The 2012 Shell Houston Open saw another dominating performance by Hunter Mahan. This Golf Boy is currently one of the hottest golfers on tour, claiming his second title in the past six weeks. His play as of late has surely helped Fuchs in the standings, who has quickly jumped up the leaderboard by finishing with over 100 points in three of the last four weeks in fantasy land. Heading into the final round of last weekend’s Texas tournament, Louis Oosthuizen looked to be in control but due to a final round of three over which included two double bogies, he quickly faded as Carl Pettersson and Mahan took over. Both posting -1 in the final round, it was Mahan that held off the rest of the field to the top dog by day’s end. Here is how the fantasy teams fared:
Due to Hunter’s strong performance over the weekend, Fuchs has leapfrogged James for top spot in our fantasyland standings. Moore and McDowell were held outside the top 50 for the week, but Senden and Wagner chipped in 10 and 5 points respectively for a weekly total of 115 for the top ranked team. Fuchs has now amassed 3 wins and 14 top tens for the season, a tie for the lead in both categories. And to think, his overall lead could be even larger and he could lead the top ten category had he not sat Jeff Overton who finished with a T4 and 35 points. That aside, top team Fuchs is happy where he sits for now.
The only other team to move up a spot this week in the standings was Lawrence, who pounces up one spot into 5th. His total of 60 points, the second highest of the week, is impressive due to the fact that he had a mere 3 golfers playing. Keegan Bradley gave him a solid week of 35 points with a T4, and recently added Bud Cauley added the second top ten for Lawrence with a T8. Without that solid addition, this week would have been bad as poor Rickie Fowler capped off a disappointing weekend with a +5 final round to finish outside the top 50. A solid week for Lawrence helps him gains some momentum going into next weekend’s Masters.
Dave retains his third place position with a cool 45 points last week. Besides a top ten finish and solid 25 points by Cameron Tringale, Dave picked up some points with the help of top 50 finishes by Yang and De Jonge and a top 25 finish by Lee Westwood. A solid final round of -4 for Tringale helped vault him into a top ten finish, which was the highlight of this team’s week. Potential was high for Westwood had he not shot a +1 final round on Sunday. Third highest point total for the week isn’t bad though, and Dave will be looking to make up some ground this coming weekend.
Second place is a relatively unfamiliar place for James, but that is where he finds himself heading into Easter weekend. Other than a 35 point Phil Mickelson top ten, there was nothing else to celebrate for James. Ben Crane managed to squeak into the top 50 with a -2 round on Sunday. Villegas and young gun Kyle Stanley both didn’t help James at all; Villegas missing the cut and Stanley withdrawing after Saturday’s round. Though this team is in second place, he is only 20 points back of the lead, and anything can happen heading into the Masters weekend, especially with Phil on your team.
Brent remains at the bottom of the standings after a 25 point finish this last weekend. Els had a consistent weekend as he shot either 2 or 3 under par on all four days. Ryan Palmer sat amongst the leaders heading into the final round until his 4 over that day pushed him out of contention. They both combined to give Brent his 25 points, which was more than what could be said about Hansen, Steele and Allenby, who all failed to crack the top 50. Up is the only place for Brent to go now and hopefully that can start this weekend.
Bryce’s measly 15 points this week were won by none other that Tommy Two-Glove’s 5 points and, yes, Bryce (Molder)’s 10 points from a top 25 finish. No momentum was really held by anyone on this team last weekend, as Baddeley and recently added Jimmy Walker failed to score. He kept his fourth place in the standings, however, and is primed and ready for the Masters next weekend, with TIGER leading the way.
Then comes the Beast. With only two players in the tournament, not much was expected out of a team that was made up of Steve Stricker and Kevin Streelman. Streelman failed to score, and Stricker managed a top 50 finish, but that was it. A +3 third round was what ruined Stricker’s chances of helping Beast retain his 5th place on the leaderboard, but that was given up when Lawrence’s Keegan Bradley lead team passed him. Now next to last in the standings, the Beast hopes for resurgence in, yes you’ve heard it before, next week’s Masters.
That’s all for this week folks. Have a good Easter weekend!!!!