Now that spring has officially started, the world’s best golfers are preparing for the first major of the season at Augusta next week. However the preparation time is completely different for every PGA player. Some decide to choose and participate at this weekend’s Shell Houston Open, while others choose rest and relaxation, as they go over plans in how to tackle the famous Georgia course that was founded and designed by the legendary Bobby Jones in 1933.
Let’s focus first on Houston. Those superstars who have elected to play this weekend include Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson, Jon Rahm and Jordan Spieth. Those who have decided not to compete include Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Adam Hadwin and Dustin Johnson. There is also a possibility that Day might not be in Augusta either. That is because his mother was recently diagnosed with lung cancer, but at this time he is preparing to play.
In fantasy golf pools, Scott, Spieth, Rahm and British Olympic gold medalist Justin Rose are safe picks. However one player that has seemed to have an underrated start to the 2017 PGA Season is Lucas Glover of Greenville, South Carolina. A major champion, Glover won the 2009 United States Open at Bethpage Black.
This season Glover has not won any tournaments to date, but needs to be praised for his outstanding consistency as he has not missed a cut in 2017. At the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida ten days ago, Glover was tied for seventh after shooting a four round score of -7. He was only four strokes back of Australian winner Marc Leishman.
Glover also had a strong finish to the 2016 calendar. At the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Mississippi on October 30, Glover finished tied for fifth after shooting a four round score of -15. He was five strokes back of champion Cody Gribble of Dallas, Texas. Then at the 2016 Shriners Hospital for Children Open the following weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada, Glover finished in third place after posting a score of -17. He was three strokes back of Australian Rod Pampling.
When choosing fantasy golfers, I like to pick those who have had as few missed cuts as possible. Glover just might surprise some this week.