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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Byeong Hun An
Cameron Smith should fit in just fine on this week's track, and that helps him land a spot among Len Hochberg's picks to click in this week's contests on DraftKings.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
An is one a small number of golfers on the PGA Tour that wasn't greatly affected by the shortened season. An teed it up 22 times this past season, which was on par with his previous three seasons and his earnings number was the second highest of his career. An should continue to improve this season, but since his cap number was not greatly affected by the pandemic, there's simply not much value there in salary cap leagues.
An performed well during his rookie season of 2017, as he carded three top-10s and over $1 million in earnings. An's sophomore season was much better as he finished runner-up on two occasions and topped $2.5 million in earnings. This past season, An's third was decent, but he certainly didn't build upon his success from the previous season. An looks like the real deal though and his slight set back last season puts him in a good spot for a bounce-back this season.
An has performed well on the PGA Tour, really since day one. He played 14 events as a non-member in 2016 and won nearly $1 million. As a full-time member the following season, An finished inside the top-100 on the FedEx points list. Last season, his third on the PGA Tour, An upped his game even more, finishing runner-up twice and pulling-in over $2.5 million. An is tremendous from tee to green, ranking in the top-25 in strokes-gained off the tee as well as strokes-gained on approach to the green. He's even pretty good with his short game, but he just can't putt very well. He did show improvement from years two to three, however, and he's so bad at putting currently, that even a slight improvement on the green could result in a big gain in money and FedEx points. The problem is, he set the bar pretty high last season. But An looks like the real deal and he should have enough upside to justify a salary cap selection this season ... if he improves his putting.
An made a nice jump from more than $900k in his rookie season, to more than $1.2 million last season. An also made the bulk of his money during the 2017 portion of the season, which is always nice. The problem with An is, he hasn't played many events on the PGA Tour. He played just 14 times two seasons ago and only 22 times this past season. An is just 26, so there's plenty of room to improve, but for fantasy purposes, he won't significantly improve until he plays more often. If word comes out that he plans to play more in the states this season, he's in-play as a salary cap candidate, if not, he's not a great option.
The young Korean is a former U.S. Amateur champ and European Tour Rookie of the Year who is only getting better. He is only 25 and will be in all the majors/WGCs, but we just don't know his plans for regular tour events. Keep a close eye. He could be a steal.
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Surges with Sunday 64
An jumped into a share of 22nd place after firing a six-under 64 in the final round of the PGA Championship.
Unable to hang with leaders Sunday
An fell into a tie for 12th place after a three-over 73 in the final round of the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.
T60 at Charles Schwab Challenge
An closed with a four-over 74 on Sunday at the Charles Schwab Challenge to finish one-over and tied for 60th.
T4 after 76 in first round
An carded a three-under 67 in the final round of the Honda Classic to move up into a tie for fourth on Sunday.
Ties for ninth at WMPO
An closed with a one-over 72 on Sunday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open to finish 11-under and tied for ninth.