With the NFL playoffs happening, it’s easy to forget that meaningful golf began again this week, with the Sony Open in Hawaii. Looking at the leaderboard it’s clear Fuchs didn’t forget, as his team totaled 175 points, including the first win of the season. Jimmy Walker’s final round 63 was good enough for a one shot victory over Chris Kirk in the first Spreadsheet Fantasy tournament of the 2014 season. Let’s take a look at how the week panned out for each of the teams.
Far and away the best team this week was Fuchs’ squad, who blew away the competition with a win and three other top tens. After a solid campaign last year, in which he racked up nearly 300 points, Fuchs drafted Walker again this year in the hope that he could improve on last year’s total. He’s win this week puts him on pace to do far more than just that. While it is early in the PGA Tour season, Walker has already won twice in the Tour’s first wraparound season, and given how much he plays, Fuchs will be glad he picked him up again. While none of Fuchs’ top four guys played, the lower half picked up the slack, with Charles Howell III, Matt Every and Ryan Palmer carding top tens. All three are good depth players who play a lot and after at least one weeks, Fuchs is happy with the result.
Last year’s champion didn’t do too shabby this week either, with top tens from Adam Scott and Zach Johnson, and a top five from Mark Leishman. Brent has some excellent talent in the upper half of his roster, and if the first two tournaments of 2014 mean anything, Zach Johnson could be in for a monster season.
With only three players teeing it up, Bryce got some excellent bang for his buck, with the third best point total of the week at 85. Coming off a great 2013, Chris Kirk started the 2014 season off well, birdieing the last to finish alone in second. Harris English also played well this week, firing four rounds in the 60s en route to a solo 5th place finish. Bryce’s non-keepers are off to a good start this year, improving in an area where his team was lacking in 2013.
If Matt Kuchar plays, it usually means he’ll finish in the top ten. Once again he provided the bulk of Beast’s scoring with 25 of his 30 points. Coming off a fantasy football win, Beast is hungry for more, and he hopes his first ever Spreadsheet Fantasy Championship is on the menu.
The biggest concern for Lawrence’s team is whether he’ll be able to consistently field a full lineup, as his team is made up of mostly international players with limited PGA Tour schedules. This week three of his four Americans were playing, but he won’t like the result. A top 50 from Jason Dufner proved to be the only points he would muster, with D.A. Points and Roberto Castro failing to make the cut. Lawrence may find himself in a hole after the first couple of months if Dufner and Keegan Bradley don’t play well.
Tied for last this week, was James and Daniel, both of whom ended up goose egged. None of their five combined players could crack the top 50, and as a result they wind up with the dreaded Brad Gilbert bagel, just in time for the start of the Australian Open.
Next week is the Humana Challenge, beginning on Thursday.