To most, Patrick Reed's victory at the Barclays was perfect timing. His won gave him a leg up in the FedEx Cup and clinched a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team. He also made us at Golf Digest look like geniuses for putting him on the cover of the September issue. But to Joel Beall and I, it was a dagger to the heart. You see, our fantasy golf team, Masters of None, had been eliminated from the playoffs by a single point the week before. And now Reed, our first-round pick back in January's draft, decided to finally win again? NOW?! When it doesn't count for us?! But we must move on. Even with our fantasy dreams dashed, we are still here to (try to) help you. Have a listen as Joel and I discuss the Deutsche Bank Championship, potential Ryder Cup captain's picks, and swanky cocktail parties:
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 TPC Boston:
Phil Mickelson: I went with him last week at the Barclays and I'm riding him again at the Deutsche Bank. Mickelson finished T-13 at Bethpage Black, despite some wild moments:
He got up and down by the way, and he'll play well again at another venue where he has good memories, including that time he took down Tiger woods head-to-head in 2007.
Henrik Stenson: Yes, he withdrew after one round at Bethpage Black, but do you know what he did the week after his last WD? He won. According to European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke, Stenson was being overly cautious with his right knee. An extra day to rest with the Friday start also gives you an extra day to monitor the situation, but for now, we're going with the Swede who has a win and a runner-up at TPC Boston in the past three years.
Adam Scott: The Aussie, who won this tournament before the FedEx Cup Playoffs even existed, had by far his best showing since back-to-back wins this winter with a T-4 at the Barclays. That dropped him from third to fourth in the FedEx Cup standings, but he's still in great shape to capture golf's biggest monetary prize after a disappointing season in the majors.
Steve Stricker: It's been three years since Stricker teed it up at TPC Boston, but he has six top 15s in his past seven starts there and has shot over par just twice in his previous 30 rounds on the track. Still eying a playing spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team, Stricker needs a huge week here just to advance to next week's BMW Championship. We think the man ranked fourth in strokes gained putting this season gets it done.
__ Bench:__ Charley Hoffman and Jason Day (He plays well every week, doesn't he?)
And for those of you playing other fantasy golf formats:
Yahoo! lineup: Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson, Charley Hoffman, Steve Stricker (starters); Phil Mickelson, Webb Simpson, Patrick Reed, Matt Kuchar (bench).
Knockout/One-and-done pick: Adam Scott.
Previously used: Kevin Chappell (Quicken Loans), Jason Day (PGA Championship), Bryson DeChambeau (Valero), Luke Donald (Valspar), Jason Dufner (RBC), Matt Every (Bay Hill), Tony Finau (Frys.com), Rickie Fowler (Wyndham), Jim Furyk (Canadian), Sergio Garcia (Riviera), Bill Haas (Farmers), J.B. Holmes (Wells Fargo), Dustin Johnson (U.S. Open -- winner!), Kevin Kisner (RSM -- winner!), Russell Knox (Honda), Brooks Koepka (St. Jude), Matt Kuchar (Colonial), Anirban Lahiri (CIMB), Graeme McDowell (Hyundai), Phil Mickelson (Barclays), Ryan Moore (Travelers), Kevin Na (Phoenix), Ryan Palmer (CareerBuilders), Scott Piercy (Byron Nelson), Patrick Reed (HSBC), Patrick Rodgers (Shriners), Adam Scott (British Open), Brandt Snedeker (Pebble), Brendan Steele (OHL), Henrik Stenson (Players), Steve Stricker (John Deere), Justin Thomas (Sony), Bubba Watson (Masters).
And here's the link again, if you want to hear Joel and I jabber: