Hello and welcome to the NG Nation Fall Series Fantasy Four contest (wordy, I know). I would just like to run through the official rules before we get started on this 5 week contest.
1. CHOOSE YOUR FANTASY FOUR: EACH WEEK, pick four golfers who you think will be the high finishers for the week. ONE OF YOUR PICKS MUST BE A NIKE ATHLETE (unless there is only 1 in the field).
2. ENTRIES: Submit your Final Four in a comment below the NG Nation Fantasy Four post for that week. To be eligible for that week’s points, all entries/comments must be posted BY MIDNIGHT PST THE NIGHT BEFORE THE FIRST ROUND OF EACH TOURNAMENT (Wednesday by Midnight, PST) That means you need to come to NGNation.com each week and submit your 4 golfers in the respective Fantasy Four post.
3. POINTS: Points are allotted as follows:
Win = 10 points
Top 10’s = 5 points each
Top 25’s = 2 points each
MC’s = 0 points each
4. PRIZES: The 4 people with the highest point totals will be nicely rewarded. It’s the Fantasy Four, so there will be a winning foursome!
Nike Golf has provided us four pairs of shoes to use as prizes– for the men the Nike Zoom Trophy in all white or white with a black saddle which AK has been wearing all season, and for the ladies the Air Summer Lite.
5. EVENTS: The contest will run over the 5 Fall Series events and at the conclusion of these tournaments the winner will be announced in the weekly Fantasy Four Recap post. The events are as follows (starting this week):
The McGladrey Classic
Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital Open
Children’s Miracle Network Classic
Big thanks to Nike Golf for providing the prizes. Now let’s get week one started!
Fantasy Four: Viking Classic
I don’t think the leaves are changing yet, but the Fall season is here and players are putting for dough! While the big guns will be missing from these events, it will be even more imperative to pick 4 golfers you can trust. I’m here to try and help you do that! The picks should be fun as a lot of players are trying to get their 2011 Tour Card, so some players will a lot to play for (Daly), while others are trying to regain their form for next season (O’Hair, Stenson). I’m going to break down my Fantasy preview posts into Nike Golf, Four Who are Hot and Four Who Have History. Then I’ll leave you with my Final Four and you leave your Fantasy Four in the comments. Let’s get it started!
NIKE GOLF :: Three to Watch
Trevor has had some sparks this year after two straight injury prone years. TI’s last start was at the Wyndham Championship where he finished T53 and throwing up 4 rounds in the 60’s. TI performed well in low-scoring events this year. While the PGA was very tough, he showed up for The Masters (T14) and The Open (T23) and followed that up with a T13 at the Canadian Open. He’s fallen hard in the past two years, but I think he’s healthy and ready to rock the Fall Series as a rookie.
Not the worst year for Duval. Actually, it was his best year since 2002. He made 9/20 cuts, with 3 Top 25’s. Duval made it to The Barclays with back-to-back Top 25’s at The Canadian Open and Turning Stone, and finished T64 there. He had a lot of good rounds this year, but he just needs to put it all together. Hopefully the month off will help him out. Finished T22 here in ’08, T44 in ’07.
CPetts looks like the most decorated golfer in 2010 here. With a win, 4 Top 10’s, 7 Top 25’s. He missed the cut at the Barclays and Deutsche Bank, but finished his playoff run with a T30 at the BMW. T2 in ’05, T10 in ’04, T25 in ’03.
THE FIELD :: Four Who Are Hot
recent finishes – T8 at BMW, T18 at Deutsche Bank, T27 at Barclays
17 cuts made, 11 top 25’s. He’s delivered and had a great playoff run. T5 here in ’05.
recent finishes – T24 at BMW, T5 at Deutsche Bank, T18 at Wyndham
Tom has a very quiet here, but he performed in the playoffs. He should keep it up with weaker competition this year. He’ll have a lot to play for as he’s an old vet who has been between the Nationwide and PGA Tours.
recent finishes – 10th at Deutsche Bank, T21 at Barclays
Trahan quietly had a good year. finished with 6 straight made cuts (though finished 70th at the BMW). He had 10 Top 25’s in his 17 made cuts this year.
Richard S. Johnson
recent finishes – T18 at Wyndham, T8 at Turning Stone, T21 at Greenbrier, 1st at Scandinavian Masters
Just on recent finishes, he tops this list, but he hasn’t played in awhile. T39 in ’07, T26 in ’04 at this event.
THE FIELD :: Four Who Have History
best finishes – 1st in ’07, 2nd in ’01, 4th in ’02
Also had a nice string of 8 straight made cuts (1 Top 10, 2 Top 20’s) leading up to the Deutsche Bank, where he DQ’d. Sub-par year where he’s trying to find his game again. Worth a shot, though.
best finishes – 1st in ’05, T13 in ’07, 18 in ’04, T25 in ’02
Coming in with 6 straight made cuts, failing to reach the TOUR Championship. He had a pretty good year with a bunch of Top 10’s and a lot of history at the Viking Classic.
best finishes – T3 in ’07, T4 in ’08
Decent year with a win, finished 31st in the FedEx Cup points rankings. Put up Top 25’s in the last two playoffs.
best finishes – T5 in ’02, T8 in ’04, T17 in ’05
Playing well as of late, 7 out of 8 made cuts, with 4 Top 25’s. He’s a good player who had a very sub-par year, but turned it on late. I see him doing well through the playoffs.
Other notables: Sean O’Hair, Henrik Stenson, Rocco Mediate, John Daly, Arjun Atwal, Charles Howell, Ryuji Imada, Boo Weekley, Brendon de Jonge, Brian Gay, David Toms
FINAL FOUR :: John Mallinger, Brian Gay, Sean O’Hair and David Duval
CPetts is playing stress free and has a good record here. I’m really looking for Stenson, O’Hair, Daly and Duval to deliver during the Fall Series. I think there’s a lot of ways to play it, but I think Charlie Wi and Bill Haas are the favourites to win this week. However, I have good feelings about Howell, Weekley and Toms. Also, you can’t put much faith in the “Hot” section, since not everyone played in the FedEx Cup.
Check out the full field here >> Viking Classic Full Field
Leave your Fantasy Four in a comment below. Remember, you have to pick at least ONE Nike Golfer and have your picks in by WEDNESDAY at Midnight (PST).
Pick with your heart.