Steady. If there was one word to describe Zach Johnson’s performance on Sunday, it would be ‘steady’. While nearly every other golfer near the lead began to falter on the back nine, Zach made birdies on 10, 13, 14 and 17 and rocketed to the clubhouse lead. A monster 60 foot eagle putt from Troy Matteson (who led the tournament after 18, 36 and 54 holes) forced a playoff, but an incredible shot from the fairway bunker on the 2nd playoff hole ultimately ended the tournament. In the middle of the fairway bunker just under 200 yards away, Johnson hit a beautiful iron shot over the water hazard, using the slope of the green to carry the ball to within a foot of the hole for birdie. It was one of the nicest shots of the year, and one that Zach will certainly remember for the rest of his career. As he will THIS wrap up.
If there’s one thing that Dave doesn’t need more of, it’s points. Unfortunately for the rest of the league, he led that category this week with 110. Zach Johnson’s win was worth 100 of those 110 points, and Johnson is looking like the kind of player that James had counted on him being in seasons one and two of SSF. Dave’s other ten points this week came from Brendan de Jonge, who has proven to be surprisingly useful, with 100 points in his last nine starts. Rounding out Dave’s threesome this week was Jonathan Byrd, who failed to register any points. Dave extended his lead to 130 points with the win this week, and now has a healthy 4 wins and 32 top tens on the season.
Second place in points this week belonged to Beast, who was far too giddy about the prospect of a Stricker four-peat to get any sleep Saturday night. Unfortunately for Stricker, it was not meant to be, as some poor shots on the back nine doomed him to a fifth place finish and 35 points. It wasn’t all negative for Beast this week though, as his personal favorite Kevin Streelman played his way to his third top ten of the sesason. Stricker and Streelman’s top tens give Beast 99 for his career, putting him in position to be the first manager to reach 100 at next week’s Open Championship. As for the rest of Beast’s squad this week, Sabbatini, Levin, and Wilson scored 10, 5, and 5 respectively, making this week an all around team effort.
Fuchs’ big move evidently didn’t distract his team, as he had just three golfers playing and still managed 65 points. John Senden may be one of the worst putters on the PGA Tour, but he’s still one of the most underrated players in the league. With 250 points so far this season, including 35 this week, John Senden has been one of the golfers keeping Fuchs’ head above water. If only he could putt. Another pleasent surprise this week was Ryan Moore, who has not lived up to expectations this year, but still scored a top ten this week. Jeff Overton continued his mediocre play with his standard five point week.
The fourth most points this week went to your noble commish, James. It’s been nearly a month since James’ team did anything of consequence, and after reclaiming his lead after the U.S. Open, he has since given it right back to Dave. This week he lost more ground on the leader, as Ben Crane and Kyle Stanley combined for James’ meager 25 points. New pickup Sean O’Hair showed why he wasn’t owned until now with a missed cut, and Charles Howell III continues to be the worst first round pick not named Anthony Kim, missing the cut as well. James needs a big showing from his top guns at the British Open if he wants to claim SSF’s first ever threepeat.
Lawrence’s woes continued this week, as his team failed to make any headway. With just 1290 points, Lawrence seems destined to break the record for least points, and he has just nine weeks left in the season to get his first win. Should he finish the season without winning, he would set the record for least wins in a season, and tie the record for most weeks without a win. Things aren’t looking too good for Lawrence. The best news for ‘Big Train’ is that Nick Watney appears to be out of his slump, with a top ten and two top fifteens in his last three starts, as he tied for 13th this week. Lawrence’s other five points this week came from Carl Pettersson, with youngster Bud Cauley getting his only goose egg.
Ever since Luke Donald and Rickie Fowler decided to go incognito, Brent’s team has fallen on hard times. Without his two leading scorers Brent has averaged under 40 points per week over the last four weeks, and with a full roster playing this week he managed just 15 points. Those 15 points came from none other than Brent’s personal punching bag, K.J. Choi. Other than Choi’s top fifteen, it was a deeply depressing week for Brent, with goose eggs from Brian Davis, Ken Duke, Ryan Palmer and Sang-Moon Bae. Donald and Fowler will both be back next week at the Open Championship, and Brent will be hoping for a big week to get him back into contention for a podium spot.
Lastly this week, we have Bryce. It seems like every week Bryce is either at the top of the wrap up or at the bottom. In the last eight weeks, Bryce has had four weeks of 100 or more points and four weeks of 20 or less. This week Bryce got the short end of the stick, as he was stuck with just Jimmy Walker and Bryce Molder, with the former scoring five points and the latter withdrawing. With the Open Championship next week, look for another 100+ point week from the league’s most explosive team.
That’s the wrap up folks. Hope you enjoyed the John Deere Classic. Next week is the year’s third major, the Open Championship.