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Fantasy Golf: Furyk the pick

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Bunker Mentality's fantasy golf team had a bit of a nightmare last week, with Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk both missing the cut at the Colonial.

But while we're happy to consign Lefty to the scrapheap for this week's trip to the Memorial, Furyk is still our man in the B-list.

He missed the cut at The Masters before coming back and winning a week later at Hilton Head, and there's no good reason why Furyk shouldn't turn things around in similar fashion at Jack Nicklaus's iconic course. He was the winner here back in 2002 and was last year's runner-up to Tiger Woods, and could go one better this year.

Last week KJ Choi was on the bench, but put in a very impressive performance with four rounds in the 60s, and with a win here in 2007 he is the obvious choice to start in this week's B-list alongside Furyk. Young-gun duo Adam Scott and Camilo Villegas are on that bench on the back of their impressive recent form. Villegas might have missed the cut at the Players Championship, but it's very likely just a blip.

With Mickelson looking worryingly like he ushered in the start of a bad patch last week we're getting away from the world number two, for whom the pressure of a potential number one ranking seems to be telling. Woods has a superb record at the event, but his recent troubles make him unbackable at the moment.

Instead, we're plumping for Ernie Els. Ernie has a great record at Muirfield Village - with a win and a string of top-10s to his name - while red-hot Zach Johnson earns a spot on the bench.

Finally, in the C-list, one name stands out so clearly it might as well be decorated with Christmas tree lights: Matt Kuchar. Not only does the American have three top-threes to his name already this season, he hasn't been out of the top 20 in this tournament during the last three years. Justin Rose, who finished tied for second here a couple of years ago, is the back-up.

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The current Road to Ireland group leaders are:

Group 1: Royal Calcutta - 3,316 points

Group 2: mightymacs05 - 3,321

Group 3: tantsumar - 3,229

Group 4: padmole Fiso -3,306

Group 5: A Rose Between Two Bjorns - 3,315

Group 6: scotties crew -3,330

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The deadline to select or edit your active round 1 players for this tournament is 12:35 GMT on Thursday.

There are more research tools here to help you pick the right squad, while this week's experts selections are in the table below. 

 

THE EXPERTS A LIST B LIST C LIST

     
Bunker Mentality

Bunker Mentality


Bunker Mentality

Eurosport

  1. Ernie Els
  2. Zach Johnson
  1. Jim Furyk
  2. KJ Choi
  3. Adam Scott
  4. Camilo Villegas
  1. Matt Kuchar
  2. Justin Rose

     
Greg Vara

Greg Vara


Greg Vara

RotoWire.com

  1. Ryan Moore
  2. Tiger Woods
  1. Camillo Villegas
  2. Geoff Ogilvy
  3. J.B. Holmes
  4. David Toms
  1. Matt Kuchar 
  2. Mike Weir

     
Erik Planer

Erik Planer


Erik Planer

Yahoo! Sports

  1. Steve Stricker
  2. Ernie Els 
  1. KJ Choi
  2. Jim Furyk

  3. JB Holmes

  4. Nick Watney

  1. Matt Kuchar
  2. Tim Clark

     
Matt Romig

Matt Romig


Matt Romig

Yahoo! Sports

  1. Kenny Perry
  2. Tiger Woods
  1. Rory McIlroy
  2. KJ Choi
  3. Jim Furyk
  4. Geoff Ogilvy
  1. Jason Bohn
  2. Ricky Barnes

     
Michael Arkush

Michael Arkush


Michael Arkush

Yahoo! Sports

  1. Zach Johnson
  2. Steve Stricker
  1. Jim Furyk
  2. Robert Allenby
  3. Dustin Johnson
  4. Sean O'Hair
  1. Angel Cabrera
  2. Carl Petterson

 

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