Fantasy GolfMay 13, 2015

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:

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

And for those of you playing other fantasy golf formats:

__Yahoo! lineup: __Haas, Matsuyama, Kisner, Thomas.

Bench/backups:__ __McIlroy, Howell III, Woodland, Oosthuizen.

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Knockout/One-and-done pick:Matsuyama.

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