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25. Justin Leonard [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #160

Leonard has fallen so hard that we worry he will struggle to return. He has been a regular at the Houston Open, but his work at Redstone has been consistently poor. However, when we get to the bottom of the weekly rankings, we find his talents need to be considered as we ponder unknown options.

26. Charles Howell III [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #56

CH3 has enjoyed one of the most rewarding seasons we've seen thus far in 2011 and we've been happy to enjoy those performances on more than one occasion. He lacks the history we covet at Redstone, but his work thus far may be enough to earn your support this week.

27. Ross Fisher [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #72

As we continue to target talent with the late picks for our weekly shopping list, Fisher blips on the radar. He’s one of the best on the Euro circuit but he has struggled to get his due on American soil. As he prepares for The Masters, we’ll be watching and he may surprise.

28. Aaron Baddeley [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #200

Baddeley has a win on the 2011 resume, he’s been a regular at the Redstone over recent campaigns, and he clearly earns enough respect to make the top 30. However, he lacks consistency, history, and undeniable momentum coming into Houston.

29. Ryan Palmer [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #58

Palmer is one of the golfers known to the fantasy faithful but not nearly as known to the casual fans, consistently finding his way towards the top of final leaderboards over recent seasons. He lacks history at Redstone but we want him on our wish list based on recent success and momentum.

30. Y.E. Yang [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #132

We never give Yang enough credit as he often falls short over a span of four days. Still, his skills are capable of keeping him in the world’s top 50, he has shown those skills over recent events, and this course may be a good fit for his style of play.


Yahoo Golf Cheat Sheet

Class A

2. Phil Mickelson
3. Matt Kuchar
4. Lee Westwood
26. Charles Howell III

Class B

1. Hunter Mahan
5. Ernie Els
11. Steve Stricker
12. Jason Day
13. Brendon de Jonge
14. Ben Crane

Class C

6. Robert Allenby
7. Francesco Molinari
8. Charl Schwartzel
10. Fred Couples
15. Camilo Villegas - NE
17. Stuart Appleby
18. Padraig Harrington
19. Retief Goosen
20. Scott Verplank
21. D.J. Trahan
23. J.B. Holmes
24. Jimmy Walker
25. Justin Leonard
27. Ross Fisher
28. Aaron Baddeley
29. Ryan Palmer
30. Y.E. Yang