Well that was exciting! The most wide open Masters in a long time ended up seeing South African Charl Schwartzel take home the green jacket, and his first PGA Tour victory by two strokes over Aussies Adam Scott and Jason Day. Although the final scores reflect a decent margin of victory (two strokes over Scott and Day, and four strokes over Woods, Ogilvy and Donald), it was quite the logjam up until the final few holes. At 4:30 CST there were five players tied for the lead at 10 under par, and it seemed there were new names popping up near the top of the leaderboard every minute. But in the end it was Schwartzel who managed to birdie the final four holes and earn himself 200 points and a spot on Fuchs’ prestigious roster. For a while, it looked very much like Tiger Woods would be taking home his fifth green jacket, but he slowed down on the back nine and like it has all week, his putting let him down. K.J. Choi looked solid all week, and wound up with his second top ten in as many years at The Masters. But enough about the real golf… lets get to the fantasy.
Brent wrapped up his league leading second week of more than 200 points this week, cashing in a monstrous 255 points. Luke Donald scored Brent his first ever Osicki points, and wound up tied for fourth after a nice chip in on the 72nd hole. K.J. Choi ground his way to an even par 72, on his way to a top ten that his elderly caddy will no doubt be proud of. Geoff Ogilvy completed Brent’s top ten trifecta with a fourth place finish and his largest point total of the season at 60. Rounding out Brent’s contributors was the extremely over-rated Poulter, who could only manage a top 50. But it wasn’t all double rainbows and sunshine for our new third place team. Aussie Adam Scott fought his way to a stellar 2nd place finish, only to watch his points disappear into oblivion as Brent rolled out Poulter instead. Despite the pain of 95 wasted points, Brent should still be very content with his total for this week, as he gained on both Beast and James, and finds himself just 130 points out of second place.
The second best week at The Masters belonged to The Beast who, like brent, seems to be having some troubles with consistency. Starting the week with Jason Day on the bench, he whipped out a mulligan on Friday night, and appointed it to the young Aussie. That turned out to be a GREAT decision, as Day managed to hang on on the weekend for a second place finish and 95 points. However Beast got unlucky, as an Osicki’d Kuchar limped his way to his second worst finish of the season, and just a total of 30 points. Steve Stricker had an up-and-down week, but finished with a top 15 and racked up 35 points for the second straight week, while Marino was never really in it and could only manage 15. Rory Sabbatini followed up a few good tournaments with a missed cut this week, and Beast will likely think twice before playing him at another major. All-in-all it wasn’t a bad week for The Beast, but it could have been so much more as Palmer, Van Pelt, and Barnes combined for 125 points on his bench. Ouch.
Dave’s team was pretty quiet this week, and despite failing to register a top ten, he’ll still walk away with a healthy 135 points. Coming into the tournament with 7 guys who could be worth a starting spot, Dave decided to sit Jim Furyk and the Iron Goose. With Furyk at 4 under par after Friday’s round, Dave decided it would be worthwhile to burn a mulligan on him, and ended up netting 25 points because of it. Y.E. Yang also contributed 25 points to the cause, while a poor Sunday caused Bubba Watson to drop down the leaderboard, earning just 15. But Dave’s big hitters this week were Justin Rose and Lee Westwood, who both played their way to top fifteens and 70 big points between them. Alth0ugh Dave didn’t actually move up the leaderboard this week, he finds himself in a good position, just a tier one win (and boy do we have plenty of those coming up) out of third place.
135 points is nothing to sneeze at. But with Rory McIlroy carrying a four shot lead into Sunday, all five golfers making the cut, and Osicki’s riding on Mickelson and Watney, this was a very disappointing week for our league’s front-runner. Expectations were high for Phil Mickelson coming off last week’s win, but he just could never get his game going and couldn’t manage a single round in the 60s as Mickelson, along with Fowler and Watney could only muster 15 points each. McIlroy ended up with 35, but watching his total collapse on the back nine hardly makes it seem like a victory. Martin Laird seemed to be the silver lining this week, with an unexpected top 25 and 25 points to make the pain of what happened to McIlroy a bit more bearable. James still holds a sizable lead over 2nd place Beast, but this seems like a bit of a momentum killing week for most of his players who appeared to be hot.
Bryce was looking to work his way out of the cellar this week, needing a big week from Tiger, and he almost got it. Woods lit up the front nine on Sunday, and looked destined to pull away from the field, but his poor putting kept him from getting any momentum going on the back nine. Woods finished in a tie for fourth at ten under, and now has 120 points in five starts for Bryce this year. Dustin Johnson was a player who many thought could make waves this week, but two rounds of 74 and a round of 73 showed it isn’t his time yet. Paul Casey is off to a respectable start this year, although he has yet to record a week of more than 20 points. That continued this week as Casey and Johnson crawled in with 15 each. Tim Clark was averaging a monster 50 points per start coming into this week, but a missed cut will bring him down to an average of 25 in his two starts on tour this year. Finally, the newly acquired Bill Haas made his debut this week, and although a top 50 isn’t gonna win you any championship, it’s good to see him get on the board nice and early for Bryce. One interesting side-note this week is that Bryce elected NOT to Osicki Tiger Woods, despite Woods having earned at least a top six each of the past six years at The Masters.
Oh brother. It appears as though Fuchs’ six week hot streak was a bit of an aberration. After averaging 80 points from weeks 4-9, the latte-serving legend managed just half of that over the next three weeks. This week was no different as he hit the average right on, scoring a disgraceful 40 points, the worst total since Brent butchered last year’s PGA Championship (for those of you who don’t remember, he used 2 Osickis, earned ZERO points, and left 120 on the bench!). Hunter Mahan let Fuchs down big time, earning 0 points with an Osicki after playing some great golf the past few weeks. Ryan Moore continues to be a good depth player, scoring 15 this week. But depth players need to work as a unit, and that can’t happen when Cink and Singh both miss the cut. The bright spot this week for Fuchs appears to be Brandt Snedeker’s top 25, although his pickup of eventual Masters champ Charl Schwartzel may rank up there as well. Fuchs surely hopes his first move of the season can help turn his team’s ugly skid around…fast.
Well gentlemen. Thus ends the greatest week in sports. The next few tournaments are going to be rough, but The Players Championship is just a month away. Until next week. So long my friends….