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Posted: Tuesday, July 26, 2011
By: Che

PGA Fantasy - The Rest of the Best

Sergio Garcia

Last week I wrote my blog on the PGA Tour Top 10. After writing it I realized how many great players there are on the PGA Tour, most of which are unknowns. I wanted to try to force myself to rank the rest of the Top 25.

Top 10:

  1. Dustin Johnson
  2. Rory McIlroy
  3. Steve Stricker
  4. Phil Mickelson
  5. K. J. Choi
  6. Nick Watney
  7. Matt Kuchar
  8. Luke Donald
  9. Charl Schwartzel
  10. Lee Westwood

No. 11 - No. 25:

  1. Bubba Watson - Watson has an odd swing, but it is very effective. If he can win a major, there's no way I couldn't rank him as high as No. 5 overall.
  2. Martin Kaymer - Kaymer is ranked No. 3 on the Official World Golf Rankings list. He isn't higher on my list because he's only played 7 events on the PGA Tour scoring just over 31 fantasy points per event. It is hard to know where to rank the European tour players on this list, because maybe head-to-head they would be better players, but for this list I've gotta go with how well they've done on the PGA Tour.
  3. Sergio Garcia - Garcia has been one of the best 'C-Group' players on the the Yahoo Fantasy game. At over 37 points per event, Garcia has played in 10 PGA Tour events only missing the cut once.
  4. Webb Simpson - Not a lot of people are familiar with Webb Simpson. If you've been playing fantasy golf this season, Simpson has been great. As one of the best 'B-Group' picks, Simpson is scoring almost 40 points per event and has made the cut 15/17.
  5. Jason Day - Day is No. 13 in FedEx Cup points and No. 8 in the World Golf Rankings.
  6. Rickie Fowler - Fowler has a lot of potential. At only 23 years old, Fowler had his best event all season two weeks ago at The Open finishing tied for 5th.
  7. Tiger Woods - Even hurt, and even on a winless streak, I can't drop Woods any further down this list. I have to believe that he'll be back this season and maybe even get a win. Woods did well in the five events that he has played in this season: T44, T33, T10, T24, and then a T4 at The Masters. I don't think that many of the players ranked below Woods on this list have a T23 average.
  8. Paul Casey - Casey falls in the Donald/Westwood/Kaymer group. He's a European player that competes well when active on the PGA Tour.
  9. Hunter Mahan - I can't rank Mahan higher than this because of his consistency in general. He's missed the cut 6 times out of 18 events and hasn't played any better than he did when he finished 2nd in February at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
  10. Spencer Levin - With 22 events played (17 weekends) this season, I don't think anyone has been as busy as Levin.
  11. Brandt Snedeker - Snedeker is ranked No. 12 in FedEx Cup points.
  12. David Toms - Toms is a oldy but a goody. Unlike Els, Furyk or Singh, Toms has found a way to be consistent. In 15 events this season, Toms has made the cut in 10 scoring an average of 33.26 fantasy points per round.
  13. Bill Haas - I feel like Haas has been around for a long time, but the guy is only 29. He has five top 10 finishes this year.
  14. Justin Rose - If Rose could be more consistent, he'd have a better ranking. The last three weeks: T73, T15, T44.
  15. Fredrick Jacobson - Jacobson has made the cut 15/18 this year, averaging 35.44 fantasy points per round.

Others just out of the Top 25:

Adam Scott, Robert Karlsson, Ian Poulter, Bo Van Pelt, Martin Laird, Jonathan Byrd, Graeme McDowell, Francesco Molinari, Zach Johnson

All of the following golfers did not make my Top 25, but have been quality players in their careers and in major events:

Rory Sabbatini, Aaron Baddeley, Jim Furyk, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Geoff Ogilvy, Anthony Kim, Padraig Harrington, Vijay Singh, Davis Love III.

Some of these guys, like Furyk, Els, Goosen, could easily be ranked No. 26 - No. 29. But most of these guys have been relatively quiet on tour this season. I don't think I've seen Harrington or Singh at the top of the leaderboard all year.

It goes to show you that even though Tiger gets a lot of flack for not winning as much as he used to, all of these veteran, some former major winners, have not been as good as they once were. And others have not lived up to expectations. Players who used to be automatic Top 10 guys aren't playing as well and have fallen back a little bit. Or maybe theres a new generation of talent taking over.

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