Sam Saunders
31-Year-Old Golfer
2018–19 Fantasy Outlook
Saunders' fourth on the PGA Tour in 2017-18 and continues to show improvement. He earned just less than $600k in his rookie season of 2015 and while he took a step back in 2016, he got back on track the following season when he earned nearly $700k. He posted a career-high last season when he nearly topped $1 million. While he's definitely getting better, his progress is slow, which makes it appear as though there's not a ton of upside there. As such, Saunders isn't a great salary cap option this season. Read Past Outlooks
Solid week at Waialae
January 14, 2019
Saunders closed with a round of three-under 67 on Sunday at the Sony Open to finish in a tie for 33rd place.
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Saunders eagled the the par-5 18th on both Saturday and Sunday. He also added 16 birdies this week, but also had 12 bogeys. Saunders lost 2.75 strokes approaching the green, which ranked 66th, but was 10th in SG: Off-the-tee and 25th in SG: Around-the-green. Saunders will play the Desert Classic next week where he will look for his first top-25 of the season. Last year he finished T8 in La Quinta.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2016
2015
The well-documented grandson of the legendary Arnold Palmer, Saunders earned himself PGA Tour status the last three seasons, gradually improving his earnings efficiency during that time. With another year on Tour just about locked up, he will have the opportunity to take another step forward, but don't expect anything drastic. Saunders is a solid driver of the ball but lacks in his iron game, where he's lost strokes to the field each of the last three seasons. He will need to see that aspect improve if he's going to expect more top-10 finishes.
First of all, here's hoping the golf gods shine brightly down on Saunders and give him a great 2016-17 PGA Tour season in the starts he gets to continue the great legacy of his grandfather. On the golfing side of things we'll see him some on the PGA Tour and a bunch on the Web.com Tour. He'll need to fix both his driving and iron play as he was 142ndin strokes gained-tee to green and 140th in strokes gained-total while ranking 128th in greens in regulation.
Let’s get this out of the way: He’s Arnold Palmer’s grandson. Saunders registered four top 16s in the Web.com Tour finals, after having a lackluster regular season. The 27-year-old from Clemson played one PGA Tour event last year – yes, it was Bay Hill. But he acquitted himself nicely, finishing T43 (after a final-round 77). It’s a feel-good story that he’s made the Tour but, despite having a good priority ranking at No. 13, he’ll probably be more pauper than the second coming of the King.
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Expects to play in RSM Classic
November 12, 2018
Saunders (back) is listed in the field for this week's RSM Classic.
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Withdraws from Mayakoba Golf Classic
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November 9, 2018
Saunders withdrew from the Mayakoba Golf Classic on Friday due to a back injury.
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T45 finish in Greensboro
August 20, 2018
Saunders shot a one-under 69 to finish in a tie for 45th place at the Wyndham Championship and was able to sneak into the FedExCup playoffs.
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Posts T5 finish at Greenbrier Classic
July 8, 2018
Saunders shot an even-par 70 in the final round to come home in a tie for fifth place at the Greenbrier Classic.
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Misses cut after strong opening round
May 22, 2018
Saunders barely missed the cut at the AT&T Byron Nelson at three-under-par.
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