Wow. What a finish! After five extra holes and a number of incredible shots from Viktor Dubuisson, Jason Day finally claimed the Accenture Match Play Championship. Though Day held the lead for much of the match, Some great shots and saves from Dubuisson down the stretch brought him back into the match and he was able to even it up on the 18th. Dubuisson beat Ernie Els, Graeme McDowell and Bubba Watson en route to the final, but the feisty Aussie proved to be too much for Dubuisson in the end. Day’s win is a big one for Beast, and his first since week 21 of last year. It moves him past Daniel in the standings and into fourth place.
For the second year in a row, Beast has come out on top of the Accenture Match Play championship. Jason Day’s win follows up Matt Kuchar’s win last year, and provides half of Beast’s 300 points this week. Beast’s four top tens were the best in the league this week,with Kooch reaching the third round and Spieth and Furyk making the quarterfinals. The only downside for Beast this week was Kevin Streelman’s first round loss, but the league’s eldest member will be sleeping well tonight after his best week in more than a year.
With a disgraceful start to the season, this week was exactly what the doctor ordered for James’ squad. A mere two top tens and less than 100 points through six weeks had James down in the dumps, but a big week from some unexpected names has him back in the conversation. Henrik Stenson and Rory McIlroy made their first starts of the season, but neither could survive the second round. In the end it was Rickie Fowler, Webb Simpson and Louis Oosthuizen who racked up the big points this week, with Simpson falling in the third round, Oosthuizen in the quarterfinals, and Fowler placing third after winning the consolation match. With his top guys all teeing it up next week at the Bear Trap, things are looking up.
Lawrence has one of the league’s most International rosters, so it makes sense that his team would perform best at the World Golf Championships. After just one top ten through the first six weeks, Lawrence’s boys racked up three this week, including top 5 finishes from Ernie Els and Graeme McDowell. Jason Dufner provided the other top ten, making up for poor play in his other two starts this season. If there was a downside for Lawrence this week, it was the play of Keegan Bradley and his one true love, Miguel Angel Jimenez, who both exited in the first round. With Beast and Daniel also having good weeks, Lawrence still finds himself in sixth, but still ahead of James.
After a slow start to his Spreadsheet Fantasy career with back-to-back goose eggs in weeks one and two, Daniel’s team has turned it on as of late. 100+ points in three of his last four starts have him right in the thick of things, and his stellar International talent is built to put up big numbers in the biggest tournaments. While 2013 was a down year for Bubba Watson, he’s started off 2014 with a bang, tied for the most points in the league, after another top ten this week. Sergio Garcia made his first start of the year at the Match Play, and reached the third round before falling to Rickie Fowler. Justin Rose and Hideki Matsuyama both reached the second round before losing to eventual quarter-finalists Ernie Els and Graeme McDowell. The most disappointing performance of the week came from Lee Westwood, who fell to Harris English in the first round, and has not performed well to start the year. With the top few failing to score big this week, Daniel is right in the thick of things.
While 95 is often a respectable total, Fuchs won’t be happy with that number this week. Hunter Mahan has reached the finals each of the last two years, but fell to McDowell in the third round for Fuchs’ only top ten of the week. Brandt Snedeker, Jimmy Walker, and Billy Horschel all made it through the first round, but each fell on day two. Making his first start of the season, former champion Steve Stricker lost a disappointing first round match to George Coetzee. Although this week was a bit of a downer for Fuchs, he still sits in second place, just 15 points behind Bryce.
Speaking of the league-leader, Bryce likely had high hopes coming into this tournament, leading the league in both points and top tens. It wasn’t his week though, as only Harris English made it past the second round, before losing to Jim Furyk in the third. While Bill Haas annihilated Miguel Angel Jimenez 4 and 3 in his first match, he fell to Sergio Garcia in his second. After good starts to the year, Dustin Johnson, Graeme DeLaet, Gary Woodland each dropped their first round matches as Bryce finished the week with 85 points. He still sits in first place, with 585 points.
Rounding off the league this week was Brent, who had just one player make it to the second round, with Charl Schwartzel falling to Jim Furyk on Thursday. Possibly the hottest player this year not named Jimmy Walker, Zach Johnson stunningly lost 5 and 4 to Richard Sterne in the first round, while Luke Donald, Nick Watney, and Mark Leishman dropped their first round matches as well. Brent’s 55 points are good enough to keep him in third place, but the rest of the league will be nipping at his heels.