Is Tiger Woods Still a Reliable Fantasy Golfer?

By Adam McGill
Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

In his first tournament of the 2013 season, Woods looked absolutely awful. He started last weekend’s Abu Dhabi Championship with a bogey on three of his first four holes in the tournament. Woods simply did not look to be on top of his game early on and it only got worse as the tournament moved on.

After a horrible start, Woods had a questionable two-shot penalty that ended his afternoon much earlier than expected, as the hefty penalty would cost Woods to miss the cut at Abu Dhabi.

Woods’ ball on the fifth hole went sailing into a crowded bunker and landed in a spot described as a “sandy area”. This poor shot would eventually cost Woods two strokes and shockingly caused him to miss the cut. It was easily the worst international appearance of his illustrious career.

Tiger once made playing golf look easy, but lately his swing has been much more forced and has lacked his patented follow-through. Woods is simply not swinging the club as smoothly as he has throughout his career, and the obvious drop off in his game is certainly concerning for fantasy golf fanatics.

Woods will be making his PGA debut this Thursday at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. It will be interesting to see how he does, because his name and history at this course will certainly make him a popular fantasy pick.

The superstar has dominated the course known as the “West Coast Swing” throughout his career. Overlooking his 44th place finish here in 2011, Woods has won the event in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. He even holds a share of the course record at a jaw-dropping 22 strokes under par.  Look for him to have a strong round of golf this weekend and easily crack the top-10.

Woods can still be a valuable fantasy golfer to grab in every tournament, including the Farmers Open this weekend. He may not be the No. 1 golfer in the world anymore, but Woods is still in the top-five.

Tiger will start winning sooner rather than later; so don’t turn your back on him just yet.

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