When the sun came up Sunday morning, it looked as though Brent or Dave, or even Beast, would be getting their second win of the season. Fuchs, however, had other plans. No doubt upset about the win that was stolen from him last week by no-namer Brenden Steele, Fuchs decided to steal a win of his own. Snedeker began the day six strokes back of the lead and in 17th place, but a quick start to the day with six birdies on the front nine put him into contention. Snedeker posted the score to beat of 12 under par nearly two hours before the final group made it back to the clubhouse, and when they did, it was time for a playoff with the white-hot Luke Donald. After three playoff holes and some well-holed putts, Snedeker eventually emerged the victor, when Donald bogeyed the third playoff hole. Snedeker’s only other win on the PGA Tour was The Wyndham Championship in 2007, but the always-cheery American has posted at least five top tens in each of the last five seasons, making him one of the more consistent players on the PGA Tour over that time period. Fellow top ten machine Jim Furyk began the day one stroke off the lead at 10 under, but faded with a final round 76 to drop out of the top 20. But enough about the real golf… on to the fantasy.
Fuchs put up the big number of the tournament, oddly enough with his fourth week of EXACTLY 105 points. We don’t know how he does it, but 105 seems to be his magic number and it’s gotten him to within striking distance of third place. Snedeker is one of the main men behind the charge, coming from the lower half of the roster to average over 20 points a week. It could have been a much bigger week for Fuchs if Stewart Cink and Ernie Els could get their games on track, managing just 5 and 0 points respectively this week. But 105 points is nothing to sneeze at, and Fuchs will certainly be happy to see that first win on the board.
Although 85 points is a great score for a tier one, Brent has to be disappointed that it’s all he could muster, coming into the weekend with four guys in line for top tens. The silver lining of this all is that Luke Donald continued to light it up this week, and now has the most points of any player with 320. Ben Crane posted a nice top ten after a zero point letdown at The Masters, and ‘five point’ Poulter put up his usual top 50. Camilo Villegas finally looked like he was back in the groove on Thursday and Friday, only to fall back on the weekend into a tie for 36th. Aussie Stuart Appleby continued to struggle, failing to register a point for the fifth straight outing. Despite some low finishes, it wasn’t a bad week for ol’ swirly, but he did let the opportunity to gain big points on the field slip away, and it could haunt him with Fuchs right all up in his rear-view.
If I told you The Beast put together another 2 top ten, 70+ point tier one week, I’d be right. Mr. Consistency put together another solid week to hold onto second place and gain some decent ground on first for the second time in three weeks. Scoring the points for Beast’s ‘equal opportunity’ team this time were Ricky Barnes and Jason Day, putting up a top five and top ten respectively. The ‘human point machine’ Matt Kuchar managed to grind out a top 25, and is averaging more than 25 points per week this year. Daring to defy Beast’s orders and not score points, were Bo Van Pelt and Steve Marino, who have both had some serious issues with consistency this year. Despite a lot of missed cuts, Beast just keeps chugging along. It doesn’t look as though anything can phase the middle-aged juggernaut.
The cellar-dwelling Bryce squad decided to peek their heads out this week and get some momentum for their kind-hearted master. For the second straight week, none of Bryce’s top five took to the course, so it was up to players like ‘Mr. 16′ Kevin Na to take care of business. It appears that Na has already forgotten about that disastrous hole, as he shot 66 on Sunday to sneak into the top ten. Mark Wilson started the week off right with a 66, but digressed throughout the weekend and ended up with just a top 25. Newcomer Bill Haas showed some signs of life this week, riding four decent rounds to a tie for 30th. Finally, man’s man Charles Howell III couldn’t get it going and missed the cut this week. Bryce is still stuck in last place, and now has the dubious distinction of having the longest active win-less streak on his hands. He’s got a ways to go to match Brent’s 35 weeks without a win, but that disgraceful award is something you never even want to acknowledge the possibility of.
Dave was in absolutely great shape coming into Sunday. Furyk and de Jonge were in position to take home a pair of top tens, and Mcdowell was looking to rebound after a Saturday 74. Unfortunately the promise this week held melted away pretty quickly as Dave’s trio combined to shoot 12 over par and drop a total of 53 places down the leaderboard. Furyk and de Jonge both crawled into the clubhouse tied for 21st, while McDowell missed out on even the top 50. Dave now has the least top tens in the league, and he’d probably prefer that Lee Westwood save those good weeks for this side of the pond and not the Asian Tour.
Finally, James is bringing up the rear this week, failing to fill out his roster for the second straight week. When you own the likes of McIlroy and Kaymer, you expect there will be weeks where you aren’t fielding a whole team, but you expect your lesser players to somewhat step up on those weeks, and James’ haven’t been. Aaron Baddeley was the one redeeming quality this week, continuing his solid golf en route to a top fifteen and James’ only points. Rickie Fowler has big-time potential, but he still needs to hone his game a little more to be able to compete every week. Zach Johnson just sucks.
That’s the wrap up folks. Enjoy.