That was close… Just when we’d be hanging our heads in shame at another un-owned win, K.J. Choi came to the rescue. It took some serious miscues from 45-year old David Toms, but Choi was good enough to claim his first PGA Tour win since the 2008 Sony Open. The win gives Choi 5 top tens on the season, and it’s hard to argue with his production so far. Nick Watney and Graeme McDowell were a couple of other notable players who had a shot at the title but both faltered on Sunday, with McDowell dropping all the way down to a tie for 33rd. Luke Donald continued to be red-hot, scoring his seventh consecutive top ten with a tie for fourth. It’s the wrap up!
Brent proves again that it’s ‘go big or go home’ with perhaps the strangest stat since Fuchs’ five 105 point weeks. The league’s resident Burger King connoisseur hasn’t scored a single week of 100-200 points, yet has THREE weeks with more than 200! Brent’s monster week has also catapulted him into second place, ahead of The Beast. A well Osicki’d Luke Donald contributed a top five to the cause, while K.J.’s 150 point win gives him 325 on the season. The stoic South Korean may have been the steal of this year’s draft, and could very well win again this year with how he is playing. However, it will be interesting to see whether Brent can continue his charge in the next couple of weeks, or whether Luke Donald will come back to Earth.
James’ team was looking to get back into the groove this week, and that’s just what they did, posting two top tens and an even 100 points. Nick Watney couldn’t make anything happen on Sunday, but still walked away with a share of fourth and has 370 points for the season. After a solid top ten last week, Lefty was looking to find the winner’s circle, but managed just 5 points, while the Martins combined for only 15. The good news this week was the play of Aussie Aaron Baddeley, who has been quite a rewarding pick-up so far. James’ once insurmountable lead is now down to just 230 points, and everyone (except Bryce) looks to still have a shot.
Another week and almost another 105. Had one more person dropped back to 6-under, Fuchs would have hit his magic number once again, but alas he will have to settle for 85. The League’s future masseuse has been lighting it up lately, with a win and 8 top tens in the past five weeks. This week was no different, with the always useful Hunter Mahan and the vastly underrated J.B. Holmes both winding up in the top ten. Overton, Moore and Schwartzel contributed five points a piece to augment Fuchs’ respectable total, and he has now separated himself from fifth by more than 100 points.
The Beast was looking to close the gap between himself and first this week, but now finds himself sitting way back in third. Although things went pretty well for the man in purple, the goose egg from Kuchar and the missed opportunity of Rory Sabbatini will no doubt leave a bitter taste in his mouth. But it wasn’t all doom and gloom for the man who has seen more winters than Brent’s four iron. Jason Day torched the back nine on Sunday to shoot up the leaderboard and into the top ten, while Stricker just missed with a bogey on the last hole, but seems to have recovered from his early season struggles. Trailing Brent by just 40 points, and with a solid roster led by Jason Day and Matt Kuchar, Beast is primed to reclaim the second spot this week at The Crowne Plaza Invitational.
The age-old question of whether real-life golf success always translates to fantasy golf success seems to have been answered this week, as Dave (likely the best real-life golfer of our motley crew) had a dismal week at The Players Championship. Not only did Dave come up short despite fielding a solid roster, but he also got burnt on a mulligan by a final round 79 from Graeme McDowell. Justin Rose and Bubba Watson have basically held Dave in it up to this point, but even those two haven’t been pulling their own weight over the past couple of weeks, combining for just 20 points. Just 3 of Dave’s 9 eligible players scored points this week and Lee Westwood hasn’t even played since The Masters. Things aren’t looking good for Dave.
If things are looking bad for Dave, then Bryce might as well throw in the towel. After turning in one of the worst fantasy weeks in league history, Bryce cannot be happy. Despite fielding a full roster, Bryce walks away not having earned a single point, and all ten of his players combining for 5! So far this year, Luke Donald has scored more points than Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Paul Casey and Tim Clark combined. A win at a Major can change everything, but as of right now, Bryce looks like he’s building for next year.
That’s the wrap up chaps. see you next week.