It feels like just yesterday that the 2012 season came to a close at the Tour Championship, but the 2013 season is already upon us. Like the last two years, 2013 begins with an un-owned player taking home the trophy. Despite not having the winner, the league still managed to cash in a healthy five top tens. Before we start with the wrap up, I’ll quickly reiterate some of the changes and things to note for the 2013 season. Firstly, our beloved Osicki Explosion has been retired and will be replaced by the Konkel Explosion. Each player still starts with three Konkel Explosions and three Mulligans (with the exception of Lawrence who has four of each since he won the Ryder Cup Challenge). Other than that, there are no major changes from last season. In regards to the wrap up, Fuchs wrote a wrap up going ‘worst to first’ instead of starting with the highest scoring team, which is something I will try for a few weeks and we’ll see whether it becomes permanent. But that’s enough of the technical talk, let’s get to the wrap up.
It was another slow start for Brent, who has not registered an opening week top ten since SSF’s inaugural season. Second overall pick Zach Johnson had a disappointing missed cut, and was joined by Cameron Tringale and Ryuji Imada who also did not play the weekend. Hoping for a top fifty from Kyle Stanley, Brent’s hopes were derailed by a pair of late bogeys from the third round pick, and Brent starts off the 2013 season with the dreaded Brad Gilbert bagel.
As if it wasn’t enough that his basement bar table was broken, Fuchs started the 2013 season off with a whimper as well. After having a very strong draft, Fuchs was likely expecting more out of his team in a week where he fielded a full five guys. Ryan Moore, Kevin Na and Jonas Blixt were sent home with goose eggs, while John Senden and Jimmy Walker could only manage five points a piece. Look for more out of Fuchs’ team when Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker start to tee it up.
Matching Fuchs’ ten points this week was Dave. With only one pick in the first 20 and three in the first 33, Dave’s draft took a hard hit from his trade with Brent last year. Add that to the fact that Dave wasn’t able to make his own picks, and it could be a tough season for last year’s runner-up. He’s already started to revise his roster, picking up Rory Sabbatini for this week, but the fiery South African couldn’t crack the top fifty. Youngster Bud Cauley has lots of potential, but missed the cut this week. It was the veteran Vijay Singh who put up Dave’s 10 points this week, and with a very strong finish to last season, Singh could be one of the better picks of the draft.
There’s nowhere to go but up for Lawrence, who finished last in his first season on Tour. However, a strong finish to the 2012 season and a win in the Ryder Cup Challenge has Lawrence primed for a climb up the leaderboard. He starts off this season with the 33rd top ten of his career, coming from fourth round pick Harris English. Lawrence was the only manager to play more than one of his keepers this week, with Keegan Bradley and Webb Simpson carding five and ten points respectively. First overall pick Carl Pettersson and sleeper Michael Thompson couldn’t manage any points this week, but it was a positive start for Lawrence in his second season.
Matching Lawrence’s score this week was Beast, who received his first top ten of the year from Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey… I’m just messing with you, of course it came from Matt Kuchar. Even while fighting his putting stroke, Kooch still came away with a top five, bringing in 35 of Beast’s 40 points. His other five came from Gainey, with Kevin Stadler and Ryan Palmer putting up bagels. Beast also snatched up Russell Henley for next week, as he looks to add some winning ways to a team that captured just one tournament in 2012. Beast has never had any trouble running up top tens, and if he can bring in four or five wins, he will be a force to be reckoned with this year.
Bryce is a creature of habit, and apparently his players are too. For the second third time in four years, Tim Clark earned Bryce a top ten in the League’s opening tournament with two of them being runner up finishes at the Sony Open. We can only hope that Tim Clark’s second place finish this week kicks off a better season than it did in 2011, when he missed much of the year due to injury. Dustin Johnson’s withdrawal after the first round likely made Bryce’s heart skip a beat, but luckily it appears it was just the flu and not an injury. Both K.J. Choi and Matt Every missed the cut this week, but Clark’s finish was still good enough to put Bryce in second place after the opening week.
Picking up where he left off in 2012, the league’s three time defending champion finds himself in first after the year’s opening tournament. Despite not fielding any of his top five players, James still managed to cash two top tens, with Chris Kirk and Jeff Overton bringing in 35 and 25 points respectively. Scott Piercy and John Huh also joined in on the fun, finishing in the top 15 and 50, giving James 80 points to put him back in the lead.
That’s all for the first wrap up of 2013. We at Spreadsheet Fantasy are looking forward to a great season of fantasy golf, and we wish you all the best this year!