FedEx St. Jude Classic
The PGA Tour heads to Memphis this week for the FedEx St. Jude Classic in a final tune-up before the U.S. Open.
Adam Scott kept his 17-year major championship streak alive Monday by using a sectional qualifier to earn a spot in next week’s U.S. Open. Also, 19-year-old Joaquin Niemann, who finished t-6 last week, already has three top-10 finishes on Tour this year. A win this week would earn him a two-year exemption.
While the FedEx St. Jude is often seen as a bridge between the end of the Texas Swing and the U.S. Open, it quietly boasts a strong field with plenty of intriguing storylines.
THE GOLF COURSE
TPC Southwind, a 7,244-yard par 70, features an even smaller version of the famed 17th at TPC Sawgrass, as the par-3 11th requires only a short iron over water to a small island green.
The par-4 18th also serves as an entertaining finishing hole. The dogleg left features trees and a wide creek down the left side of the fairway, forcing players to hit less than driver off the tee.
Dustin Johnson, winner here in 2012, returns for a final tune-up before heading to New York next week. It’s been a relatively quiet season for the world’s second-ranked player, but he seems to turn it on in the summer months.
Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson both have runner-up finishes here and both have enjoyed strong recent form. Koepka finished second two weeks ago at the Fort Worth Invitational, and he appears fully recovered from his early-year wrist injury.
Henrik Stenson and Tony Finau have quietly put together solid seasons, and each could put a stamp on 2018 with a win this week.
Peter Uihlein has two top-5 finishes in his last three starts, proving his college and European Tour form can translate to the PGA Tour. He was in the same ilk as Rickie Fowler coming out of college and could still reach those heights professionally.
Charl Schwartzel is also in the field this week, trying to extend a run of solid form.
Dates: June 7-10
Location: Memphis, Tenn.
TV (all times ET):
Thursday: 4-7 p.m., Golf Channel
Friday: 4-7 p.m., Golf Channel
Saturday: 1-2:45 p.m., Golf Channel; 3-6 p.m., CBS
Sunday: 1-2:45 p.m., Golf Channel; 3-6 p.m., CBS
THE PAST CHAMPIONS
Daniel Berger is in search of a third straight win at TPC Southwind. He defeated Charl Schwartzel and Whee Kim by one stroke last year to survive a crowded leaderboard. Berger has failed to record a top-10 finish so far this year, but a return to Memphis may be just what he needs.
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2016 PGA Championship Fantasy Golf Recap
This year of surprises in PGA major golf tournaments continued today when Jimmy Walker took home the PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club. This PGA Championship Fantasy Golf Recap is brought you by FanPicks, home of the only cross-sports fantasy contests in the world. Subscribe to our blog for all the top news and previews of the upcoming NCAA, NFL and NBA seasons.
We can say today that luck was fully aligned in favor of Jimmy Walker. During the longest final round of the PGA Championship in 64 years, Walker had three birdies on the back nine at Baltusrol Golf Club. He was able to keep his cool facing the number 1 player in the world, Jason Day, and shoot a 67 to win by only one stroke.
Walker definitely made things hard and dramatic at the end for himself. Day’s 15 feet successful putt on the 18th hole to cut the lead was followed by Walker attempting to reach the green but sending the ball into the long grass. Luckily for him, his 35 feet approach was successful and a small 3 foot putt gave him the victory.
It was a battle for everyone while no less than 10 golfers, including Walker and Day played 36 holes.
Desperately trying to finish the tournament before nightfall, they immediately returned the duos of the third round on the ground for the fourth round. This resulted in golfers completing the last round while Walker was playing his 3rd. Things still ended on a good note for Walker and he became the fourth player to win a first major title this year after Danny Willett (Masters Tournament), Dustin Johnson (US Open) and Henrik Stenson (British Open). The last time this feat was managed was in 2011.
Better yet, this victory allows him to ensure his presence on the team of the Ryder Cup.
