Welcome to the second Golf Monthly Fantasy Focus column - a weekly blog running alongside Golf Monthly Fantasy League
Golf Monthly Fantasy Focus: from Georgia to the Orient
Hello, and welcome to the second Fantasy Focus column – a weekly blog running alongside Golf Monthly Fantasy League that looks at the past week’s events and suggests picks for upcoming tournaments.
First of all, congratulations to team ‘Hazeltine Harriers’ for accruing the most points during Masters week – a new Adams Blue driver is your well-earned prize.
There were many other stand-out performances, but a team led by Jordan Spieth that also included Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Hideki Matsuyama was pretty much unbeatable.
And, the overall monthly winner will secure a Blue driver, fairway and hybrid, so there’s much to play for as the European Tour heads to China for the inaugural Shenzen International and the PGA Tour stays in Georgia for the ever-popular RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links.
Harbour Town Golf Links is serene spot located on Sea Island and one of the most popular tour stops as far as the players are concerned.
It’s a tight track and one well suited to accurate players – a real contrast to Augusta National.
Genzon Golf Club, meanwhile, is a tree-lined course with multiple hazards, so a layout best suited to straight, pragmatic players.
USA 1 – Bill Haas – looked impressive at Augusta en route to a tie for 12th. His form is good enough to allay any fears I have over his indifferent record at Harbour Town.
USA 2 – Bubba Watson – the polar opposite of my ideal player for Genzong, but he’s making a rare start on the European Tour this week and the highest-ranked player in the field by a distance.
GB – Ian Poulter – he’s hitting the ball as well as he ever has and coming into The Heritage after two weekend rounds of 67 at Augusta
Ireland – Graeme McDowell – showed some good signs at Augusta – a course he’s not typically comfortable on – and won The Heritage in 2013.
Asia – Ryo Ishikawa – in need of a good performance after some average early-season form. Should be inspired by compatriot Hideki Matsuyama’s performance at The Masters
South America – Camilo Villegas – had two hole-in-ones at the Masters Par 3 Tournament, a sign that his wedge play – a key tool at Harbour Town – is in good shape.
Continental Europe – Romain Wattel – the Frenchman is so close to his first European Tour victory and coming off the back of a second-place finish at the Trophee Hassan II.
Scandinavia – Mikael Lundberg – also came close in Morocco and has a game perfectly suited to Genzon Golf Club.
Australasia – Marcus Fraser – very steady from tee to green, an exceptional putter and someone with a decent record in Asia.
First up for those new to the game it is really easy to sign up and pick a team.
Firstly go to fantasygolf.golf-monthly.co.uk log in and click on My Team.
There you will see a grass background and 10 transparent golf bags. These represent the 10 categories that you will need to pick a golfer from.
To look at the Masters field go to http://www.masters.com/en_US/players/player_list.html this should help you out, last thing you want to do is pick someone who is not in the field.
The categories are split into 10 different geographical zones, so it is very simple to work out who to pick and not pick.
Each week you only get the chance to make 5 transfers, so the people who can plan ahead may do the best!
Everyweek, we’ll reveal a bonus transfer code in this colum. This week, it’s ‘RoryMc1lroy’. Head to your team page and input the code to get a bonus transfer this week..
Each week you can win a prize so don’t fret if you miss one week, out, you will still have plenty of chances to win.
There are of course great monthly and overall prizes up for grabs.
Take on the Tipster
I bet that my team, GM Tipster, will beat any team you can put together!
Join my mini-league if you think you’ve got the best managerial mind . Go to the game at http://fantasygolf.golf-monthly.co.uk and go to ‘Register to Play’, pick your team then use the ‘mini-league admin’ option to join my mini-league.
The details you need are:
League Name: Take on the GM Tipster
League password: tipster2015