Denny McCarthy

Denny McCarthy

31-Year-Old Golfer
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2024 Fantasy Outlook
It would have been hard to imagine a player who historically depended so heavily on putting having such a consistent season. Yet, McCarthy made significant improvements in all aspects of his game in 2022-23. He gained strokes in every category, ranking ninth in scrambling and third in SG: Putting. This translated into a remarkable record of 24 cuts made out of 30 starts, with an impressive number of top-25 finishes. At 30 years old, McCarthy may not become a top-tier ball-striker, but with his strong short game and putting skills, he doesn't need to be. Seeing McCarthy clinch his first PGA Tour win in 2024 would certainly not be a surprise. Read Past Outlooks
Finishes T45 in Georgia
April 15, 2024
McCarthy finished with a nine over 70 at the Masters Tournament to finish tied at 45th position.
ANALYSIS
McCarthy had a good outing in the final round which helped him gain seven spots. The 31-year-old registered five birdies on Sunday which was tied seventh. McCarthy finished with three bogeys as well. McCarthy will take part in the upcoming RBC Heritage competition.
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7 days ago
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8 days ago
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Weekly Recap: A Big Win for Bhatia
8 days ago
There was no shortage of drama Sunday at the Valero Texas Open, and when the dust settled Akshay Bhatia found himself in the winner's circle for the second time.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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McCarthy started as a rookie on the PGA Tour during the 2017-2018 and his results were less than desired as he finished the season ranked 149th on the FedEx list. In the three seasons that followed, McCarthy showed some progress, but it was slow. That changed this past season when McCarthy posted career highs in cuts made, top-25s, top-10s and earnings. McCarthy has never lived off the high-end finishes, so the fact that he took the slow and steady route to a career high in earnings this past is not surprise either. McCarthy will need to find some high-end finishes to improve upon his number this season, but he appears capable at this point. As such, he makes for an intersting salary cap selection this season.
McCarthy went from missing just five cuts in 2019-20, to missing 13 cuts in 2020-21. He also saw both his top-10s and top-25s go down. McCarthy had another good season with the putter, but his ball-striking numbers need to be better if he is going to amount to anything in salary cap formats.
Amazingly, McCarthy led the Tour in SG: Putting for a second consecutive season but his tee-to-green game leaves much to be desired. He's best viewed as a cut maker who struggles in stronger-field events, but will occasionally contend when he's able to have a good week with his long-game. A safe bet to make the FedEx Cup Playoffs and a contender to win a weaker field event.
McCarthy was a rookie in 2018 and while he wasn't able to retain his card for this past season, he played well enough to earn partial privileges. He parlayed his partial status into 27 starts last season, which resulted in enough points to earn full status for this upcoming season. McCarthy seems to be getting incrementally better, but the progress is slow. He has only three top-10s in 49 starts on the PGA Tour. It's a little too early to take a chance on McCarthy as a salary cap option this season.
McCarthy's rookie season was characterized by a single top-10 and just 13-of-22 made cuts. Denny's driving is PGA Tour average and his putting is great, but his iron game is incredibly underdeveloped. After earning full PGA Tour status by winning the Web.com Tour Championship and overall Web.com Tour Finals, he'll need to maintain his momentum to outpace last year's weak rookie campaign. As a fringe talent, don't expect anything special from McCarthy in the 2018-19 season, but there's a chance he'll ride his current momentum to some solid finishes in the fall season.
Earning a PGA Tour card via the Web.com Tour Finals, McCarthy is set to become a rookie at the next level after making 18 of 23 cuts on the Web.com during 2017. He failed to record any top-three finishes through two seasons on the Web.com Tour, however, so McCarthy's upside may remain limited. McCarthy ranked second in putting average and 21st in birdie average this past season, but was just 128th in terms of GIR percentage.
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Loses in playoff
April 7, 2024
McCarthy closed with a final round nine-under 63 at the Valero Texas Open, losing on the first playoff hole to Akshay Bhatia.
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Finishes T31 at Sawgrass
March 18, 2024
Hubbard finished tied for 31st place after carding a four-under 68 on Sunday at The Players Championship.
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Tenth in SG: Putting at API
March 12, 2024
McCarthy carded a two-over 74 on Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational to finish four-over and tied for 48th.
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Cut at Cognizant Classic
March 2, 2024
McCarthy shot a one-over 72 on Friday at the Cognizant Classic and was cut from the tournament.
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Teeing it up at Pebble
January 29, 2024
McCarthy (undisclosed) is listed in the field for this week's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
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