The Tour’s next stop is in Gainesville, VA, at the Robert Trent Jones GC for the Quicken Loans National. A few top players are making the trip, and with so many talented young players around this season, there are always difficult choices to make. Here are some golfers to consider as you build your lineups. Good luck!
Justin Rose ($12,200) – The fact of the matter is, with this field, it wouldn’t be all that surprising to see each of the top five or six guys in terms of price all finish inside the top-15, and throw up a bunch of fantasy points in the process. So how do you decide? Rose, when his game is on, is the model of consistency – just solid shot after solid shot, relentless. And right now, he is definitely on his game: 2, T27 and T6 in his last three (Memorial, US Open, Open Championship). With that kind of consistency and as good a chance as anyone at snagging the win (he is the defending champ, albeit at a different course), spending big on him is something you are not likely to regret.
Justin Thomas ($10,000) – In his last two tournaments he has seven rounds under 70 and six at 67 or better. He has taken a couple of weeks off, and he will be looking to start where he left off and take another step forward with four solid rounds and a finish at or near the top of the leaderboard.
:*Tony Finau ($9,800)* – With wide open fairways, Finau’s length should be on full display, giving him makable approach shots at this course’s well-protected greens. GIR should be an important stat this weekend, and it means Finau has a good chance to earn his first win.
Will Wilcox ($8,900) – His price perhaps reflects the fact that he withdrew from the Canadian Open with a wrist injury last weekend, but initial reports seemed to suggest the injury wasn’t particularly serious, so hopefully the rest will leave him healthy and ready to resume his breakout season. He’s made nine of thirteen cuts, and he has three top-ten finishes, including in each of his last two (T8 at John Deere and 2 at Barbasol).
Shawn Stefani ($8,800) – With seven top-25 showings this season, and another handful just outside that range, Stefani has earned his 70-point fantasy scoring average with consistency. Every time he makes a cut, which is the vast majority of the time, he is earning you 60+ fantasy points at a minimum, with plenty of birdies (he had 20 last time out at the John Deere Classic).
Johnson Wagner ($8,700) – When you are dealing with a depleted field compared to the bigger tournaments, it’s hard to ignore recent success – all of these guys are good, and if one of them is bringing his A-game every time out, he’s probably not going to kill your chances. And that can’t apply any more than it does here: T5, T10, T18 in his last three.
Daniel Summerhays ($8,600) – He has finished T8 and T11 in his last two, and he is doing it in large part with his putter. That’s the kind of thing that translates at every course, and can provide a sizable advantage on a course where no one is all that familiar with the greens (this is the first PGA event hosted by Robert Trent Jones GC).
Pat Perez ($8,400) – He’s been remarkably consistent this year – even if you took advantage of some early season success on your fantasy roster, you probably didn’t expect it to continue. Well, he is now up to nine top-25 finishes on the year, including three of his last five, all of which is good for a fantasy scoring average hovering just under 70.
Andy Sullivan ($8,100) – With no stats from previous PGA events held here, you have to rely on the stats for the course – and for a mid-length course with open fairways and manageable greens – once you get on them – it is easy to say par-4 scoring is going to be key, as are stats like GIR that take measure of the same thing, really – how often you put yourself in a position to gain a stroke. Sullivan has managed four top-20 finishes in his last seven tournaments on the back of exactly those skills.
John Senden ($8,000) – Just look at that swing. It’s hard to imagine the ball NOT landing on the green when you watch this guy play. He’s finished T14 and T40 in his last two tournaments, not bad when you consider that it was the US Open and the Open Championship. On a course that will require similar sorts of skills approaching the green, he should be a safe pick in this one as well.
David Lingmerth ($7,800) – He’s missed nine cuts this year, but none since May. The stretch of four tournaments since then includes two top-10 performances, and a fantasy scoring average over 80. If he keeps anything like that up here, you’re in good shape at this price.