Fantasy Tip Sheet: Tampa Bay Championship

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After the excitement of last week's WGC-Cadillac Championship, there isn't as much focus on this week's PGA Tour event in Tampa, Fla.

But there should be. With the likes of Luke Donald, Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar and Louis Oosthuizen teeing it up at the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook, the field is quite impressive.

Yet, it is someone who has dipped in the OWGR (and Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings) that is getting love from our fantasy panel this week: Retief Goosen.

While considered an underdog, Goosen has made all three cuts this season, including a T-9 at Pebble Beach.

The "favorites" to keep an eye on this week include Sergio Garcia, Jason Dufner, Jim Furyk, Adam Scott and Scott Piercy.

As for our panel, Nick Masuda extends his lead over Jeff Rude behind his pick of Graeme McDowell (T-3) at Doral, but most of the panel is within one correct prediction of taking over the outright lead as the Florida Swing wraps up.

Take a look at this week's picks:

Rank Winner Wild Card Last Week
Rude Sergio Garcia

Tied for third on Sunday at WGC Cadillac Championship. Ball-striking on track, for he tied for second in GIR at Doral.

Retief Goosen

Excited about playing again after back surgery last August to repair a damaged disk. Tied for ninth in 2013 Tour debut at Pebble Beach. Was tied for lead after 54 holes last year at Innisbrook before closing with 75 and clearing struggling with his back.

Winner: Charl Schwartzel ($98,000); wild card: Charles Howell III ($113,750). 2013 total: $3,387,789

McCabe Jason Dufner

Has played Copperhead Course solidly last four years, going 18-under for his 16 rounds, 14 of which have been par or better.

Retief Goosen

Why not? He's won twice at this superb golf course and it suits his style of play, which tends to be at its best when par is a good score and birdie-fests don't break out.

Winner: Charl Schwartzel ($98,000); wild card: Geoff Ogilvy ($57,500). 2013 total: $2,873,350

Martin Jim Furyk

Won here in 2010. Tied for 13th in 2011. Lost a playoff last year. Hard to pick against that.

Michael Thompson

Coming off a win at the Honda Classic and T-8 at the Cadillac Championship. Was T-16 in this event last year.

Winner: Charl Schwartzel ($98,000); wild card: Keegan Bradley ($240,000). 2013 total: $1,824,230

Ringler Adam Scott

Closed with a 64 at Doral to finish third, which gives him his ninth top-10 showing in his last 15 starts.

Retief Goosen

Past winner here (2009) and has posted a pair of top-20s worldwide in 2013.

Winner: Matt Kuchar ($68,500); wild card: Hunter Mahan ($79,000). 2013 total: $2,921,018

Masuda Scott Piercy

Fired a tournament-low 62 in the final round at Copperhead in 2012, sending himself to a T-5 finish. Good vibes are good enough for me.

Graham DeLaet

The Boise State product has missed his only cut at Copperhead, but has two top-10s this season and has made the cut in five of seven events. Going on my gut here. Just hope I didn't need to lose some weight . . .

Winner: Luke Donald ($60,500); wild card: Graeme McDowell ($417,500). 2013 total: $3,904,608

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The Tampa Bay Championship field according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings

