The Masters is the first major of the golf season, and also our first tier 4 tournament, with the winner taking home 200 (or more) points. Winning The Masters is the dream of every golfer, and this week 96 golfers will tee it up with the hope of taking home the green jacket. 30 of those 96 players will be started in our league, with every one of them mattering. So without further adeu, here are the rosters:
Phil Mickelson is bestowed a special honor this week. He is the first member of James’ team to recieve one of three Osicki explosions. Despite less than stellar results so far this year, James is hoping that a familiar environment, a course he knows, and a history of excellence at The Masters will be enough to catapult Phil out of his slump.
Despite being the object of Jm’s affection, Zach Johnson has been less than stellar this year with only 35 points. Let’s hope he can turn it around in a venue where he’s proven himself by claiming the green jacket in 2007.
Like the majority of James’ players, Sean O’hair has been pretty bad this year. Despite playing in 6 of 8 tournaments, he has still only managed 50 points. However, he’s finished in the top 15 at The Masters each of the last two years, which shows he knows the course and may just be able to pull out another top 15 this week.
Steve Marino doesn’t have much major experience, but he’s finished in the top 15 the last two weeks and looks like he’s got the hot hand.
Rory McIlroy has been pretty average this year, however he played well in last years majors, finishing in the top 50 in all four, including a tie for 3rd and 10th in the U.S. Open and PGA Championship.
Ernie Els is the second of three players to feel the full weight of Osicki riding on their shoulders. He has never donned the green jacket, but he’s put up 225 points in the last four weeks and the Big Easy looks back to his old form.
Mike Weir has been average so far this season, but he proved that his solid gameplan of accuracy and careful shot making can win here when he claimed the green jacket in 2003.
Brian Gay doesn’t have much Masters history, but he’s loyal to Jm and will do anything to move him up the leaderboard.
Robert Allenby has proven his worth already this season by racking up a solid 80 points. Even though he hasn’t played for Jm all year, he put together a solid top 15 two weeks ago in Arnie’s tournament and has finished top 50 in the last two Masters. He may not be a threat to take the green jacket, but he should be a solid source of points for the first mate of fantasy.
Hunter Mahan won the Waste Management Phoenix Open back when he was playing for Cody. He has participated in The Masters the last two years, missing the cut in 08 and finishing tied for 10th last year.
What’s the difference between The Beast and Kenny Perry?….give up?…. One is a professional golfer, and the other will be spending this week on The Beast’s bench. Kenny Perry’s early season struggles and epic failure at last year’s Masters have earned him a spot in the black paint. Taking his place is Steve Stricker, who looks to catapult The Beast up the standings. Anything less than a top 15 will be very disappointing.
Anthony Kim is coming off a huge win last week at the Shell Houston open. With momentum on his side and a top 20 Masters finish last year, Kim looks to be The Beast’s best chance at a win this week, a week in which he can almost taste third place.
With 2 of The Beast’s 7 top 10’s, a solid 90 points on the season, and top 20’s in the last two Masters, Nick Watney looks like a lock for atleast 25 points beside The Beast’s name.
Matt Kuchar has two top 10’s in his last two starts, and looks like a potential sleeper pick to finish top 15 or better.
Adam Scott had a terrible 2009, but has a resonably good history at Augusta. Look for him to end up somewhere in the 25-30 range if history is any indication.
Padraig Harrington will be Brent’s #1 starter this week. Even though Paddy has recently filed for a restraining order against our dear friend Brent, he’ll still be teeing it up for the good ol’ orange team. He has looked strong this year, but just hasn’t been able to break through with that big win. With top 10’s in 2007 and 2008, Paddy has proven that he can perform at The Masters, but the big question is…can he win it?
Camilo Villegas has played some excellent golf this year. He’s already notched a win and a third place finish. But in the last 3 weeks he’s only played once, and he missed the cut. He’ll have to manufacture his own momentum this week, but if he can recapture the style of golf he was playing earlier, he could rack up some serious points.
The third member of the International team that Brent has assembled is none other than Britain’s sexiest man, Luke Donald. Donald’s iron play around the green should save him plenty of pars this week, but the question is whether he can make some birdies on the longer holes.
In the past three weeks, K.J. Choi has scored 65 points from Brent’s bench. Whether it be the brandon natives racist tendencies or just a major brain fart, he’s finally coming around and Choi won’t spend another week on his bench. Playing with Tiger may intimidate him, but K.J. should find a way to hang around for the weekend.
Rounding out Brent’s five man roster is his lone American starter, J.B. Holmes. Like Choi, Holmes has earned a large percentage of his points from the bench, and what has turned out to be a very strong start to the season has been largely wasted. Holmes finished top 25 in the 2008 Masters, but don’t expect a repeat, as his morale has surely taken a hit from his production going unnoticed.
Tiger Woods plays his first tournament of the year and Bryce sets his first roster of the year. Coincidence? I think not. They say Tiger increases golf viewership. Well he certainly caught Bryce’s attention this week, as the golf league’s 2nd sexiest manager (behind The Beast) chose to pin the Osicki tag on Tiger. A risky play that could prove either reckless, or genious.
Retief Goosen is one of everyone’s favorite golfers. How can you not like the guy? And he is hot this year with three top 10’s in the five tournaments he’s played for Bryce. Another top 10 or even top 5 would not be too much to expect.
The defending Masters champion, Angel Cabrera, has started his season very poorly, managing just 15 points in the four tournaments he’s played. A title defense seems all but impossible as he will likely struggle just to make the cut.
Paul Casey is one of the reasons why Bryce sits comfortably in second place right now. The Englishman is averaging a ridiculous 40 points per tournament and comes into the masters very well rested after three weeks off.
Rounding out Bryce’s roster is Dustin Johnson. Johnson was proclaimed to be the future of golf after his win at Pebble Beach, but since then has been very undeserving of that title, with just 10 points in the four weeks he’s played. I wouldn’t expect a lot of points from him this week, but given his potential, he’s a must start.
Jim Furyk has had a resurgence of sorts this year with a solid win and 145 points so far. His ace at the ninth in the par 3 competition may be a sign of things to come.
Sergio Garcia: Never a good bet
Geoff Ogilvy looks to break out of his early season slump. He tied for 6th last year and the pressure of big points on the line may just be enough to shake his funk.
The last time Lucas Glover played in The Masters was 2007 when he tied for 20th. He’s had a rough start to the season and things don’t look too positive, but he won the U.S. Open last year so you can’t count him out.
Cody’s roster is rounded out by Scott Verplank. He’s not one of golf’s elite, and he hasn’t had much success in the last 3 years of The Masters. All signs point to a low point total this week.
I’d like to thank those of you who actually read this whole thing. Just thought I’d give you a bit of background on all the guys playing, and best of luck to everyone this week at The Masters.