The 2011 edition of the HP Byron Nelson Open may have turned into one of the toughest tournaments as far as scoring is concerned, but getting points was not a problem for Beast, as he picked up four top 15’s en route to moving into second place in the Spreadsheet Fantasy standings. Rookie Keegan Bradley scored a par on the first playoff hole to pickup his first career tournament win, edging the Beast’s own Ryan Palmer.
Beast, beast, and beast. It seems that is all this article is talking about. But why wouldn’t we talking about the Gentle Giant after he scored more points in Week 20 than the other five teams combined, and if Ryan Palmer wouldn’t have put it in the drink on the 73rd hole, it could have been a whole lot more. Not only did Palmer put up 50, but he also got a top 5 from one of the hottest players on tour in Jason Day. Day has averaged 39 points in his last 5 starts, including 4 top 10’s. Matt Kuchar picked up his sixth top ten, while Brian Gay also had a solid week to tie John’s second largest week of the season.
Even though his lead has shrunk to 210 points, James is still putting up solid totals. For the second straight week, he took a Bob Costas size line-up (small), and turned it into a pair of top 10s. This week, it was the newly acquired Jason Dufner stealing the heart of the leader, shooting a solid 1 over to finish tied for eighth. Meanwhile, Nick Watney faltered down the stretch, but still picked up a top 10, and in the process moved past Luke Donald (more to come on him later) and has now earned the most points of any one golfer in the league, excluding Osicki’s. James lead is getting smaller, but his team is still playing solidly.
It seems somewhat fitting that the third-string columnist for this league (jk), picked up the third most points of the week. Bryce managed a mediocre 35 pts, but it could have been so much more. Take for instance Gary Woodland, who started the day in 4th, but after shooting an 11 over 81 (only 8 higher than what the Beast shot at Clear Lake!) had to settle for 49th. Dustin Johnson’s 15 is better than what he has been doing of late, but still not enough for Bryce to write home about. Although I’m sure Kyle wouldn’t discourage the postcard.
After ripping up the league in April, the tap has run dry of late for Fuchs. Part of the problem has been a lack of participation, as only 3 players on team Green teed it up this week. One of those was the first overall pick in this year’s draft, Jeff Overton. Overton’s top 10 should somewhat temper the disappointment Fuchs has had for him, as he has still only accumulated 105 points (should have known it’d be that number!) He may second in top 10’s, but if Andrew is to have any hope of moving up, will have to start finding the winner’s circle.
It was a mostly disappointing week Brent, as KJ Choi, fresh off his Players Championship and 4 straight top 10’s, could only muster 5 points. In fact, that was his entire total, as Crane, Gainey, and O’Hair all registered goose eggs. Choi was one of the favorites coming in, but the tough conditions proved to be too much. Now to the good news. After winning the BMW European PGA Championship, Luke Donald is now the world’s #1 player. And what’s even better news for Brent is that LUUUke will be playing at this week’s Memorial Tournament.
What do Tim Thomas and Dave both have in common? They both make bold predictions. What’s different about the two gents? The results of their predictions. Thomas said after game 4 of Boston’s series that they would beat Tampa Bay. They did. Dave said before the week began that John Senden would win the tourney. Well, he missed the cut, to give Dave his first goose egg since Week 2. As well, when Lee Westwood lost to Donald in the EPGA Championship playoff, he also lost is #1 world ranking, and now sits #2.
On a side note, just how bad was the play in this tournament? Mike Weir missed the cut by only one stroke!