If there’s one thing that has defined Fuchs’ team over the last few years of Spreadsheet Fantasy, it’s his ability to get off to a fast start. After week five of the 2013 season, Fuchs had already garnered a win and six top tens, mainly thanks to a red-hot Brandt Snedeker. While Snedeker has gotten off to a slow start this year, the rest of his squad has picked up the slack, with 8 top tens and two wins after week five. The biggest contributor so far has been Jimmy Walker, who has bagged two wins in his first three starts, and shows no sign of slowing down. His win this week at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am showed he can hang with the big boys, as he came out on top of names such as Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, and Hunter Mahan. Will this be the year that Fuchs finally proves that nice guys do finish first?
With 135 points, Fuchs’ tally was easily the best of the week, as Walker’s 100 points exceeded the total points of any other team. Hunter Mahan also carded 25 points with his top ten, and Jones and Palmer continued their trend of solid contributions, as neither of them has finished outside the top 50 in their eight combined starts. Fuchs is off to the races and will look to continue his momentum as the next four weeks hold two tier 3 and a tier 2 tournament.
Bryce finds himself falling a place in the rankings this week, as Dustin Johnson’s runner-up finish was not enough to keep Bryce in second as well. For the second week in a row, Cameron Tringale scored 15 points, while Chris Kirk couldn’t crack the top 50. Considering he only started three players, Bryce’s 65 points is quite respectable and he still finds himself comfortably in third place, 205 points ahead of Daniel.
The Jordan Spieth hype-train is back on the tracks, as the youngster managed a T4, despite a round of 78 in poor conditions on Saturday. It’s only a matter of time before he wins again, and Beast already has the sparkling apple cider ready to pop when he does. Jim Furyk is more than twice Spieth’s age, but he can still play as he finished T35 in his first start of the season, while Jason Day and Russell Henley both disappointed and failed to score. Given the heartache he suffered at the hands of the Seahawks, Beast will be hoping that SSF can provide a welcome distraction this year.
With 35 points, Lawrence finally got his first top ten of the season, and moved from seventh into a tie for sixth. It’s been a bit of a rough start for ‘Big Train’, as many of his top guys have barely played at all this season. This week he found himself with just Graeme McDowell, D.A. Points, and Roberto Castro. In his first start of the season, McDowell put together a final round 67 to climb into the top ten, while past champion D.A. Points disappointed with a missed cut. Roberto Castro seems to only score 0 or 10 points, and this week it was ten. As always, Lawrence will be eagerly awaiting Miguel Angel Jimenez’ first start of the season.
25 points wasn’t enough to keep Brent on top of the pack this week, as he slipped into second place. Patrick Reed continued his solid play, posting a top 15, while Daniel Summerhays followed with a top 25. Nick Watney and Bo Van Pelt are off to poor starts this season, both missing the cut again this week. While K.J. Choi is off to a good start this year, he too found himself outside the cut-line come Sunday. The last couple of weeks have been just a temporary hiccup for Brent, as he continues in his title defense.
After a breakout week at the W.M. Phoenix Open, Daniel’s team fell back to earth this week, with Huh, Senden, and Steele all missing the cut. Michael Thompson was the only thing separating Daniel from his third goose egg of the season, and so he wound up with 10 points. With such an incredibly talented team, week seven and the Accenture Match Play Championship cannot come soon enough.
In what has been far and away his worst start ever, there are few bright spots for James. Charley Hoffman and Ken Duke both fell outside the cut line, and Mickelson’s top 25 was disappointing given his history at the tournament. There’s plenty of golf left to be played, but James will need to start churning out some points soon, as he finds himself in quite a hole.