Europeans often chastise American golf fans for only counting what happens on the PGA Tour and forgetting there's a whole other world of golf out there. Well, for the purpose of this post, that's what I'm doing too. Forget about what Jordan Spieth did on his recent world tour, and just concentrate on what he's done on his home tour in 2016. One event. One dominant win at Kapalua. In other words, he's still perfect this year (It's just a sexier plot this way). What a story! Can he keep that unblemished (PGA Tour) record going at Pebble Beach? Here's who I'm taking on my PGA Tour Fantasy Golf team this week:
Jordan Spieth: That perfect PGA Tour year stuff aside, Spieth has finished no worse than T-7 in his last seven worldwide starts. He's also finished no worse than T-7 in his last two starts at Pebble. Plus, thousands of fans at the course will get their very own Jordan Spieth bobblehead doll. That has to guarantee another strong start, right?
I'm shaking my head in agreement, too, Jordan.
Brandt Snedeker: After a 3, 2, 1 stretch, Sneds cooled down with a T-33 finish at TPC Scottsdale. Still, with his start to 2016 and his performance at Pebble last year in which he set the tournament scoring record, he's a must start. And if one of the anchors of my newly formed "Masters of None" (I know, great team name. Thanks.) fantasy team plays poorly this week? Then I'm even more of a jinx than I thought.
Dustin Johnson: I'm finally putting him in the lineup, and what a place to do it. Everyone remembers DJ's final-round collapse here at the 2010 U.S. Open, but he's also won this event twice and shot final-round 66s the past two years to produce T-2 and T-4 finishes.
Bryce Molder: This week's "sleeper" pick has four top-12 finishes in this event in the past six years and boasts the fifth-best score in relation to par at this tournament during that span. Again, though, that was before he became a Masters of None team member. . .
Bench: Jimmy Walker and Patrick Reed.
And for those of you playing other fantasy golf formats:
Yahoo! lineup: Jordan Spieth, Brandt Snedeker, Jimmy Walker, Bryce Molder (starters); Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Danny Lee, Kevin Na (bench).
Knockout/One-and-done pick: Brandt Snedeker. Yes, weather conditions were perfect last year, but as we saw at Torrey Pines a couple weeks ago, I like Sneds' chances even more if the wind picks up.
Previously used: Tony Finau (Frys.com), Bill Haas (Farmers), Kevin Kisner (RSM - winner!), Anirban Lahiri (CIMB), Graeme McDowell (Hyundai), Kevin Na (Phoenix), Ryan Palmer (CareerBuilders), Patrick Reed (HSBC), Patrick Rodgers (Shriners), Brendan Steele (OHL), Justin Thomas (Sony).