Much has happened in the lives of a number of SSF members since the last time a wrap-up article was posted. One member got married, another quit his job, and another lost his identity, by shaving his goatee (you all know who you are).
Now I have to admit, when I hear the weekly stop on the PGA tour is the John Deere Classic, I usually think of a lackluster tournament with easing scoring. This year, the latter came true, but the former certainly didn’t. In arguably the most dramatic finishes of the year, Steve Stricker hit a birdie-putt from the fringe on the 18th hole, and celebrated like he had just harvested a bumper crop (with his John Deere combine of course). The SSF league garnered 5 top tens in a very productive week, as we find out in this week’s wrapup. That being said, there was only one other player to score any points who was outside of the top ten this week.
After a slow start to the year Steve Stricker is hot! Sticker won for the second time in his last three starts, and in the process, moved into third place in points earned by a player, now at 415. The Beast moved to within 220 points of first, as he was also helped by a top 10 from Brian Gay. The two top tens move Beast past Fuchs and into second place in that stat category. It looks as if Long John – without a beard, albeit – has the best chance to dethrone the defending champ.
James continued his strong play, as even with only one player getting any points, he still tied for the second highest total of the week. Zach Johnson’s 6-under 65 on Sunday vaulted him into a tie for third, and 40 big points. Barring any miracles, it will come down to the two Hiebert’s duking it out for the title for the second consecutive year.
Is there a more underrated player in the league than Charles Howell III? Howell scored his third consecutive top 5 finish this week, and is really the only reason for Bryce to bother watching golf, especially considering he will now have to share the remote with Mrs. Bergman, and give a percentage of his TV time to the Home and Garden channel (lol). Meantime, Mark Wilson started the week strong, but a 3-over 74 on Sunday left him with only 5 points, and Bryce with a total of 40.
Dave is still on pace to set a new record for the fewest top tens, but he picked up a surprise top 10 this week thanks to Branden de Jonge. De Jonge actually looked like he might win the whole thing as he was second place at the start of the final round, but faded back and finished in a tie for 7th. Still though, at this point it looks like Dave is playing for next year.
Brent and Fuchs tied for fifth both getting zero points. Brent had some good news though, as Luke Donald won the European Tour’s Scottish Open, firmly cementing himself as the world’s #1 player. Now if only he could start winning some tournaments that count for SSF points.
There’s the wrap up folks. Looking forward to the year’s third major. Another interesting fact is that the next two events are outside of the US, with the British Open this week, and my favorite tourney of the year the RBC CANADIAN OPEN to follow.