Just 15 days into the New Year, Spreadsheet Fantasy has already broken it’s first New Year’s resolution; to open the 2012 season with a win. Johnson Wagner dashed the hopes of SSF, James, and the rest of the field Sunday evening, with a flawless back 9. However despite not having a win, the league did manage some decent stats. Here’s the abbreviated there-was-no-one-of-value-in-the-field wrap up!
James started where he left off last year, cashing in a 2nd place finish from new recruit Charles Howell III. Kyle Stanley also managed to creep into the top 25, giving James 60 points in the lead off event of the 2012 season.
As has been the pattern throughout his SSF career, Beast fell just short of taking the top spot, but still put together a solid week with a full lineup. Brian Gay bagged a top ten for Beast, while the 10 year old Spencer Levin snuck into the top 25. After starting the season off with an emotional win, Stricker had an incredibly disappointing Sunday afternoon, dropping 4 strokes and netting just a top 50, along with Jhonny Vegas and Rory Sabbatini.
Just one of Dave’s four players managed any points. However, that one player happened to be Brendon de Jonge, who we all know possesses the strength and girth of Dave’s other three combined. The ever-hungry Zimbabwean back-doored his way into a top ten, and 25 big points, to put Dave’s squad in third after one week of play.
Lawrence likely won’t be happy with just 25 points in a tournament that saw him roll out four of his top five draft picks. Webb Simpson underwhelmed, joining Vijay Singh in the top 50 club, while Keegan Bradley shot 2-over on the back nine to fall into a tie for 13th. The field next week looks less than promising for ‘Big Train’, and considering that neither Matteo Manassero or Miguel Angel Jimenez are even PGA Tour members, Lawrence might have trouble fielding a full five most weeks.
Fuchs’ part of the wrap up won’t take very long, as he fielded just two players this week. John Senden looks to be one of the stronger players on Fuchs’ squad, and should play plenty of events in 2012. However Fuchs’ hopes for Jeff Overton got off to a rocky start, as he finished 54th overall and missed out on points by just two strokes.
The only thing that got more hype than Brent’s team over the last week was Tim Tebow, and considering that Brent did 98.6% of the hyping for his crew is quite an accomplishment. Unfortunately for both Brent and Choi’s Bois, that hype didn’t pay off in the first tournament of the year. Choi and Cink both slotted themselves comfortably in the top fifty, but got no help from teammates Robert Allenby and Ryan Palmer, who both missed the weekend. Despite the mediocre week,Luke Donald and Adam Scott are the real focus of this team, and Brent will hold his head high, with the knowledge that his Golden Geese have yet to play.
Bringing up the rear this week, is a Bryce squad who didn’t really expect much out of his Tom’s this week. David and Gainey both failed to score, bringing us our first goose egg of the year. Like Brent, Bryce is surely alright with that, knowing that his roster will look far more complete come this Thursday.
That’s the abbreviated early season wrap up friends. Hope you enjoyed. Power Rankings will start a little later in the season, once we actually get some kind of idea where the teams stack up. Until then, let’s have some fun.