He tried. Then he cried. In the end, he couldn’t even show his pride. Of course, it is Fuchs we are talking about, after he came tantalizingly close to picking up his first ever win in the highly acclaimed Spreadsheet Fantasy League of Golf at this weekend’s not so highly acclaimed Valero Texas Open.
With his blond bomber Charlie Hoffman over at the driving range, Fuchs could only watch as Brendan Steele sunk an 8-foot par putt on 18 for the title. However, all was not lost for the Prince of Mocha, as we find out in this weeks wrapup
He may not have got the win, but Fuchs still managed to high his highest weekly out of the season, with a stealthy 105 pts. Hoffman, of course, led the way with 50 pts, but he wasn’t the only man in contention on this team, as Brandt Snedeker tied for 4th, and brought in a big 35 pts. Throw in JB Holmes top 15 performance, and Fuchs was able to leapfrog Dave into 4th place in the league, as well as tie the Beast for second in top 10s, now with 14.
Speaking of Dave, the league’s other rookie pulled in the second most points (tied with Brent) in – aside from Fuchs – an unproductive week for the league. His three competitors – Vegas, de Jonge, and Senden – all managed to get on the scoresheet, but the best he could do was a top 25. Dave has to be disappointed with Jhonattan Vegas, who after bursting onto the scene in January, has scored just 30 points in his last 7 starts following his win at the Bob Hope Classic.
Dave was joined in the 35 club by Brent, as he followed up last week’s strong showing at the Masters – the highest total in the league this year – with a respectable, but far from flashy display. Infact, it would it was a bit of a disappointment, as Adam Scott and Geoff Ogilvy, who were two of the favorites this week, could only manage top 25s after finishing 2nd and 4th respectively at Augusta. The newest member to the team, Justin Leonard, had a strong weekend but only managed a poultry 5 points.
We go from the middle of the standings to the top, after James posted 25 points and another top 10, thanks to Martin Laird. Laird was in danger of making the cut, but shot 5 under on the weekend to sneak into the upper echelon. Laird has been one of the hottest players in the league of late, averaging 48 points per start in his last 5 outings.
Like James, Bryce had only one player get points, and also like James, it came in the form of a top 10. Charles Howell III played solid golf all week, and brought home some goods. However, Bryce’s tournament will be remembered for the player who did not grab him any points, after Kevin Na’s adventure on the 9th hole in the first round. Na shot a 16 on the par 4, and not only left his dignity somewhere in the bush, but also any hopes of getting points for his candid owner.
And finally we come to the Beast. I can’t even use an age before beauty joke in here, with this chap bringing up the rear. This was a very disheartening week for Long John, as he was the only owner with a full roster, and had some very solid players on board as well, with the likes of Anthony Kim and Bo Van Pelt hitting the links. Yet a measly 20 points was all that could be mustered, with the lowly Brian Gay picking up 15 of those. This was a chance for the beast to make inroads on first, and he blew it. Now, he must be fearful of what is going on behind, as Brent will send his #1 man Luke Donald into next week’s event, just 135 points back of second.
That’s a rap boys. See you on the flip side.