The PGA Season wraps up in Atlanta.
The Ryder Cup is coming up in a few weeks, but we’ve got a solid month off from daily fantasy golf after this weekend, so take advantage now. I don’t care how into football you are right now – it’s the Tour Championship! There are millions of dollars and a potential FedEx Cup Championship on the line, and you can’t tell me that watching a field that includes basically all of the PGA Tour’s top golfers down the stretch on Sunday isn’t every bit as compelling as Ryan Fitzpatrick v. Derek Carr. Plus, there’s, you know, the more than $50,000 in guaranteed prizes.
By definition, though, the field this weekend contains only the top thirty FedEx points leaders, so while there is a great collection of talent on hand, there are really not many choices available. This can actually be a very difficult weekend to draft a team, because you WANT to choose the top guys, which means you have to choose a few cheap guys, and there aren’t many of them to go around. And, you probably won’t trust them too much facing off against this level of competition.
But if you’ve been playing daily golf tournaments regularly, you know the average salary you can afford is somewhere around $8,300-$8,400 per player. And many weeks, the best strategy is to choose a bunch of guys right in that range, and this week might be one of those weeks. Because, to be honest, with a field this shallow and talented, I can see the logic of staying away from the very bottom guys, but other than that, they all kind of have a chance at winning. And yes, I am aware that Rory McIlroy ($10,600) and Adam Scott ($10,000) are both here, and that between the two of them, in their last twenty PGA starts, they have 18 top 20 finishes. I’m aware.
And if you look just a very little bit further down the list, you’ve got Furyk, and Bubba, and Spieth, and Sergio and Fowler. And if you want to play with any of these guys on your squad, you are going to need to find the extra $800-$2,000 in your budget somewhere. And that is going to mean trusting John Senden ($6,600) or Kevin Na ($6,200). If you’re going to trust a couple of cheaper options, these are a couple of good choices, with recent success (Na, T9 The Barclays and Senden, T5 at the Deutsche Bank), and a history of being able to compete in fields that feature the top guys in the world. But clearly, there is risk associated with these guys, or their price tag wouldn’t be so low.
It shouldn’t be surprising, therefore, if it just feels a lot easier to trust some combo of Zach Johnson ($8,200), Chris Kirk ($8,400), or Bill Haas ($8,600). Kirk is the current FedEx Cup points leader, Haas has gone T2, T15, T9 and T16 in his last four, and Johnson has been consistently good all season, with five top ten finishes and a handful of other weekends that ended with him in the top 25. And the thing is, you could actually field a team made up entirely of these guys. For example, I know if I looked at a lineup of those three, plus Martin Kaymer, Jimmy Walker and Webb Simpson, I would think I couldn’t afford it. But you can.
And if you landed on this page because you love football, and landed on this article because you’d never even heard of fantasy golf and were curious, give it a try. It’s fun. You’ll like it. And if you get hooked, and then get mad because the season is over, don’t worry too much – the season starts up again soon enough. Just when your fantasy football team is shaping up to be, well, not in the playoffs, and just when the weather is starting to turn from “crisp” to “freezing,” these guys will be in Hawaii or some such place, helping you take your mind off both.