Draws and Fades: Sony Open in Hawaii
, 2023-01-10 17:45:10,
Now that the rust has been shaken off your senses, it’s time to focus.
Segment 1 of PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf always was the best of opening phases. You could ease into the season without having to worry much about exhausting three starts on anyone before enjoying the annual holiday hiatus. No doubt that it will be missed when the PGA TOUR returns to the calendar-year scheduling in 2024.
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Meanwhile, with its small field and no cut, the Sentry Tournament of Champions always was the perfect lid-lifter of Segment 2. Although Xander Schauffele withdrew during his second round with a sore back – his first mid-tournament WD in 139 member starts, it should be noted – and although Collin Morikawa didn’t convert a six-stroke lead after three rounds into victory, all of us enjoyed a considerable deposit of fantasy points in the shootout. Navyman1988 and Mikeyt led all gamers with 559 each at Kapalua. Only the Shriners in October was in the same ballpark with its leaderboard, yet Bradsbest’s pace of 532 points in Vegas wouldn’t have slotted inside the top 55 at the Sentry.
From this week’s Sony Open in Hawaii through the FedEx St. Jude Championship, every tournament contributing to PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf will consist of a full field (120-156) and each will have a cut. The World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play always has had a stand-alone fantasy contest, and the Zurich Classic of New Orleans is omitted from all fantasy due to its team format. That stop in the third week of April will be our next break (in Segment 3).
The American Express next week and the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am two weeks later will feature 54-hole cuts because each is contested over three courses, so we won’t sweat as much in both. Incidentally, neither has an open qualifier, but top 10s at Waialae will be exempt into the Amex, and top 10s at the Farmers Insurance Open in two weeks will gain entry at Pebble Beach. Tell the others.
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