Dave called it. He called a big season from Bubba and just three tournaments into the season, Bubba has delivered. His second career victory (first being The Travelers Championship last June), came against a far better field than his first and shows how far he really has progressed in the last year. While he edged out Corey Pavin and Scott Verplank in his first win via a playoff, this time around he was triumphant over some of the game’s elite in Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Anthony Kim. Yes, Bubba Watson looks like he has shed the label of ‘that self-taught guy who can hit it really far’ and become an all-around PGA Tour professional (as evidenced this weekend by his calm demeanor under pressure and clutch putt to all but seal the tournament on the 72nd hole). A big season may very well lie ahead for the 2-time PGA Tour winner. And now we move on to ‘that other guy who almost won’ and the rest of the star-studded field. Phil Mickelson wrapped up a solo second place finish, although that has to be disappointing for him given that he was co-leading entering the final round. Uber-hunk Dustin Johnson cashed in a third place finish with a final round 66, and Anthony Kim shot even par to register his first top-10 of the young season. Hunter Mahan settled for a disappointing final round 73 and dropped down to register a share of sixth place, along with Nick Watney who was eight under through nine and finished with a tournament-best 63. Rounding out the top ten was Bill Haas who held the overnight lead but shot a 75 Sunday to take himself out of the mix. Rickie Fowler followed up an excellent 65 in round one with three uninspiring rounds in the 70s and finished with a share of 20th. Tiger Woods sucked.
Fantasy Impact: Thanks to a top ten from Anthony Kim, The Beast managed to hang on to first place for another week despite starting just three guys. James shot up the standings and into second place with a big week including a second place finish from Phil and two more top tens from Bill Haas and Nick Watney. Dustin Johnson’s third place finish wasn’t enough to keep Bryce second in the standings as he drops to third, but still only trails first place by 20 points. Dave’s 115 point week technically doesn’t move him up at all in the standings, but it gets him a lot closer to first and creates a sizable gap between the top four and Brent and Fuchs. Fuchs cashed in his best week of the season with forty points, and Hunter Mahan’s top ten is what gives him the tiebreaker over last place Brent. For the third week in a row brent has failed to register a top ten, and has almost 300 points less than he had through three weeks last year… Yikes.
1. The Beast: Despite a slow week, he’s still got a heck of a team. Kuchar, Stricker and Kim have 4 top tens in 5 starts. It’s only a matter of time before they start cashing those top tens into wins.
2. James: Phil Mickelson’s runner up finish shows he means business this year. Bill Haas and Nick Watney look to be firing on all cylinders so far. Watch out when Rory gets into the mix.
3. Bryce: Tiger Woods didn’t show up on the weekend, but with a core also including Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey, it’s hard to believe that Bryce won’t have some big weeks. Especially in the majors.
4. Dave: You can’t discount how well Bubba played this week, but with guys like Westwood, McDowell and Goosen likely to sit out a lot, he may still suffer quite a bit in the smaller tourneys.
5. Fuchs: The rookie is 3-for-3 on roster submissions, but it hasn’t translated into many points. May have to rely on points from Hunter Mahan and Ernie Els a little too much for my liking.
6. Brent: Team International is a sorry sight through three weeks. Camilo and K.J. are looking really bad and he’s not really getting much help from anyone. He’s averaging just 6.5 per start and has yet to register a top ten.
There you go gentlemen. A hot-off-the-presses Sunday night wrap-up. Hope you all enjoyed the golf this weekend. Just to let you all know, The Farmers will likely be changed to a tier 2 for next year due to it’s field strength and venue. It deserves it. Thanks for reading, and i’ll see you next time.
P.s. Dave, although it doesn’t show on the roster update for this week, Jhonattan Vegas has been added to your roster in place of John Senden. Feel free to play him next week as normal. Kaymer has also been added to my roster in place of Weir. Both transactions are effective as of monday.
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