Everyone (especially Brent) thought Padraig Harrington would be the dominant Irishman on tour this year, but 20-year old Rory McIlroy has other plans. He shot a bogey-free, 10-under round of 62 on Sunday to win by four strokes over Phil Mickelson. The win is a bright spot on a season that so far, has been dominated by subpar play and back issues. A win in a field that included Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Padraig Harrington and Tiger Woods is just the momentum boost that the young Irishman needed going into The Players Championship. Phil Mickelson and Angel Cabrera were in contention for the first five or six holes on the back nine, but poor putting ended Cabrera’s chances and Mickelson was purely out-played by the young phenom. Although McIlroy stole most of the spotlight, the top ten also included Padraig Harrington, Jim Furyk, Anthony Kim, and the promising youngster Rickie Fowler.
Fantasy Impact: Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson combined for 180 of James’ 195 points and moves him into first place. He leads Brent by 60 points and he is the first person to go over 1000 points this season. Brent continues to ride his early season wins and hasn’t recorded a win since week 4. Although Harrington has been playing okay this year, he has only recorded two top tens, and has done nothing to show us that he’s capable of winning a tournament. At this point, Brent’s best players are Camilo Villegas and K.J. Choi, and one of them is bound to win sooner or later. The Beast seems to have forgotten his early season struggles, posting 80 or more points in four of the last five weeks, and he has now moved up into a tie for third. He’s got great depth on his team with Watney, Van Pelt, and Kuchar, and if Stricker can realize his first round potential, The Beast could be looking back on the field in a few weeks. Bryce continues to hang in there, but without Tiger playing his best, the Icemaster could be in trouble. Goosen hasn’t done much lately and Casey has only played two of the last seven tourneys. With The Beast surging, its hard to see Bryce holding onto third place for much longer. Cody doesn’t really care, and basically Furyk is his entire team. He’s only got one player with over 90 points, and should spend the majority of the season wallowing in fifth or sixth. Jon Mark’s success seems to hinge on the performance of Ernie Els, and with Els sitting out the last three tourneys, Jm has managed only 95 points. He should beat Cody, but after that it’s a long way to climb before he reaches Beast or Bryce.
That’s the weekly wrap-up. Standings and Rosters are updated, Enjoy.
Also, just a reminder that next week is The Players Championship, our first tier 3 tournament of the year. With 150 points going to the winner, it’s a chance for anyone to move up the standings so keep an eye on it.
Until Next week, go Plekanec!