Well that was unexpected… Just one week after Luke Donald cruised to a victory at The Accenture Match Play Championship, Rory Sabbatini did the same at The Honda Classic. The feisty South African tied the course record with a 64 in the second round and by the end of the third, he was leading by a ridiculous FIVE strokes. Although Y.E. Yang made a run of it Sunday afternoon, Rory was in control for most of the weekend and on Sunday he knocked in a one foot par putt on the 72nd hole to seal the victory. The win gives Rory Sabbatini 160 points for the season, putting him ahead of such superstars as Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson and Hunter Mahan. The rosy-faced champ is also becoming quite the useful grinder, with starts in seven of the first eight tournaments. Beast is proving the old Ukrainian proverb true, “When very old you get, fantasy knowledge on you is beset”. This is the wrap-up… (wrap-up theme song plays)
James managed to hold onto first place despite a goose-egg. Two players, two zeros. Can’t put too much value on these kind of weeks as James’ two pointless weeks have come with one and two players in the field. Next week will be a true litmus test.
While he didn’t pass anyone on the leaderboard, The Beast still gained a monstrous 115 points on James and now sits just ten back of the league leader. The top five from Ricky Barnes would have had him in first, but don’t be too hard on ol’ Beastie as the code he wrote to avoid looking through the field told him Ricky was sitting this one out. Let’s hope he’s learnt his lesson that computer programming is no use for a hands on, eyes on approach. Kuchar continued to be of service with a top 25 and the ever-happy American has no-doubt proven that last year was not a fluke. Anthony Kim and Bo Van Pelt’s inconsistencies must be causing a little sweat on The Beast’s brow, but as long as everyone else is doing there part, Beast’s team looks as solid as anyone’s.
After four straight weeks of powerhouse performances, this weeks 25 must be a little disappointing for the king of the jungle. But Fuchs may find some comfort in the fact that Jeff Overton looks to have found his game, cashing a top ten, and the only points of the week for team green. A mediocre week will likely drop him down in the power rankings a bit, but I’d be surprised if his team doesn’t show up in a big way next week at The Cadillac Championship.
For the second straight week Brent has managed to post a decent total, and now finds himself just ten points short of third place. Luke Donald followed up his win with a top ten, and Stuart Appleby also found a way to sneak into the four-way tie for tenth. The only bad news for team orange is the horrendous play of keeper Camilo Villegas and first round pick Adam Scott, both missing the cut by sizable amounts. 330 of Brent’s 450 points have come from three players, and unless those three can put up 800 each by season’s end, he’ll need to find a little more depth if he wants to contend.
Dave’s team seems to be hovering somewhere between acceptable and good, but good isn’t good enough for the first year fantasy golf enthusiast. He’s played just twice, but Graeme McDowell is looking well worth the pick with top tens this week and last. Lee Westwood on the other hand has done little to show his worth this far, with a measly five points this week and just 20 through two tournaments. Dave’s team looks good on paper, and could be scary if they get firing on all cylinders, but many of his elite players have gotten off to very poor starts. As truly awesome as Bubba Watson is, he can’t carry a team all by himself. Furyk and Westwood need to start pulling their weight.
Although 45 points is not terrible in a tier one tournament, this week probably did little to soothe Bryce’s woes. The first man ever to five-peat as FIFA player of the year has a lot of holes on his team this year. Underachieving superstars and questionable depth players are resulting in a lot of red zeros for a top three team from last year. All Bryce can really do is cross his fingers and hope his guys get going or it’s gonna be a long season.
POWER RANKINGS (Charlie Sheen ridiculous quote edition):
1. The Beast – “It’s about winning! DUH!” Winning and incredible consistency have The Beast at the top of the power rankings this week, and unlike the world #1 ranking, this honor actually means something.
2. James – “I’m an F-18 bro!” Even F-18s have to refuel every once in a while. Next week James should be back in the air with a full lineup to choose from.
3. Brent – “You’ve been given magic. You’ve been given gold!” Brent seems to have gold on his hands with Luke Donald, but Luke’s talent alone cannot carry a team and Brent needs someone else to consistently step up.
4. Fuchs – “The run I was on made Sinatra, Flynn, Jagger and Richards look like droopy-eyed armless children!” The run of great weeks may have stopped at four, but it’s never too late to start another streak.
5. Dave – “I don’t sleep. I wait!” That may be, but if that’s the case, Dave’s big guns need to stop waiting and start playing. You can’t win when your #1 keeper can’t make a cut.
6. Bryce – “Your perimeter’s been breached. You got work to do bro!” Let’s hope that some tiger blood and Adonis DNA can help Bryce out, cause “The scoreboard doesn’t lie. Never has”
There you go gentlemen. Depending on how relevant Charlie still is next week, there may be power rankings (charlie sheen ridiculous quote edition) next week as well. or maybe i’ll intersperse them in the wrap-up. stay tuned to find out.