Welcome back to Golf News Net’s weekly fantasy golf picks. Each week of the PGA Tour season, we’ll present our top picks for that week’s tournament and make recommendations for DraftKings’ one-week fantasy leagues.
For the second week in a row, the PGA Tour went to a Monday finish, with Graeme McDowell winning over Russell Knox and Jason Bohn in a playoff for the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.
We didn’t have McDowell, but we did have Knox and Bohn in our rankings, so we’ll take that.
Now, the PGA Tour moves onto The RSM Classic, formerly The McGladrey Classic, on St. Simons Island, Ga., for the final event of the 2015 portion of the 2015-16 schedule. The field has expanded this year to 156 players, thanks to the addition of the resort’s Plantation Course to the tournament. So, it’ll set up like the Farmers Insurance Open, with the weekend field settling onto one course after each player gets one round on each course to start the week.
On to the picks!
1. Justin Thomas — Would seem luck favors the young of late on the PGA Tour, so it’s not unreasonable to make the CIMB Classic winner our top pick this week. Had to hang on to make the cut here last year and was DFL on the weekend, but he’s changed a lot as a player.
2. Graeme McDowell — McDowell may be a little spent from winning on Monday in Mexico, but we have to love what he showed in the win, especially in windy and nasty conditions. Sea Island will get some wind, and McDowell will handle it.
3. Patton Kizzire — After a pair of top-five finishes to start his PGA Tour career, Kizzire was T-58 at Mayakoba. That’s OK. This is a home game for Kizzire, so he should fare well.
4. Zach Johnson — Johnson will be a little rusty since this is his first start since the Presidents Cup. However, he’s a home-gamer, too, and has a couple of top-20 finishes here. He missed the cut here last year, but what’s more important is his incredible 2014-15 season in whole.
5. Brendon de Jonge — We typically don’t rank Brendon de Jonge. Despite the high birdie-per-round average, he can drop off quickly. However, he has a great record here. Playoff loser last year, T-4 in 2012.
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6. Patrick Rodgers — Rodgers keeps getting close and keeps just missing out. However, he did post another top-10 finish at the OHL Classic. Never played in this event, but that seems irrelevant to his success at this point.
7. Kevin Kisner — Kisner was again denied his breakthrough PGA Tour win at the WGC-HSBC Champions. He was T-4 here last year and has a couple of top-20 finishes in this event.
8. Russell Henley — The Georgia native is ideal in a tournament like this because it’s going to take a lot of birdies to win. Henley can do that.
9. Charles Howell III — CH3 has enjoyed a modest fall season so far, including a T-17 finish last week. He has a couple of top-10 finishes in this event, but it’s hard to consider him a threat to win given who’s ahead of him.
10. Matt Kuchar — In prior years, we’d have started out the list with Kuchar, but the St. Simons native didn’t do well at the OHL after beating up on lightweights on Fiji and in Mexico City. Seems a total lock to make the cut given his event history and course familiarity, but that doesn’t necessarily mean much.
My DraftKings team for this week will be posted once the salaries go live on Tuesday morning.