It’s just one of ‘those days’ for Brent. Instead of celebrating a 125 point victory that would have put him alone in 2nd place, he’s regretting having dropped the struggling Lucas Glover in favour of a revolving door of grinders. Webb Simpson, Justin Leonard and Tommy Two Gloves have all filled the disappointing 9th slot for Brent since he decided Glover wasn’t worth the trouble. Perhaps he’ll be re-thinking that decision come Monday morning. The other manager regretting a move this week is Dave, who dropped Jonathan Byrd for Y.E. Yang, who’s appearances on the PGA Tour in the last few months have been few and far between. Despite another tournament in which the top two were not owned, our league actually managed a pretty solid fantasy week, locking up 6 top tens, and leaving another 3 on the bench. Here’s the run-down…
Fuchs has a favorite number. It appears to be 105. Through the first seventeen weeks of the season, Fuchs has scored EXACTLY 105 points a ridiculous 5 times! He’s hit the magic number three of the last four weeks, and appears to be headed back up the leaderboard, confidently passing Dave to move into fourth place. Stewart Cink, J.B. Holmes and Vijay Singh all snuck into the top ten, giving Fuchs 18 for the season. He remains the only one who seems to really have a shot at breaking Beast’s milestone record of 50 top tens in 45 weeks.
It was another decent week for the league elder, as his quick-tempered South African, Rory Sabbatini, lit it up on Sunday en route to a solo third place finish. Despite getting in trouble with the PGA Tour earlier this week, Sabbatini rocked a bogey-free 65 on Sunday afternoon, giving 235 for the season. Beast’s other points this week came from the enigmatic Steve Marino, and the struggling Bo Van Pelt. He closed the gap between him and first by a bit, as well as separated himself from Brent. All-in-all it was a good week for The Beast.
Bryce will no doubt be disappointed with his total, leaving 40 points and a top ten on the bench with Kevin Na. Perhaps even more depressing for our ambrosial friend, were the missed cuts suffered by both Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey. Both have been hugely disappointing this season, and the most pulchritudinous member of our league needs more play time from Tiger if he ever wants to get out of the basement. And as if that wasn’t enough, he also owns the league’s longest current win-less streak at 18 weeks. Poor Bryce needs to have some bounces go his way if he’s going to get back into it this season.
Coming off a big win by Bubba Watson, and with all three of his keepers taking to the course, expectations were high this week for Dave. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like his team got the memo. Although everyone he played made the cut, none of them managed to crack the top fifteen, and only Furyk finished in the top 25. Dave now has just nine top tens in seventeen tournaments, and is on pace to shatter the league’s previous worst total of 23. After winning three tournaments last year, Jim Furyk just can’t seem to get into contention this year, and seems to be content with top fifteens and tens. To make matters worse for the urbane manager of team yellow, Retief Goosen and Lee Westwood rarely play, and never seem to perform well when they do. Someone needs to give Bubba some support to get Dave back on track.
Speaking of back on track, our league leader needs a boost after four straight mediocre weeks. Phil Mickelson, Zach Johnson and Padraig Harrington all registered top tens, although Johnson and Harrington were left on the bench. Watney and Laird’s torrid early season pace has slowed, as they both missed the cut, along with the up-and-down Rory McIlroy. Despite only registering 30 points, this week was a step in the right direction for the front runner, who will no doubt field a strong roster next week at The Players Championship.
Five golfers…Four missed cuts and a WD. This week looked more like Brent’s 2010 season than this one. The cyclopean hype surrounding the debut of Tommy Two Gloves proved to be in vane, as the awkward little man missed the cut by three strokes. The extreme disappointment of Camilo Villegas continued this week with a missed cut, and the lightheartedly insouciant Columbian is now averaging just 3.6 points per tournament. British behemoth Luke Donald will hope to erase the memory of the goose egg this week as he goes for his seventh straight top ten next week at the players.
There’s the wrap up gentlemen. My apologies for the lateness…