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Fantasy Golf Podcast: Jimmy Walker or Jordan Spieth at the Sony Open?

January 10, 2017

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Justin Thomas kicked off 2017 on the PGA Tour in style. Well, with his play, at least. We're still not quite sure what to make of that fluorescent shirt:


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And JT will island jump over to Honolulu for the Sony Open at Waialae CC, one of the shortest courses (7,004 yards) on tour all year. Joel Beall and I discuss our Hawaiian picks, some sleepers for 2017 and pasta day in the office cafeteria in this week's podcast:

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 at Kapalua:

Jimmy Walker: Walker went back-to-back at the Sony Open in 2014 and 2015. In 2015, he won by nine shots. Coming off a solid week in Kapalua, we're expecting another big week.

Jordan Spieth: Even with two double bogeys and a triple bogey at Kapalua, Spieth finished T-3, thanks to leading the field in birdies. We're expecting more of that at Waialae, a course Spieth's caddie contends sets up as well as any on tour for him.

Justin Thomas: Two wins in his past four starts. Plus, he holds a share of the Waialae course record with the 61 he fired in the second round in 2015. No reason not to roll with him.

Harold Varner III: We wanted to highlight a few of our top sleepers for 2017 (Varner, Ollie Schniederjans and Wesley Bryan), but we'll go with Varner. The promising player finished T-13 in his debut here last year.

Bench: Branden Grace and Ollie Schniederjans.

And for those of you playing other fantasy golf formats:

Yahoo! lineup: Branden Grace, Jimmy Walker, Jordan Spieth, Zach Johnson (Starters);
Bill Haas, Brandt Snedeker, Justin Thomas and Tony Finau (Bench).

Knockout/One-and-done pick: Tony Finau.

And here's the podcast link again, if you want to hear Joel and I jabber: