The rules: We play Golf Channel free fantasy golf – https://www.playfantasygolf.com/lobby – we’ll get an ad from them someday.
You have 6 players and get a $100,000 budget. Here’s my team for the week of the PGA Championship.
1) Kevin Kisner, $17,900 – This guy plays well in major championships. I’ve heard some really good stories coming out about him lately. The things from Barstool have been hilarious. If you didn’t catch it, he basically got way too into a charity event, birdied a hole that the clubhouse pro hadn’t seen birdied in a while, and then yelled “THIS AIN’T NO HOBBY BOYS!” And, yeah also he’s playing really well recently. He was there at the Open Championship and was even contending at the PGA last year. I look forward to him making a good move this year.
2) Charles Howell III, $10,500 – He’s made 21 (T1) of 24 cuts this year, so I feel good about that. Whenever I look at a tournament, he’ll be about $30k. He feels like a bargain here at $10k so I’m going to try to save some money. Plus I feel good about the high cut percentage. In a tournament format where if we have all 6 make the cut, we’ll get top 500th place.
3) Beau Hossler, $10,500 – I’ll go with another guy who’s made a ton of cuts, 21 (T1) to be exact. 16 years apart from Howell and he’s rocking the same cut percentage as him. He’s got 5 top 10s and has had 2 chances to win this year. I like his game on almost any course and it should play well here again.
4) Kevin Chappell, $6,600 – He’s been playing with a new coach recently, Sean Foley and has been playing a lot better. After a disappointing start at the Valero Texas Open and missing the cut and defending his title. He’s been playing really well and even finished at the top of the leaderboard at The Open.
5) Jason Day, $32,400 – He was endorsed by Joe House of the Ringer and that was enough for me. But, on top of that he’s been playing very well recently. He has 2 wins this year at very tough venues and was in the mix last week among the top players in the world. Remember his stretch when he almost went back-to-back in 2015 and 2016? He loves the PGA and I look to him to have a big week.
6) Phil Mickelson, $22,100 – ICYMI, Phil Mickelson released some of his dance moves last week. And while they were terrible, I think it shows he’s in a good spot despite his poor play this week. He walked Amanda Balionis in through an interview of what he’s doing to get his game back, and the main thing he highlighted was his short game. I imagine he’ll have that in top shape and be ready to go for the tournament this week.