Walker was one of the least expected player to take it home and he received more attention for his work in astrophotography, recognized in part by the NASA than his golf career. He needed an excellent performance in difficult conditions Sunday and delivered.
It’s interesting that Walker committed no bogey in 28 holes while the British Open champion, Henrik Stenson committed a double bogey on the 15th, which took him out of the race. Brooks Koepka had done the same earlier.
Day, kept up the pace, determined to join Tiger Woods as the only golfer to successfully defend their title at the PGA Championship. He almost made by hitting an eagle on the 18th hole.
British Open 2016 Fantasy Golf Recap
The grandiose and mythical battle in the 4th round of the 2016 British Open between Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson will be remembered for ages. This sweet revenge from Stenson clears his defeat in 2013 at the same prestigious tournament when Mickelson bested him at Muirfield in 2013. FanPicks has this British Open 2016 Fantasy Golf Recap (click to play) and your golf news on the blog throughout this PGA Tour season. Make sure to stay informed for all of the fantasy golf news at FanPicks blog and stay tuned for daily fantasy golf on FanPicks main website.
1977’s duel in the sun at Turnberry between Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson, the two great stars of their era ( – 12 Watson, Nicklaus -11 ) was quite similar to what we witnessed yesterday. However, it was even more special this year due to the fact that both of these golfers went head to head in 2013 in a nail biting finish.
Henrik Stenson shot an 8 under par 63 while Mickelson aka Lefty shot a 65.
It was a brilliant performance from both golfers and just enough for the Swede to win the British Open by three, his first major of his bright career.
This will clearly be remembered as one of the great duels in the history of the majors.
Stenson was extremely efficient and birdied birdied 4 of his final 5 holes to win an Open Championship record score of 20 under par at Royal Troon, besting Tiger Woods’ 19 under par record at St Andrews back in 2000.
That performance also equaled Jason Day’s record in a major set at the 2015 PGA Championship.
Phil Mickleson however doesn’t have much to blame himself and played excellent golf throughout the tournament. In fact, his round of 65 was his best ever finishing round in a major on top of his almost record breaking first round.
Local hero and ex world # 1 Rory McIlroy saved his best round for Sunday with a 67.
Like McIlroy, Jordan Spieth saved his best round of the week in the final round with a 68.
Defending champion Zach Johnson (71) ended one under while this year’s Masters Tournament champion, Dany Willett closed with a level-par 71 for seven over.
Next bit tournament up is the PGA Championship in 2 weeks before the first ever Olympic Men’s Golf Competition in Rio.
British Open 1st round recap – Fantasy Golf
What an eventful start at the British Open with Phil Mickelson closely missing out on history and the Americans dominating the leaderboard in the start of this 145th edition of the prestigious major tournament. FanPicks has this British Open 1st round recap (click to play) and your golf news on the blog throughout this weekend of the events. Make sure to stay informed for all of the fantasy golf news at FanPicks blog and stay tuned for daily fantasy golf on FanPicks main website.
Phil Mickelson aka Lefty was millimeters away from writing history in this first round of the British Open. The 46 year old American almost became the first player to shoot a 62 in a round at The Open and most of all in a major tournament. It seems like history was repeating itself from a shot 3 years ago at the Phoenix Waste Management where he almost shot a 59.
Mickelson hasn’t won a tournament since 2013 at The Open at Muirfield but came close at many occasions throughout the years. Lefty has won this tournament 3 times already in his remarkable career.
What’s surprising is the American domination at Royal Troon. Since 1962, no one has been able to best them at this tough course. On top of that, the leaderboard is pack with Americans with them occupying 8 spots out of the top 11 after this 1st round including defending champion Zach Johnson.
The American hegemony will still be challenged by the other players such as world # 1 and hottest player in the PGA Jason Day, Henrik Stenson who just won 3 weeks ago the BMW International in Germany and none other than hometown hero and former world top golfer, Rory McIlroy.
