For the first time in around nine months, Luke Donald is not atop the World Golf Rankings. Instead, 22-year-old Irishman Rory McIlroy has surged to the forefront, by virtue of his two stroke win at the Honda Classic. It wasn’t easy though, as Tiger Woods shot an 8-under 62 – his lowest final round score ever, believe it or not – put some drama into what would have been a dud of a final round.
Rory may have won, but Rory’s owner (James) didn’t score the most points in Week 8 of the season. Instead it was Dave who put up 115 points to claim the top spot on the week (by the way, Dave is giving Brent some serious competition in the race to see who is ‘Team International’). Lee Westwood, Charl Schwartzel, and Justin Rose all put posted top 5’s on the week as Dave moved from 6th to 4th in the overall SSF standings. Y.E. Yang and Cameron Tringale each managed 5 points to round out an excellent week in Dave land.
James may not have topped the SSF leaderboard this week, but he still picked up his third win in the last 5 weeks thanks to Rory McIlroy and registered 110 points. James has finished first or second the last 6 weeks. It’s hard to find any negatives in James land right now, but he might be a little upset that Ben Crane and Charles Howell III could only score 5 points each after they were in contention for the first three quarters of the tournament. Kyle Stanley and Camillo Villegas (no surprise there) missed the cut.
Bryce only had one player score points at the Honda Classic, but a final round 62 vaulted Tiger Woods right into the spotlight, and 50 big points. Tiger was back to his form of three plus years ago, and Bryce has to hope he can build off the momentum so his team can keep running with the big boys of the league.
Lawerence’s week got off to a rough start, as the enigmatic ‘five-point’ Ian Poulter withdrew from the tourney because of sickness, but his two remaining players managed to pick up the slack. Rickie Fowler put together a dazzling final round to claim his first top ten of the season. Keegan Bradley also put together a solid round weekend to earn fifteen points for a top 15. Lawerence has to be commended thus far for his showing in his inaugural season.
I haven’t done much research here, but when was the last time Graeme McDowell got a top ten in the US? It might actually have been the 2010 US Open! Well, whenever it was the streak is over because McDowell put together a workmanlike weekend and managed to pick up 25 points for Team Fuchs. Jeff Overton managed 10 points, in a weekend Fuchs would like to forget, aside from his Northern Irishman.
What’s this? Brent not in the last position in a weekly wrapup? Well, it is true, because Brent finished 6th this week, but even still he won’t be overly impressed. Newcomer Freddy Jacobsen narrowly missed a top ten, while Ernie Els never got it going – again. Last week’s hero Sang-Moon Bae barely managed to avoid a goose egg and Robert Allenby put together an Ian Poulter like performance. The results? Brent managed 30 points.
Finally we come to the Beast. Only smoking Spencer Levin and Mark Wilson could find the scoreboard for Long John’s team, as fell two spots, and is now only ahead of Brent. The rest of his squads scored zeros.
That’s the quick rap folks. Enjoy the second of the teir3’s this weekend.