Coming into 2010, Zach Johnson was one of the most coveted golfers in the world. Near the top of many managers cheat sheets, Johnson was expected to improve on the stellar form that earned him two victories and nine top 10’s in 2009. However, through the first four months of our fantasy season, Johnson was hardly even worth a roster spot. With no top 10’s and just three top 25’s, Johnson was killing countless fantasy teams. But everything changed at Colonial. The 34-year old American played extremely smart golf, ranking first in greens in regulation and 10th in driving accuracy, enroute to his first win since he claimed The Valero Texas Open just over a year ago. Although he won by three strokes, It was close right up until the end. Brian Davis (always a bridesmaid, never a bride) finished second at 18-under after co-leading the tournament after day three. Bryce Molder was in contention for much of Sunday, until he bogeyed 16 and 17 to move back to 16-under and finish tied for fifth. Some other notable top 10’s were Scott Verplank (who shot a 65 to finish tied for fifth as well), Ben Crane (who missed a short birdie putt on 16 that could have pushed him up into a tie for second), and Bo Van Pelt (who tied for tenth and has been the most consistant player of the last six weeks, with three top 5’s and an additional top 10). Some notable players to miss the cut were Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Y.E. Yang and Ian Poulter may as well have missed the cut with the 76 he shot on Sunday.
Fantasy Impact: James’ lead was extended to 125 points with the victory by Zach Johnson, although only one of his seven eligable players earning points is somewhat concerning. The Beast continued his strong season with a respectable 55 points, with 30 coming from a streaking Bo Van Pelt. Brent managed a solid 75 points and the gap between the top three and the bottom three continues to grow. Bryce could be 40 points closer to brent if only he had sent in his lineup and started Bryce Molder, between Molder’s top 5 and Clark’s win, it’s evident that leaving your team on autopilot doesn’t work. Jon Mark struggled this week, managing only 10 points, however Bill Haas’ top 15 could be viewed as the silver lining, if he had started him. Aside from Jim Furyk, Cody doesn’t really have any superstars, he’s only got two players with more than 100 points (Bryce has only two players who DON’T have 100 points).
This last week marks the halfway point in our surprisingly successful fantasy golf season. Although it’s half over, many of the big tournaments are yet to come. We still have three majors, four ‘tier 3’ tournaments, and four ‘tier 2’ tournaments left. That means 11 of the 16 remaining weeks are worth big point totals. There should be plenty of movement in the standings by season’s end so make sure to get your rosters in.
Until next week, enjoy friends.