This weekend will be very promising for golf fans around the world awaiting for the next British Open champion.
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Former number one Luke Donald replaces Jaco van Zyl at the Open
Former number one Luke Donald will be part of the British Open, which will be presented at the Royal Troon next week. He will be replacing Jaco van Zyl. The Royal & Ancient (R&A), the organisation who sets up the Open, made the announcement on Wednesday without giving up the reason of van Zyl’s withdraw. Donald slid all the way down to the 83rd spot on the PGA world ranking. It was four years ago that he held the higher echelon of the rankings. Last time that he partook in a round of golf on the greens of the Royal Troons, it was back in 2004 British Open. Donald had missed the cut back then.
In further news, former champion Stewart Cink bowed out of the competition. The R&A didn’t clarify the nature of his withdraw though. The 2009 British Open champion disclosed in spring that his wife, Lisa, was fighting breast cancer. He participated to two tournaments in the past three month. Cink was replaced by Daniel Summerlay, who climbed in the rankings in virtue of his eight position at the U.S. Open. The current rankings is used to establish the list of reservist available for the British Open. Cink triumphed in the tie breaker against 59 year-old veteran Tom Watson at Turnberry.
Cink is the fourth golfer to withdraw from the tournament after Billy Hurley III , Tiger Woods and van Zyl. Hurley III will miss it because of his sister’s wedding, and Woods due to injury.
The British Open gets in gear July 14th.
2016 US Open Fantasy Golf Recap
Oakmont Country Club
What an eventful weekend in this year’s edition of the US Open. From the terrible temperature at the Oakmont Country club that allowed only 9 players to tee off in the opening round Thursday, to Dustin Johnson’s penalty in the last round in what many afraid would cost him his lead after a strange decision from the USGA, this 2016 US Open Fantasy Golf Recap is brought to you by FanPicks where you’ll be able to play Fantasy Golf as well as our cross sport contests.
The talented Dustin Johnson won his 1st major championship with a steady final-round 1-under-par 69 Sunday to finish at 4 under 276 in the 116th edition of the U.S. Open.
Starting the final 18 holes 4 shots back and despite being assessed a one-stroke penalty for something that happened a few hours prior, he found a way to top Shane Lowry, Jim Furyk and Scott Piercyand by 3 shots.
Johnson was given this penalty because the USGA determined he caused his ball on the 5th hole to move when he was standing over the 6-foot putt. Even though the ball move lightly, Johnson insisted to the USGA official that he didn’t cause the movement. There was no penalty then and the putt was made. 6 holes later, he was also told that the incident was still under review. Johnson never stopped performing hole while his competition struggled.
Shane Lowry, who made 2 birdies in 4 holes earlier during the day polished off a 65 in the delayed 3rd round and actually held the lead after 54 holes by 4 shots. Unfortunately, he broke down in the final round and shot 76.
Jim Furyk was in position again to win at Oakmont. In the 2007 U.S. Open edition at Oakmont, he bogeyed on the 71st hole and lost by 1. This year, he made birdie on the 71st hole but then bogeyed the last after a poor drive into the rough.
World # 1 Jason Day made a run but was done in by the 17th hole where he double-bogeyed after his drive came up short of the green and finished with a 71 tied for 8th.
Sergio Garcia who has 20 top-10s in major championships, made a birdie on the 13th to pull within two. But he bogeyed the 14th and buried his ball under the sand on the 15th before having another bogey on the 16th.
PGA Tour rookie Andrew Landry, ranked # 624 took the opening round by storm with a 66 with the lead but broke couldn’t keep up in the final round and ended with a a 78.
PGA US Open Daily Fantasy Golf
Round 1 Breakdown
Jordan Spieth is set to defend his 2015 U.S. Open title on the green’s of the Oakmont Country Club. There will be over a 100 PGA pro’s trying to takeover his title during the weekend. This course stand apart with his dreaded 8th hole, a 265 meter Par 3 with vicious and rugged greens that don’t forgive. Early favorites for the 2nd Majors daily fantasy golf event of the year are Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Patrick Reed.
