After 51-year-old grandfather Davis Love III became the third-oldest winner in PGA Tour history, we’re wondering which golden oldies could be in with a shot this week. Old Tom Morris? Abe Simpson? Captain Mainwairing, perhaps? But before you fill your fantasy team with Hale Irwins and Tom Watsons, here’s a guide to who you should consider this week.
This week’s event is The Barclays, and marks the start of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, where a load of people you’ve barely heard of take home cheques for millions. It’s being held at Plainfield Country Club for the first time since 2011, and the course has been remodelled since Dustin Johnson posted a 19-under winning total in a tournament shortened to 54 holes due to Hurricane Irene.
Incidentally, “Plainfield” isn’t exactly the best name for a golf course, is it? Where next? Blandgrass? Snoreholes? Weakgreens? Anyway, here’s our team for the week:
Brooks Koepka, £2.6m
Of his last 18 rounds, 16 have been in the 60s. T6, T5, T6 in his last three starts. GET. ON. HIM.
Charl Schwartzel, £2.4m
Rarely misses a cut and comes off the back of a strong showing at last week’s Wyndham Championship, where he finished T3. He ranked T2 in greens hit and third in proximity to the hole, so if he can keep that up and get a bit hotter with the putter, it could be a week to remember.
Paul Casey, £1.4m
Seven Top 10s this season, including a T3 last week on a course with a similar layout to Plainfield.
Justin Rose, £4.5m
Has finished no worse than sixth in his last four starts, which is exactly where he placed last time The Barclays visited Plainfield.
Brandt Snedeker, £2.4m
Shot a course record 61 on his way to a T3 finish here in 2011, and showed good form by registering the same score last week. He’s only missed one cut since May and notched four Top 15s during that time.
David Lingmerth, £0.8m
Four top-10s in his last seven starts, with no missed cuts. Hasn’t finished outside the Top 12 in his last three events. The Swede has a tendency to post one red-hot round in a tournament, and with points available for lowest score in a round, he looks great value at £0.8m.