Last week’s result in West Virginia shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has been paying attention the last month and a half on the PGA Tour. Xander Schauffele is the real deal, apparently, who shows no signs of slowing down.
With his birdie on 18 to close out his round on Sunday, Schauffele recognized a dream that most who play on tour will never experience — victory.
While the field at the Greenbrier was admittedly weaker than normal, the win nonetheless accomplishes quite a bit for the rookie. Two years of exempt status, FedExCup points out the wazoo and, of course, the invitation to the Masters next April.
Enough about the winner — there were plenty of other guys who feel somewhere between Schauffele and the worst of the worst, each creating any level of emotion from jubilation to crippling depression.
Here’s a look at those who made good — and those looking for a mulligan:
Xander Schauffele — At this point, there is no more consistent, viable fantasy stud on the PGA Tour than Xander Schauffele. In his last 10 starts, the impressive rookie has collected hist first career win, a T-5 at the U.S. Open and 6 finishes of T-35 or better — so, even when he isn’t winning, he’s still cashing sizable checks and collecting fantasy points in bunches.
Robert Streb — It’s been a while since Robert Streb was a viable fantasy option — almost a year, in fact. Last season, Streb was one of the few guys who, like, Schauffele, you could pencil in to your fantasy roster each week and expect big things. The 2016-17 season hasn’t been quite as good, but his runner-up at the Greenbrier may be just what he needs to get back in fantasy form. Pay attention to Streb in the coming weeks.
Sebastian Munoz — If you’ve never heard of Sebastian Munoz before indulging in this column or watching the Greenbrier this year, there’s no shame in that. The 24-year-old Columbian product has made 13 starts on tour, made seven cuts and collected just one top-30 finish or better before nearly winning in West Virginia last week. Don’t sleep on Munoz in the coming weeks, as we all know how much confidence can do for someone on the golf course.
Webb Simpson — With the weak field at the Greenbrier, there were many – myself included — who thought last week could be the week that Simpson returned to the winner’s circle on the PGA Tour. He played well, but never really contended — and now, it’s probably time to just store him away on the fantasy bench for a while and see what happens.
Phil Mickelson — The first event of the Bones-less era for Phil Mickelson is in the books and the results were mixed. Mickelson opened with a solid 67 on Friday then fired ho-hum rounds of 71-72 to fall out of any real contention. On Sunday, Phil went all Phil on the field and fired a 64 to climb up the charts and collect a T-20 finish. Knowing what we know about Phil, it’s probably time to bet heavy on him for the Open.
John Daly — I can’t possibly be the only one who keeps taking flyers on John Daly on the PGA Tour, right? I mean, I can’t be the only one who sincerely hopes against hope that Daly will, out of the blue, show up and collect a top-10 in a Tour event he has a sponsors exemption into, right? I am? OK…my bad. Never mind me.
Si Woo Kim — The Korean standout who shocked the world by winning the PLAYERS Championship in May has been nothing but OK since then. While many keep expecting him to show up contend again, he just hasn’t done it. Going forward, it’s going to be tough to justify wasting a start on him.
Vijay Singh — Like John Daly — except better — Singh’s best years are behind him and is no longer a viable fantasy option no matter how badly you and I would like him to be. Unless you’re playing fantasy Champions Tour — and, at that point, I’m just sorry for you – then Singh is to be avoided like the plague.