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Fantasy Fix: Can Bubba win a home game at the Greenbrier Classic?

Usually July 4th weekend gets lost in the lull between the U.S. Open and the British Open, but if this year's Greenbrier Classic is even half as entertaining as its pro-am, we're in for a treat. First, you had Tiger Woods actually looking like Tiger Woods during a sharp front nine, and then Shaquille O'Neal teed it up with Lee Trevino serving as his caddie (Please tell us this is part of some elaborate commercial for Icy Hot). Sadly, we need to see a bit more from the World's 220th-ranked player before we plug him into the lineup. Who do we like instead? Let's start with our weekly PGA Tour Fantasy Golf roster:

Related: Sign up for PGA Tour Fantasy Golf Driven By Avis

Bubba Watson: Have you seen his commercials? Bubba Watson LOVES living at the Greenbrier. Plus, he's shot in the 60s in all eight of his competitive rounds at the Old White TPC and he's coming off a win at the Travelers. There's no reason to take him out of the lineup unless you're worried about Shaq dropping him.

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Webb Simpson: In the last four years, Simpson has had three chances to win here. Twice, he stumbled on Sunday and last year, his final-round 63 wasn't enough to overcome a big deficit. He seems due for a victory.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

Kevin Kisner: He's 0-for-3 making cuts here, but this isn't the same Kevin Kisner. In his last seven starts, he has two runner-ups (playoff losses at the Players and Hilton Head), another two top 10s and a T-12 at the U.S. Open. Plus, he's giving owners a stout 22.7 points per round just with his driving.

Bill Haas: Haas is coming off a rare missed cut at the U.S. Open, but he returns to a course where he has shot over par just once in his last 15 rounds. Haas hasn't quite played as well as he did in his Greenbrier debut, when he lost in a playoff to Scott Stallings, but a T-9, T-23 and T-33 since aren't too shabby.

Bench: Kevin Na and Patrick Rodgers.

The Grind: A crazy frisbee golf hole-in-one and a sexy human golf tee

And for those of you playing other fantasy golf formats:

Yahoo! lineup: Webb Simpson, Kevin Kisner, Patrick Rodgers, and Kevin Na.
Bench/backups: Bubba Watson, Graham DeLaet, Paul Casey, and Tony Finau.

Knockout/One-and-done pick: Webb Simpson.

Previously used: Keegan Bradley (Bay Hill), Paul Casey (Honda), Jason Day (Farmers -- WINNER!), Luke Donald (Valspar), Jamie Donaldson (Doral), Jim Furyk (Valero), Sergio Garcia (Players), Bill Haas (Riviera), Billy Horschel (Memphis), Charles Howell III (Sony), Dustin Johnson (Pebble), Zach Johnson (Colonial), Matt Kuchar (Heritage), Marc Leishman (Nelson), Phil Mickelson (U.S. Open), Geoff Ogilvy (Hyundai), Louis Oosthuizen (Houston), Ryan Palmer (Humana), Brandt Snedeker (Travelers), Brendan Steele (Phoenix); Jimmy Walker (Masters).

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Fantasy Fix: Brandt Snedeker will keep rolling at the Travelers Championship

If you felt bad for Dustin Johnson on Sunday, just think about the poor guy who lost $1 million on DraftKings because of that last three-putt. This week, the stakes are a bit lower as the PGA Tour makes its annual trip to Connecticut for the Travelers Championship. You know, the one that has the big umbrella as its logo. Hopefully, those won't be necessary at TPC River Highlands this week, and hopefully we see a similar dramatic finish like last year when Kevin Streelman rained seven straight birdies to close out his victory. Who do we like to win this year? Let's start with our weekly PGA Tour Fantasy Golf lineup:

Related: Sign up for PGA Tour Fantasy Golf Driven By Avis

Bubba Watson: The two-time Masters champ missed his second consecutive cut at the U.S. Open, but it would be a far bigger surprise if he played poorly in this event. He won his maiden PGA Tour title at the Travelers and has shot in the 60s in 23 of his previous 28 rounds at TPC Highlands by overpowering the second-shortest course on tour.

