Last week in my fantasy golf pool, I thought I finally made some serious ground on the leaders. I have got off to a rough start this season as I am only in 13th. Then I found out that 10 of us actually picked Kevin Kisner of Aiken, South Carolina, so unfortunately I did not make up any ground whatsoever.
Kisner’s win last week at the Dean and Deluca Invitational at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas (just outside of Dallas), was his first win of the season. However if you look at the numbers closely, it is no surprise that Kisner found the winner’s circle for the second time on the PGA Tour in his career.
Kisner’s only other PGA Tour victory came at the 2015 RSM Classic in Sea Island, Georgia. (Canadian golf fans have fond memories of the RSM Classic because Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ontario won there in 2016). The RSM Classic may not have high prestige, however it helped Kisner cap off an excellent 2015 season where he reached a playoff on three separate occasions in the calendar year.
In 2017, Kisner should be considered one of the most consistent American golfers. In 12 tournaments this year, he has only missed one cut. That came at the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte earlier this month. In the 11 events Kisner has made the cut, he has three top ten finishes and a very impressive nine top-25 finishes. The bottom line is until Kisner misses another cut, you need to find space for him on your weekly fantasy team.
Kisner is not the only American golfer you need to consider this week. The others are Brendan Steele and Phil Mickelson. Yes, that Phil Mickelson. Even though Phil is getting up in age at age 47, he is playing extremely well. He has not missed a cut this season and has two top ten finishes. Mickelson should also be a lock when picking golfers for the Memorial this weekend in Muirfield Village.
Finally one darkhouse you may want to consider this week is Sweden’s Carl Pettersson. Sweden has had great success at the Memorial. Pettersson won in 2006 and David Lingmerth won the event in 2015.