Will Zalatoris

Will Zalatoris

26-Year-Old Golfer
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Injury Back
Est. Return 10/20/2022
2022–23 Fantasy Outlook
It was both an incredible year, and a year of what if for Zalatoris. He collected 11 top-15 finishes, but also lost in a playoff at the Torrey Pines and the PGA Championship. He also was just beaten out by one at the U.S. Open by Matt Fitzpatrick. Zalatoris was able to silence the questions by notching his first win in the playoff opener, but tweaked his back the very next week where it was revealed he had two herniated disks and had to take a 30th place finish in the final FedExCup standings. Back injuries can be career killers for golfers, so there are certainly a lot of questions going into next season to see how he bounces back. Zalatoris is definitely one of the more risky golfers in the top-10 because of the injury concern, but he's currently the best ball-striker on Tour and has World No. 1 upside. Read Past Outlooks
Will not play in TOUR Championship
Back
August 23, 2022
Zalatoris (back) withdrew from the TOUR Championship on Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
A back injury prevented Zalatoris from finishing last week's BMW Championship, and it will keep him off the course altogether for the final event of the 2021-22 season. According to the report, Zalatoris was diagnosed with two herniated discs, so he will not be able to participate in the upcoming Presidents Cup, either. It remains to be seen when he will be ready to return to action.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2022
2020
Zalatoris earned Special Temporary Membership on the PGA Tour rather quickly after winning the Korn Ferry Tour's TPC Colorado Championship at Heron Lakes in July of 2020, though he remained ineligible for the FedExCup Playoffs without having also notched a victory at the PGA level. In addition to eight top-10s and 14 total top-25s through 25 starts on the PGA Tour in 2020-21, Zalatoris' exceptional rookie campaign will be remembered for his runner-up effort at the 2021 Masters during his Augusta National debut. Zalatoris ultimately ranked seventh on tour in SG: approach, ninth in SG: tee-to-green and 11th in par-5 scoring. The sky is the limit for the 25-year-old Wake Forest product if the putter begins to cooperate on a more consistent basis.
The leader on the Korn Ferry Tour's points list has risen to a career-best 143rd in the Official World Golf Ranking thanks in part to nine top-10s in 15 starts on the KFT during the 2020 season, which included a win at the TPC Colorado Championship in early July. Zalatoris, a 24-year-old Wake Forest product, led the KFT in GIR percentage along the way while also ranking seventh in birdie average, fourth in total driving and first in total eagles. This combination indicates quite a bit of future fantasy upside if he's able to translate such quality ball-striking to the big-league venues.
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Attempting to return at East Lake
August 22, 2022
Zalatoris (back) is listed in the field for this week's TOUR Championship.
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Withdraws from BMW Championship
Back
August 20, 2022
Zalatoris (back) has withdrawn from the BMW Championship with a back injury.
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Gets first PGA Tour win in dramatic fashion
August 14, 2022
Zalatoris won the FedEx St. Jude Championship in a playoff over Sepp Straka after shooting a four-under 66 in the final round.
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T21 finish at Wyndham Championship
August 7, 2022
Zalatoris closed with a two-under 68 on Sunday to finish in a share of 21st place at the Wyndham Championship.
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Fifth in SG: OTT in Detroit
August 2, 2022
Zalatoris fired a seven-under 65 on Sunday at the Rocket Mortgage Classic to finish 13-under and tied for 20th.
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