It was a record breaking week at Congressional Country Club as Rory McIlroy went wire-to-wire for an eight stroke victory over runner-up Jason Day. McIlroy shot four consecutive rounds in the 60’s to set a new U.S. Open scoring record of 16-under par. The win gives McIlroy top three finishes in three of the last four majors, and will move him up to number four in the World Golf Rankings. Somewhat lost in McIlroy’s dominance over the field, was the play of Jason Day, who played the entire weekend without a bogey, to register his second consecutive runner up finish at a major, and fifth top ten in his last six PGA Tour tournaments. Also finishing in the top ten this week, were Lee Westwood, Y.E. Yang, and Masters champion Charl Schwartzel. Here comes the wrap-up for the 111th Annual U.S. Open…
Despite the fact that McIlroy won the tournament, Dave still managed the best score this week, with a monster week of 275. He caught a huge break when Y.E. Yang bogeyed the 72nd hole, allowing Lee Westwood to move up into a tie for third, and 40 more points (including Osicki points). Two top tens at any major is good, but when they both wind up in third and one of them is Osicki’d, your in great shape. Adding to Dave’s total, was a top 15 from defending champion Graeme McDowell, and while Rose and Watson failed to register any points, Dave will surely be happy with a total that has him within reach of third place.
The second most points this week went to our current leader, James. The majority of his team didn’t contribute much, with Watney and Laird both missing the cut, Kaymer limping away with a top 50, Phil pulling a goose-egg with his Osicki, and Zach Johnson fading after being designated with a valuable mulligan, Rory McIlroy managed to pick up the slack. The win from the young Irishman gives James four victories on the year, and he remains the only manager in SSF history to have won a major. While 230 points may not be a great total for a week with a major win, James and Beast have separated themselves from the pack and another 1-2 finish looks like a distinct possibility.
The third most points this week came from a man old enough to be McIlroy’s father, our beloved Beast. Despite putting together a beefy 170 points, tears were streaming down the Beast’s cheeks at the missed opportunities by both Kuchar and Stricker. The two flagship players from Beast’s squad looked poised to post top tens, but faded on the back nine Sunday, to wind up with top 15 and top 25 finishes respectively. Luckily Beast invested in 23-year old prospect Jason Day, whose 2nd place finish this week gives him 345 points on the season, and he seems like a worthy replacement for the disappointing Anthony Kim. Rory Sabbatini was Beast’s other contributor this week with a top 50, while Brian Gay made the cut, but still couldn’t register any points.
Witty, Charming, Awkward, and sometimes inappropriate, Fuchs is our league’s own David Feherty. While a missed cut by the Osicki’d Hunter Mahan may dampen Fuchs’ spirits this week, the play of free agent pickup Charl Schwartzel most definitely will not. In just his third appearance since joining the Starbuck squad, Schwartzel managed a top ten finish, with a 5-under 66 on Sunday. Snedeker also continues to be a valuable asset, and his 35 points at the U.S. Open puts him over 300 for the season. Sadly Moore and Overton did not fare as well as their fellow teammates, and couldn’t bring any points to the table this week, and as a result Fuchs now sits in 5th place, 15 behind Dave.
One tournament after going into full sell-off mode and acquiring a second round pick, Bryce’s woes continued, as he could only muster 75 points this week. Dustin Johnson, Bill Haas and Gary Woodland all wound up with identical top 25’s, while Allenby and the vastly disappointing Paul Casey couldn’t make it onto the score-sheet. Bryce has already shown he’s preparing for next year, but if he wants to make any kind of a splash this year, he’ll need Tiger to get back onto the golf course and back to his old ways, as it’s clear that the rest of his roster can’t carry the load.
Brent should trade for Bubba Watson. Like Watson, Brent’s team seems to be all or nothing. He’s posted three weeks of over 210 points, but with Tier 4 points on the line this week and eight players teeing it up to chose from, only one managed to make the cut. The Osicki’d Luuuke Donald ended his top ten streak with an uninspiring 46th place finish, and Brent now finds Dave and Fuchs in his rear-view mirror, just 105 and 120 points back. After spending big time draft picks on two of Dave’s Osicki Explosions, Brent needs his team to come alive or he could end up in the bottom half of the league for a while.
I hope you guys enjoyed the record breaking U.S. Open this week. I know I did. See you guys next week for The Travellers Championship.