As the PGA Tour inches towards major season and the U.S. Open in a couple of weeks, players are trying to peak at the right time. The best players on the planet — unfortunately, none of which I picked — put on a show at Colonial Country Club last week at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational.
After three days of set up, Sunday saw a shake-up on the leader board with hard-charges from Jordan Spieth and John Rahm, clutch putting from Kevin Kisner and a couple rough days from Webb Simpson and Paul Casey. It certainly made for an entertaining final round for those not watching the Indy 500 or partying with Tiger Woods (more on that later).
It was a rough week at Colonial from a fantasy standpoint for me — but at least I’m not Tiger Woods. Here’s a look at who excelled in Dallas and who needs a do-over:
Kevin Kisner — Oh, boy. Kevin Kisner, lady and gentlemen! For me, last week’s win by Kevin Kisner only solidifies the assertion that these guys out here are good. Kisner’s win on Sunday wasn’t the first of his career though, emotionally, you might have thought it was judging by his reaction. It’s not lost on Kisner how tough it is to win on Tour and how good everyone is. Kisner fired a final-round 66 to wrestle the tournament away from Webb Simpson and John Rahm and hold off the hard-charging favorite, Jordan Spieth.
Jordan Spieth — Speaking of Spieth — remember him? After back-to-back missed cuts at the AT&T Byron Nelson and the PLAYERS Championship, Spieth rounded back into form at the Dean & DeLuca. Spieth opened with a ho-hum 70 on Thursday and pedestrian — by his standards — rounds of 68 on Friday and Saturday. His Sunday 65 was bested only by Steve Stricker (63) on the day, and vaulted him up the leader board late. If it weren’t for Kisner’s clutch putt on 18, he and Spieth could still be dueling down in Texas.
John Rahm — Another week, another great showing by John Rahm. While his name still isn’t a household one, it is getting pretty close in fantasy circles. I can’t personally remember the last time I didn’t start Rahm on my DFS roster or take him in weekly contests. The Spaniard has been the most consistent player on Tour this season and hasn’t shown any real signs of fading. Until further notice, I’m mandating that you start John Rahm.
Webb Simpson — Webb Simpson hasn’t done much on Tour in the last four years, but he had a legitimate chance to claim his first win since the 2013 Shriner’s Hospital’s for Children Open on Sunday. Unfortunately for Webb, Kevin Kisner had himself a day on Sunday en route to victory. Simpson didn’t do himself any favors, either. The 2012 U.S. Open champ chased rounds of 68-66-67 with a 1-over 71 in the final round.
Paul Casey — It’s hard to believe that Paul Casey still has never won on the PGA Tour, but that remains fact. The Englishman has been trying to pick up a win on U.S. soil for quite some time now without breaking through. On Sunday at the Dean & DeLuca, he has a legitimate chance to do just that — unfortunately, the bogey monster followed him around all day and led to a 3-over 73. On the heals of 69-66-68, it was certainly a disappointing finish for all who took the gamble on Casey last week.
Graham DeLaet — It takes a big man to admit when he’s wrong and last week I was as wrong as one could ever be in telling y’all to take a flyer on Graham DeLaet. Now, I know I warned you about him and how he’s wronged me in the past but was hoping for a bounce back week at Colonial. DeLaet opened with a 69 on Thursday to give me some hope — then, ultimately, fell into his recent mid-pack form shooting 70 or more the next three days.
Billy Horschel — I wish I were only wrong once last week, but, unfortunately, I must confess I missed the boat on Horschel as well. While I stand by my assertion that he is the streakiest player on Tour, his momentum from the win at the AT&T Byron Nelson didn’t translate at Colonial. Horschel wasn’t terrible — but he failed to break 70 in any round and that’s just not going to get it done.
Jason Dufner — Jason Dufiner came into Colonial with two top-3 finishes in the last three years at the venue. I expected big things from Duf Daddy based on that fact — unfortunately, I was wrong again (now that I think of it, last week really sucked) and Dufner was sent home early after rounds of 74-71 on Thursday and Friday. If you believe in trends, however, then you’d be a fool not to take him to win next year’s Dean & DeLuca.
Matt Every — Another week, another Matt Every missed cut. Like most golf fans my age, I love Every for his honesty and candor and wish to see him find great success on Tour. Unfortunately, he has been nothing short of terrible this year. In fact, unless you’re talking about the Arnold Palmer Invitational, it’s probably a great idea to just forget about him entirely until further notice. Every is just 2/16 in the cuts made department this year and has collected just one top-25 in his last 35 starts.
Tiger Woods — On Monday morning, reports emerged that Eldrick Woods had been booked on suspicion of DUI charges in Jupiter, Florida. If you weren’t sold on the fall being complete, you kind of should be now. It’ll be interesting to see how this affects his comeback trail, but it’s hard to imagine him coming all the way back to being a viable fantasy option…ever.