Fantasy Tip Sheet: Hyundai TOC
Wasn't it just yesterday that the PGA Tour season was wrapping up?
Well, the pros are back at it this week in Kapalua, where Jonathan Byrd won the 2011 title in a playoff over Robert Garrigus.
Can Byrd give the tournament another repeat winner? Or will a young gun such as Nick Watney steal the show? Or maybe Bubba Watson, who recently shot a 58 on his home course?
Welcome back to our weekly panel of fantasy experts, where we will give you our best advice based on the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, with one player in the top 50 and one outside the top 50.
Our staff picks for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions . . .
Is he America's best player at the moment
Stuart Appleby won in consecutive years. Geoff Ogilvy won in consecutive years. Why not Byrd?
His only highlight here last year was that big-bending driver off the deck that became one of 2011's most memorable shots. He finished 25th in the 32-man field. Watson is playing well entering this week, though. He recently shot 58 in a casual round at his home course and finished 12th, 12th and sixth in his final three events of last year (Australian Open, Australian PGA and Chevron World Challenge).
Could this be a big year for Bryce, now that that first win is out of the way? He closed 2011 well, finishing no worse than 11th in his final three PGA Tour starts, including his Frys.com Open victory. Molder finished third in strokes gained-putting last year.
Now that he's developed an affinity for surfing, he's really going to feel at home on the island of Maui. Seems primed to take an even bigger step forward in his career.
Hard to believe he sits 108th in the Sagarin, but with the Plantation Course being a long-hitter's paradise, it's easy to love Bradley's chances here.
It's the first week, but you have to believe that all the time off will make the difference for Stricker, he's been close before at Kapalua, why not this week?
Played well in the Shark Shoot Out just a couple of week ago and had a great 2011 campaign, no reason he won't take advantage of the small field this week.
Currently ranked No. 2 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, Stricker has nine top 10s in 14 career starts in Hawaii. That's enough for me to pick him against a short field and a field with almost half the players ranked outside the top 100.
Mark Wilson Wilson's last trip to Hawaii produced a victory when he won the 2011 Sony Open in Hawaii.
Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index
- 2. Steve Stricker
- 6. Webb Simpson
- 12. Nick Watney
- 14. K.J. Choi
- 16. Bubba Watson
- 23. Gary Woodland
- 28. Bill Haas
- 31. David Toms
- 33. Aaron Baddeley
- 44. Martin Laird
- 48. Rory Sabbatini
- 58. Mark Wilson
- 79. Ben Crane
- 80. Lucas Glover
- 91. D.A. Points
- 106. Kevin Na
- 108. Keegan Bradley
- 117. Jonathan Byrd
- 128. Chris Kirk
- 133. Jhonattan Vegas
- 137. Bryce Molder
- 147. Johnson Wagner
- 154. Brendan Steele
- 173. Scott Piercy
- 220. Sean O'Hair
- 226. Harrison Frazar
- 239. Michael Bradley
- 273. Scott Stallings