The Barclays leads off the FedEx Cup Playoffs this Thursday morning in a contest that takes the best of the best and makes them fight just to stay alive another week. It’s fantastic. And it leaves you with plenty of choices to make. Here are a few golfers to consider at every price range, in an effort to help you narrow it down some. Good luck.
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Jason Day ($11,500) – For a while now – years – people have been saying that when Jason Day’s game came completely together, he could be dominant. He could be the best. People have been waiting for it to happen, expecting it, being disappointed every time he didn’t win a major. It seems like this has been going on forever, but here is the thing: he’s only 27. And if his game is finally coming together, right now, right before something in the range of $70 million goes up for grabs over the course of a month, well, then more power to him.
Justin Rose ($10,900) – He has finished worse than T6 only once in his last six tournaments (and that was a respectable T27 at the US Open). He shot a 72 on Sunday at the WGC-Bridgestone to settle for a T3, but then came back the following weekend with a vengeance, finishing at -14 at the PGA Championship on the back of 25 birdies, good for a solo 4th.
Brooks Koepka ($9,700) – He’s the first in a long line of young players who are looking like contenders early in their careers right now. He only has one win, which seems almost hard to believe, considering how regularly he has played himself into contention. He has seven straight in the top-25, a run that has included five inside the top-10. He shot four rounds under par at the Open Championship to finish T10, and ever since, he has just two rounds in the 70’s. I can certainly see enjoying having him in my lineup for this one.
Brandt Snedeker ($8,600) – The last time The Barclays was here at Plainfield was 2011, and Snedeker finished T3 after carding a course-record 61 on Sunday. He only finished T43 last weekend, but he still did it while recording 17 birdies, good enough for a made cut and 77 fantasy points at the end of the weekend. And he has five top-15 showings in his last eight appearances.
Bill Haas ($8,000) – For only $8,000, you are looking at a guy whose high round last weekend was 68. Clearly he has the talent to go out and handle even a stiff test on the course, and the mental toughness to do it four days in a row. He’s a mid-price option with a legitimate chance of winning this weekend – that’s upside. And it’s also something you don’t actually have to believe 100% to make a guy a solid option at this price.
Robert Streb ($7,900) – He has been inside the top-20 in each of his last five appearances, and eight of his last nine. Three of those were inside the top-5. In other words, he has been consistent, plus upside.
David Lingmerth ($7,800) – Five out his last seven tournaments have ended with a top-15 finish for Lingmerth. His T12 showing at the PGA Championship was just the cherry on top of weeks of solid play, as he demonstrated that he could do it against the best of the best. This price is only going up.
Russell Henley ($7,500) – With four straight inside the top-20, this is his best run of the year, impressive considering how well he has played in stretches. He hasn’t shot a round over par since Thursday at St. Andrews, and that time, even when he was showing his flaws, he immediately followed up with a 66 on Friday to not only make the cut but propel himself back into contention.
Tony Finau ($7,300) – Another young player who came on the scene on fire this year, he has yet to record his first win, and yet he added a fifth top-ten to his resume` at the PGA Championship. He now has a top-25 finish in nine of eleven, a run that has included very respectable performances at two majors (there was also a T14 at the US Open).
Chris Kirk ($6,500) – He hurt his thumb in the US Open, powered through to the end of the tournament through an 80-78 over the weekend, and hasn’t played since. That’s the downside. But that’s also the only reason he’s so cheap – he still had three top ten’s in his shortened season, and was playing some solid golf earlier in the year. I expect him to advance to next weekend, so I think he’ll be a useful guy to target if you’re looking to clear some salary cap room.
Jerry Kelly ($6,300) – He’s got half of the consistency + upside ideal working for him, anyway. With eight missed cuts in 21 tries, he’s anything but consistent… hence the price. But he’s come up big against some of the best fields, in the biggest spots, with a T18 last weekend and a T17 at THE PLAYERS (the two biggest events of the year for someone who didn’t appear in any majors). He shot four rounds in the sixties last weekend and will look to continue that play on into the second round of the FedEx Cup playoffs.