Volvik Championship fantasy golf top four picks

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Bronte Law: Rolex Rank – 358, Race to the CME Globe – 104

Now it’s just a question of who’s most likely to make the cut and, sadly, most of the players in Group 4 won’t play the weekend.

I’ve narrowed my list down to four: Maude-Aimee Leblanc, Joanna Klatten, Bronte Law, and Stephanie Meadow.

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Leblanc is a Canadian player who lost her Tour playing privileges, went back to Q-School, requalified, and has an occasional high finish – her T7 at the Women’s Australian Open, for example.  She’s a powerful striker of the ball and competitive on the putting surface, but her lack of control is holding her back. The potential for success is there, but she’s risky.

Klatten, like Leblanc, is a powerful striker of the ball – she leads the Tour in distance off the tee – and she also lacks control, which leads to predictable problems.  While she’s less skilled on the putting surface, she’s more consistent at making the cut and playing the weekend, which is the criterion for team selection from Group 4. Klatten’s only missed one cut this season.

In terms of raw talent I think Bronte Law is right up there with Lydia Ko and Lexi Thompson. She’s only made 2 LPGA starts this season – Law has been finishing up her collegiate studies at UCLA – but she’s made both cuts. She finished 2nd at the Tour’s 2016 Q-School and I look for her to jump into competitive play with both feet during this run-up to the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. She may not be as much of a risk as she appears.

Stephanie Meadow has struggled to reclaim the very promising game she lost when her father died. The entire Tour and many fans have cheered her on but the results aren’t promising. She’s still missing more cuts than she’s making, despite the fact that she leads the Tour in putting average.

For me, the choice comes down to a pick between Klatten and Law. Leblanc and Meadow would be sentimental, risky picks. I used up my high risk credits with Karrie Webb and I have a weakness for Bronte Law.

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