Happy New Year, Golf Fans! We’re back in 2011 for a full season of Fantasy Four fun! For those of you who are returning from either the Fall Series Fantasy Four, or the original Fantasy Four, welcome back! For those are playing for the first time, we’re glad to have you!
I encourage all of you to check out the guidelines for this year’s contest. Only a few major changes this year! We’re still giving away a monthly and season prize, but we’re also giving away a mid-season prize! There will be two points resets, too. The first reset is at mid-season, where everyone goes back to 0. The second reset is just like the FedEx Cup, where your current place will determine your point total going into the FedEx Cup and the last month of the contest.
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Let’s get right into this event! It’s hard to do a full post, as there aren’t really any golfers who are “on fire”. It’s really hard to say even from results posted a month ago, as a lot of these guys could have had really great off-seasons. However, I’ll pick some guys who I think have some momentum. There’s only 34 players in the field, so expect a high scoring opening event.
I break it down by highlighting Nike Athletes, Four players that are playing well and four that have history at the event. It’s pretty straight forward, so let’s kick off Event 1 of Month 1 and the season!
Is he healthy? He should be close. With three straight Top 25 finishes (T25 at HSBC Champions, T16 at Chevron and T3 at Shark Shootout) are listed as such, but the last two are special events with very limited fields. However, he’s had some flashes of brilliance. For me, most notably, he followed up his opening round 79 at Chevron with a 66. AK also was the runner-up at this event in 2009. Is he worth the risk? That’s up to you!
Francesco’s three starts in November were all gold. After winning the WGC-HSBC Champions event, he finished T21 at the Barclays Singapore Open and then T6 at the Dubai World Championships. He’s hot and has a global game. He’s probably the safest pick of the Nike bunch.
CPetts had an up and down season in 2011. He mixed his win at the RBC Canadian Open with some streaky missed cuts. However, he started the year strong in Hawaii and finished with some decent finishes at the HSBC Champions and CIMB Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia. CPetts also had a solo 17th at this event in 2009.
other Nike athletes in the field :: none
recent finishes – 13th at Dubai World Championships, 5th at UBS Hong Kong, 3rd at Barclays Singapore Open
He’s a machine and is probably right up there with Stricks, Ogilvy and Els as the ones to beat.
recent finishes – 1st at South African Open, T6 at WGC – HSBC Champions
Ernie is really the only player in the field who has played in the past month and he picked up a win. Not to mention his 6th place finish at the WGC-HSBC Champions. You may have thought last year was a last hurrah, but The Big Easy has other plans. Watch out, as he has also won this event in 2003.
recent finishes – 1st at TOUR Championship
Furyk is just always solid. T5 here in ’08. 18th in ’07. He just always starts fast and he’s always on fire this time of year.
recent finishes – t1 Shark Shootout, t16 at Chevron, t2 at ADT Skills, t1 at Wendy’s 3-Tour
He hasn’t slowed down since his win at the BMW Championship. DJ wants this to be his year after some stinging non-wins in the 2010 season. T16 here in ’10, 11 in ’09. He starts strong and he wins in January, just not usually this early, but his game is clearly sharp.
best finishes – 1st in ’10, 1st in ’09, t19 in’07
Sure, Ogilvy has won this two weeks in a row, but was really quiet through 2010. He had a bunch of missed cuts, but started to turn it around at the end of the year. I’m expecting a Top 10 from him this year. He’ll want to lock up his President’s Cup spot early.
best finishes – 2 in ’07, t18 in’10, t5 in’05
Adam was my breakout player from last year. The President Cup did wonders for him. I expect a great finish from him this week.
best finishes – t10 in ’10, 2 in ’08
Steve is money. That’s pretty much all I need to put. Everyone should be “in love with a Stricker”.
best finishes – 18 in ’10, t6 in ’09, t20 in ’08
ZJ has a fantastic end to 2010. He was decent in the Ryder Cup and had a T9 at Chevron and the TOUR Championship.
MY FINAL FOUR :: Graeme McDowell, Dustin Johnson, Ernie Els and Anthony Kim
I think the best combo could be McDowell, Stricker, Ogilvy and Francesco…but it’s hard to make a wrong choice here. There’s clearly a handful of elite players in the 34 player field, but it would be nice to see some wildcard picks!
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).
Also, it is your responsibility to replace your pick if they WD from the time of commenting until tee-off.
Pick with your heart,