Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Mulligan: Fantasy Golf Picks for The Byron Nelson

If you have been following The Mulligan's fantasy golf picks, you are likely moving up your fantasy golf leaderboard very quickly. Last week was about as good as it gets, with Zach Johnson bringing home the win, Justin Leonard finishing T-5, and Charlie Hoffman coming in T-9. I scored 176 points in my fantasy golf league, which was good enough for first out of nearly 3,000 players in my Yahoo league. Hopefully we can keep the ball rolling this week as the tour heads to Dallas for the HP Byron Nelson Championship.

I recommend starting Phil Mickelson this week. Phil is a previous winner here and he finished T-3 in his last start here in 2007. He is ranked in the top 25 in driving distance, putting average and birdie conversion percentage in 2009, which has led to success thus far. I think Phil will have a good week in Dallas.

Ian Poulter is another player who should be in your fantasy golf lineup. He tied Lefty for 3rd here in 2007 and he has been on fire lately. He finished 2nd at The Players, T-5 at Quail Hollow, T-9 at The Accenture Match Play Championship, and T-13 at both the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and the WGC CA Championship. His putter has been on fire, and Poulter has been on the leaderboard a lot recently. Look for him to have a good week at the Byron Nelson.

Finally, I recommend starting Charlie Hoffman this week. Hoffman posted a strong finish last week (T-9) and he has not missed a cut in his past 21 starts. He has played this tournament 3 times, finishing in the top-10 twice. He has three top-10s on tour this year, and he is playing well right now. I think he could have a good week.

If you want a sleeper pick, look at the 2007 Byron Nelson Champion, Scott Verplank. Verplank has eight top-25 finishes this year, and we know he can play well at the Byron Nelson. He might suprise this week and finish near the top.

Good luck this week and lets keep moving to the top of the fantasy golf rankings!

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