l
Did not play in ’08 or ’10
Stenson is coming on strong at the end of the season and will have a good chance to win the Fedex Cup or the Race to Dubai in the coming months. Others to consider: #3 Matt Kuchar (our 2nd starter since A. Scott is out of starts), #4 Phil Mickelson, #5 Rickie Fowler, #6 Brandt Snedeker, #7 Ryan Moore, #8 Marc Leishman, #9 Lee Westwood, #10 Bubba Watson
(B) Rory McIlroy (1) PGA Champ.
(1) WGC Bridgestone
(1) British Open
(14) Scottish Open
(56) 2010
It was hard to see this amazing stretch of golf coming, as he’s the clear #1 player in the world right now. We’re out of Rory starts as of the PGA Championship but rode him as far as we could – with great benefit.
(B) Jim Furyk (5) PGA Championship
(15) WGC Bridgestone
(2) RBC Canadian
(4) British Open
(12) 2008
Furyk continues some really hot play (though without a victory), and he should be in your lineup this week. We feel like we’re becoming a broken record as the best players in the world are proving themselves to be just that.
(B) Justin Rose (24) PGA Championship
(4) WGC Bridgestone
(23) British Open
(1) Scottish Open
(15) 2010
After winning twice in a row, he’s cooled off but still getting top 25s on a bad week. He should contend for the Fedex Cup in the coming weeks.
(B) Jason Day (15) PGA Championship
(MC) WGC Bridgestone
(58) British Open
(MC) Quicken
(5) 2010
(31) 2008
We’ve had to pro forma Jason Day’s recent performance due to him getting past his injury. Assuming he’s healthy, he’s a must start this week and finished 5th the last time the Barclays was at Ridgewood in 2010. Others to consider: #5 Hunter Mahan (our 4th starter), #6 Bill Haas, #7 Keegan Bradley, #8 Zach Johnson, #9 Freddie Jacobson, #10 Jerry Kelly
(C) Sergio Garcia (36) PGA Championship
(2) WGC Bridgestone
(2) British Open
(12) BMW International
(2) 2008
Given only 30 players make the Tour Championship in Atlanta, the C Group is probably the most at risk of not having enough players to fill your lineup with quality players. Sergio is almost a lock to be there, so we’re thinking of holding off our final start for him until further into the playoffs as we see how things play out.
(C) Charl Schwartzel (15) PGA Championship
(4) WGC Bridgestone
(43) RBC Canadian
(7) British Open
Did not play in 2008 or 2010.
We’ll go with Charl who is playing slightly better than McDowell, plus we’ll keep McDowell for later in the playoffs. The others to consider here are very important this week as we’ll most likely preserve a Garcia and McDowell start for the last two tournaments. Others to consider: #3 Graeme McDowell – holding off, #4 Jimmy Walker (our 2nd starter), #5 Nick Watney, #6 Kevin Kisner, #7 Paul Casey, #8 Ryan Palmer, #9 Kevin Chappell, #10 Cameron Tringale

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#3 – THE BARCLAYS GOLF BETTING ODDS / SPREAD

#1 Rory McIlroy (5.3/1) #2 Adam Scott (14/1) #3 Henrik Stenson (15.5/1) #4 Rickie Fowler (16/1) #5 Phil Mickelson (19/1)
#6 Sergio Garcia (22/1) #6 Justin Rose (22/1) #8 Jim Furyk (23/1) #9 Jason Day (32/1) #10 Matt Kuchar (34/1)
#10 Brandt Snedeker (34/1) #12 Bubba Watson (36/1) #12 Charl Schwartzel (36/1) #14 Jimmy Walker (38/1) #14 Keegan Bradley (38/1)
#16 Jordan Spieth (42/1) #17 Graeme McDowell (48/1) #18 Lee Westwood (50/1) #18 Bill Haas (50/1) #20 Martin Kaymer (55/1)
#20 Webb Simpson (55/1) #22 Hideki Matsuyama (60/1) #22 Ryan Moore (60/1) #22 Graham DeLaet (60/1) Odds by Betfair

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