The second round of the FedEx Cup Playoffs tees off Friday morning at TPC Boston with the Deutsche Bank Championship. We’ve narrowed down a field of the best golfers in the world to the best of the best, leaving you with some difficult choices to make. Here are some players to consider for your lineups, at every price range. Good luck!
Jason Day ($11,800) – Right now, everyone else is thinking “FedEx Cup Championship!” Day is just thinking “golf.” Last weekend, I wouldn’t recommend Spieth, but it wasn’t just because he was the most expensive golfer – it’s because he was SO MUCH more expensive. To get the guy who won three of the past four tournaments he entered, I expect to pay up – and a $500 premium is reasonable. His unique blend of power and putting makes for a unique blend of consistency and upside that might best be described as “consistent upside.”
Rory McIlroy ($11,200) – He took last weekend off to make sure he was healthy enough for a run at the FedEx Cup Championship but his appearance at the PGA Championship was at the very least enough to know he came back from his injury feeling well enough to compete with anyone. His 71-71 Thursday and Friday can be attributed to rust, and not even that much rust, and his 68-69 over the weekend shows he might just be ready to be the best player around again.
Henrik Stenson ($10,500) – I don’t know if he is going to win – he never wins. But, one of my most common recommendations this season could certainly come close – he is good at that. His solo second at The Barclays was his second top-ten finish in three weeks, and in between he actually played really well at the PGA Championship after a round of 76 on Thursday (ending up at T25).
Brooks Koepka ($8,700) – He missed the cut last weekend, but, being ranked in the top 20, he is in no danger of exiting the Playoffs prior to the Championship. Before The Barclays, he had only missed one cut all year, so I certainly don’t see that happening again.
Robert Streb ($8,000) – With a top twenty finish at each of his last two majors, and a fantasy scoring average well into the eighties over his last six tournaments, he is a good safe name to latch onto to carry you through the entire weekend scoring points.
Tony Finau ($7,700) – Another great youngster this season, Finau has finished inside the top-25 in eight of his last ten tourneys, including The Barclays, The PGA Championship, and the US Open (all T16 or better). He opened up last weekend with a 65 that showed his true promise.
Daniel Summerhays ($7,200) – Summerhays has been quietly out performing expectations recently, with three top-11 finishes in his last five. For this price, this weekend, I would certainly take T11. He has the skills to do it against this kind of field.
J.B. Holmes ($7,100) – Holmes had a T58 last weekend, but at least making cuts over the last three weekends shows that he is healthy and able to finish a tournament. Last weekend, he even closed with his best round – a 69 on Sunday.
Rory Sabbatini ($6,700) – Sabbatini has actually been one of the top players in golf are certain points in his career. Not lately, perhaps – and he’s not even that old. Most recently, he has been T30 or better in five of his last seven.
Cameron Tringale ($6,500) – He’s not flashy. He won’t win this tournament. But he makes a lot of cuts, and he makes a lot of pars, and sometimes might even reach for top-25 upside with a handful of shots here and there that make you wonder why he’s not better than he is.