Brandt Snedeker: No one has more top 10s on the PGA Tour this season other than Mr. Potential Grand Slam himself, and a solo eighth at the U.S. Open gave Snedeker three straight of those such finishes. Surprisingly, he has no top 10s at the Travelers, but he did shoot a final-round 64 here last year to finish T-11.

Related: The GolfDigest.com U.S. Open fantasy draft

Tony Finau: The PGA Tour rookie had a hot fall and is back to playing great golf. A T-19 at Colonial is his worst result in five starts since April and he's coming off a T-14 at Chambers Bay.

Justin Thomas: Another rookie who seems poised for a breakthrough PGA Tour title at any moment. Thomas didn't qualify for the U.S. Open, but he has five top 10s and 10 top 25s in his first year. The balanced player is also sixth in the tour's all-around ranking, so he provides big points in a variety of ways.

The Grind: Fox's rough start and a sultry LPGA star is born (sort of)

Bench: Hunter Mahan and Sergio Garcia.

And for those of you playing other fantasy golf formats:

Yahoo! lineup: Bubba Watson, Brandt Snedeker, Hunter Mahan, Justin Thomas.
Bench/backups: Sergio Garcia, Marc Leishman, Patrick Rodgers, Tony Finau.

Related: You won't believe how close some guy came to winning $1 million at the Masters

Knockout/One-and-done pick: Brandt Snedeker .

Previously used: Keegan Bradley (Bay Hill), Paul Casey (Honda), Jason Day (Farmers -- WINNER!), Luke Donald (Valspar), Jamie Donaldson (Doral), Jim Furyk (Valero), Sergio Garcia (Players), Bill Haas (Riviera), Billy Horschel (Memphis), Charles Howell III (Sony), Dustin Johnson (Pebble), Zach Johnson (Colonial), Matt Kuchar (Heritage), Marc Leishman (Nelson), Phil Mickelson (U.S. Open), Geoff Ogilvy (Hyundai), Louis Oosthuizen (Houston), Ryan Palmer (Humana), Brendan Steele (Phoenix); Jimmy Walker (Masters).

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Fantasy Fix: Why it's finally Phil's time, and how Sergio could help me win $1 million

Phil Mickelson's Sunday 65 in Memphis suddenly has him on everyone's radar heading into this week's U.S. Open. Of course, he was always going to attract attention at a major championship in which he's finished runner-up a record six times. But now, with Lefty having turned 45 on Tuesday, he seems as popular a choice as ever. And sometimes you just have to give into the buzz. In other words, I've completely fallen for Phil. And Bones. Oh, wouldn't it be great to see Bones sobbing tears of joy again? There's a lot going on this week between fantasy leagues, pools and million-dollar contests, but I'm putting Phil in the anchor position throughout. Let's start with our weekly PGA Tour Fantasy Golf lineup:

Related: Sign up for PGA Tour Fantasy Golf

Phil Mickelson: IS IT HIS TIME?! I hope so. Mickelson may seem like a sentimental pick, but he deserves to be considered the favorite, especially at a course that demands a creative short game. Mickelson has finished in the top four in three of his last five tournaments. Oh yeah, he's been runner-up in each of the past two majors.

Jordan Spieth: You're going to hear some about the 83 Spieth shot at Chambers Bay in the 2010 U.S. Amateur (Chill, he had just turned 17). You're also going to hear a lot about his caddie having worked at Chambers Bay for years and that he even married his wife there. I'm focused more on Spieth being the reigning Masters champ, having two wins and three runner-ups already this season, and being one of the game's best grinders.

Related: The GolfDigest.com U.S. Open fantasy draft

Rory McIlroy: If not for his rough recent trip to Europe, McIlroy would be an even more overwhelming favorite than what he already is (5-to-1 odds). He's always valuable in this format for his staggering driving stats, but if he brings his entire A-game and adjusts to Chambers Bay's slower-than-usual U.S. Open greens, he could cruise to a third victory in the past four majors.

Patrick Reed: The only player to shoot 68 in the stroke-play portion of the 2010 U.S. Amateur here, Reed's brilliant short game will give him an edge over almost everyone else in the field. Surprisingly, Reed has yet to post a top 20 at a major, but his four wins before age 25 prove he can close out golf tournaments with the best of them.

