By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy columnist
Throughout my tenure as the Fantasy columnist for PGATOUR.COM, there’s been a bit of a misconception that because of the connection, I’m privy to the reasons why golfers withdraw between the commitment deadline and their tee times in the first round. To wit, here’s an email that arrived on Tuesday afternoon:
What happened to [Brandt] Snedeker? He was on [the] list on Monday; on Tuesday he is gone. — Larry
Unless there is published or broadcast information offering an explanation, I’m left to speculate as much as you. Some readers aren’t aware that the touring pros are independent contractors allowed to set their own schedules, so that education alone serves as an acceptable response.
This is the second time this season that Snedeker has withdrawn early in the week of a tournament to which he committed. He also pulled out of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. (He returned the following week at the Northern Trust Open.)
Unless there is documented information to support that a guy is banged up or ill (e.g. Anthony Kim, Boo Weekley), I’ll chalk up early WDs to reasons that don’t concern us. Fantasy golf is peppered with all kinds of learning curves. Unlike team sports when an athlete is scratched due to injury, you can’t draw the same parallel in golf.
Whenever there is information available on a medical or personal issue and it has relevance, I will usually share it in one of my features. Worst case, you’ll find it in "Medic!" in my fantasy preview.