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Tour Report: Fantasy mailbag: Frys.com Open

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All the rage this week — or at least the majority of it — is fueled by Nicolas Colsaerts’ appearance at the Frys.com Open. After accepting Special Temporary Membership, he’s in the field at CordeValle Golf Club on a sponsor exemption. His goal is to earn a 2013 PGA TOUR card via the top 125 in non-member earnings. To date, he’s banked $652,886, which would currently place him 120th.

Despite a rock-solid year worldwide and victorious Ryder Cup experience, he didn’t crack my original Power Rankings.

Any particular reason why Nicolas Colsaerts doesn’t make your list this week? Regards, Colin

I guess you didn’t think Colsaerts would be competitive this week. — Buck

I added the Belgian to the feature after Tim Clark withdrew, which occurred after Colin and Buck emailed. Colsaerts was one of my last cuts for a number of reasons, but it doesn’t mean that you should fade him.

He’s a first-timer at CordeValle. So be it; he’s not alone. There’s a learning curve for most internationals as it relates to competing in non-majors and non-World Golf Championships in the United States. However, in two starts in events that don’t fit that criteria, he tied for 25th at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance and shared seventh place at the Wyndham Championship. Not too shabby.

With those two factual arguments aside, there are two more relevant dynamics in play.

Colsaerts leads the European Tour in distance off the tee, but CordeValle is not a bomber’s paradise. And he’s very average with his putter, although we can’t ignore how he lit up Medinah for an eagle and eight birdies in a four-ball victory on the first day. He’d go on to lose his next three matches, so perhaps the term “inconsistent” is more appropriate, and that doesn’t take into account any assumptions about how the emotions of that event played a role in his execution. Arguably most important is that he knows he needs to get the job done this week as there is no guarantee that he’ll make another start in the Fall Series. If we could eliminate the first two concerns above, then I’m more confident in my endorsement.

Meanwhile, I will continue to share my one-and-done and duffer picks in this space through the Fall Series. Here are my picks for the Frys.com Open:

ONE-AND-DONE: Jonas Blixt … 2012 earnings: $6,814,440.50
DUFFER: Hank Kuehne … 2012 earnings: $612,595.50


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