Fantasy PGA Preview: The McGladrey Classic

Whoa! Talk about a golf week to forget. First of all I am sorry for the poor picks last week. One for six making the cut? Completely shocking. Usually if I am having a bad week of golf I will still tune in from time to time to see how things are going. Well I was so disgusted with my team’s and picks, I simply had to turn my head the other way. Brutal!

In the end it was Ben Martin beating out Kevin Streelman for his first PGA Tour win. Martin went low with a finishing score of -20. He ranked 3rd in greens in regulation, 17th in putting. 18th in fairway percentage and 64th in distance. His combined greens in regulation and putting stats were ranked first.

McGladrey Classic

The PGA Tour has switched up its fall series, again. Last season the McGladrey Classic was played after the two week Asia swing. This season the McGladrey is being played prior to it. With events in Australia and Asia the next few weeks, the field for this year’s McGladrey is the weakest so far in this young season.

Only five of the top 50 players in the world have entered. Only six of the top 25 in FedEx Cup points this season are teeing it up. The strength of field for this event is 162.

This week, the PGA boys are in Georgia at the Sea Island Resort, Seaside course. It is a par 70 course that runs 7,005 yards long. The course isn’t defended well with only 40 bunkers and seven water hazards. The stimp is showing a roll of 12’. In terms of yards, it rates as the seventh-shortest course that the PGA Tour uses regularly. In terms of yards per par, it is rated 10th, but the Humana takes up three of the top ten spots on that list.

Distance won’t be as much of an advantage for this week’s tournament, though you can never really rule out the advantage of distance. It always helps to be playing short irons or wedges into greens, rather than long irons. The key is control. You need to hit a lot of greens in regulation, and sink those one putts.

Golfers

Bill Haas $10,800
Deutsche Bank in 2013. That was the last time Bill Haas missed a cut. That is over a full calendar year ago. Sure he withdrew from the Heritage last season, but that was before the second round of the tournament where he was in a solid position. This is his first event of the season. His last five events last season saw five top 20 finishes. He has played this course once in 2010, where he finished second.

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Brendon Todd $9,200
If you were playing fantasy golf last season you would know all about Todd’s ability. He went through a six-event stretch where he finished in the top five in four of those six events. Not to mention another top 10 and a 17th. The Georgia Bulldog alum has played this event twice, missing the cut in 2012, but finishing 16th last season. Since his coming out party last season, I dare to say he is not the same golfer he was in 2012. This is also his first event of the season.

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Charles Howell III $8,700
As I said before the Fry’s, this is Howell’s time to shine. His history at this event is four events played, and he’s made the cut each time with two top 10 finishes. His start to this season was a little shaky at the Fry’s, but Howell bounced back with a solid 18th last week at the Shriners.

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Brendon de Jonge $8,400
Brendon de Jonge is another player that has a great past at this event. Like Howell, he has played in all four McGladrey events and has made the cut in all four. He has one top 10 to his name and three top 20 finishes. He has made the cut in both events this season. His finishes this season have been decent, nothing spectacular, but neither was his play before last season’s McGladrey, in which he pulled off a 16th place finish.

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Jonathan Byrd $5,800
This is the first season in which Byrd has not been fully exempt since his rookie season in 2002. Being under condition status means he knows he has to make every start count to get back into full status. He started off this season solid with a 33rd at last week’s Shriners. He was ranked seventh in greens hit (of those who made the cut) and second in scrambling. Byrd has made the cut in all three appearances at the McGladrey.

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Sleeper

Brice Garnett $4,400
It has been a while since I have written about my good mate Brice Garnett. Note he has no clue who I am. Last season I had him pegged as a sleeper two or three times, and he never let me down. So far this season he has finished with a 46th and 63rd. For as cheap as he has been priced, that is great value for your golf team. It gives you great roster flexibility and allows you to get one of those top-tier priced players. He is currently 34th in total birdies for the season. Garnett came 36th at this event last year.

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So there you have it folks, my picks for the McGladrey Classic

Good luck to all

Cheers

Gibb

About the Author

  • Gibb Pollard (gibbathy)

  • Gibb Pollard has been a member of RotoGrinders since 2012. He is an example of the power of the RotoGrinders blog section, taking a little weekly PGA blog in 2012 and turning it into a two-time FSWA nominated column. In 2014 he took down the FSWA Golf Writer of the Year award. Originally hailing from Australia, he is a regular on our PGA GrindersLive shows, giving our cast of hosts some international flavor.

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