Harold Varner
Harold Varner
30-Year-Old Golfer
2019–20 Fantasy Outlook
Varner's claim to fame during the 2018-2019 season will likely end up being his placement in the final group on Sunday at the PGA Championship. Things certainly didn't turn out as he'd hoped that day, but the season as a whole was pretty solid. Varner has been a decent player since joining the PGA Tour in 2016, but he's rarely been spectacular. There does appear to be something there however, which puts him in the class of "those to consider" when putting a salary cap team together this season. Read Past Outlooks
Joins PGA Championship field
July 30, 2020
Varner was added to the field Thursday for next week's PGA Championship as an alternate, Rob Bolton of PGATour.com reports.
He'll be joining the field as a replacement for Thomas Pieters, who is believed to have withdrawn from the event in anticipation of the birth of his child. Varner has failed to make the cut in his last two PGA Tour events.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Harold Varner
Yahoo DFS Golf: Wyndham Championship
3 days ago
Harold Varner III will be playing a home game in North Carolina, and Bryce Danielson likes his chances of making an impact in this week's contests on Yahoo.
FanDuel PGA: Wyndham Championship
3 days ago
Brendon Todd has played well all season, and Ryan Andrade believes he will do so again this week. Find out why he suggests using Todd in this week's contests on FanDuel.
Majors Value Meter: PGA Championship Rankings
14 days ago
Len Hochberg ranks the field for the season's first major. Justin Thomas, shooting for his second PGA Championship title, heads the list.
FanDuel PGA: Rocket Mortgage Classic
46 days ago
Detroit Golf Club plays far differently than the other courses that have hosted events since play resumed, and Ryan Andrade believes that makes Tony Finau worth targeting in this week's contests on FanDuel.
DraftKings PGA: Travelers Championship
53 days ago
An equipment change has had immediate results for Justin Rose, and Len Hochberg likes his chances of returning value in this week's contests on DraftKings.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
Varner III is a consistently decent golfer. In his three years on the PGA Tour, he's done nothing spectacular, yet he's managed to keep his card each season. He could spend the next 20 years playing like he has over the past three years and he'd make a lot of money, but once you've established yourself on the PGA Tour, you obviously want more. Does Varner III have another gear though? In three seasons on the PGA Tour, he has exactly zero top-3s. Not once has he played above his current level for a four-day span and threatened to win a PGA Tour event. That's a little troubling, especially in a salary cap format because that format is all about upside. As such, Varner III makes a much better draft-league option than a salary cap option this season.
Varner III made his money last season by making cuts and grinding out top-25s. Varner III teed it up 31 times and made 19 cuts, along with seven top-25s, but only one top-10. In fact, his T10 at the Wyndham Championship was his best result all season. It wasn't all that dissimilar from his rookie season the year prior, except during his rookie campaign, Varner III earned four top-10s. Through two full seasons on the PGA Tour, Varner III has yet to find a top-3 and without those high-end finishes, it's difficult for anyone to jump up the rankings. Varner III will likely rebound this season to his rookie levels, but that's not enough improvement to warrant a salary cap selection.
Varner III quietly had a very strong rookie campaign last year. He made the cut in 18 of 28 events, and captured four top-10s. In all, he earned over $1.3 million and was safely inside the top-125 at the end of the season. It's hard to get a gauge on Varner because he didn't have a ton of success on the lower tours, so his play last season came as a bit of a surprise. The upside is unknown with Varner III, it could be very high, but at this point, it's just too risky to take a chance on him in salary cap leagues. In draft leagues, he can safely be taken in the ninth or 10th rounds.
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T3 in GIR percentage at Rocket Mortgage Classic
July 7, 2020
Varner closed with a three-under 69 on Sunday at the Rocket Mortgage Classic to finish 12-under and tied for 30th.
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Tough weekend at Colonial
June 14, 2020
Varner recorded a two-over par 72 in the final round of the Charles Schwab Challenge to finish tied for 19th place.
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In search of first top-10 finish
March 30, 2020
Varner has competed in 13 events in the 2019-20 season and has a best finish of T13.
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Disappointing final round in LA
February 17, 2020
Varner closed with a three-over 74 on Sunday at the Genesis Invitational to finish six-under and tied for 13th.
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Set to play in American Express
January 13, 2020
Varner (undisclosed) is listed in the field for The American Express this week.
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