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Top 10 Fantasy Golfers for 2013 Northern Trust Open

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Top 10 Fantasy Golfers for 2013 NTO

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Tournament: Northern Trust Open

Date: Thursday February 14-17

Location: Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, California

Course Par: 72

Past Winners: Bill Haas (2012), Aaron Baddeley (2011), Steve Stricker (2010), Phil Mickelson (2009), Phil Mickelson (2008), Charles Howell III (2007), Rory Sabbatini (2006), Adam Scott (2005), Mike Weir (2004), Mike Wier (2003), Len Mattiace (2002), Robert Allenby (2001), Kirk Triplett (2000)


Last year’s NTO was one of the most exciting finishes since the event was founded back in 1926. Bill Haas won the event, but not after Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley forced a two-hole playoff. However, Haas would go on to win with a beautiful birdie putt on the tenth hole. All three golfers will be attending the event this year, so expect them all to be in the center of the party this week at the Riviera.

The tour’s hottest golfer, Bradnt Snedeker, won’t be making the trip to California this week, so it may finally give another golfer a chance to make some money. Snedeker has cracked the top-three four different times already this season, including a win last weekend at Pebble Beach.

The NTO has grown in popularity each year and this could perhaps be the biggest year yet. Snedeker may be at home, and Tiger Woods may be chasing his ex-wife, but there will still be some exciting golf at the Riviera this week.

To help you in your drafts, here are the top-10 fantasy golfers to keep an eye on at the 2013 Northern Trust Open this week:

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10. Luke Donald

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Luke Donald - Donald may not be the number golfer in the world anymore, but he can still make some noise in Cali this week.

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9. Aaron Baddeley

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Aaron Baddeley - Baddeley won here back in 2011 and hasn’t missed the cut at the Riviera in 10 tournament appearances. He is what they call a sure thing.

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8. Jimmy Walker

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Jimmy Walker - Walker may not have any wins this year, but he has cracked the top-26 in four of his five tournaments this season, including two top-four finishes.

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7. Keegan Bradley

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Keegan Bradley - Bradley has not shown up since his fourth place finish at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. However, he finished second here last year, so look for Keegs to easily crack the top-10 at the Riviera this week.

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6. Bubba Watson

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Bubba Watson - Watson has two top-15 finishes this year and has cracked the top-20 in all three of his finishes at the Pacific Palisades.

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5. Dustin Johnson

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Dustin Johnson - Johnson has cracked the top-10 in three of his five appearances at the Riviera.

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4. Bill Haas

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Bill Haas - Haas won here in 2012 and will be a highly coveted pick this week at the Riviera.

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3. Ryan Moore

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Ryan Moore - Moore has five top-10 finishes in his last seven PGA appearances. He is more due to win a tournament than anyone else on the tour.

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2. Charl Schwartzel

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Charl Schwartzel - This is Schwartzel’s first appearance at the Riviera, but no golfer in the world is playing better.

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1. Phil Mickelson

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Phil Mickelson - Mickeslon has won at the Riviera twice throughout his illustrious career and has earned more money here than any other golfer. He will be the most popular pick this week in all fantasy drafts.