Adam Scott may have claimed the biggest win of his PGA Tour career on Sunday, but it was his new caddy Steve Williams who stole the spotlight. Williams, who was recently dropped from the bag of Tiger Woods, said it was the ‘best week of his life’ – a bit of a surprise statement considering the 14 major championships he won while working with Woods. Still, you can’t argue with the credentials Williams has as a caddy, and perhaps Adam Scott is the next man to reap the rewards.
The week was a good one for Steve Williams, but it was also a pretty good one for Brent, at least in terms of fantasy points achieved. After going a record 35 consecutive weeks without a win, Team Orange has now won 4 of the last 23 events, 3 of the last 12, and 2 of the last 3. Scott has been a hot hand of late, averaging 75 points per start in his last three tourneys. Meanwhile, Luke Donald made a late charge on Sunday to finish in second for his 9th top ten of the year. Geoff Ogilvy was tied for 7th through nine holes on Friday, but faded on the weekend and could only muster 5 points, while the rest of Brent’s team produced bagels. Still, this all-or-nothing team now has four weeks of over 200 points, which is the most in the league’s history.
Brent may have had a one-two finish, but he still didn’t gain much ground on the leader. Rickie Fowler posted a 4-under on Sunday and was able to claim a share of second place, while Rory McIlroy and the ever consistent Zach Johnson garnered top tens, helping James score 160 big points. However, one question that has suddenly popped up is what to do with Lefty? Phil was a non-factor all week long, and having long past the age of 40, one has to wonder if it is worth it for James to keep his childhood idol, especially given the young talent on his team. Still, the big week prevented the suddenly hot Brent team from gaining too much ground on James, and kept the defending champ with plenty of breathing room from second place Beast.
Speaking of Beast, the senior member of the league managed to register a hundred burger this week, thanks to his big tourney bulldog, Jason Day. With the 45 points this week, the Thunder from Down Under is averaging better than 46 points a tournament in tier 3/4 events this year. Elsewhere on John’s roster came 25 points from Steve Sticker, 15 from both Bo Van Pelt and Matt Kuchar, and 5 from Rory Sabbatini. Kuchar’s play may be a bit of a concern Big John, as the Kuch has not registered a top ten in his last four starts.
The odds of Dave setting the record for fewest top tens ever went down this week, as rookie manufactured a pair of top ten finishes, giving him 17 on the year. Cody has the fewest in history, at 23. Tour veterans Lee Westwood and David Toms both managed to crack the top ten in Akron, helping Dave move to within 30 points of 4th place Fuchs. Meanwhile, for the first time since the Transitions Championship some twenty weeks ago, the Retief Goosen was able to count points for the team. Bagels were posted by both Graeme McDowell and Y.E Yang.
As mentioned above, Fuchs now has some company in the battle for fourth, after his team put up a poultry 25 during the week. Ryan Moore was tied for the lead after the second round, but a 74 on Saturday put him well out of contention for the remainder of play, and he could only muster 15 points, while five points each were both registered by Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker. Not even Masters champ Charl Schwartzel could give Andy any love this week.
And then we come to Bryce. He could only manage a twenty burger on the week, but hey, let’s look at the positives. Two of his keepers scored points for the first time since the Masters, those being Tiger Woods and Paul Casey. And that would be the positives.
A reminder that the roster freeze and trade deadline is in effect the moment the first ball is hit off the tee this week at the Atlanta Athletic Club, for the PGA Championship. Another note to all teams is that each squad will receive an additional Osicki Explosion at the start of the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs, which begin in two weeks time.