Few people, if any, command as much respect in the golfing world as Arnold Palmer. This week, Matt Every got to meet the King, after holding off a charging Keegan Bradley to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational. While it seemed for much of the week like Adam Scott would blow away the field, a disastrous Sunday 76 opened the door for Every to claim the prize, and prevent Scott from overtaking Tiger as the #1 ranked player in the world. Though he looked shaky down the stretch, Every’s 2-under 70 was enough to get the job done, as he finished one stroke ahead of Keegan Bradley. The win is the first of Every’s career, after a number of close calls, and the emotion of being so close before poured out of him in his post round interview. It was a Fuchsy kind of week all around, as ‘handy’ Andy took over first place with a monster week. lets take a look.
180 points is nothing to sneeze at in Darts, or fantasy golf. That was Fuchs’ total this week as he got some help from the dormant Snedeker, in the form of a top ten. A top fifteen from Matt Jones, and top 50 from Billy Horschel also helped contribute to Fuchs’ best week of the season. But his third win of the season was the big moneymaker here, netting him 125 points and helping him vault past Brent and Bryce, and into first place on the leaderboard and in our hearts. If Fuchs’ keepers start to get hot, he could find himself well in front.
Second place on the leaderboard this week belonged to ‘Lair-bear’, whose love/hate relationship with Fuchs is proving more fiery than we thought. The league may have to impose some sanctions if these two can’t keep their egos in check. After good-but-not-great performances all year, Keegan Bradley finally broke through with a second place finish and 60 much needed points, while Graeme McDowell’s final round 70 was good enough to jump into the top ten. Ian Poulter turned out his best finish of the season in a top 25, and helped Lawrence eclipse 100 points for the third time in five weeks.
The third best score of the week belongs to James? While he has been doing somewhat better of late, the three-time Spreadsheet Fantasy champion still finds himself the basement, and has carded 100+ points just once this season. Henrik Stenson’s top five finish was encouraging, and Kevin has been a good pickup so far, netting a top 15 to follow last week’s runner-up. Expectations were low this week with just three players teeing it up, so he’ll be happier than a Fuchs in a sweater-vest with his 60 points.
It appeared on Friday as though Brent would be extending his league lead with a win from Adam Scott a given, but the Aussie couldn’t hit the side of a Ricky Barnes on the weekend and finished with a disgraceful final round 76. Though he still finished third, the 50 points will leave a sour taste in Brent’s mouth, as it could have been 125. His only other gainer this week was Zach Johnson, who continued his stretch of mediocre play, netting just a top 50. Although Brent was knocked out of first place, he is still right there and could take back first with a good week at the Valero.
While James and Brent spent most of Sunday thinking Bryce owned Matt Every, the truth was not nearly as sweet for the double ‘B’. Harris English provided his best finish with a top fifteen, while Gary Woodland and Chris Stroud contributed top 25’s and 50’s respectively. With Fuchs vaulting up the leaderboard, Bryce drops into third place, but he’s still well ahead of Daniel and Beast as they did nothing to help their cause this week.
This seems to be the year of the goose egg, with the league putting up more blanks than Earle Morris. Despite fielding eight players between them, Daniel and Beast earned Brad Gilbert bagels this week, losing ground to the leaders. Daniel now finds himself tied for the dubious distinction of most goose eggs in a season, and with more than a third of the season to go, he stands a good chance of holding that record alone before all is said and done.