This is always an interesting weekend in Fantasy Golf. The reason is because there aren’t a lot of elite names at the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois because many of them are already overseas preparing for the British Open.
However this week’s stop on the PGA Tour has the potential to get fantasy players back into their golf pool because there is always the possibility that the leaders in the pool might just overlook the John Deere Classic themselves so they can focus on golf’s third major of the calendar season.
One golfer who is playing this week who has not had a good season is two-time Masters champion and 2014 WGC-HSBC champion Bubba Watson of Bagdad, Florida. Watson has played in 12 tournaments this year and missed the cut six times (including the Masters, U.S. Open and Players Championship) and has withdrawn in another. His best performance came at the Memorial Tournament in June when he had his only top 20 finish of the season, a sixth as he shot a four round score of -8.
Watson made the cut in his last event at the Greenbrier Classic, however even though he was minus four after the first two rounds, he shot a five over par 75 in the third round and finished the tournament at +3.
Even though Watson is not a good choice this week, plenty of Americans are. Just don’t expect them to be household names. Among the Americans I like are Daniel Berger, Kevin Kisner, Brian Harman, Charley Hoffman, Ryan Moore, Charles Howell III, Kyle Stanley, Steve Stricker and Jamie Lovemark.
It has been a great year for Kisner, Berger, Harman and Stanley. All four are in the top 10 of the 2017 Fedex Cup Standings. Kisner is fifth, Berger is sixth, Harman is seventh and Stanley is ninth. Harman and Hoffman meanwhile finished second and eighth respectively at the U.S. Open last month, while Harman, Kisner, Berger and Stanley have all won on the PGA Tour this year. Kisner won the Dean & DeLuca Invitational near Dallas. Harman won the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte. Berger won the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis a week before the U.S. Open and Stanley won the Quicken Loans National near Washington, D.C. two weeks ago.