2012 was in most regards the most successful season to date. The league owned 80% of the winners last season, including all four Major champions. 14 players eclipsed the 500 point mark in 2012, with each of the seven teams getting a piece of the action. 2012 was also the year where Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy proved that they truly are a cut above the rest. Starting just 19 and 16 tournaments respectively, the duo combined for seven wins, six other top three finishes and a total of 19 top tens. Will they come back to earth in 2013? It’s just one of the questions we’ll look at in our 2013 Spreadsheet Fantasy Preview.
Can Bryce back up Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson with a solid draft? Bryce’s two heavy hitters combined for 1340 points last year, while his other eight players cashed in just over 1800. While Tiger and Dustin are dominant players, he’ll need the Ken Dukes and Brendan de Jonges of the world to bring in some points on the back end if he hopes to take the next step and bring home a championship.
Will the 2016 ban on anchoring affect the big name players in 2013? It will be interesting to see whether players like Webb Simpson and Keegan Bradley who won last year decide to try out a standard putter before the ban starts in 2016. Both players have won Majors and do not have to won’t have to worry about losing their cards for a number of years.
Will Brandt Snedeker take the next step? With three wins in the last two years, including the Tour Championship, Brandt Snedeker has shown he can contend on any given Sunday. Snedeker has been one of the best putters on Tour for years, but it all came together in 2012. While many would hesitate to call him elite, another season like 2012’s breakout campaign would put all doubters to rest.
How will Jim Furyk bounce back from his disappointing 2012 finishes? Not often is a 520 point year considered a disappointment, but Furyk’s 2012 was nothing short of a nightmare. With an excellent shot to win the U.S. Open on Sunday, an inexplicable shank on the 16th tee ended his chances. Seven weeks later at the Bridgestone Invitational, Furyk needed par from the middle of the fairway to win the tournament, but a string of poor shots resulted in a double bogey and a loss to Keegan Bradley. Furyk is as stalwart as they come, but a good start to 2013 is a must for the veteran.
What will Lawrence do now that Miguel Angel Jimenez’s broken leg will keep him out for three to five months? No words can describe the grief that Lawrence must be feeling, but all good things must come to an end.
With 23 top tens in the past three years, Will Bo Van Pelt step into the winner’s circle in 2013? Very few players were more consistent than BVP in 2012, as Beast’s long-time BFF carded ten top tens and another six top 25s. He was absolutely robbed by Tiger at the AT&T National, and five of his ten top tens came against strong fields in tier three events, so it would be a surprise if BVP doesn’t take home at least one trophy in 2013.
Will Adam Scott leave his British Open collapse in the past? Adam Scott has been arguably the most consistent player on the Major stage over the last two years, registering six top 15s in the last eight Majors. He rebounded nicely from his British Open collapse with a seventh place finish in the PGA Championship, and it will be interesting to see how he reacts if he’s in contention on Sunday afternoon.
Will James win an unprecedented fourth straight Spreadsheet Fantasy championship? The odds would certainly seem to be against a fourth straight victory. Both Bryce and Dave come into the 2013 season with extremely strong keepers, and unlike seasons past, there is no team whose keepers look weak. If Rory McIlroy can have a repeat of last year then anything is possible, but this looks to be the most competitive year yet.
Will Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy continue to separate themselves from the pack? Rory McIlroy’s 2012 season was one for the ages, and Woods’ represents a significant return to form. In three years of Spreadsheet Fantasy, no one has scored more points than Tiger and Rory scored last year, and they each finished off the season with three consecutive top tens. The thought of Tiger and Rory going head-to-head is an exciting prospect, and it should make the 2013 season the most exciting one yet.