J.J. Spaun
J.J. Spaun
29-Year-Old Golfer
2018–19 Fantasy Outlook
Spaun had a very solid rookie season in 2017, earning over $1 million and finishing the season 91st on the FedEx points list. Spaun was even better in his second season on the PGA Tour as he posted a runner-up, two 3rd-place finishes and four total top-10s. Spaun also nearly cracked the $2 million mark in his second season. For anyone that took a chance on Spaun prior to last season, it surely paid off, but can he improve upon what was a very good season yet again this year? The answer lies in his putting. He's never been a great putter, but he's such a good ball striker that it often makes up for his lack of short game. There is so much room for improvement however that even a small improvement in his putting could result in huge gains. As such, Spaun is a very intriguing salary cap selection this season. Read Past Outlooks
Strong finish nets top-15
July 2, 2019
Spaun fired a six-under 66 in the final round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic to finish in a share of 13th place.
Spaun found himself at only one-under through 12 holes on Sunday, but he turned it on late birdieing five of the final six holes to make the best finish he could. Spaun ranked 17th in SG: Putting and 25th in SG: Tee-to-green for the week. The 28-year-old has now made the cut seven of his last eight starts. Spaun owns five top-25's on the season. He will tee it up at the 3M Classic.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
While it wasn't an outstanding season, Spaun accomplished everything a rookie needs to on the PGA Tour last season. He had zero top-5s, but he recorded three top-10s, which coupled with a total of 18 paychecks, was enough to get him safely inside the top-125, which is the main goal of every rookie. Spaun will of course want to improve his overall numbers next season and to do so, he should start with some work in the bunker as he ranked 159th in sand saves last season. It's seems like such a small part of the game, but a stroke here and there can mean the difference between a top-15 and a top-10 and those top-10s add up. It's too early to tell which direction Spaun will go from here and without having much of a track record to go on, he's carries too much risk at this price in salary cap leagues.
Spaun registered one victory – the News Sentinel Open in late August – two seconds and seven top-10s in 2016 on the Web.com Tour, easily sealing his spot on the PGA Tour for 2016-17. The win included middle rounds of 62-64, two of four rounds of 64 or better he shot in competition this year. He also played the Northern Trust Open on the PGA Tour, missing the cut. He was second in greens in regulation on the Web.com Tour at 76.65 percent and was 12th in the all-around ranking. One negative is that he finished 89th in putting average, something that will have to change on the PGA Tour for him to be a strong fantasy player.
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Falls to T30 on Sunday
June 25, 2019
Spaun dropped into a tie for 30th place after shooting a two-over 72 in the final round of the Travelers Championship.
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Narrowly misses cut in Dublin
June 4, 2019
Spaun missed out on making the weekend at the Memorial Tournament by one shot after rounds of 71-75.
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Closes with three straight bogeys
April 22, 2019
Spaun shot a two-over 73 on Sunday, which left him down in a tie for 28th place at the RBC Heritage.
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Listed in Valero field
April 1, 2019
Spaun (knee) is listed in the field for this week's Valero Texas Open.
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Out of Valspar field
March 19, 2019
Spaun (undisclosed) has withdrawn from the Valspar Championship, Rob Bolton of PGATour.com reports.
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