The Grind: Leonardo DiCaprio dates a golfer and a pretty coed's pretty swing

Bench: Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia.

And for those of you playing other fantasy golf formats:

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

DraftKings.com (Like at the Masters, $1 Million goes to the winner. Seriously, $1 MILLION!):

Phil Mickelson
Patrick Reed
Sergio Garcia
Ryan Moore
Chris Kirk
Danny Willett

McIlroy's price tag was too much, so I opted with three big guns and three semi-big guns instead of starting with the game's biggest gun. With Chambers Bay's links feel, I threw Sergio Garcia and Danny Willett, two Europeans with great short games, into the mix. If this really plays more like a British Open, consider that Garcia has eight top-10 finishes in the past 14 years in that event. Man, I'm counting the money already. . .

Yahoo! lineup: McIlroy, Spieth, Mickelson, Reed.
Bench/backups: Garcia, Rose, Day, Moore.

Related: You won't believe how close some guy came to winning $1 million at the Masters

Knockout/One-and-done pick: Mickelson.

Previously used: Keegan Bradley (Bay Hill), Paul Casey (Honda), Jason Day (Farmers -- WINNER!), Luke Donald (Valspar), Jamie Donaldson (Doral), Jim Furyk (Valero), Sergio Garcia (Players), Bill Haas (Riviera), Billy Horschel (Memphis), Charles Howell III (Sony), Dustin Johnson (Pebble), Zach Johnson (Colonial), Matt Kuchar (Heritage), Marc Leishman (Nelson), Geoff Ogilvy (Hyundai), Louis Oosthuizen (Houston), Ryan Palmer (Humana), Brendan Steele (Phoenix); Jimmy Walker (Masters).

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Fantasy Fix: Will Dustin Johnson walk to a win in Memphis?

Whoops! We said we wouldn't get "Steven Bowditch'd" at the Memorial and then David Lingmerth made his first top 10 in more than a year with a playoff win over Justin Rose. Golf! Now the PGA Tour heads to the FedEx St. Jude Classic, where there will be a mix of players making their final tune-up for the U.S. Open and/or just looking to have a Lingmerth-type week. Who do we think will feast on TPC Southwind in addition to the Memphis BBQ? Here's our weekly PGA Tour Fantasy Golf lineup:

Related: Sign up for PGA Tour Fantasy Golf

Dustin Johnson: Tough decision here, but I'm using up DJ's third and final start, meaning I can't use him at next week's U.S. Open. Why? I'd rather roll the dice on him posting another high finish against a weak field in Memphis. Johnson had a chance to win each of the past two weeks, and he was the FedEx St. Jude Classic champ in 2012. If he can close the deal here again, the buzz around the game's younger stars entering the U.S. Open will only grow louder.

Jamie Donaldson: This will be the first start in this event for last year's surprising Ryder Cup star, but he comes in off a T-8 at the Players and a T-18 at the BMW PGA. You also might be surprised to know he leads everyone in the field this week with his average of 42.6 points per tournament on driving alone in the PGA Tour Fantasy Golf format.

The Grind: A Myrtle Beach bachelor part and an ex-WAG's new single

Ryan Palmer: After back-to-back missed cuts at the Players and Colonial, Palmer turned things around with a T-10 at the Byron Nelson. He also has top fives in two of his past three trips to Memphis.

Billy Horschel: The form that made this guy last year's FedEx Cup champ has been quietly coming back the past two and a half months. It started with a solo third at the Texas Open and now he's coming off a T-13 at the Players and a T-11 at the Memorial. A T-6 and a T-10 in his last two trips to TPC Southwind make he and DJ the most obvious selections this week in Memphis. Well, other than the dry rub. . .

Bench: Harris English and Brooks Koepka.

And for those of you playing other fantasy golf formats:

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

Yahoo! lineup: Palmer, D. Johnson, Horschel, Donaldson.
Bench/backups: English, Harman, Tringale, Goosen.

Knockout/One-and-done pick: Horschel.

