It would be hard to find a golfer who has performed more consistently over the last 18 months than Jimmy Walker, and Walker’s fine form was on full display this weekend at the Valero Texas Open, as he cruised to a four shot victory. It’s the fifth win for the Texan in the last year and a half, as he works to get his name mentioned among the game’s elite. Meanwhile, Walker’s owner Jarret is doing his best to be mentioned among the elite fantasy players, and he’s making a good start, having now won back to back tournaments.
Everything really is bigger in Texas, as was illustrated by Jarret’s monster week of 185 points, the largest total he’s ever recorded in his 11-week career. The league’s Brad Jacobs doppelganger has now vaulted into third place, and has Beast and Bryce checking their rear view mirror. Aside from Walker’s 100 points, Jarret also got big contributions from reigning FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel who scored 40, and Chesson Hadley, who tallied 35 – the best output of the season from both players. Freddie Jacobson and last week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational winner Matt Every each chipped in with a top 50. If Jarret’s big dogs can put up numbers like this in the big tournaments, he definitely has to be considered a threat for the league title.
The league’s leader picked up the second biggest total of the week. Beast used a second place finish from the always dependable Jordan Spieth to score 70 points. Spieth is averaging more than 36 points per start, and that’s one of the main reasons why Beast is off to such a hot start. Also hitting score sheet for Long John were Matt Kuchar with 15 and Harris English with 5. He also left a total of 10 points on his bench. With Spieth hitting the ball so well, Beast’s team looks to be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.
Bryce was able to keep pace – for the most part – with Beast this week, snapping up a pair of top tens to put up a fifty burger. After making the cut on the number, Dustin Johnson shot matching 68’s on the weekend to vault up the leaderboard and finish in sixth. Johnson has the most points in the league at 270 this year, and whatever was ailing him to make him take a break from the game last season seems to be a distant memory. Also cracking 25 points was Brendan Steele. Steele has been one Double B’s most consistent players this year, hitting the score board in every start.
It was a comme ci comme ca week for Daniel, as he fell off the podium. Chris Kirk finally showed why he was worthy of being drafted in the first round by securing his first top ten of the season. Jason Kokrak picked up a top 15 for the third straight week, although it could have been more has be faded down the stretch. Daniel’s ‘grinders’ having been doing their part, but with his keepers having played in only 10 tournaments combined, it’s been tough for him to make up much ground.
Brent fell to fifth this week after putting up fourty points. Ryan Palmer shot a 68 on Sunday to move into the top ten, but the bigger story may Zach Johnson, who fell like a ton of bricks in the final round and has, for the most part, been a disappointment this year. Johnson is averaging a measly 10 points per start this season, well below what this team needs to contend. Newly acquired Scot Martin Laird rounded out the scoring, finishing in 50th.
Maybe the most intriguing race this year comes at the bottom standings, where James and Lawrence are having at it in Basement Bowl I. Each team could only muster ten points this week, meaning James remains 5 points ahead of Lawrence. Unless Rory McIlroy and Miguel Angel Jimenez can find their game of yester year, these squads will be looking ahead to 2016.