The Open Championship couldn’t have gone to a better guy (except for maybe Miguel Angel Jimenez). After losing his wife to cancer five years ago and seriously considering quitting the game altogether, Darren Clarke was able to hoist the Claret jug on Sunday in Sandwich, England. Clarke was far and away the most consistent player throughout the week, and gave the tiny country of Northern Ireland (about the size of PEI) its third major title in the last five events.
It was a tough week for the league, as only one top 10 was recorded, and FOUR were left on the bench. Here’s the British wrap up.
And the rich get richer. James was far and away the top team in the league this week, putting up 205 points, and leaving Rickie Fowler’s top 5 on his bench. Phil Mickelson’s charge on Sunday was something he needed to get back on track, and now this team is approaching a landslide win. Martin Kaymer looked poised to win his second major in 11 months after Friday, but back to back 73’s left him out of the top 10. An Osicki’d Rory McIlroy snuck into the top 25, as did the suddenly very dependable Zach Johnson, giving James a very strong 205 points for the week.
After King James, there was a considerable drop off in points, with Beast’s 85 registering as the second best. This was nearly all thanks to Steve Stricker, who put up some solid numbers on the weekend to post a top 15. And of course the Osicki helped the cause. Jason Day’s run of second place finishes at major’s came to an abrupt end, as he could only manage 15 points on the week. However, Beast looks to be to the only man now with even a remote shot at taking down the defending champion. Also of note, Long John will be pleased by Anthony Kim’s top 5, but disappointed he left him on the bench.
Third place best score of the week went to the FORMER Java Prince. Little Andy Fuchs managed to muster 65 points on the week, and also managed to avoid tying a record for Osicki futility. Having scored zero points with his first two Daily Doubles of the year, Fuchs put his money on Charl Schwartzel, and it payed off in the form of a top 25, and a total of 50 points. Ryan Moore helped boost the team’s total up 65 on the week. Fuchs is creeping up ever so quietly on third place.
Dave scored 55 points on the British Open, with the ever-improving Y.E. Yang leading his team with a top 25. Yang has garnered at least a top 25 in every major this year, including a tie for third at the US Open. Could he be a keeper? Disappointment came from Lee Westwood, who failed to make the cut, after a third place finish at the afore mentioned US Open. Dave, along with two-thirds of the entire league, is basically in a battle to try and finish third.
Speaking of third place, that is where Brent remains in the standings, after posting a poultry 40 points in Sandwich. Adam Scott faultered on Sunday, but the real disappointment for Brent was the fact Luke Doanld missed the cut after winning the Scottish Open just one week earlier. In fact 7 of the nine players on this roster failed to make the cut. After pulling to within less than 300 points of first place after the Players Championship, Brent’s team has once again suffered a second half slowdown (as it did last year), and now anything better than third place is likely out of reach.
O Mr. Bryce. The tallest member of the league has now been joined in holy matrimony, but players on his golf team are not particularly happy after he forgot to get his roster in for the week (kind of reminds of me of every week in this league last year lol). League rules state if no roster is given, then the five lowest players on a person’s roster – in this case players 6 through 10 – get played. And that meant he benched Dustin Johnson’s second place finish, and Sergio Garcia’s top 10. Might be for the best though, as it improves his chances of getting the first overall pick.
The PGA now moves eight hours west, and will be in Vancouver for the RBC CANADIAN OPEN starting on Thursday.