It certainly wasn’t the most conventional ending to a PGA Tour tournament, but Sunday’s final round at the Memorial was one for the ages. After looking like a lock to take the trophy, Bubba Watson complete collapsed, bogeying 14 and shanking his tee shot into someone’s backyard before doubling 15, essentially taking him out of contention. After his win last week, Adam Scott looked primed to make it two in a row, but a string of three consecutive bogeys, including a horribly unlucky bounce off a flag stick ended his chances as well. Playing in the second to last group, Matsuyama looked in control of the tournament with everyone else fading, but a poor tee-shot on 16 found the water and he double bogeyed the par three. Still reeling from the double bogey, he failed to par the 17th as well, leaving him one back of the lead. Having teed off some two hours earlier, Kevin Na posted a scorching round of 8-under par, a round that he thought would be good for a top five. However after Matsuyama’s bogey on 17, Na found himself alone in the lead. Needing a birdie on 18 to match Na, Matsuyama immediately smashed his driver after what he thought was a bad shot, however the ball managed to find the fairway. An incredibly clutch second shot left him five feet for birdie and a playoff. After checking the break, Matsuyama drained the putt, becoming the only player ever to birdie the 18th at Muirfield Village in all four rounds. Sadly the playoff did not hold as much drama as the final round, as Na found the creek off the tee and never really recovered. A solid up and down from Matsuyama was good enough to take home the trophy and earn a handshake from the great Jack Nicklaus. Now lets take a look at how it played out in the Spreadsheet Fantasy realm.
As Rory McIlroy well knows, it can be tough to manage a career and a relationship, however it doesn’t appear like the married life has taken any toll on Daniel’s fantasy production. One week after tying the knot, Daniel’s team put up a monster 185 points, thanks to the efforts of Matsuyama and Watson. In addition to Matsuyama’s 125 and Bubba’s 50, Ryan Moore chipped in ten points of his own. Daniel now leads the league in every statistical category and finds himself alone in first place. Bubba Watson’s ridiculous season total of 560 points is more than 150 ahead of the next best player, and he shows no signs of slowing down.
Just one win. That’s all James was asking for, but he’ll have to wait at least another week for that illusive first triumph. While Kevin Na’s second place finish is good news for fans of James’ squad, Rory McIlroy’s second round collapse en route to a T15, and Phil Mickelson’s (T49) apparent legal troubles are cause for concern. The three-time league champion has never finished worse than third, so sitting in sixth place right now is uncharted territory, and his team will need to go on one heck of a hot streak for him to even start considering a podium finish.
After Adam Scott’s first win of the season last week, Brent had another good finish at the Memorial. Scott continued his hot streak with a top five finish, while Charl Schwartzel, who’s been sneaky consistent this year, held on to a top ten finish. Luke Donald, K.J. Choi and Mark Leishman all finished in the top fifty, as Brent continued to chug along in third place. Last year’s champ has had very few bad weeks this year, running arguably the most consistent team so far this season.
With Tiger sidelined since week nine, it’s been a bit of a rough season for Bryce’s team. It’s been quite a while since any of his players really came close to winning, and while his scores the last few weeks have been respectable, it feels as though his team is treading water right now. His main breadwinners this week were Chris Kirk and Bill Haas, who’s final round 68’s boosted them up to the top five and ten respectively. Dustin Johnson managed to crack the top fifty, but continued what has been a very disappointing season by his standards. Bryce finds himself stuck in the no man’s land between 4th and 6th and with the way the season is playing out, he could be there for a while.
It’s hard to imagine a team who’s keepers tee it up more than Beast’s, yet he was dethroned this week as he could only post a measly 45 points. Matt Kuchar managed to crack the top fifteen, while Jordan Spieth and Jim Furyk fell just one stroke short, settling for top 25’s. In his first action since the Masters, Jason Day looked good until a final round 74 dropped him into a tie for 37th. Don’t be surprised if Beast takes back the top spot within a couple of weeks, as his squad has historically performed well in the Majors.
It’s tough to get a read on Lawrence’s team. While Miguel Angel Jimenez has performed well so far this season, he’s only played three times. Combine that with the relatively light schedules of Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell and you get a team that doesn’t really see it’s top players tee it up that often. After Jason Dufner racked up his teams only points last week with a second place finish, it was a little more evenly distributed this time around. Both Dufner and Ernie Els cracked the top 25, while Keegan Bradley continued his disappointing 2014 campaign with just a top 50. Kaymer’s win a few weeks ago has him much closer to sixth place than James is comfortable with, but with many of his players struggling, it will be tough for Lawrence to take the next step.
We’ve seen it time and again. Fuchs’ squad starts the season strong, but begins to stumble once mid-season rolls around. This week he failed to submit a roster, costing him a valuable 30 points from Steve Stricker. His only horse this week was Billy Horschel, who tried to make up for it with a top 15 finish, but Fuchs is dropping further away from that top three, and closer to Bryce in fifth place.
That’s the wrap up for this week, Gents. Hope you enjoyed! Next week is the FedEx St. Jude Classic.