** DISCLAIMER – THIS EVENT STARTS ON WEDNESDAY. PLEASE ENTER YOUR PICKS BY TUESDAY MIDNIGHT PDT **
February Madness. This is my favourite event of the year next to the Masters. Top 64. 5 days of golf. THIS IS SPARTA!
This is always a very high scoring event. Last year, Mahan, Westwood and McIlroy were your Top 3 and the big names always tend to come out on top .
This is event 4/4 in Month 2. For a refresher on the rules, hit the link — Contest Guidelines and leave your Fantasy Four below (don’t forget your ONE Nike Athlete).
With such a tight gap between 1st and 20th in the standings, this is your chance to shine!
Eight Nike Athletes in the Field this week
This is difficult to pick. 4 of the Nike athletes are in the Jones bracket. We could very well see a Rory/Charl showdown in the Jones bracket, pending Charl gets past Russ.
1. Rory McIlroy – 1st seed in Jones bracket
2nd here last year. Last start was a missed cut at Dubai, but he bounces back from missed cuts very well.
2. Tiger Woods – 1st seed in Player bracket
Big test for Tiger here. His last 3 outings he was eliminated in the 1st or 2nd round. Prior to that, he was money. Last start was a win at Farmers.
9. Charl Schwartzel – 3rd seed in Jones bracket
In 4 appearances here, he’s made it to the 3rd round once and the 2nd round in his other appearances. He’s probably the hottest guy in the field, though.
19. Nick Watney – 5th seed in Snead bracket
Has finished 9th in each of his 3 appearances. Coming off of a missed cut at Pebble Beach.
33. Carl Pettersson – 9th seed in Jones bracket
Almost no success here, first time here since 2007. WD at Northern Trust.
34. Francesco Molinari – 9th seed in Player bracket
Went out in the 2nd round round last year and the first year
38. Thorbjorn Olesen – 10th seed in Snead bracket
First time here. Last 4 starts; 3rd, 22nd, 2nd and 31st.
56. Russell Henley – 14th seed in Jones bracket
First time here. Progressively worse since his win to open the season; 56th, 67th then cut last week.
Other Nike athletes in the field; none
45. Fredrik Jacobson – 12th seed in Hogan bracket
Recent finishes – 3rd Northern Trust, 7th Pebble Beach
Missed last 3 cuts here.
55. Richard Sterne – 14th seed in Player bracket
Recent finishes – 1st Joburg, 2nd Dubai, 7th Dunhill
Played here in ’09 and ’08. Gone in the first round.
39. George Coetzee – 10th seed in Player bracket
Recent finishes – 3rd Joburg, 2nd Qatar, 9th Abu Dhabi, 10th Dunhill
Lost in first round last year.
5. Justin Rose – 2nd in Hogan bracket
Recent finishes – 16th Qatar, 2nd Abu Dhabi, 4th Australian
In the last 4 years he’s gone out in the first or second round.
21. Matt Kuchar – 6th in Hogan bracket
best finishes – 5th in ’12, 3rd in ’11, 17th in ’10
His 4 starts in 2013; 38th, 16th, 5th and 9th.
3. Luke Donald – 1st in Snead bracket
Best finishes at this event – 1st in ’11, 9th in ’10,’09,’06 and ’05.
First round exit last year, but coming off 16th last week.
11. Ian Poulter – 3rd in Snead bracket
Best finishes at this event – 1st in ’10, 9th in ’09 and ’07, 4th in ’05, 5th in ’04
First round exits the past two years, though. Coming off of 9th at the Tourney of Champs.
23. Hunter Mahan – 6th in Player bracket
Best finishes at this event – 1st in ’12, 9th in ’11
His 5 starts in 2013; 8th, 16th, 16th, 15th and 25th.
Alan :: Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Justin Rose
Bob :: Justin Rose, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Charl Schwartzel
Damian :: Louis Oosthuizen, Luke Donald, Webb Simpson and Charl Schwartzel
Other notables in the field :: Everyone
Leave your Fantasy Four in a comment below.
Remember, you have to pick at least ONE Nike Golfer and have your picks in by TUESDAY at Midnight (PST).
*It is also your responsibility to sub your player if they WD before the deadline
damian [at] ngnation.com