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Fantasy Fix: Why Hunter Mahan deserves to win the Canadian Open

I really need to get better with reading signs from the universe. The week of the Masters, I learned our Augusta housekeeper's last name was Speth. And yet I didn't go with Jordan. The driver who picked me up to take me to the airport to fly to Scotland last week was named Zach. And yet I didn't bet on Mr. Johnson at St. Andrews. In other words, I'm kicking myself more than Rory McIlroy right now. Anyway, this week the PGA Tour heads to Glen Abbey GC for the RBC Canadian Open and so far, there haven't been any signs. At least, I haven't noticed any. Until I do, here's who I'm going with in my PGA Tour Fantasy Golf lineup:

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Hunter Mahan: No, my pizza delivery man's name last night wasn't Hunter, but perhaps fate will intervene this week and help Mahan out. After all, it was at Glen Abbey two years ago when Mahan withdrew as the 36-hole leader to be with his wife for the birth of their first kid. So c'mon, golf gods, hook this guy up:

Matt Kuchar: I wasted 10 pounds on Kuchar at the British Open, but I'm hoping he gets back to his top-10 ways in Canada. Kuchar finished T-2 when this event was last held at Glen Abbey in 2013 and he has two other T-4 finishes in the Great White North since 2010.

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Luke Donald: This isn't a sign, but Donald is sponsored by the tournament's sponsor, RBC. Aha! He's also coming off a T-7 at the Travelers and a T-12 at St. Andrews.

Jim Furyk: Furyk has an incredible record in Canada with two wins and a runner-up last year, although none of those finishes came at Glen Abbey. Still, he's finished in the top 15 in each of his last two trips to the Jack Nicklaus design, and after lackluster performances at these past two Opens, it feels like he's due for a good performance at this one. Plus, I have a friend named Jim, so. . .

The Grind: ZJ wins the claret jug and a rowdy flight home from Scotland

Bench: Graham DeLaet and Will McGirt.

And for those of you playing other fantasy golf formats:

Yahoo! lineup: Jim Furyk, Hunter Mahan, Matt Kuchar, and Will McGirt.
Bench/backups: Luke Donald, Patrick Rodgers, Graham DeLaet, and Tony Finau.

Knockout/One-and-done pick: Hunter Mahan.

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), Webb Simpson (Greenbrier), Brandt Snedeker (Travelers), Brendan Steele (Phoenix), Henrik Stenson (British Open); Steve Stricker (John Deere), Jimmy Walker (Masters).

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How I'm wasting 60 pounds wagering on this year's Open Championship (Hint: John Daly is involved)

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- If you're fortunate enough to stay in St. Andrews when it hosts an Open Championship, you're close to everything. You can walk from your room to the course. You can walk from the course to the pubs. And yes, you can walk from anywhere to a betting parlor.

On the eve of this year's tournament, I took a stroll to one because, well, it's what you do at the British Open, and what else am I going to do with all the money I withdrew from the Edinburgh Airport forgetting everywhere takes credit card these days?

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Oddly, when I reached my destination, a local Ladbrokes, I was the only customer in the place:

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I guess everyone else had already made their bets.

There wasn't much else to note about this particular place other than the great posters hanging in the window. Poor Rory.

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Now to the bets. I decided to keep them to five pounds each, although when you bet a player "each way" (finishing second through sixth and you get 1/4 of the player's odds to win), you're actually making two bets since you're also betting him to win. The total damage was 12 bets for 60 pounds. Not bad, I thought. Not realizing until later that was about $100. Whoops. Anyway, here's the breakdown of how I wasted my money:

To win: Louis Oosthuizen (25-to-1 odds) and Henrik Stenson (25-1): Gun to my head, I'm picking Dustin Johnson to win this week, but unfortunately, his odds (12-1) were too low, and fortunately, I don't have a gun to my head. Instead, I picked Oosthuizen, who won by seven shots here at the 2010 Open and was a combined 14 under in his previous two rounds at St. Andrews during last year's Alfred Dunhill Links. He also nearly stole the U.S. Open with a brilliant back-nine 29 on Sunday at Chambers Bay. Why Stenson? Well, if I keep betting him a majors, I figure eventually he's going to win one. I hope.

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Each way: Matt Kuchar (50-1), Jimmy Walker (80-1), Tommy Fleetwood (80-1), Danny Willett (100-1): Like Stenson, Kuchar and Walker seem too good to end up majorless for their careers. They were both listed at 66-1 on the sheet, but when I made the bet, Kuchar's odds went down (boo) and Walker's went up (yeah). They are also part of the late-early part of the draw, which looks like it might get substantially easier weather conditions.

