Zurich Classic Golf Picks – Fantasy Sleepers and Preview
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The Zurich Classic sits in a strange position in the golfing calendar this year. Just two weeks after the Masters and a week before the tour ramps up again with the WGC Matchplay and the Players Championship back to back, it could be considered something of a low key event
Dustin Johnson is the early frontrunner with the sportsbooks, with Jason Day and Justin Rose in close pursuit. Rickie Fowler, Billy Horschel and Keegan Bradley are in the group just behind. As you can see from the lineup, it’s actually quite a strong one this week, which is a little surprising perhaps – with three of the world’s top ten players here.
Zurich Classic Fantasy Picks and Sleepers
Dustin Johnson – DJ has hardly put a foot wrong since his return to the tour after a 6 month hiatus at the start of the year. In the seven events he has played there have been five top ten finishes, including a win at the WGC Cadillac Championship. Last time out he contended well at the Masters, always there but never quite threatening the dominance of Jordan Spieth. Johnson is the obvious form pick.
Justin Rose – It would be fair to say that Justin Rose was having a dismal year. After two top twenty finishes in Europe in January he headed to the US and in five tournaments had a 37th, a 55th and three mossed cuts. This all changed however last time out at the Masters, where his game came together nicely and alongside Phil Mickelson gave Jordan Spieth something to think about. Rose will now have renewed confidence, and when he is on, he is very on.
Billy Horschel – After winning the Fedex Cup last year and a cool $10 million it wasn’t really a surprise that Horschel hasn’t been completely on his game since. His results have certainly been mixed, with both missed cuts and a third place at the Texas Open. He comes back to a tournament this week that he won in 2013, so will look to use this as a springboard to get his season really started.
Steve Stricker – This pick isn’t an obvious one and he only just made it into my list, as Stricker has only played one tournament this year due to injury. However, it has to be said that Stricker is one of the most consistent golfers on the planet. He has only played 26 events since the start of 2013, but never failed to make the cut. In fact, he has only missed one cut since the start of 2010. A solid 28th at the Masters is a nice comeback and don’t be massively surprised if Stricker is in contention come Sunday afternoon.
Morgan Hoffman – Hoffman shot to prominence during the Fedex Cup playoffs last year, doing enough in every round to make it through to the Tour Championship despite entering the playoffs a long way down the list. This season has been a little up and down but he seems to have found his game in recent weeks, finishing 4th, 28th and 9th in his last three outings (28th was at the Masters). Hoffman is now at a career high ranking of 86th after his top ten finish last week.
Sean O’Hair – O’Hair has certainly found a new lease of life on the golf course. Having been on the verge of losing his card at the end of last season, a 3rd place finish in a web.com tour playoff event saw him remain on the tour and 2015 has seen his game as good as ever. He made the playoff at the Valspar Championship, made the top ten last week and has had several other strong finishes this year. This has seen his world ranking rise from 513th in the fall to 150th today.
Lucas Glover (sleeper) – For a low salary pick this week Glover could be your man. If you want consistency from one of your picks, then Glover is certainly not your man as he had four missed cuts in just ten events so far in 2015. However he also has four top twenty five finishes this year, so it’s not all bad. He finished 18th last week and has had two top five finishes at the tournament this week.
John Peterson (sleeper) – Peterson is having a very solid year in 2015. In nine starts he has had just one missed cut and seven of those have seen a finish of 37th or better. His best two tournaments of the year have been at his last two outings with an 11th at the Texas Open and 18th last week at the RBC Heritage. If he continues in this vein of form he will be a good value pick this week.
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