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Fantasy Fix: Can Rickie keep rolling at Jack's place?

Entering last week's AT&T Byron Nelson, Steven Bowditch had nine missed cuts and zero top 10s in 2015. And he won. Easily. Henceforth, when someone randomly pops out of nowhere to win a PGA Tour event, we will dub it a Bowditch. No disrespect to the talented Aussie, but it will be a little more difficult for someone to pull off a Bowditch this week at the Memorial, where the field is better and more limited since it's one of the tour's few remaining invitationals. And when you see who we're picking, you'll see that we are certainly not planning on getting Bowditched again. Here's our stacked PGA Tour Fantasy Golf lineup:

Related: Sign up for PGA Tour Fantasy Golf

Dustin Johnson: Not the best track record at Muirfield Village, but he's capable of winning every event he plays, including last week when a quadruple-bogey 8 on Sunday derailed him after he'd taken the lead. The best thing about DJ in this fantasy format? Even when he's not hitting driver, he can still rack up 5-pointers (300-yard drives in the fairway) with his 3-wood.

Rickie Fowler: After that finish at TPC Sawgrass, how can anyone leave him out of their lineup in his follow-up U.S. start? Fowler doesn't have a great record at Muirfield Village the past three years, but he did finish runner-up in his first trip here in 2010. That year, Fowler shot a disappointing 73 on Sunday, but now he's much better prepared for final rounds. He doesn't dress like a traffic cone anymore and he has Alexis Randock by his side.

Related: Behind the camera at the Players Championship

Matt Kuchar: Since Kuchar became the PGA Tour ATM we know and love after overhauling his swing in 2006, he's never finished outside of the top 15 in this tournament, including five top 10s. What the 2013 Memorial champ and 2011 runner-up will be giving up in points on tee shots, he should make up with scrambling and another high finish.

Bill Haas: We're going with the guy who won the Players and the guy who should have won. Hopefully, Haas has put his missed opportunity behind him and is ready to contend again at an event where he's finished T-4 and T-8 the past two years. In any event, with Nationwide as the title sponsor, get ready to see even more of those commercials with Haas during the broadcast.

The Grind: Rory shows off his new girl and a "Royal" breakdown

Bench: Hideki Matsuyama and Brooks Koepka. (No Jordan Spieth -- saving him for the U.S. Open -- or Tiger Woods -- saving him for. . . uh. . .)

And for those of you playing other fantasy golf formats:

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

Yahoo! lineup: Haas, D. Johnson, Kuchar, Na.
Bench/backups: Koepka, Fowler, Matsuyama, Thomas.

Knockout/One-and-done pick: Kuchar.

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Fantasy Fix: How Jordan Spieth could make (odd) history at the Byron Nelson

You probably didn't realize it, but Jordan Spieth has a chance to make history this week at the AT&T Byron Nelson -- not that he necessarily wants to. The reigning Masters champ has finished runner-up in all three PGA Tour events played in his home state of Texas this season. Should he make it four for four -- the Lone Star Second-Place Slam? Hmm, let's work on this -- it would be an impressive, yet frustrating feat. What's sure to frustrate everyone in the field, fans, and tournament officials, though, is the record amount of rain the Dallas-Fort Worth area continues to get in May. The soggy conditions at TPC Las Colinas will give long hitters a huge advantage both in winning the tournament and for picking up fantasy points. Finding fairways will be easier, but picking up those five-pointers for 300-yard pokes is going to require guys who can carry the ball a long way. Whose brawny arms are we turning to for help? Here's our weekly PGA Tour Fantasy Golf lineup:

Related: Sign up for PGA Tour Fantasy Golf

Jordan Spieth: Not a bomber, but not short by any means, either. Plus, he's Jordan Spieth. Consider that he was in contention at this event in the final round when he was 17. Now he's all of 21 and as we mentioned, his record in Texas is pretty good. We'll use him hear and save his final start of this segment for the U.S. Open.

Jimmy Walker: A Texan by residence and a long hitter, Walker has been mired in a slump since injuring his left wrist at the Masters. It can't be much of a concern with him playing back-to-back weeks, though, and with his recent struggles, this is the rare time you can pick the second-ranked player in the FedEx Cup standings as somewhat of a sleeper.

