Fantasy Tip Sheet: Humana Challenge

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T1Scott Langley-5F-5
T1William McGirt-5F-5
4Harris English-3F-3
T5Russell Knox-2F-2
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A week after Russell Henley took the PGA Tour by storm in his maiden voyage as a member, we get back to the mainland and some bigger names are popping up on the entry list.

Mainly, one Phil Mickelson.

Lefty will tee it up for the first time on Tour this season at the Humana Challenge, while Bo Van Pelt is also making his season debut.

Our fantasy crew couldn't agree on a favorite this week, nor even an underdog.

The leader in the clubhouse, Jeff Rude, is liking Mickelson, while other big names to be chosen are Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker, Pat Perez and Webb Simpson.

Can Henley make it back-to-back? Is Gary Woodland ready to reappear? Will another Georgia Bulldog - Chris Kirk or Harris English - win this week?

We give you our weekly predictions:

Rank Winner Wild Card Last Week
Rude Phil Mickelson

Because he still knows how to do it.

Russell Henley

Because he just did it.

Winner: Keegan Bradley ($13,821); wild card: Carl Pettersson ($12,096). 2013 total: $1,286,317

McCabe Matt Kuchar

Ho hum, two weeks in Hawaii, seven rounds, 21 under, and two top-10s. A ball-striking, happy-go-lucky, always-smiling machine who strikes me as someone who is ideal for these sort of jovial pro-ams. Heck, this will be his seventh straight time in this one and with two top-10s in the last three trips, Kuchar appears comfortable in the setting.

Tim Clark

There might be 54 guys ahead of him in the world order, but there aren't any who play with more tenacity. He's been second twice and fifth once in four previous starts in this tournament, so clearly he understands the drill. Took an incomparable effort last week to keep Clark out of the winner's circle.

Winner: Keegan Bradley ($13,821); wild card: Charles Howell III ($324,800). 2013 total: $891,021

Martin Brandt Snedeker

The FedEx Cup champ is coming off top-10s in two of his past three Humana starts and a third-place finish in the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions. You need to make lots of birdies at the Humana, so I think it's wise to pick one of the world's top putters.

Chris Kirk

The Georgia Bulldog finished T-7 here in his debut in 2011, and opened last year's event with rounds of 68-63. He's coming off a T-5 at Sony.

Winner: Dustin Johnson (WD); wild card: Bud Cauley (MC). 2013 total: $295,400

Ringler Pat Perez

Finished off 2012 with six consecutive cuts made and started 2013 with a top 10 at the Sony Open. Won this event in 2009 and posted 13 of his last 15 rounds in the 60s.

Harris English

English shot 62 in in the third round at the Sony and finished T-9 last week. Placed in the top 20 last year at the Humana and he played golf at the University of Georgia, which seems to be a popular thing on the PGA Tour right now.

Winner: Matt Kuchar ($204,400); wild card: Charles Howell III ($324,800). 2013 total: $1,255,200

Masuda Webb Simpson

Putting will be at a premium this week, and Simpson can roll the rock. He's also 3-for-3 on cuts made at this event, including a T-5 in 2009 (27 under) and T-13 in 2011. He didn't play last year.

Gary Woodland

He's healthy and hungry to get back into contention. Plus, he lost in a playoff in this event in 2011. Went with a putter as a favorite, now a bomber for an underdog. I think I'm covered.

Winner: Zach Johnson (MC); wild card: Scott Stallings (MC). 2013 total: $154,600

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The Humana Challenge field according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings