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Here’s a look at today’s results as they go.
|1||ANDREW LANDRY||66||-4 (66)||F|
|2T||LEE WESTWOOD||67||-3 (67)||F|
|4T||SHANE LOWRY||68||-2 (68)||F|
|7T||SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER||69||-1 (69)||F|
|7T||KEVIN STREELMAN||69||-1 (69)||F|
|7T||BUBBA WATSON||69||-1 (69)||F|
|7T||DANNY LEE||69||-1 (69)||F|
|19T||SUNG KANG||70||E (70)||F|
|19T||HIDETO TANIHARA||70||E (70)||F|
|19T||DANIEL BERGER||70||E (70)||F|
|19T||HARRIS ENGLISH||70||E (70)||F|
|19T||RUSSELL KNOX||70||E (70)||F|
|34T||GREGORY BOURDY||71||+1 (71)||F|
|34T||ROMAIN WATTEL||71||+1 (71)||F|
|34T||MATT KUCHAR||71||+1 (71)||F|
|34T||MARC LEISHMAN||71||+1 (71)||F|
|34T||BRYSON DECHAMBEAU||71||+1 (71)||F|
|34T||ZACH JOHNSON||71||+1 (71)||F|
|34T||FRANK ADAMS III||+1||+1||4|
|56T||ROB OPPENHEIM||72||+2 (72)||F|
|56T||DAVID LINGMERTH||72||+2 (72)||F|
|56T||JORDAN SPIETH||72||+2 (72)||F|
|56T||MIKE MILLER||72||+2 (72)||F|
|68T||DEREK FATHAUER||73||+3 (73)||F|
|68T||PATRICK RODGERS||73||+3 (73)||F|
|68T||JUSTIN HICKS||73||+3 (73)||F|
|68T||YUSAKU MIYAZATO||73||+3 (73)||F|
|68T||JAMES HAHN||73||+3 (73)||F|
|68T||JEEV MILKHA SINGH||+3||+3||11|
|68T||MATTHEW FITZPATRICK||73||+3 (73)||F|
|68T||MARTIN KAYMER||73||+3 (73)||F|
|68T||JASON DUFNER||73||+3 (73)||F|
|68T||EMILIANO GRILLO||73||+3 (73)||F|
|68T||MATTHEW BORCHERT||73||+3 (73)||F|
|94T||PATRICK REED||74||+4 (74)||F|
|94T||RAFA CABRERA BELLO||74||+4 (74)||F|
|94T||BYEONG-HUN AN||74||+4 (74)||F|
|94T||JACO VAN ZYL||+4||+4||11|
|104T||MIKAEL LUNDBERG||75||+5 (75)||F|
|104T||MATTHEW BALDWIN||75||+5 (75)||F|
|104T||ANDREW JOHNSTON||75||+5 (75)||F|
|104T||YUTA IKEDA||75||+5 (75)||F|
|104T||PAUL CASEY||75||+5 (75)||F|
|104T||JIMMY WALKER||75||+5 (75)||F|
|104T||DANNY WILLETT||75||+5 (75)||F|
|104T||CHRIS KIRK||75||+5 (75)||F|
|104T||KEVIN FOLEY||75||+5 (75)||F|
|104T||CHASE PARKER||75||+5 (75)||F|
|120T||ANDRES GONZALES||76||+6 (76)||F|
|120T||DENNY MCCARTHY||76||+6 (76)||F|
|120T||ARON PRICE||76||+6 (76)||F|
|120T||MIKE VAN SICKLE||76||+6 (76)||F|
|120T||SAM HORSFIELD||76||+6 (76)||F|
|120T||MATTEO MANASSERO||76||+6 (76)||F|
|120T||JON RAHM||76||+6 (76)||F|
|120T||ROBERT STREB||76||+6 (76)||F|
|120T||BERND WIESBERGER||76||+6 (76)||F|
|120T||KEVIN CHAPPELL||76||+6 (76)||F|
|120T||J.B. HOLMES||76||+6 (76)||F|
|120T||BILLY HURLEY III||+6||+6||11|
|120T||LUKE DONALD||76||+6 (76)||F|
|120T||RICKIE FOWLER||76||+6 (76)||F|
|135T||NICK HARDY||77||+7 (77)||F|
|135T||D.J. TRAHAN||77||+7 (77)||F|
|135T||PATTON KIZZIRE||77||+7 (77)||F|
|135T||RORY MCILROY||77||+7 (77)||F|
|135T||MARK ANGUIANO||77||+7 (77)||F|
|135T||KYLE MUELLER||77||+7 (77)||F|
|141T||TOM HOGE||78||+8 (78)||F|
