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Fantasy Fix: Should we expect another "top five" moment from Patrick Reed at Doral?

March 04, 2015

Did your fantasy team survive "The Bear Trap"? Probably not, if you rolled with chalk. It was a tough week for the big guns at PGA National, but they'll get another chance this week with the first World Golf Championship of the year. Everyone in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking is teeing it up at Trump National Doral -- the first time that's happened since the 2012 PGA Championship. Who do we like to shake hands with the Donald (and Ivanka) on Sunday evening? A look at our weekly Yahoo! fantasy golf lineup:

Starters -- (A-List): Bubba Watson. Didn't seem to really feel comfortable with the changes to Doral until last year's final round, but a Sunday 68 vaulted him to T-2. Watson also finished runner-up here in 2012 before the alterations.

(B-List): Dustin Johnson. DJ is coming off a rough week, but then again, you could say that about most of the big names who teed it up at PGA National. He finished T-4 at Doral last year and was solo second in 2011.

(B-List): Graeme McDowell. Managed a T-9 last year despite not posting anything better than 71. The new Doral is much more about surviving than going low, though, making it a good track for this U.S. Open champ.

(C-List): Patrick Reed. The defending champ nearly won for a second time in 2015 at the Honda. It was here last year where he famously made his "top five" statement. Another win this week and that might actually become a reality.


Patrick Reed and Donald Trump. Two guys with no confidence issues.

Bench/Backups: Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Justin Rose, and Jamie Donaldson.

Knockout/One-and-done pick: Jamie Donaldson. Long before -- well, months before -- he became a Ryder Cup hero, Donaldson finished T-2 to Reed. He's also coming off a fifth-place finish at the Honda Classic. In other words, he's really good. Maybe not "top five" in the world good, but you get the point.

Previously used: Paul Casey (Honda), Jason Day (Famers -- WINNER!), Bill Haas (Riviera), Charles Howell III (Sony), Dustin Johnson (Pebble), Geoff Ogilvy (Hyundai), Ryan Palmer (Humana), Brendan Steele (Phoenix).