The first two tournaments on the Spreadsheet Fantasy Golf schedule (Sony Open & Humana Challenge) are always looked at by the owners as more of an afterthought. That is, unless one of the owned players manages to win. Well, for the first time in Spreadsheet Fantasy history, owned players have won the first two tournaments of the year, after Patrick Reed blew away the field this weekend in California. This was a runaway, as Reed set a PGA Tour record by going -27 in relation to par through the first three rounds of a tournament. After posting consecutive 63s Thursday through Saturday, a pedestrian 71 on Sunday was enough for Reed to claim the victory. More importantly, here’s how the fantasy points broke down this week.
Last year’s champion is picking up right where he left off. Patrick Reed’s victory means Brent has now won three of the last 6 tournaments dating back to last year. A Reed victory is definitely not something Brent had banked on coming into this season, so he is looking at the three-digit score as a bit of a post-Christmas bonus. Not only did he reap the rewards of Reeds work, but a 10-under 62 by Zach Johnson on Sunday lifted the Wisconsin native into a tie for third, and his second straight top ten. Let’s not forget, Zach finished last season by posting top tens in 7 of his last 8 starts. Elsewhere on Brent’s roster this week was a 5 point showing from Bo Van Pelt, and a goose egg from Daniel Summerhayes, for a dazzling total of 145.
The man who won last week’s tournament with Jimmy Walker, Mr. Andrew Fuchs, has joined Brent atop the standings, after his second straight superb week. A birdie on 18 lifted Ryan Palmer into a solo second and 50 big points. It looks like Palmer and Reed may have been the steals of the draft, as Ryan has now picked up back to back top tens – not bad for a player drafted in the fifth round (eighth round when you include the keepers). Billy Horschel scored a top 25, while Rory Sabbatini hit the board with a 5 point week, bringing Fabulous Fuchs total to 65. The only downside was the play of Charles Howell III and Brandt Snedeker who failed to score points, but with the play of Fuchs’ grinders, he has to be pleased with his start to the season.
Bryce fell on position this week to third place, as he scored 40 points. More than half of those were courtesy of his #3 keeper Bill Haas who picked a top ten his first start of the season. Perennial grinders Harris English and Cameron Tringale each manufactured 5 points this week, as did one of Bryce’s keepers in 2012, Gary Woodland. Bryce has joined Brent & Fuchs in a dynamic trio looking to create some distance between themselves and the rest of the field early this season, and with Tiger Woods set to start his first tournament of the season Thursday at Torrey Pines, he has to like where he is positioned.
James scored his first points of 2014 this week. He was led by his first pick of this year’s draft Webb Simpson and everybody’s favourite Zimbabwean Brendon de Jonge, who each picked up 10 points. The other 5 points on James roster came from a player who he is still questioning why he drafted (for ethical and fashion reasons I think), Rickie Fowler. Like Bryce, James is looking to this weekend when one of his top players tees it up for the first time this season, in Phil Mickelson.
Lawrence was also successful in getting on the board for the first time this season, posting a 20-burger. The man who is expected to carry the load for this team, Keegan Bradley, was one of the team members who scored 10 points. With a number of International players who aren’t expected to tee it up much this year, Bradley is going to have to play lights out, as he normally plays a fairly heavy schedule. Roberto Castro also scored 10 points, while somewhat of a surprise starter, Nicolas Colsaerts, failed to register a point.
Beast managed to hold to fourth place in the overall standings by scoring 10 points this week, all coming on the right-handed clubs of Martin Laird. Boo Weekly withdrew from the tournament before it began. Beast’s biggest disappointment of the weekend came when he realized Patrick Reed was owned, and not able to be picked up.
Finally we come to Daniel, who is realizing Spreadsheet Fantasy is a little tougher than it looks. Mr. Doerksen became the first man in history to not register a point in his first two tournaments. Not to worry though, with strong keepers like Bubba Watson, Lee Westwood, and Justin Rose, Look for Daniel to get back in the swing of things once the points get ratcheted up in tier 3 and tier 4 tournaments.