|141T||DICKY PRIDE||78||+8 (78)||F|
|141T||WES SHORT, JR.||78||+8 (78)||F|
|141T||JASON ALLRED||78||+8 (78)||F|
|141T||CHARLIE DANIELSON||78||+8 (78)||F|
|141T||RYAN STACHLER||78||+8 (78)||F|
|141T||PATRICK WILKES-KRIER||78||+8 (78)||F|
|149T||SOREN HANSEN||79||+9 (79)||F|
|149T||THOMAS AIKEN||79||+9 (79)||F|
|149T||JEFF MAGGERT||79||+9 (79)||F|
|149T||RICHARD SCHEMBECHLER II||79||+9 (79)||F|
|153T||DAVID TOMS||80||+10 (80)||F|
|153T||DEREK CHANG||80||+10 (80)||F|
|156||GREGOR MAIN||84||+14 (84)||F|
Masters 2016 Fantasy Golf Recap
Augusta National Golf Club
This year’s edition of the prestigious Masters Tournament turned into a shocker Sunday when Danny Willett came back in the most surprising way from 4 shot back at the start of the final round to win his first career major at the Masters on Sunday with a 5-under 67. This Masters 2016 Fantasy Golf recap is brought you by FanPicks.com. Come PLAY in our Daily Fantasy Sports contests at FanPicks and get a free chance to win $1 Million dollars!
Danny Willet had a bogey-free final round and it just couldn’t come at a better time. When defending champion, youngster Jordan Spieth was stumbling and the rest of the field failing to make some serious moves, Willet birdied 3 of his last 6 holes to polish off a 67, the best score of the weekend. Nine holes away from another wire to wire victory, Spieth collapsed around the infamous of holes of Amen Corner and would never catch up. This comeback from Willett will certainly rank among the most surprising at the Masters.
It was certainly hard to watch as golf fans around as everyone expected Spieth to hold on to the victory and to become the fourth back to back winner of the Masters as well as the only player ever in 156 years of championship golf to go wire-to-wire in successive years in a major tournament. It looked inevitable when he ran off 4 straight birdies to end the front 9 and build a 5 shot lead.
What’s great about Willett’s win is that he wasn’t even sure to play in the tournament this year. His wife was due with their first child on Sunday, but ended up giving birth March 30th instead and that allowed him to play. He also he became the first player from England in a green jacket since Nick Faldo.
Westwood, playing with Willett, had eagle on the 15th hole and was only a shot of the lead but then three-putted the 16th hole. Dustin Johnson also missed his chance and closed with a 71, tied with J.B. Holmes (68) and Paul Casey (67) for 4th.
Smylie Kaufman, one shot out of the lead in his Masters debut, closed with an 81.
Willett moves to No. 9 in the world. He returns home to England with a gift like no other for his infant son.