The Grind: Bubba goes in the dunk tank and Keegan/Jillian go out in NYC

Jason Day: The Aussie has been relatively quiet since his hot start to the season, but he should get back on track at the Byron Nelson. Day won his first PGA Tour event here in 2010 and has two other top 10s at Las Colinas in his three starts since.

UPDATE: Day, along with several other players including Ian Poulter have withdrawn. We'll replace him with arguably the longest hitter in golf, Dustin Johnson.

Marc Leishman: Another long-hitter, the Aussie has finished in the top 12 in five of his six trips to Dallas, including T-3s in two of his past three starts. Since returning to action about a month ago after his wife's health scare, Leishman has finished no worse than T-28 in four events. Oh yeah, and he seems to enjoy himself in the rain.

Bench: Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas.

And for those of you playing other fantasy golf formats:

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

Yahoo! lineup: Palmer, Day, Spieth, Hoffman.
Bench/backups: Koepka, Leishman, Walker, Thomas.

Knockout/One-and-done pick: Leishman.

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Can Jordan Spieth answer Rory McIlroy at Colonial?

The second Texas two-step of the PGA Tour season begins this week with the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. You can finally take a break from putting Rory McIlroy in your lineup because the World No. 1 has lept across the pond to play in the BMW PGA Championship. Well, unless you're also in a European Tour fantasy golf league. If that's the case, you might need to reevaluate things. . . But back to Colonial, which has as rich a history as any non-major thanks to Ben Hogan winning here five times and getting honored with a statue by the clubhouse. Who will follow in his footsteps this week and take home the plaid jacket? Here's our PGA Tour Fantasy Golf lineup:

Related: Sign up for PGA Tour Fantasy Golf

Jordan Spieth: There's not much to find fault with here. Oddsmakers have Spieth as an overwhelming favorite (5 to 1), he finally rested after a busy stretch of golf, and he's finished in the top 15 in both prior trips to Colonial. We've seen what Rory McIlroy did in response to Spieth winning the Masters. This is a great opportunity for Spieth to reply in his own way. And check out this gray sweater vest he wore recently:

Ben Hogan would approve.

Adam Scott: The defending champ has fallen out of the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking, but he still makes our list of the game's top-10 ball-strikers. Scott led the field in proximity to the hole by more than six feet during his win last year. Whether he's converting birdie putts or not, that sort of iron play should provide plenty of points.

Related: Behind the camera at the Players Championship

Zach Johnson: No one has played Colonial better in recent years than ZJ, who had a remarkable four-year run from 2010-2013 in which he won twice and added a third and a fourth. Johnson benefits from this being one of the shorter courses on tour and his accuracy off the tee makes him extra valuable this week.

Ryan Palmer: While ZJ has played the Crowne Plaza Invitational the best in recent years, there's probably no golfer who has played Colonial more than Ryan Palmer during that time. The Texas native is a member at the Fort Worth club and that familiarity with the course has paid off the past three years with three top-15 finishes, including a pair of T-5s.

Bench: Boo Weekley and Kevin Kisner.

The Grind: Rory's extra gear and Miss America's golf tan lines

And for those of you playing other fantasy golf formats:

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

Yahoo! lineup: Palmer, Spieth, Senden, Weekley.
Bench/backups: Scott, Kisner, Poulter, Na.

Knockout/One-and-done pick: Zach Johnson.

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Fantasy Fix: Rory McIlroy seems like a safe bet, even when he doesn't have his best stuff

We learned a lot last week. In real golf, Rickie Fowler isn't overrated. And in fantasy golf, the PGA Tour's new contest is pretty cool. Take Day 1 at the Players. Jason Day, Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy all shot 69, but Day earned 74 points, Garcia earned 83 and McIlroy a whopping 97 in the first round, thanks in large part to his driving statistics. Fantasy golf isn't all about score anymore and that seems pretty cool. If you missed it last week, read our explainer on how PGA Tour Fantasy Golf works, sign up, and even join our Golf Digest league. On a personal note, I also learned not to forget to remove guys from my lineup the night they miss the cut (thanks, Jason Day). Here's to better success this week with this lineup of four starters and two bench players:

Related: Sign up for PGA Tour Fantasy Golf

Rory McIlroy: I went back and forth on this one, but wound up leaving McIlroy in. He spent much of his week at TPC Sawgrass looking like this:

And yet he still finished T-8 at the Players. At Quail Hollow, he's finished in the top 10 in four of five tries, including his breakthrough PGA Tour win there in 2010. Plus, as we found out last week, having him in the lineup just for his driving stats is pretty fruitful.

