Phil Mickelson silenced the critics (mainly Brent) on Sunday when he claimed his third green jacket with a bogey-free final round 67. He also provided us one of the best golf shots of the year with a pure gem from the pine straw on 13. Before this week, it had been quite an underwhelming year for Phil. With only one top 10 coming into this week, few would have picked Phil to win it all, but given his history at Augusta, anything was possible.
As for the other notable players, Tiger got off to a terrible start, but managed to card two eagles on route to finishing the tournament tied for fourth at 11 under. K.J. Choi looked to be making a charge on the front 9, but back-to-back bogeys on 12 and 13 ended his chances. Red hot Anthony Kim began the day seven strokes behind the leader, but posted a stellar 7-under par to finish alone in third. Like Kim, Watney shot 7-under par on Sunday to card a top 10 finish and continue what has been a very strong season so far. Ian Poulter started the week hot, sitting at 8-under par after two days, but his rounds of 74 and 73 on the weekend ended up dropping him back to a tie for 10th. Finally, Fred Couples put together a decent round of 2-under par to finish the tournament alone in sixth at 9-under.
Fantasy Impact: Major fantasy impact this week. James Moves up to 2nd place with a ridiculous week of 465 points. A perfectly used Osicki Explosion gave him the maximum bang for his buck with a 400 point week from Phil Mickelson (more than his entire team combined through the first eight weeks of the season). Steve Marino also contributed 20+ points for the third striaght week. If Phil has found his game, James could move up to first pretty quickly. The other big winner for the week was The Beast. A not-too-shabby 195 point week gives Beast 340 points in the last two weeks, 180 of those points coming from Anthony Kim. Kim was an absolute steal for The Beast in the third round, as his upside is impossible to ignore. Watney is Beast’s other immediate weapon. With 140 points and participation in just about every week, it won’t be long before Watney catapults The Beast up the standings. Bryce Scored big with 120 points from an Osicki’d Tiger, but the rest of his team didn’t offer much with four missed cuts. Brent held on to first place for this week…just barely. Despite having just three players make it to the weekend, Brent still managed a healthy 125 points. His golden boy Paddy will need to get his game in gear to warrent the first round pick that Brent spent on him. After two wins from Ernie Els, Jon Mark will definately not be happy with where he sits in the standings. Only 50 points from an Osicki’d Els, and the 50 points that Yang scored from his bench are probably equally as off-putting. Cody had a terrible week. There is no other way of saying it. Scott Verplank was the only player who earned him more than 15 points and his heavy hitter furyk shot 8-over par on Thursday and missed the cut. After three straight disappointing weeks, Cody looks like he has a good shot at the first overall pick next year.
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