It was only fitting that the PGA Tour season opener would be won by a player on my fantasy squad from last year. Thanks, Brendan Steele. It's just one tournament, but the key to you winning your league this year might just be picking Masters of None team members. And Joel Beall and I got together on this week's Fantasy Fix Podcast to commiserate that fact, talk about how marriage affects your golf game, the movie Zoolander, and, of course, give our picks for the season's second event, the CIMB Classic. Have a listen:
And if you're more old-school and would rather just read my normal weekly picks, here's who I'm taking on my PGA Tour Fantasy Golf team in Malaysia:
Paul Casey: He's finished 2nd-2nd-4th-3rd in his past four starts. Enough said.
Justin Thomas: Our one-and-done pick last week finished T-8 and pulled off one of the most spectacular shots of the week.
No reason to change from JT, AKA "Swoll Monkey," this week. Oh yeah, he also happens to be the defending champ of the event.
Ryan Moore: Before he was a Ryder Cup hero, Moore was the King of Malaysia. Moore won this tournament the first two years it was considered an official PGA Tour event (2013 and 2014) and finished T-10 last year. His recent run and Ryder Cup experience should only translate to an even better campaign this season.
Anirban Lahiri: The Indian star is coming off one of the wildest finishes we can remember. Lahiri birdied his final SEVEN holes at the Venetian Macao Open to get into a playoff. Then he promptly lost by dumping a layup on a par 5 into a water hazard. We're hoping not having to deal with a cross-Pacific flight helps, and that that birdie binge carries over.
__ Bench:__ Kevin Na and Hideki Matsuyama.
And for those of you playing other fantasy golf formats:
Yahoo! lineup: There's no Yahoo! fantasy golf until January, so if you're playing fantasy golf right now, well, you're really into it.
Knockout/One-and-done pick: Anirban Lahiri.
And here's the podcast link again, if you want to hear Joel and I jabber: