Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Mulligan: A Loaded Field at Doral

This week, the Tour heads to Doral for the WGC – CA Championship, where the big names always seem to win. Only four players have won this tournament over the last 10 years, and they have all been big names. Tiger won six of them (including 3 of the last 4), Mike Weir won in 2000, Ernie Els won in 2004, Geoff Ogilvy took the cup last year, and the tournament was cancelled in 2001.

One reason that big names win here every year, is that there are so many big names in the field. This field is loaded. Tiger is making his first appearance in stroke play this year and he always plays well in this tournament. I think Tiger will play well, but after watching his match against Tim Clark in the Accenture Match Play Championship, it might be a good idea to hold off on putting him in your fantasy golf lineup. You will have plenty of tournaments to start him later in the year after he proves he is back.

The rest of the Top-10 golfers in the world are in this field alongside Tiger this week. That is the first time this year that a field has been this tough. There are 80 players total in the field and there is no cut, so it will be a long weekend for everyone.

Geoff Ogilvy is playing as well as anyone right now and I am not betting against him this week. I mentioned earlier this year that I think Ogilvy is going to have a career season, and I am not backing off of that prediction. This guy is the player of the year so far. The challenge for fantasy golfers is picking the right tournaments to start him. I give you the green light this week, based on momentum and his win here last year.

If you are looking to find some fantasy points outside the top 10 golfers in the world, I direct you once again to Rory McIlroy. McIlroy is playing very well right now, and the 19 year-old is beaming with confidence. I think it is a good idea to ride this waive of momentum for now to see how long he stays hot. I haven’t hopped off the Rory McIlroy Bandwagon quite yet.

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