This week we were offered a glimpse into the past as we looked upon the Tiger of old. At a venue where he has won on seven separate occasions, Tiger outplayed the field all week to earn his 75th PGA Tour victory. It also marks the tenth win of Bryce’s young career, of which seven have come in the last 34 tournaments. Bryce’s team may finally be close to realizing the potential he knew it had when he drafted Tiger first overall back in 2010. Last year’s champion Brandt Snedeker did make a run in the final round, but a couple of bogeys ended his chances and gave Tiger an insurmountable lead. In addition to getting it’s first win this week, the league also nearly tripled it’s top ten total, carding ten with an 11th being left on the bench. Needless to say, there was some serious movement among the standings this week, let’s take a look at how it played out.
Like week one of the wrap up, worst is first. Sadly that means Your’s Truly. The third round was costly for James, as his team was a combined 11 over par. Despite a respectable final round 70, Phil Mickelson couldn’t crack the top fifty, joining John Huh and Jeff Overton in the land of Brad Gilbert bagels. The only one who pulled through for James this week was the promising youngster Seung-Yul Noh, who’s final round 69 landed James’ only points of the week with a top fifty.
Although still in last place, Dave did register is first top ten of the season, thanks to Robert Garrigus’ T6 finish. Vijay Singh has proven he can still play as well, carding a top 50 to go along with his top 25 at the Sony Open. He’s not quite ready to move on to the Champions Tour yet, so Dave could certainly get some useful mileage out of the 50-year old workhorse. D.A. Points and Bud Cauley both missed the cut, but perhaps the most costly miss of the week was former champion Bubba Watson’s WD on Thursday morning due to the flu. Although he is in last place, Dave’s top three have not had a chance to tee it up yet, so don’t count him out of it yet.
He almost let him go, but Lawrence ultimately decided to keep Nick Watney and the decision is already paying dividends. Despite the fact that he know looks almost exactly like Hunter Mahan, Nick Watney has seen a resurgence of late after a slow start to last season. His T4 this week could start him on the kind of run he had in 2011, which could see Lawrence moving up the leaderboard faster than Praz behind the wheel of an auto-scrubber. Lawrence’s other five points this week came from the big hitting Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts, who having accepted membership on the PGA Tour will be seen much more this year. Although Keegan Bradley, Harris English and Michael Thompson all failed to register any points, it was a positive week for Lawrence in his campaign to improve on last year’s finish.
We all knew Beast was a weekend warrior, but this week his Aussie duo showed us that the proof is in the kangaroo pudding. Shooting a combined 13 under par through the final two rounds, Aaron Baddeley and Jason Day shot up the leaderboard and into the top ten, registering Beast’s second and third of the season. If the aforementioned two can regain any of their 2011 form, Beast will be even more of a top ten juggernaut than in years past. The most surprising round of the week may just have been Bo Van Pelt’s final round 81 which took away any chance of a decent finish, although it should be mentioned that BVP played admirable in the first three rounds. Wild cards ‘Two Gloves’ and Ben Crane are already starting to wear on Beast’s nerves, as they each brought home their second goose egg of the season this week.
Not since ‘Killer’ Cahill was sending one-handed backhands down the line has Brent been so excited about his team’s prospects, and rightfully so. After a bagel in week one, Brent’s team has handed in back-to-back 65 point effors, this one with top tens coming from keeper Rickie Fowler and free agent pickup Charles Howell III. Howell III is second to only Tiger in league scoring so far with 120 points through three tournaments, and looks more like the Chuck of 2011 than the disgrace of last year. Cameron Tringale chipped in a top fifty for the second straight week. The only downside for Brent this week was the performance of Kyle Stanley and Troy Matteson, who have yet to score a point in five combined starts.
The second best score of the week belongs to Fuchs, who got points from all five of the players he started. Although Jonas Blixt and John Senden could only manage top 50s, the performance of his other three starters more than made up for it. Hunter Mahan finished tied for 15th in his first SSF start of 2013, while Jimmy Walker upped his point total for the third straight week, finishing in a tie for fourth. The real bacon was brought home by defending champion Brandt Snedeker, who’s second place finish this week certainly has Fuchs giddy for a potentially huge 2013 season. Snedeker finished second despite only having his B-game in a tournament with a strong field, showing he might just be ready to be an elite PGA Tour star.
Number one on the scoreboard this week and number one in our hearts every week was Bryce. After shattering the Tier 2 scoring record last season, Bryce is at it again this year, starting with a 155 point outing. Tiger Woods was second to only Rory McIlroy in points scored in 2012, but second was never really good enough for Tiger. Starting off with a convincing win, this could be that monster eight or nine win season that we’ve been worrying and Bryce has been dreaming about. Combine that with the stellar potential of Dustin Johnson, and you have Spreadsheet Fantasy’s best 1-2 punch. Although Johnson has zero points through two SSF starts, there’s no need to panic. Deciding to keep Bill Haas instead of Major winner Ernie Els coming into the season was a gutsy call, but it paid off this week, as Haas carded a top ten for thirty points. Bryce also benched another top ten from the resurgent K.J. Choi, and had he played him instead of Matt Every or Martin Laird, he would have neared the 200 point mark.
Well that’s the wrap up for this week, gentlemen. Hope you enjoyed it and good luck at the Waste Management Phoenix Open