If Wesley Bryan were never born, I’d be having a pretty good Monday morning. Alas, he was and so I’m left here adding more money to Bovada and BetDSI accounts. Damn you, trick shot master!
That being said, the week wasn’t a total loss after some quality performances from my fantasy roster. I may not have won big with the help of my counterpart, Golfstradamus, but I was still successful in DFS and other formats.
As predicted, Graham DeLaet couldn’t close and Matt Kuchar excelled. Not predicted? The win by Wesley Bryan.
Admittedly, I probably should have seen that coming — but more on that later.
Here’s a look at who made fantasy owners happy at Hilton Head — and those who had us knocking things off our desk in a fit of rage:
Wesley Bryan — You kind of have to feature the winner in this category each week, don’t you? As I alluded to earlier, I should have seen this coming. Perhaps it was my time at Back9Network? Or initially chocking up the Bryan Brothers to be nothing more than trick shot artists? Maybe I’m just an idiot? Either way, the play of Wesley Bryan in his rookie year on the PGA Tour has been good enough to warrant a start in most fantasy formats since the beginning. I’ve made the mistake of discounting him in the past, but that won’t happen again. With three top-1o’s and two top 5’s to go along with last week’s win, Bryan’s last seven starts on Tour are reason enough to give him the nod in the coming weeks.
Ollie Schniederjans — Another often over looked — but solid fantasy player — who made good last week was Ollie Schniederjans. The young Texan collected his first top-3 of the 2016-17 campaign at Hilton Head, adding to his already impressive first year on Tour. Schniederjans was a head-turner at Georgia Tech and one of the top amateurs in recent memory — winning on Tour is just a matter of when, not if, for him.
Patrick Cantlay — Not only was Patrick Cantlay a fantasy ace over the weekend, he was certainly the heart’s choice for victory on Sunday. Unfortunately, he came up just shy of claiming Tour win No. 1. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Cantlay was once considered more of a can’t-miss prospect than Jordan Spieth. Injuries and personal tragedy may have slowed his path to PGA Tour stardom, but there’s no denying the ability he still possesses. In four starts this year, Cantlay has already collected a runner-up and third place finish — and is yet to miss a cut.
Graham DeLaet — For most of the week, I watched Graham DeLaet lead the tournament I defiantly said there was no way he would win. It was nerve racking for a while — until I realized who I was talking about. Now, I feel bad saying it — because I truly do like and am rooting for DeLaet — but the guy cannot be trusted to finish the job just yet. Until further notice, my advice is to proceed with caution for DFS and weekly fantasy moves, but avoid him like the plague betting the odds. The Canadian is super talented, but with six top-3’s and plenty more weeks like the one he had at Hilton Head in his rear view mirror, it’s becoming apparent that he may not have the closer gene.
Jason Dufner — Until early Sunday afternoon, it looked like Jason Dufner would return to the winner’s circle — then he teed off. Dufner entered the final round in the lead at 13-under, but stumbled to a round of 5-over 76 and a tie for 11th. Obviously, the collapse isn’t reason for concern with Dufner — he’s probably the coolest, calmest guy on Tour and will certainly bounce back. He’s had a couple decent weeks in a row now, and things should align for him in the near future.
Ian Poulter — I learned early last week that Ian Poulter is in danger or losing his PGA Tour card and figured he’d have a good week at the RBC Heritage because he absolutely needed to. The fiery Poulter was in position to keep his card for most of the week, but had a difficult go of things on Sunday, finishing the final round at plus-2 and falling just $30,000 or so from keeping his card. With that in mind, you should consider him next week in Texas. The Englishman finds himself in an uncomfortable spot, needing a clutch performance at the Valero — and we know Poults can do clutch.
Pat Perez — You want to talk about a guy that’d like to have a mulligan? That’s Pat Perez. Rounds of 67-68 on Thursday and Friday had Perez in spot to make a charge on moving day. Unfortunately, the charge was to the back of the pack. Perez shot 81 and fell from a top-15 spot to dead last of those making the cut. He bounced back with an even-par 71 on Sunday, but the damage had been done.
Jim Furyk — Generally an absolute stud at Harbour Town, Jim Furyk’s inconsistency on Thursday and Friday left him fishing (or whatever the hell guys who play golf do for a hobby) over the weekend. A Thursday 68 had him knocking on the door, but his Saturday 74 left him as the first player under the cut line. Disappointing for Furyk, but even more so for fantasy players expecting big things from the guy at one of his favorite tracks.