Related: The Jordan Spieth Slam-o-Meter

In Willett and Fleetwood, I'm going with two English players having strong seasons. OK, and I picked Willett because a friend wanted to bet on him for some strange reason. But Fleetwood has moved up to 80-1 thanks to his recent strong play at St. Andrews. At the previous two Alfred Dunhill Links Championships, he has shot a combined 26(!) under in his four rounds at the Old Course. Not bad.

Oh yeah, I'm on a real John Daly kick this week. First, I reminisced about his stunning victory here in 1995. And then, I saw what he wore to Tuesday's champions dinner:

Nice jacket, JD.

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I was compelled to put 10 pounds on Long John's very long odds (1,000 to 1!). Look at how much I could win if he wins! OK, so betting him to win was probably pretty dumb, but half of that wager is on him just finishing in the top six. Easy money!

Related: Remember when John Daly won the Open? That was awesome.

Unfortunately, Ladbrokes closes at 7 p.m. on Sunday and doesn't open until 10 a.m. on Monday, meaning I won't be able to collect my earnings before flying home. So I'm not sure what I'm going to do when I win . . . Oh, who am I kidding?

Now for who we're taking in fantasy golf this week:

PGA Tour Fantasy Golf: Dustin Johnson, Louis Oosthuizen, Jimmy Walker, Henrik Stenson.
Bench: Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar.

Yahoo! lineup: Henrik Stenson, Jimmy Walker, Dustin Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen.
Bench/backups: Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar and Branden Grace.

Knockout/One-and-done pick: Henrik Stenson.

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), Webb Simpson (Greenbrier), Brandt Snedeker (Travelers), Brendan Steele (Phoenix); Steve Stricker (John Deere), Jimmy Walker (Masters).

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Fantasy Fix: Why we're taking Steve Stricker over Jordan Spieth at the John Deere Classic

Many people disagree with Jordan Spieth's decision to play in this week's John Deere Classic, but a certain tractor-making sect of the population is revving up its farm equipment in excitement over the return of the young superstar.

While I commend Spieth honoring his commitment to play in the event where he won his first PGA Tour title, I'm not (gasp) recommending you play him in your fantasy golf leagues this week. We're all familiar with the phrase "look-ahead game" in sports, right? Well, this is the ultimate look-ahead situation for Spieth, who will be looking to win a third straight major next week at the most famous golf course in the world (This is also the final tournament of Segment 1 and I've already maxed out on Spieth starts). There's NO no probably no way he plays well this week. Of course, I didn't think we'd ever see a 21-year-old golfer win the first two legs of the Grand Slam, either. . . In any matter, here's who I'm going with (gulp) instead this week in my PGA Tour Fantasy Golf lineup:

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Steve Stricker: There are three certainties in this life: Death, taxes, and Steve Stricker at the John Deere Classic. The three-time winner of this event, hasn't had a top 25 in six events this season, but that changes this week. Even when he played sparingly last year, he dropped by to post a T-7 at TPC Deere Run. Just sit back and watch the Strick Show. . .

Incredibly, it looks like Stricker isn't picking himself this week.

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That's either a mistake or the man is way too modest. Moving on. . .

Zach Johnson: Another Midwesterner who treats this event like a major, ZJ has been just as reliable as Stricker at TPC Deere Run with five top-three finishes in the past six trips. That run includes an incredible streak of 24(!) straight rounds in the 60s here.

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Kevin Kisner: Another week, another playoff loss for Kisner. The Kiz became the first player since Horton Smith in 1937 to lose three PGA Tour playoffs in a single season. But not even ol' Horton pulled off the feat in less than three months. I might have to ride him until he finally breaks through.

Tony Finau: I was going to go with another one of last week's playoff losers, David Hearn, in this spot, but opted with the high-powered Finau for his driving stats. Plus, the PGA Tour rookie has quietly put together a streak of seven straight top 25s.

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Bench: David Hearn and Brian Harman.

And for those of you playing other fantasy golf formats:

Yahoo! lineup: Steve Stricker, Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson and Tony Finau.
Bench/backups: Harris English, Brian Harman, Patrick Rodgers and David Hearn.

Knockout/One-and-done pick: Steve Stricker.

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), Webb Simpson (Greenbrier), Brandt Snedeker (Travelers), Brendan Steele (Phoenix), Jimmy Walker (Masters).

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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:

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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:

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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.

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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:

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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:

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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:

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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:

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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.

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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.

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And for those of you playing other fantasy golf formats:

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

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

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