It took quite a while for Jason Dufner to get his first career PGA Tour victory, but that just made it so much sweeter. The feisty Clevelander has had his share of PGA Tour leads, but this is the first time he’s been able to finish one off. We all remember his heartbreaking defeat to the undeserving Keegan Bradley at last year’s PGA Championship, and it warms the hearts of SSFers everywhere to see him redeem himself. It certainly wasn’t an easy redemption either, as he had to top some of the game’s best to get there. Both Luke Donald and Steve Stricker were in the hunt, and Ernie Els has been on a tear lately. However in the end, Dufner prevailed with a 19 inch tap in birdie on the second playoff hole, to best the South African and claim his first career title. This is the wrap up.
James’ 15th career win was an especially meaningful one for him. It’s never fun watching someone repeatedly come up short(with the exception of Ernie Els), which is why it’s was so refreshing to see Dufner finally break through. Dufner’s 100 points gives James a league-leading six weeks of 100 points or more, and puts him within 200 points of Dave. Aside from Dufner, James still had a decent week, with Webb Simpson chipping in for eagle on the 72nd hole to get into the top 15, as well as Ogilvy and Howell III both finishing in the top 50.
It’s been quite a while since Brent wasn’t the caboose of the SSF family, but this week he finds himself alone in fourth place. Tears of joy were undoubtably streaming down his face and onto his out-dated Toronto Blue Jays polo in abundance, as he passed both Lawrence AND Bryce. Brent has been streaking up the leaderboard ever since the Transitions Championship, with some big weeks. Luke Donald seems to have found his form from last year, with three top tens this season, including his third place finish this week. Ernie has had some monster weeks, and was just inches away from a win this week, but had to settle for second. Brent’s newest acquisition Rickie Fowler also managed to back door a top ten in his first start for his new squad, something Lawrence certainly not be happy about. Add in a fiver from a disappointing K.J. and Brent had the second best result of the week.
Dave’s team has been lighting it up as of late, and with another stellar week of two top tens, he shows no signs of slowing down. After his 525 point monster week at the Masters, Dave has racked up four top tens in the following three weeks. This week the top tens came from Justin Rose and Cameron Tringale, who now has three straight top tens. Bubba Watson continued his quest to go the whole season without finishing outside the top 25, finishing in a tie for 18th, and Brendan de Jonge joined him in the top 25 for a total of 70 points this week. Although he lost some ground to James, Dave still holds almost a 200 point lead over second place, and his team shows no sign of slowing down.
Beast has been quietly closing the gap between him and Fuchs over the last few weeks, and he now sits just 160 points out of third place. His 25 points this week came solely from Steve Stricker, who was in contention on Sunday, but just couldn’t make any putts on the back nine. Brian Gay, Kevin Streelman and Spencer Levin all scored goose eggs this week, and Beast will be hoping that Jason Day can find his form next week, as the talented Aussie has just 40 points to date this season.
The logistics of moving his home and business out of town have clearly affected Fuchs’ performance the last few weeks, as his failing to get his roster in has attested to. This week was another stinker for Fuchsy, managing less than 30 points for the third straight week. Although he had Graeme McDowell and John Senden playing this week, they both disappointed with zero and five points respectively. Karlsson also carded a goose egg and the biggest surprise of the week was that Jeff Overton led his team with a top 25.
Speaking of disappointments, there has not been much for Bryce to celebrate since Tiger Woods’ win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and this week was no different. Fielding a roster of Jimmy Walker, David Toms and Bryce Molder, the expectations were certainly low. They certainly lived up to their potential with a monster 15 points. Jimmy Walker has been disappointing since Bryce picked him up, and his ten points this week give him twenty points in six starts since he joined Bryce’s squad. David Toms’ top fifty was no surprise, and Bryce Molder got his fourth goose egg of the season.
Lawrence has cleaned house over the past couple of weeks, but those changes have been disastrous so far. After trading Webb Simpson and dropping Rickie Fowler, they scored a combined 40 points this week, while their replacements both missed the cut. No one was sorry to see Keegan Bradley miss the weekend, but Bud Cauley also joined him. Finally, Lawrence’s newest pickup Ben Curtis managed his only points this week with a top 15, and Lawrence finds himself in last place as a result.
That’s the wrap up for this week folks!