Masters 2016 Fantasy Golf Preview
Augusta National Golf Club
The prestigious Masters begins on Thursday at the Augusta National Golf Club. This will be the first major of the year and the clock is ticking before all the golf fans and golfers around the globe gather at the first tee for the start of the 80th edition of this Masters Tournament. This Masters 2016 Fantasy Golf preview is brought you by FanPicks.com. Come PLAY in our Daily Fantasy Sports contests at FanPicks and get a free chance to win $1 Million dollars!
World’s elite golfers will gather and fight for that green jacket this week. It will be strange not to see Tiger Woods missing out despite his poor form lately due to an injury, but a lot of weight will be on youngster and currently second in the world, Jordan Spieth to defy the odds and try to repeat.
The reigning Masters champion is the favorite to win it all. He will need to play exactly like last year where his record breaking form and dominance surprised everyone. Unfortunately, Masters’ champions have a tough history defending their titles at Augusta especially since only Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods have been able to manage back to back wins at the Masters.
Rory McIlroy is another golfer to watch out for since his hunger for a Green Jacket to complete his career Grand Slam is real. 2 time winner Bubba Watson hasn’t defended his title well but can still make some surprises as we’ve seen the past 5 years. Rickie Fowler, still searching for his 1st major win is a force to look out for as well as Dustin Johnson who’s been playing well lately.
All these big names are contenders but no one is seen as a bigger threat to Spieth than the Aussie Jason Day. Since the conclusion of the PGA championship, he’s been the hottest golfer on the planet. He closed out 2015 winning 4 of 7 tournaments and started 2016 with a bang winning back to back the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the WGC-Dell Match Play last week regaining Spieth’s # 1 in the world spot.
Fantasy Golf Recap
World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play
As the PGA Tour gets more and more close to the Masters, the fierce preparation from every golfers for the major tournament were tested the past two weeks with back to back big events. Who would’ve thought Jason Day would’ve pulled an historic win in Tiger-like fashion. This Fantasy Golf recap of the WGC Dell Match-Play is brought you by FanPicks. Come Play Fantasy Sports in our daily contests and win great prizes at everyday.
It was in early March that Jason Day admitted calling up his friend and former world # 1 Tiger Woods to ask him for some tips on how he managed to dominate consistently during his reign. Whatever Tiger’s advice gave to the Aussie seems to be working quite well, as he will soon become the new world # 1 this week in the new PGA Tour rankings.
What’s more impressive is that this victory comes only one week after his wire-to-wire win at the prestigious Arnold Palmer Invitational. He’s also been battling a ongoing back pain, which are obviously are inevitable for most golfers on the Tour but to defeat Rory McIlroy and Louis Oosthuizen the way he did on Sunday to claim his 2nd career match play title is something else. Day needed to get his 18 holes to best the 3rd ranked McIlroy in another of their classic battles but dominated Oosthuizen 5 & 4 in the final round.
The Golf world knows that his short game has tremendously improved and has been helping him save a lot of time. Just a few weeks ago, Day was answering questions about his early season slump but took a few months off following the President’s Cup to really get prepped.
He really looks unstoppable right now and his win this past weekend was his 6th in the last 13 starts worldwide, a streak that includes his 1st major championship last fall.
He won’t be playing this week in Houston and his run entering the Masters will match none other than Tiger Woods.
PGA TOUR Honda Classic Trust Open
PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf preview
The PGA Tour will begin its Florida swing this week at the Honda Classic, hosted at the PGA National. This PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf preview is brought you by Fanpicks. Come play some Daily Fantasy Golf and Win great prizes on Fanpicks.com.
This star studded event will be headlined by the likes of Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson and many more.
Defending champion Padraig Harrington and his sudden-death playoff rival Daniel Berger will be there also.
With the conclusion of the Northern Trust Open, and the Masters approaching in early April, we can expect some exceptional golfing from the players this weekend.
