Gary Woodland’s first PGA Tour victory may not be as out of the blue as most people think. The former Basketball player actually came into The Transitions Championship with a healthy THREE top tens and a runner-up finish at The Bob Hope Classic. Woodland looks to be developing into quite the little grinder, with all four of his top tens coming in tier one events. Webb Simpson and Scott Stallings finished in second and third place respectively, which marks the first time this season that our league has failed to card a golfer in the top three. Now on to the fantasy perspective…
James kept the momentum going with a solid 85 point week, earning points from four of five golfers and raising his top ten total to 15. Martin Laird scored another top ten and now has three on the season, while Watney finished with a respectable top 15. Things are looking good for our league leader, but there are plenty of big point weeks yet to come, and as Phil’s win at The Masters last year proved, a three or four hundred point week isn’t out of the question at the majors.
The Beast had a relatively quiet week, scoring just 30 points, but Sabbatini kept his good play going which The Beast will no-doubt be happy about, since the South African plays just about every week. Beast still has a good balance of elite talent and solid depth, but Anthony Kim’s play since week three is alarming.
The Ultimate Barista won’t complain about a 45 point week, but it could have been much more had he gone with Stewart Cink over the under-achieving Stephen Ames. You never know what’s going on behind those memorizing coffee bean eyes of his though, and this may all be part of his master plan for a dramatic come-from-behind victory. Either way, the turnaround his team has made from last year is exceptional.
It was yet another disappointing week for Brent. He managed only 20 points and is really struggling early on, with just two weeks of 60+ points. Barring Donald, his whole team seems hit-or-miss and that makes it very hard to decide who to play, as evidenced by the three top tens left on his bench in the last five weeks. There aren’t that many good free agents out there, and it looks as though Brent may just have to whether the storm, although the option to move some assets in exchange for a consistent young talent is an intriguing one.
Just one week after expressing extreme frustration in his team’s performance, Dave has played himself back into fifth place with a potent 85 point week. Jim Furyk is showing signs of breaking out of his slump, earning points in his last four starts, capped off by a top fifteen this week. Justin Rose may have been the favorite to win the tournament on Saturday night, but ended up having to settle for a share of fifth place. The Iron Goose’s play has been questionable so far this season, and although Dave may be frustrated with his team, the potential is definitely there for some big weeks. Maybe this weeks movement up the standings will be what they need to get going.
Ah Brycer… Just last week he cashed in what seemed like a breakthrough week of 155 points, only to manage just TEN at The Transitions. Paul Casey’s point totals thus far haven’t been awful, but more can definitely be expected of a player with Casey’s talent. Howell and Na seem to be hit and miss, while Pettersson is just miss and miss. Thankfully Bryce has thrown his Swedish freeloader to the curb in favor of Gary Woodland, and perhaps Woodland will provide the solid depth points bryce’s top-heavy team needs.
That’s the wrap-up friends… Power Rankings will be coming late tonight.