You have to go all the way back to 2010 to find the last time a Spreadsheet Fantasy manager won their first start, when Dustin Johnson captured the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, giving Bryce the first win in SSF history. This week, Jarret accomplished the same fate for his team, as Jimmy Walker captured the Sony Open in Hawaii. Walker, who seems to enjoy playing in Hawaii, successfully defended his title one week after finishing runner up at Kapalua. Former Waialae champion Russell Henley snuck into the top 25, giving Jarret a first week total of 110. Jarret takes over for Fuchs, who often started strong, but faded down the stretch. We’ll see whether Jarret’s team can keep the momentum up over the entire 36 win season and contend in his first year.
The other team of note this week was that of Beast, who despite not submitting a roster, still managed to card 140 points. Scott Piercy’s second place finish and Harris English and Gary Woodland’s thirds gave Beast a monster opening week, despite leaving another third place finish on the bench in Matt Kuchar. Could this finally be the year that Beast breaks through and captures the trophy after a number of close calls? Time will tell.
As for the rest of the league, none of the other five members managed to register a top ten, though Daniel and Brent did rack up 35 points each. Lawrence managed 15, while James and Bryce started the year off with 10 and 5 respectively. Best of luck to all of you in the coming season and here’s to another great year of Spreadsheet Fantasy golf!