If you haven’t heard. Golfradar is the place to be this week. They are kicking off their FedEx Cup Playoffs Challenge. Winner gets to play a round of golf with Ken Griffey Jr. at Pinehurst #2. They are also having weekly prizes sponsored by Travis Mathew and PGATour Superstore so go enter now.
Golfradar is the most strategic fantasy golf game I’ve ever played. That also makes it the most fun to play. There are endless possibilities of coin-combinations that you can use. The most traditional strategy that I find myself using most often is the two 20-coin, four 10-coin, four 5-coin strategy. This strategy gives you two big guns, some mid-range golfers and also gives you four chances at big-time bonuses by picking four 5-coin golfers.
What is the best strategy this week when all the big names are in attendance? Heath Slocum won it last time they played at Liberty, so maybe a six 5-coin approach and hope for a miracle will be the best approach. There are a lot of juicy 10 coins names that have the potential to win (Dustin Johnson, Webb Simpson, Sergio Garcia, Jason Day, Jim Furyk, Bill Haas, Hunter Mahan to name a few). Heck that’s seven of your ten golfers right there. Maybe ten 10-coiners is the way to go. What strategy will you deploy at the Barclays this week?
Below are my current top three at each coin tier to help you with your Golfradaring this week:
20 Coin Golfers
Tiger Woods: The fact that Tiger is even playing in the Barclays this year tells you that he is hungry. He went majorless, so now he needs some kind of accolade to make this season alright. I wouldn’t be surprised if he swept the FedEx Cup. Yup, all four of them.
Justin Rose: He has the highest Top 25% of anyone in the field in 2013. He earned Top 25s in 10 of the 13 tournaments he entered. One of those was his first Major after winning his first Major. Understandable that he missed the cut at the Open this year. I make Rose my #2 man this week.
Adam Scott: Another man that is showing up in all the biggest tournaments. He has three podium finishes this year in 12 tournaments played. Put another way, there is a 25% chance that Scott finishes in the Top 3.
10 Coin Golfers
Dustin Johnson: DJ just got engaged as you probably know. A big life event like that can sometimes lead to a new attitude on the course. DJ also loves the New York/New Jersey area. He has five Top 10s in his last nine tournaments in the area. The only downfall with DJ is inconsistency. His Top 25 percentage is below 40% this year. The only other golfer to win the Barclays with a sub-40 Top 25 percentage was Heath Slocum. Do I like DJ to show up nicely this week yes? Do I like him to win? No.
Webb Simpson: If someone is going to take down Tiger, why not Webb? He seemingly doesn’t get affected by pressure. He finished 8th at Liberty back in 2009 and he has four Top 10 finishes this year.
Sergio Garcia: I dare you to find someone more consistent than Sergio in the last calendar year. He hasn’t missed a cut since the 2012 PGA Championship.
5 Coin Golfers
John Rollins: I am really torn on this pick. First, he has only one finish inside the Top 50 in nine attempts at NY/NJ area courses since 2007. That is bad, real bad. On the other hand, he has 11 Top 25 finishes in 22 events this year. That is the highest percentage of Top 25s of any 5-coiner this week. Decisions, decisions.
Matt Jones: Don’t mess with a golfer this hot, you will surely get burned if you try to get cute. His last five finishes include 5th-40th-7th-2nd-64th. En Fuego.
Chris Kirk: 11th in All-Around Ranking this season. 26th in Adjusted Scoring. 24th in Strokes Gained Putting. Also something you would never have guessed, he leads the Tour in Total Eagles this year with 13. All those stats are top notch for a 5-coin golfer.