This week was a week of seconds for the Spreadsheet Fantasy family. Rory McIlroy won his second career Major, giving James his second Major victory of the season, and second career Osicki’d Major triumph. It was all McIlroy on Sunday afternoon, as he put together a sterling final round of 66 to claim the Wanamaker trophy. His 8 stroke win was also the largest margin of victory in PGA Championship history, breaking the previous record held by one Jack Nicklaus and matching his margin from last year’s U.S. Open. Englishman Ian Poulter made a charge at the beginning of the final round, birdieing his first five holes, but bogeys on four of his final six took him out of contention. McIlroy’s win caused some big waves in the SSF community as well. Lets take a look at the results.
For the second time in the last three years, James has Osicki’d a Major victory. James has absolutely dominated the Major tournaments throughout the first three years of Spreadsheet Fantasy, winning four times and compiling 13 top tens through 12 Major tournaments. This week it was Rory McIlroy who contributed 200 points, with an additional 200 from his Osicki Explosion. The 200 points gives McIlroy the highest per tournament average by a mile, at nearly 50 points per start, and 585 points for the season. It also gives James 18 career wins, and 7 for the season, which ties the record from his 2011 season, and Cody’s lone season in 2010. Aside from McIlroy’s win, this week was relatively average for James, with King Louis sneaking into the top 25 on Sunday afternoon, and Mickelson sneaking out of the top 25 around the same time. Throw in an Osicki’d 15 points from Jason Dufner and James had the 2nd highest single week total of his esteemed career, with 470 points. James has now moved back into first place, and holds a 140 point lead over Dave with five weeks to play.
The roll continued for Big Train this week, adding two top tens two his recent surge. The league’s hottest team has eight top tens including a win in the last four weeks, and another two top tens that were left on his bench. This week the damage was done by Keegan Bradley and Carl Pettersson, who both cashed in third place finishes. Bradley has nearly doubled his point total for the season over the past two weeks, and Pettersson is making a serious case for being a keeper, with 405 points so far this year. Lawrence’s mulligan this week was a disappointment as Vijay Singh imploded on Sunday, and had the mulligan been used on Poulter, he would have had 80 points and another top ten. Lawrence’s other 15 points this week came from Miguel Angel Jimenez, who every single golf commentator is required to describe as ‘the most interesting man in the world’ at least six times per telecast. Despite the mediocre mulligan, Lawrence still made a statement this week that he is here to stay, with a total of 190 points, his fourth straight week of 100+.
The sign of a good team is being able to still put up points even when you don’t bring your A-game, and that’s what Dave’s team has been able to do so far this year. Other than his 525 point week at the Masters Dave hasn’t had many big weeks, but he still seems to put up a solid total each and every tournament. Like last week, Justin Rose was the main breadwinner for Dave at the PGA Championship, with his third place finish providing Dave with 80 of his 150 points. Bubba Watson and Graeme McDowell missed out on top tens because of a Steve Stricker birdie on 18, bumping them into a tie for 11th. Dave will definitely be disappointed with his Osicki this week, as Lee Westwood couldn’t make the cut and it results in a goose egged Osicki Explosion. Zach Johnson was still in the thick of things going into the weekend, but faded in the final two rounds and couldn’t make the top fifty. An interesting statistic to note for Johnson is that he his a cumulative 26 over par for the four Majors this year, yet he has made the cut at all four. After James’ monster week, Dave has fallen out of first, but still sits just 140 points behind James, and this year’s final stretch could be the closest finish yet.
Although he is still in Europe and likely preoccupied with double-decker buses and seeing Roger Federer’s face everywhere, Beast will surely be satisfied with his output this week. A well used Osicki on Steve Stricker resulted in 100 of Beast’s 140 this week, and with Stricker carding top tens in three of his last four starts, Beast will happily be able to keep him again. Bo Van Pelt also continued his excellent play with a top 25, and Beast will have a hard time deciding between him and Furyk(15 points this week) when it comes time to declare keepers. Surefire keeper Matt Kuchar had a bit of an off week at the PGA, missing the cut for the first time this season and registering just his 2nd finish outside the top ten in 8 tier three and four tournaments this year. Rounding out the roster for Beast was Jason Day who missed the cut as well. With a 135 point lead on Bryce, Beast has a good shot at finishing on the podium for the third straight season.
After the disaster that was Adam Scott’s collapse at the Open Championship, Brent was hoping to get his first career Major win this week at Kiawah, but it wasn’t meant to be. Although both Adam Scott and Peter Hanson were in contention for much of the weekend, costly dropped strokes on Sunday’s back nine cost them both. Each tied for third at one point on Sunday, Hanson could only manage a T7 finish with Scott falling back to a tie for 11th. Brent’s only other points this week came from Luke Donald, who just cannot seem to put his game together at the Major Championship level, finishing with a top fifty. With all ten of Brent’s players participating this week, he will not be happy to see seven of them walking away with goose eggs, but he’ll be even less happy to see Lawrence less than 200 points behind him and closing fast.
Bryce wasn’t around on the weekend to see this one, and it’s a good thing too. The only person more frustrated at Tiger’s lack of a Major victory than Bryce is Tiger himself(and maybe Baker-Finch). This week was another Major where Tiger had a share of the lead and just could not keep the momentum going, with a dreadful 3rd round 74 costing him a shot at the tournament and dropping him back to a tie for 11th. Dustin Johnson, Ernie Els, Bill Haas and Martin Laird all managed top fifties this week, but could do no better than that, and Bryce will likely regret leaving Padraig Harrington’s top 25 on the bench. Bryce will need to win every FedEx Cup event to have a shot at winning, and even then it would be a bit of a stretch, but he still has a chance to catch Beast for a podium spot and that will surely be his goal going forward.
Ten players teed it up for Fuchs this week. Two players made the cut for Fuchs this week. One player scored points for Fuchs this week. No players cracked the top 25 for Fuchs this week. For the second time this season, John Senden was the only one who scored points for Fuchs, with his top fifty amounting to Fuchs 15 point total for the week. He has now fallen past Lawrence into last place and is averaging less than 40 points a tournament since the Masters. This year will be a write-off for Fuchs, as he now focuses his attention towards defending his Fantasy Football title.
Well that was fun! I hope you all enjoyed the 94th PGA Championship as much as I did! Next week Spreadsheet Fantasy celebrates a very special date, our 100th week of Spreadsheet Fantasy competition. Throughout the week we will be publishing articles to commemorate the occasion. I look forward to celebrating this awesome milestone with all of you!