Related: Behind the camera at the Players Championship

Bill Haas: Lost in all the Rickie Players hoopla was the fact that this guy should have won the tournament. Haas essentially missed two tap-ins on Sunday and an easy eagle putt on the 16th hole and still lost by one. It's been a bit of a mixed bag for Haas at Quail Hollow, but he has two fourth-place finishes at this event in the city where he was born.

Hideki Matsuyama: The Japanese star and first-round co-leader at TPC Sawgrass seems like a lock to win on the PGA Tour this season. In fact, he's the only player ranked in the top 20 of the FedEx Cup points list who doesn't have a victory. Quail Hollow seems as good of a place as any.

The Grind: Rickie (and Alexis) steal the show and Amanda Dufner resurfaces

Jim Furyk: In the past decade, Furyk has a win and two runner-ups in this event. Arguably the most consistend player on tour, he should provide plenty of points with his scoring and scrambling.

Bench: Kevin Kisner and Justin Thomas. Riding the hot hands here. Both guys, especially "the Kiz," are so close to picking up their first PGA Tour wins.

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And for those of you playing other fantasy golf formats:

Yahoo! lineup: Haas, Matsuyama, Kisner, Thomas.
Bench/backups: McIlroy, Howell III, Woodland, Oosthuizen.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

Knockout/One-and-done pick: Matsuyama.

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Fantasy Fix: Introducing the PGA Tour's new fantasy game and our picks to win the Players

The Match Play was nice and all, but it's nice to get back to the events that are part of the fantasy golf schedule. You know, the tournaments that really count. Not only does the PGA Tour return to good old stroke play, but it does so at one of the premier events of the season. The Players always has one of the strongest fields in golf and its venue, TPC Sawgrass, produces as much drama as any other course.

Unfortunately for fantasy golfers, that combination makes this perhaps the most unpredictable tournament of the year. Consider that in the 33 years this event has been played at TPC Sawgrass, no one has won it three times and only five players have won it twice. Adding to this year's excitement is the introduction of PGA Tour Fantasy Golf driven by Avis.

Related: Sign up for PGA Tour Fantasy Golf

In this format, you choose any four players. Just keep in mind that you can only use a player three times per segment, with the first segment starting this week and ending the week before the British Open. The real exciting part is that like in other fantasy sports, players can gain and lose points based on their stats (driving, approach shots, short game) as well as their scores/position (Players get a bonus based on how many FedEx Cup points they receive for their finish). Read our explainer on how it works, sign up, and join our Golf Digest league if you like. Got all that? Good. Here's who I'm taking. And yes, my team name is Legends:

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Rory McIlroy: Did you see what he did at TPC Harding Park? McIlroy comes in off a win at the Match Play and a solo fourth at the Masters. He has back-to-back top 10s at TPC Sawgrass, a rarity at this event.

Sergio Garcia: No one has a better track record at the Players the past eight years than Garcia, who won in 2008, was runner-up in 2007 and finished third last year. He also finished T-8 in 2013 despite a disastrous quadruple bogey on a certain island hole. Like Rory, I'm looking for Sergio to earn me a lot of points with his ball-striking, specifically, his driving (300 yards and in the fairway is worth 5 points).

The Grind: Rory KOs the field and Miguel/Keegan nearly come to blows

Henrik Stenson: Getting sick ahead of the Masters stopped the Swede's great run of going T-4 (Doral), solo fourth (Valspar) and runner-up (Bay Hill). Now healthy, he returns to an event where he has three top fives in nine years, including a victory in 2009. Stenson's iron play is a real advantage at this tricky Pete Dye layout. For each approach he hits within 40 feet from more than 200 yards out, he'll earn me at least 3 points.

