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What can we really say about the Greenbrier Classic from a fantasy perspective? Of the top 21 finishers, only a handful were legitimate One and Done options and the majority were not on gamers' radar screens. There are always a couple of tournaments such as this each year, often after the FedEx Cup playoffs. Let's dig in and see what else we can take away from West Virginia, which received some strange media coverage this week that focused more on paying players to come to West Virginia and their poor performances.
- Tiger, Phil and Furyk missed the cut. The most surprising of these? Arguably it's Jim Furyk, who last MC'd at the Honda in early March and finished t9 at this event in 2010. Maybe the infamous duck hook on No. 16 at Olympic had a bigger impact on his psyche than we thought? Time will tell, but it's troubling that the next opportunity to use him will be at the Open Championship where he's had three high finishes since 2007.
- Mickelson, on the other hand, is even more of an enigma. His last three starts: the 'statement' WD at Memorial, t65 at Olympic and MC this week at Greenbrier. He says he's coming around, but he's had seven consecutive rounds over par and is another guy who will be tough to trust overseas in a major. Also, I don't think the pay-to-play at Greenbrier issue is going away - he and Tiger are likely to get more questions about it. He was reportedly paid $1 million to play this year, although much of that money supposedly goes to his foundation. But he wasn't the big winner as far as paychecks go…
- That would be Woods. He was reportedly paid $1.5 million to play at Greenbrier, and he lasted all of 36 holes. His putting was poor and his short irons were off -- he should have lit this course up. We'll give him a pass because it was his first time onsite and his swing is looking more natural with every passing week, however. He finished t25 at Royal Lytham in the 2001 Open, so it'll be tough to bench him that week… but he needs to get his putter going stat if he expects to win.
- The second largest paycheck of the week went to Greenbrier Classic winner Ted Potter, Jr. Haven't heard of him? Not many have since he's been middling on the Buy.com Tour for a few years and his lefty swing isn't exactly a thing of beauty. But he fired a final-round 64 and prevailed on the third hole of the playoff over Troy Kelly, another player no one considered a contender. Potter started the year with a t13 at the Sony, but his best finish since was a t30 at the Honda (hmmm, two Honda references already -- mental note). Now that he's a Tour winner, he might play with more confidence and super loose -- and he's in the field for the John Deere Classic. Might be a sneaky pick, but that's Steve Stricker's world in Iowa and the rest of them are just visitors. Much more on that Tuesday.
- Webb Simpson crumbled on the back nine. There's not much else to say, and it was pretty puzzling. He missed a bushel of putts under 10 feet and only hit eight greens on Sunday. He was the most popular pick in our One and Done games, so we all mourn together.
- John Daly alert. Tied for 12th with a 65 on Sunday in which he averaged 343 yards off the tee. It was his first tourney of the year in which he shot par or better in all four rounds. He now has back-to-back top-20 finishes and will be in the field for the John Deere this week.
- Charlie Wi nearly cashed in on my statement earlier in the year that the only way he's going to win an event is if he backdoors it. He shot 65 on Sunday and was the leader in the clubhouse for awhile, winding up t3.
- Very quietly, Sean O'Hair is having a consistent season. He's only missed two cuts and is now over $1 million in earnings on the year after his t7 at Greenbrier. Remember, the John Deere was O'Hair's first Tour win back in 2005.
- Kevin Na secured his sixth top-10 and ninth top-25 of the year in West Virginia. Always a viable fantasy option, although I still recommend averting your eyes if he's ever on screen.
Trending right: Jeff Overton (three straight t22's or better), Blake Adams (hasn't MC'd since Wells Fargo in early May), Daniel Summerhays (last four: t5, t17, MC, 5th), Davis Love III (three top-17's or better in his last five events, no MC's).
Breaking bad: Gary Woodland (three MC's last four events), Charles Howell III (MC in two of last three events, no top-15's since January), Harris English (nothing happening since the t5 at Memorial).
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