It’s hard to think of anyone who fits the mold of the ‘Players Champion’ better than Matt Kuchar. The lanky Georgia Tech Alum is one of the friendliest players on tour, a man who both the fans and his fellow peers respect. It’s rare to see a shot where Kuchar doesn’t have a smile on his face and his positive attitude no matter what the situation is, is just one of the many things that makes him such a lovable golfer. Since his pickup in the last round of the 2010 Spreadsheet Fantasy draft. Matt Kuchar has been almost unstoppable. His 150 points for this week’s win make him the highest scoring golfer in SSF’s two and a half year history, and this win is his second win and 25th top ten over that stretch. While Kuchar rose to the occasion on Sunday, there were plenty of failed to get it done. Kevin Na looked painfully uncomfortable throughout the entire round, as he had almost no confidence in his swing and limped to a final round 76. Zach Johnson, Martin Laird, and Rickie Fowler all had a shot at the Championship on Sunday afternoon but failed to put the pressure on Kuchar down the stretch, as all three missed some key putts. It was a huge scoring week for the league, as owned players made up 10 of the top 11 players with just two of the ten being benched. This is the wrap up!
For those of you keeping track, this would have been Beast’s 28th straight week without a win. Luckily for him, Matt Kuchar put an end to that disturbing streak with his first win since 2010. Kooch is averaging just under 40 points a start this season and on pace for 9+ top tens for the third straight season. Another 40 of Beast’s 205 points came from Bo Van Pelt, who’s fifth top ten of the season gives him an excellent 195 points. Jim Furyk also continued to contribute with a top 25, his sixth of the season. Jason Day and Steve Stricker both missed the cut this week, and the two of them have combined for just 200 points this season, well below Beast’s expectations of them. Despite their struggles, Beast has still registered at least one top ten in each of his last six weeks, and looks poised to reclaim his rightful place in the league’s top three.
This marks the third straight week that Brent has made it into the top two of the wrap up. Rickie Fowler has scored more points in the last three weeks than anyone else on Brent’s team with the exception of Luke Donald has scored all season. Lawrence’s dropping of Rickie Fowler may be the worst SSF move since the legendary Padraig Harrington debacle in spring of 2010. Fowler contributed a second place finish this week, worth 75 points and he is red hot right now. Luke Donald shot six under par on the back nine Sunday to take sole possession of sixth place, and his third week of the season with exactly 40 points. There are only two league-owned players who have made less starts than Adam Scott this year, and one of them is named Miguel Angel. Despite making just five starts, Scott is averaging 24 points per start, and his 25 points matched Peter Hanson’s total for this week to give Brent 165.
Lawrence isn’t used to being this far up the wrap up, but with the way Ben Curtis has been playing lately he could be here to stay. The Douchey-looking Curtis churned out 75 points this week, giving him 130 in the three weeks since Lawrence picked him up. Another sizable chunk of Lawrence’s points came from Kevin Na, who shot four over on Sunday but still managed to hold onto a top ten after leading at the start of the day. A mediocre Mulligan on Ian Poulter earned Lawrence another 15 points, while Keegan Bradley continued shanking his way around the course en route to a top fifty, and he has failed to break the top 25 in his last four starts.
In a week where Bubba Watson stays home and Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, and Lee Westwood all fail to crack the top fifty Dave still manages to break 100. Although Garcia, Rose, and Westwood were a combined 11 over par on Sunday, Zach Johnson scored his second runner up finish in his last three starts, and a mulligan on Jonathan Byrd turned in a top fifteen for an even 100 points. Despite using all three of his Osickis, Dave is still managing to churn out points, and leads the league by over 200 points again.
For the first time since Tiger’s win at Bay Hill, Bryce managed to top 100 points. Even though he brought in 100 points and a top ten, Bryce still left sixty points on the bench this week. Laird’s runner up finish gave him nearly twice as many points as Bryce’s entire team had scored in the last four weeks, and Bill Haas’ 15 points ties his most in a single week since he won the Northern Trust Open in week six. Meanwhile, the Tiger circus continued this week, with a top fifty finish and just ten points. New acquisition Ernie Els, and Aaron Baddeley both missed the cut this week, but Bryce will be looking for any and all positives to come out of his first triple digit week in quite a while.
Fuchs and James’ weeks were so bad that we might as well mention them in the same paragraph. Surprisingly, Rory McIlroy, Webb Simpson, and Hunter Mahan all missed the cut this week, while Graeme McDowell, Brand Snedeker, Jason Dufner and Louis Oosthuizen also registered goose eggs. James’ only points this week came from Phil Mickelson, who fresh off his Hall of Fame induction, could only manage a top twenty five. Fuchs cashed in a top fifteen from Martin Kaymer and a top fifty from Ryan Moore, but a poor week caused the gap between him and Beast to drop to just 15 points.
That’s the wrap up for this week, hope you enjoyed it!