  • 5. Matt Kuchar
  • 13. Bo Van Pelt
  • 14. Phil Mickelson
  • 19. Brandt Snedeker
  • 20. Zach Johnson
  • 25. John Senden
  • 27. Geoff Ogilvy
  • 28. Webb Simpson
  • 30. Brendon de Jonge
  • 34. Pat Perez
  • 35. Robert Garrigus
  • 38. Carl Pettersson
  • 41. Seung-Yul Noh
  • 43. Jeff Overton
  • 45. Jimmy Walker
  • 46. Bill Haas
  • 51. Morgan Hoffmann
  • 52. Greg Chalmers
  • 54. Harris English
  • 61. David Toms
  • 63. Ryan Palmer
  • 64. Sean O'Hair
  • 65. Bud Cauley
  • 66. Kevin Na
  • 68. Luke Guthrie
  • 69. Charlie Wi
  • 73. Chris Kirk
  • 74. Ross Fisher
  • 76. Charles Howell III
  • 81. Patrick Cantlay
  • 83. Martin Laird
  • 85. Bob Estes
  • 89. Blake Adams
  • 91. Ken Duke
  • 94. Kevin Stadler
  • 95. Tom Gillis
  • 96. Ben Kohles
  • 97. Will Claxton
  • 98. Tim Clark
  • 100. Robert Streb
  • 102. Billy Horschel
  • 105. Kevin Streelman
  • 111. Aaron Baddeley
  • 113. David Lynn
  • 114. Brian Stuard
  • 117. Davis Love III
  • 118. Graham DeLaet
  • 119. Bryce Molder
  • 120. David Hearn
  • 121. John Merrick
  • 123. Sang-Moon Bae
  • 124. Roberto Castro
  • 125. Justin Hicks
  • 126. Cameron Tringale
  • 128. Lee Williams
  • 130. Greg Owen
  • 134. Josh Teater
  • 135. Brian Harman
  • 140. Mark Wilson
  • 141. Casey Wittenberg
  • 144. Dicky Pride
  • 145. Ryo Ishikawa
  • 150. Kyle Stanley
  • 154. Russell Henley
  • 159. Martin Flores
  • 160. Matt Every
  • 162. Chad Campbell
  • 163. Kevin Chappell
  • 164. Camilo Villegas
  • 167. Charley Hoffman
  • 169. Brian Davis
  • 173. Gary Woodland
  • 174. John Mallinger
  • 178. Ricky Barnes
  • 179. Scott Gardiner
  • 187. Justin Bolli
  • 194. Johnson Wagner
  • 195. William McGirt
  • 197. Trevor Immelman
  • 198. John Rollins
  • 199. Luke List
  • 200. Stewart Cink
  • 205. Brian Gay
  • 206. Robert Karlsson
  • 207. Daniel Summerhays
  • 219. Tommy Gainey
  • 220. Richard H. Lee
  • 221. Cameron Percy
  • 226. Shawn Stefani
  • 228. Brendan Steele
  • 229. Brad Fritsch
  • 232. Tag Ridings
  • 238. Dong-Hwan Lee
  • 240. Nicholas Thompson
  • 242. Erik Compton
  • 243. Lee Janzen
  • 244. Jeff Maggert
  • 246. Chris Stroud
  • 252. Troy Matteson
  • 255. Jerry Kelly
  • 257. D.A. Points
  • 262. Stuart Appleby
  • 269. Boo Weekley
  • 272. James Driscoll
  • 279. Andrew Svoboda
  • 285. Justin Leonard
  • 287. Steve LeBrun
  • 294. Fabian Gomez
  • 295. Scott Stallings
  • 307. Jhonattan Vegas
  • 310. James Hahn
  • 311. David Mathis
  • 316. Jason Bohn
  • 318. Rory Sabbatini
  • 325. Charlie Beljan
  • 331. David Lingmerth
  • 339. Darron Stiles
  • 365. Aaron Watkins
  • 367. Alistair Presnell
  • 379. Matt Jones
  • 387. Troy Kelly
  • 390. Robert Allenby
  • 394. Jason Kokrak
  • 411. Andres Gonzales
  • 413. Michael Letzig
  • 422. D.J. Trahan
  • 434. Paul Haley II
  • 451. Colt Knost
  • 466. Stephen Ames
  • 492. Lucas Glover
  • 493. Jeff Gove
  • 501. Steven Bowditch
  • 502. Joe Ogilvie
  • 523. Michael Bradley
  • 566. Jin Park
  • 954. Joey Snyder III
  • 974. Mike Weir
  • N/R. Mark Brooks
  • N/R. Derek Ernst
  • N/R. Eric Meierdierks
  • N/R. Henrik Norlander
  • N/R. Brett Quigley
  • N/R. Chris Starkjohann
  • N/R. Bart Bryant
  • N/R. Jeff Klauk
  • N/R. Scott Langley
  • N/R. Steve Marino
  • N/R. Scott McCarron
  • N/R. Steve Jones
  • N/R. Jesper Parnevik
  • N/R. Wes Short, Jr.
  • N/R. Scott Verplank
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