Hudson Swafford
31-Year-Old Golfer
2018–19 Fantasy Outlook
Swafford followed up his best year on Tour, 2016-17, with his worst. He had zero top-10s and only two top-25s in 22 starts, one in an opposite-field event. Any time a golfer is on the wrong side of 30 and starts a decline, you wonder whether he will be able to ascend again. We'd wait and see on Swafford, 31, before investing in him. Read Past Outlooks
First top-10 since 2017
January 13, 2019
Swafford closed with a round of six-under 64 on Sunday at the Sony Open to grab a share of third place.
Swafford used stellar ball striking and short game to post 21 birdies to just four bogeys for the week. He ranked fifth in SG: Approach, fourth in SG: Tee-to-green, and had the second-best scrambling percentage. Swafford had a tough season last year which dropped him from inside the top-100 to outside the top-300 in the OWGR. This was his first top-10 since the 2017 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Next week he heads back to the sight of his lone PGA Tour victory, which came in 2017 at the Desert Classic.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Swafford ended the 2015-16 on a streak of 13 consecutive made cuts, a streak which he extended through the first six events in the 2016-17 season, and then he won. His win at the Career Builder Challenge was the last cut he would make for a month, providing further evidence that sometimes a win can actually deter future success. Whether the win was responsible for his drop in play last season or not, Swafford appears to be on the way up. As such, Swafford is a decent option in salary cap leagues this season.
Since joining the PGA Tour in 2014, Swafford has slowly progressed each year. His first year was not a success as he ended-up at #146 on the FedEx Cup points list, but his 2nd-year he showed a lot of improvement. He posted the same amount of top-10s as he did the year prior (one), but he made the cut in 18 events vs. 11. Last season was his best to date as he made the cut in 22 of 30 events. The cuts-made percentage is impressive, but he has to find a way to improve on the weekend. Until he does, he's not a great salary cap option this season. In draft leagues, he should go in the 10th-round or later.
Swafford’s anticipated rookie PGA Tour season resulted in a return to the Tour finals to regain his card. While he is out of the hotbed University of Georgia, the 27-year-old made only 11-of-26 cuts, finishing 146th in the standings. His lone top 10 came in January, with four other top 25s. Can he improve? We suppose so, so the top 125 will be a close call.
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T28 finish at Shriners Open
November 5, 2018
Swafford finished the week with a three-under 68 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open to come home in a tie for 28th place.
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Grabs best finish of season in Canada
July 30, 2018
Swafford shot a final round one-under 71 at the RBC Canadian Open and finished in a tie for 12th place.
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Ties for 27 at Tournament of Champions
January 8, 2018
Swafford fired a three-under 70 on Sunday at the Sentry Tournament of Champions to finish two-under and tied for 27th.
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Top-30 in Korea
October 24, 2017
Swafford struggled to a three-over-par 75 in the final round of the CJ Cup and fell into a tie for 28th place.
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Poor second round at CIMB Classic
October 17, 2017
Swafford closed with a three-under 69 at the CIMB Classic and finished in a tie for 54th place.
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