  • 1. Luke Donald
  • 2. Adam Scott
  • 5. Matt Kuchar
  • 6. Jim Furyk
  • 7. Jason Dufner
  • 11. Sergio Garcia
  • 17. Louis Oosthuizen
  • 18. Vijay Singh
  • 20. Robert Garrigus
  • 22. Webb Simpson
  • 24. Jason Day
  • 25. Ryan Moore
  • 26. Brendon de Jonge
  • 28. Zach Johnson
  • 31. Jimmy Walker
  • 32. Nick Watney
  • 35. Scott Piercy
  • 40. John Senden
  • 41. Carl Pettersson
  • 43. Geoff Ogilvy
  • 45. Seung-Yul Noh
  • 47. Pat Perez
  • 48. Greg Chalmers
  • 49. Luke Guthrie
  • 50. Martin Kaymer
  • 51. Jeff Overton
  • 53. Jordan Spieth
  • 55. Charlie Wi
  • 58. Ross Fisher
  • 59. Billy Horschel
  • 62. Bob Estes
  • 65. Ryan Palmer
  • 66. Kevin Streelman
  • 68. Marc Leishman
  • 69. Patrick Cantlay
  • 74. Graham DeLaet
  • 75. George Coetzee
  • 77. Harris English
  • 78. J.J. Henry
  • 79. John Huh
  • 80. Brian Stuard
  • 83. George McNeill
  • 84. David Toms
  • 86. Jonas Blixt
  • 88. Bud Cauley
  • 91. Justin Hicks
  • 92. K.J. Choi
  • 93. Robert Streb
  • 94. Bryce Molder
  • 96. Kevin Stadler
  • 101. Tom Gillis
  • 104. Y.E. Yang
  • 107. Sean O'Hair
  • 109. Ben Kohles
  • 114. Josh Teater
  • 120. Retief Goosen
  • 121. Charley Hoffman
  • 122. Will Claxton
  • 123. Cameron Tringale
  • 124. Ken Duke
  • 126. Matt Every
  • 128. Roberto Castro
  • 129. David Hearn
  • 131. Greg Owen
  • 134. Casey Wittenberg
  • 135. Ben Crane
  • 137. Martin Laird
  • 138. Nicholas Thompson
  • 140. Sang-Moon Bae
  • 141. Doug LaBelle II
  • 144. Brian Gay
  • 149. Brian Harman
  • 150. Brendan Steele
  • 153. Aaron Baddeley
  • 155. Justin Bolli
  • 157. Brian Davis
  • 159. Lee Williams
  • 161. John Rollins
  • 163. Patrick Reed
  • 165. Trevor Immelman
  • 167. Camilo Villegas
  • 168. Tim Herron
  • 169. Scott Gardiner
  • 170. Gary Woodland
  • 171. Chad Campbell
  • 172. Brad Fritsch
  • 173. Kevin Chappell
  • 180. Boo Weekley
  • 181. Martin Flores
  • 183. Michael Thompson
  • 184. Tag Ridings
  • 194. Richard H. Lee
  • 196. Jerry Kelly
  • 207. William McGirt
  • 208. Cameron Percy
  • 211. James Hahn
  • 216. Justin Leonard
  • 218. Stewart Cink
  • 221. John Mallinger
  • 225. Erik Compton
  • 226. Ryo Ishikawa
  • 227. Daniel Summerhays
  • 228. Scott Stallings
  • 230. Mark Wilson
  • 231. Jeff Klauk
  • 232. Shawn Stefani
  • 239. John Daly
  • 242. Fabian Gomez
  • 243. James Driscoll
  • 249. Scott Langley
  • 250. Peter Tomasulo
  • 251. Stuart Appleby
  • 255. Chris Stroud
  • 258. Chez Reavie
  • 260. Luke List
  • 264. Troy Matteson
  • 266. Dicky Pride
  • 268. D.H. Lee
  • 275. Tommy Gainey
  • 277. Jason Bohn
  • 279. Matt Jones
  • 284. Peter Uihlein
  • 287. Ted Potter, Jr.
  • 292. David Mathis
  • 295. Ricky Barnes
  • 327. Lucas Glover
  • 329. Charlie Beljan
  • 331. Rory Sabbatini
  • 336. Alistair Presnell
  • 352. Andres Romero
  • 361. Scott Brown
  • 362. D.A. Points
  • 382. David Lingmerth
  • 399. Angel Cabrera
  • 401. D.J. Trahan
  • 418. Troy Kelly
  • 436. Jason Kokrak
  • 448. Steven Bowditch
  • 451. Colt Knost
  • 497. Stephen Ames
  • 500. Jin Park
  • 561. Robert Allenby
  • 592. Michael Bradley
  • 621. Tim Petrovic
  • 670. Scott Verplank
  • 687. Andy Pope
  • 810. Mike Weir
  • 889. Joey Snyder III
  • N/R. David Bradshaw
  • N/R. Steve Marino
  • N/R. Wes Short, Jr.
  • N/R. David Skinns
  • N/R. Kevin Sutherland
  • N/R. Jesper Parnevik
  • N/R. Rod Perry
  • N/R. Henrik Norlander
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