A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier: Fantasy Golf Power Rankings
A 156-man field is at The Old White TPC in White Sulphur Springs, W.V. for A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier. The event was left off of the 2018 schedule as it was shifted from an Open Championship tune-up in July to the opening event of the 2019-20 PGA Tour season.
The event will be the first played under the PGA’s new cut rules, which will see only the top 65 and ties advance to the weekend from the end of Round 2. Fantasy golf now requires a stronger emphasis on those first two rounds with less room for error when trying to get a full lineup through to the weekend.
As usual, the PGA’s fall swing fields are comprised largely of Korn Ferry Tour (formerly the Web.com Tour) graduates. Several of the American and International veterans mixed in are vying to be a captain’s pick of either Tiger Woods or ErnieEls, respectively, for the Presidents Cup (taking place in Melbourne, Australia in December). Others are simply trying to pick up some early cash and FedExCup points against generally weaker fields while most of the world’s top golfers take a prolonged hiatus.
Fantasy Golf Rankings: Top 30
Here are my top-30 fantasy golf rankings for the 2019-2020 A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier.
30. Martin Laird
Three-time PGA winner and two-time playoff runner-up searching for his first victory since 2013 but grabbed three top 10s in thin fields last season.
29. Russell Knox
Putting has often held him back and it’s of the utmost importance at Old White.
28. David Hearn
Earned his PGA Tour card for the 2019-20 season with thanks to a final-round 66 at the Korn Ferry Tour Championship to get into the top 25 of the tour’s playoff standings. Lost in a playoff in the 2015 Greenbrier Classic.
27. Beau Hossler
Hossler faced demotion just a year after losing to Ian Poulter in a playoff at the 2018 Houston Open before finishing T2 in the first KFT Finals event to reclaim Tour status.
26. Scottie Scheffler
A top contender for PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, Scheffler won twice and was a two-time runner-up on the KFT last season.
25. Alex Cejka
Finished T9 here in 2017 and followed it up with a T13 in 2018.
24. Russell Henley
Made his final-four cuts last season, but was eliminated from the FedExCup Playoffs with a 59th-place result at The Northern Trust.
23. Robert Streb
A course horse, who picked up back-to-back runner-up results in 2015 and 2017 (the 2016 event was canceled due to flooding).
22. Branden Grace
One of the International golfers in attendance hoping to impress Presidents Cup captain Els.
21. Jason Dufner
One of six former Major winners in the field, but has fallen to No. 163 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
20. Joel Dahmen
Finished T5 in 2018 and was the runner-up to Max Homa at the Wells Fargo Championship last season.
19. Danny Lee
The 2015 champion fired four rounds in the 60s, including an opening-round 63.
18. Mackenzie Hughes
Got his first (and only to date) PGA win at the 2016 RSM Classic in a watered-down fall field.
17. Sam Burns
Making his much-anticipated return after his 2018-19 season ended in July due to a broken ankle.
16. Jimmy Walker
Had a good bounce-back 2018 campaign, which included a T23 at the PGA Championship as a former champion.
15. Harris English
A strong putter who made nine of his final 10 cuts last season.
14. Sepp Straka
Made it to the first FEC Playoff event in his first year on the PGA Tour after winning the KC Golf Classic on the then-Web.com Tour in 2018.
13. Zach Johnson
The 12-time PGA winner and two-time Major champ ranks 11th in the field in Strokes: Gained Approach but struggled with the flatstick last season.
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12. Cameron Smith
Seems to have trouble getting up for these types of tournaments; routinely shows well in loaded WGC events, including his sixth-place finish at last year’s WGC-Mexico Championship.
11. Nate Lashley
Claimed his first PGA win at last year’s Rocket Mortgage Classic at the age of 36 by shooting two rounds of 63.
10. Byeong Hun An
A poor putter, An excels with his approach shots and scores well on par 4s and just needs an average performance on the greens.
9. Bubba Watson
Collected three top 10s last year but was held out of the winner’s circle for just the second time since 2013. Has made the cut in five-straight appearances with two T13s.
8. Marc Leishman
The second-best player in the field by the OWGR (No. 24) finished 24th at last year’s Tour Championship and had seven top 10s in 21 events played.
7. Keegan Bradley
A Presidents Cup hopeful with four straight made cuts at Old White TPC, including a T4 in 2014 and T13 in 2018.
6. Kevin Na
The reigning champ finished second in the field in Strokes Gained: Putting in 2018 and can get hot at any time.
5. Sungjae Im
The only PGA Tour rookie to qualify for the Tour Championship last season made 26-of-35 cuts with seven top 10s highlighted by a second runner-up finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
4. Jason Kokrak
The 34-year-old made 23-of-24 cuts last year, with five top 10s and finished 14th at East Lake in the Tour Championship. He’s sixth in the field in Birdies or Better Gained.
3. Viktor Hovland
One of the top amateurs-turned-professionals last season, Hovland had to earn his 2019-20 PGA Tour card in the KTF Finals and will be looking to join peers Matthew Wolfe and Collin Morikawa with a win this fall.
2. Joaquin Niemann
The best par 4-scorer in the field also ranks eighth among the 156 golfers in attendance in BoB Gained over everyone’s last 50 rounds. Was T5 here in 2018 as a rookie.
1. Bryson DeChambeau
The top golfer in the field is 10th by the OWGR after falling five spots last season despite a win in November and a runner-up finish in July.
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