Jason Day: The Aussie doesn't have a great track record at TPC Sawgrass, but he has four top fives in eight stroke-play events in 2015 and he ranks No. 1 in the PGA Tour's all-around stat. If Day keeps that up, he should produce plenty of points this week.

(Side note: I had a hard time dealing with "the Jordan Spieth quandary." On the one hand, I didn't want to take him because almost everyone -- 77 percent of users, more than 30 percent more than anyone else -- is taking him. On the other, I don't want to get burned for not taking him. I compromised and made Spieth one of my two bench players along with Hideki Matsuyama. That means, I can swap him into my lineup if he's having a great week. And if he's not and I keep him on the bench, it won't count as one of my three times using him this segment.)

And below are who some of our other editors are going with at TPC Sawgrass:

Steve Hennessey: Spieth, Furyk, Mahan, Garcia. Bench: Westwood, Lowry.

Sam Weinman: McIlroy, Hoffman, Spieth, Watson. Bench: Furyk, Fowler.

Ashley Mayo: McIlroy, Day, Spieth, Fowler. Bench: Furyk, Mahan.

Ryan Herrington: Spieth, Furyk, Walker, Rose. Bench: McIlroy, Kuchar.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

It's interesting to note that no one selected Tiger Woods, who won this event the last time he played in it. . . And for those of you playing other fantasy golf formats:

Yahoo! lineup: McIlroy, Walker, Matsuyama, Oosthuizen.
Bench/backups: Garcia, Rose, Mahan, O'Hair.

Knockout/One-and-done pick: Sergio Garcia.

One last piece of advice: Don't pick our editors if you're in a pool. We are NOT playing in the actual golf tournament. Why am I telling you this? Because at least one reader got confused by our Masters draft and picked all of the Golf Digest staffers who participated. Well, all except for Sam Weinman. At least she knew not to pick him.

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The PGA Tour might have finally figured out fantasy golf

Fantasy golf will never have the popularity of fantasy football or fantasy baseball, but that doesn't mean it can't be done as well as those other two. And thanks to the PGA Tour, that day might finally be here with a new fantasy format that incorporates more than just scoring.

Think about it. In fantasy football/baseball, you are rewarded for a variety of statistics. It's why you watch a meaningless game to see if one of your running backs can squeeze out a few more yards or if one of your pitchers can rack up a couple more strikeouts.

Related: Sign up for PGA Tour Fantasy Golf

But in golf, score, placement and money -- three things that are highly correlated -- have been the standard of how to evaluate a fantasy golf team. If your guys aren't all over the leader board heading into Sunday, there's no reason to pay attention. In PGA Tour Fantasy Golf driven by Avis, though, there are a lot more ways for your team to rack up points. Sure, shooting a good score is still a huge part of the equation (as it should be), but if you pick guys who play well despite their score, there are other ways for your team to have success. Let's explain.

Throughout a tournament, PGA Tour Fantasy Golf uses five categories: score related, driving, approach, short game and penalties (-3 points for hitting into a water hazard and -5 points for going OB). In each of the categories other than penalties there are ways to both gain and lose points. For example, a player gets 5 points for hitting a 300-yard drive in the fairway, but loses 3 points for missing the fairway on a drive that travels less than 240 yards. As he should. Get that weak stuff out of here.

There is also a sixth category that awards a bonus at the end of an event based on how many FedEx Cup points your players earned that week. Hey, now you might actually care about the FedEx Cup race! Here's a look at how the complete scoring system works.

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

You can sign up now for free on PGATour.com. The rest of the 2014-15 season is divided into two segments with the first beginning this week at the Players and ending with the John Deere Classic. The second segment starts with the British Open and wraps up with the Tour Championship. Knowing when these segments run is important since you can only use a golfer three times in a given segment. In other words, you can't play Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth every week.

Prizes range from Titleist drivers to winning a round of golf with your weekend foursome at a TPC golf course. Or, of course, you can set up your own league with your own stakes. Go ahead, we won't tell the Feds.

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