Jason Dufner has shocked the golfing world…again. Of course, Dufner getting any SSF points at all is a shock to most onlookers, but considering he has now two of the last four tournaments, his expectations may have actually gone up. Dufner won the HP Byron Nelson Championship in dramatic fashion, by sinking a 25 foot birdie putt on 18. Here’s how the fantasy points broke down in week 19.
Dufner’s win propelled James to a whopping 130 points, only 5 points less than the rest of the league scored combined. James has now won 5 of the league’s 11 tier 1 tournaments. Of course the problem, as was well documented in last week’s PR’s is his problems in big events. But let’s let James have his moment in the sun. Phil Mickelson made a Sunday charge to register a top ten, and Charles Howell III continued his disaster of a season by posting 5 points. The big week moves James within 80 points of first place Dave, and it’s looking like Spreadsheet Fantasy might be in for its first real race for first.
The Beast scored 90 points less than James, but that still managed to give him second place in the week, and move past Fuchs into third place. Matt Kuchar had the Beast’s attention Saturday afternoon as held the lead for a good portion of the afternoon, before collapsing on the back 9. In the end, Kuch managed a top 15, in a follow up from Week 18’s Players Championship win. Jason Day got no coverage from CBS, despite the fact he was in contention, and scored his second top ten of the season, for a total of 40 points. Beast has now posted at least one top ten in his last 7 events, the longest current active streak in league.
Brent continued his solid play of late, by scoring a comme-ci-comme-ca total of 35 points. Ryan Palmer dropped a 15 foot birdie on 17 to score a backdoor top ten, making it five straight weeks Brent has manufactured such a stat. Gary Woodland posted a sparking 30 on the back nine to register a top 25, worth 10 points, and make his owner look like a genius for trading him for Ernie Els, as Els only scored 5.
Disappointment came from Adam Scott who missed the cut, in a tournament many experts had predicted he would win.
Speaking of 35 points, that was also number Lawerence put up Texas. Vijay Singh finally showed off why Lawerence used his third round pick on him, by posting his first top ten of the season. Keegan Bradley failed to defend his championship by fading on the weekend and could only score 10 points. Meanwhile, Carl Petterson is proving to be a bust. Petterson put up a goose egg this week, meaning he has scored just 45 points in the four weeks he has been owned, 40 of which his owner has left on the bench. The man Lawerence dropped, Rickie Fowler, has scored 225 points over the same four week stretch.
Each and every one of Bryce’s starters scored points this week, but he still only managed the fifth most points on the week. Padraig Harrington (yes, that’s Paddy) lead the way with a top 15, the first time he has scored points since Bryce picked him up some 6 weeks ago. Jimmy Walker and the newly acquired Ernie Els both managed top 50 finishes, and the 5 points that go along with them. After once being a serious first place contender, Bryce has now fallen 75 points out of the last place position.
Fuchs and Dave combined to have three players start, and a total of zero points, so they get grouped together. Fuchs fell out of the top 3 in the standings for the first time since Week 2, and is only 35 points ahead of a surging Brent for fourth. Meanwhile, Dave saw his lead for first go from 210 down to 80. It was the first time since Week 10 (the Transitions Championship) that he failed to register a top 10, and the first time for both teams they scored zeros.