Well D.A. Points won, but with so many other story lines, why focus on the winner? Despite being screwed out of a win for the fourth time in five weeks, our league still saw some interesting developments take place on the Monterey Peninsula. He’s had his team for just five weeks, but already Fuchs has grasped the reins and he refuses to let go. Beast continued his Stricker-like consistency with another solid week. And Bryce and Dave appear to be stuck in a rut… Here’s the wrapup!!!
Just five weeks in, James’ team already appears to be in mid-season form. Phil Mickelson and Nick Watney cashed in their 2nd and 3rd top tens(respectively) of the season, and that gives James a mammoth 8 top tens through five events! Although keeping this pace is unlikely, he’s on pace for 58 top tens which would shatter The Beast’s mark of 36 set last year. The only down point on the week for the early front-runner was the wretched weekend play of Padraig Harrington. Oh boy.
The Beast’s unfaltering play continued as he racked up a healthy 60 points to keep him in second place. The decent play of Rory Sabbatini (not to mention heavy scheduling) has to put a cheerful smile on The Beast’s ever-stoic face. But beneath that grin lies the pain of knowing that Steve Marino cost him a good 20 points with a triple bogey on the last hole. We’ll see what repercussions that meltdown has on how The Beast assembles his roster for next week.
Little Andy Fuchs in third place? Who woulda thunk it? Yes, everyone’s favorite Barista was at it again this week, and unlike the pastries he sells daily, his team was anything but stale. Hunter Mahan appears to be the real deal alright. Mahan went low on Sunday to wrap up a solo second place finish and Fuchs’ highest single player point total of the young season. J.B. Holmes contributed again this week with 20 points, and although he could only manage a top 50, Vijay decided to get in on the action as well. Things are definitely looking up for the little coffee bean jockey, and his strategy of simply letting the chips fall as they may is one we can all appreciate.
Some say he’s never frowned. Others say he was three and a half feet tall at birth. All we know is…He’s Brycer. Now would be a good time for the perpetually cheery nobel prize winner to start frowning. Two weeks ago Team Brycer was on autopilot and headed for smooth sailing, but 9 starts and just 10 points later (an average of 1.11 points per start for those wondering) his team is in dire straights. Dustin Johnson looks lost and Kevin Na is struggling to turn back into the man he used to be. Some International magic (Paul Casey and Tim Clark) should lift his spirits this week, but getting too far behind the pack can be very demoralizing.
What happened Dave? Instead of being the league powerhouse after a strong draft, Dave’s TEAM is providing us with more laughs than a Dave COULIER comedy special. Instead of following up a three win season with a solid start, Jim FURYK is playing more like New Zealand Progressive Party leader Jim ANDERTON! Before the season started, Heath SLOCUM looked to be the steal of the draft, now he’s producing more zeros than 18th century scientific and mathematical instrument maker THOMAS Heath. Bottom line is, Dave needs the WGC’s to get here…Fast.
Ah faithful Brent. After a solid 55 point week at The Waste Management, Brent has to be disappointed by a 25 point clunker that leaves him stuck in last place again. Appleby continued his inconsistencies, and right now Ben Crane seems to be the only guy on his team who’s a lock for anything. The rosters he’s been fielding so far have been pretty weak and going the International route is hitting him hard. Hopefully the acquisition of D.A. Points will turn his fortunes around. But I wouldn’t count on anything right now if I were Brent.
1. James: Mickelson and Watney show no signs of slowing down. Scary.
2. The Beast: He’s got a full crop of his best golfers to choose from this week. Look out.
3. Bryce: Despite a couple of bad weeks, the core of Johnson, Casey and Clark still have what it takes to get it done
4. Fuchs: The story of Fuchs team looks to be some real steals and some real disappointments. Lets hope the former outweigh the latter.
5. Dave: The Accenture Match Play Championship has never seemed so far away.
6. Brent: He’s getting far too used to this spot. Something Luke Donald will look to change this week.
Thanks for reading this weeks wrap up boys. I look forward to next weeks Northern Trust Open. See you then my friends.