This special venue was redesigned a little over a decade ago by Jack Nicklaus and is home to the infamous Bear Trap, the trio of holes # 15, 16 and 17. They’re known to be fairly tough holes usually decimating competitors’ scorecards. The holes in questions are full of water hazards and sharp edges, always certainly leaving a handful of players shaking their heads and disappointed. It appears that sicne 2007, the mean stretch accounts for 40 % of all the triple bogeys and 33 % of the double bogeys.
The top 2 ranked players on the TOUR, Jordan Spieth and Jason day will be absent.
2012 champion and former # 1 golfer Rory McIlroy is expected to have a great tournament despite his fallout in the last round at the Northern Trust Open, ironically, exactly what happened last year at the PGA National when his wire to wire victory slept away from him after 3 rounds. Fantasy Golf owners should expect his value to lower making him a great pick. He’s on a 3 straight top 6 finish run and will be hoping to close the deal this time.
Surprisingly, Patrick Reed’s accuracy off the tee and experience on this course may help him have an edge on his peers this weekend.
Finally, Rickie Fowler will also be a DFS favourite to watch, with already 3 top 5 finishes this season.
PGA Northern Trust Open
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The PGA Tour rankings rankings were shook this past weekend by the the tremendous wins of Vaughn Taylor and Charl Schwartzel respectively in Pebble Beach and South Africa. The golfers will be heading into one of the toughest golf courses on the on the tour. With a scoring average of 72.592, the Riviera Country Club was the most challenging par 71 for the last 5 seasons.
James Hahn, the defending champion of the tournament will be joined by many big names including 5 of the top ten players in the world. The prestige of this event and fame of the course will attract players such as Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson and more. But don’t be fooled by this star-studded open after we’ve seen this past weekend and last year in this tournament.
Jordan Spieth, world’s number 1 golfer is a favourite for this event and is the only golfer to average a finish in the top 10 or better every tournaments this season. Charl Schwartzel will be a player to watch, coming off a runaway win in South Africa after taking a 2 month-break but mostly being present in the top 5 at Riviera in 2013 and 2014. Rory McIlroy will be making his course debut and hoping to get back on his consistent winning ways. Hideki Matsuyama will also be a player to watch and is featured atop the Power Rankings of the PGA for this tournament after his playoff win on Superbowl weekend and finished 4th on this course last year.
Pebble Beach National Pro AM Tournament Recap – 02/15/16
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro AM 2016 Golf Tournament
With the Augusta Masters in less than 8 weeks, Vaughan Taylor took the PGA Tour world by surprise with a stunning win this Sunday. Fanpicks is proud to bring you this Fantasy Golf news of the Pebble Beach National Pro Am tournament:
The Pebble Beach Pro-Am this weekend looked to be in the books entering the last round for Phil Mickelson but the fairy tale scenario happened to be in favor of Vaughan Taylor.
Taylor, who trailed Mickelson by six shots entering the final round hadn’t won in 11 years on the TOUR. He even didn’t have eligibility to play a full year on PGA Tour card since 2013.
Taylor surprised everyone at Pebble Beach on the back 9 of the last stretch where he shot 4 straight birdies to close with a 7-under 65. That finish still wasn’t enough to force Mickelson into a playoff. Then Taylor got 1 big last surprise: Mickelson missed. He entered Pebble Beach tournament ranked 407th on the Tour, this life and career changing victory also helped him automatically qualify for the prestigious Masters tournament in his hometown Augusta.
World number 1 ranked Jordan Spieth closed the tournament with a solid 66 but finished tied at the 21st spot and ending his streak of 7 straight top 10 finishes since September.
Phil Mickelson has been multiplying great performances this start of this season and validated them this weekend at Pebble Beach. He will be trying to bounce back from the heartbreak of missing a 5 foot putt in the last hole of the tournament and hopefully leave the runner up seat in the upcoming events, currently on his longest victory drought of his professional career on the Tour, his last victory dating back to the British Open in 2013.