By Bryce R. Bergman
“I’m not dreaming, am I?”
No, no you’re not David Toms. Well the winner of this last weekend’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial was once again not owned by one of our fantastic fantasy teams. Toms shrugged off a forgettable third round to win the tournament, earning his fourth top ten in nine cuts made this 2011 golf season. After round two, Toms had a seven stroke lead, looking like he was going to be alone at the top of the leaderboard after Sunday’s final round. That indeed is what happened, though it was closer than he would have liked. Charlie Wi was the only other golfer this week at a shot of the lead, and even he fell one stroke short in an effort to overthrow Toms. His second round lead was too much, and despite mediocre golf on the weekend, Toms held on. Let us look at fantasy golf:
James is one of those teams that seem to always be there. His team seems to have success every year, and every tournament. Once again led by Laird and his 30 points, and the recently on fire Zach Johnson (40 points), James posted the highest total this week extended his overall lead. It seems no one has a team this good, and it is in fact the truth. From top to bottom, this guy’s golf team has success. And now that James finally has Zach going, it seems that the ‘sky is the limit’ is an understatement for this team, with his lead now close to 300 in the standings.
Posting the second highest total of the week (60), Fuchs had a solid week. Mahan, Cink and Snedeker combined for his points, all earning him a modest amount. Mahan was the only one to crack the top ten, but did so to help move Fuchs closer to the top, and in turn, further from the bottom…With Vijay failing to record points and in a mini slump after his great start to the year, hopefully he can get things going for Fuchs down the stretch.
Beast moved a tiny bit closer to second place in the overall rankings this week posting 55 points. He now stands 15 points back of second place in this great mini-battle. The biggest disappointment for this week has got to be the benching of third place finisher, Bo Van Pelt. Either way, ALL FIVE of his players gave him at least 5 points this week, three of them giving him 15. An average week for all his players means an average to above average week for his team. You have to be happy anytime Kuchar, Day, Sabbatini, Gay, and Marino can all earn you points in one week.
Then team Bryce, with 50 big ones this week. With three of his bottom four players playing, this team was once again not expecting to do much this week. Haas earned him a top ten, but Kevin Na and Mark Wilson earned him a mere 5 points each. All three of his players were in the running heading into the weekend, but as much of this year has gone for Bryce, Haas failed to keep his top 5 place and Wilson and Na posted awful third and fourth rounds to leave Bryce wondering when this will turn around, if ever.
With only three players playing, Dave scored 35 points this week, giving Bryce a small hope to move out of the basement…haha who I am kidding, ya right! Dave still sits comfortably in second-to-last. This week’s no-show of Brendon de Jong and Jim Furyk contributed for a sad week for this team. John Senden was the lone bright spot, placing in the top ten. He was another one of those players who shot brutal on the weekend and left the team’s owner wondering why. A top ten though, is nothing to snuff at.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a team so up and down as Brents. One week a zero, the next a 245, and this a mere 30 with five players playing. Still sitting in second however, Brent has to be happy with the standings, as well as the 30 points Appleby and O’Hair scored him. What he has to be disappointed about is the 0 points that Crane, Scott, and 2-Gloves Gainey scored him. O’Hair was average all week, and Appleby shot an atrocious final round which caused him from scoring big, but in the end, the place in the standings is what Brent is excited for.
That’s all I got for this week, have a great one Gents.