Aaron Baddeley was the only player in the field who managed to card four rounds in the 60′s, and it earned him The Northern Trust Open and a spot on James’ roster going forward. The hunky young Aussie outlasted Father Time (Vijay Singh) and Old Man Winter (Freddy Couples) to claim his first PGA Title in quite some time. But an even bigger worldwide story than Baddeley’s success, is that of our own hometown hero Andrew Fuchs. The courageous young daredevil has taken one of the worst teams ever assembled and turned it into a contender! Now lets take a look at how everyone fared this week…
James, the noble magistrate of our young league, had a bit of an off week at The Northern Trust. Despite all five golfers making the cut, no one really seemed to want to make a lot of noise near the top of the leaderboard. Phil was never really in contention this week, but still managed to salvage five points. Rickie Fowler had a good weekend, but also had to settle for a top 50. Thankfully Martin Laird and Bill Haas took away some of the pain by contributing a top 25 and 15 respectively. Despite a disappointing week, James’ team still looks strong and with the debut of Martin Kaymer next week, the pieces are starting to fall into place.
Fuchs’ pieces, on the other hand, are all resting in the puzzle we like to call Veej. Yes, the Vijay Fuchs was expecting when he took a ninth round flier on the veteran has showed up big time. In fact, Fuchs’ late rounds picks so far are out performing his keepers. J.B. Holmes cashed at least 20 points for the third straight week and the aforementioned Singh is averaging 22 points over his five starts this year. All Fuchs needs now is some steady production from his top few guys and he can be a true powerhouse in the fantasy golf world.
Beast on the other hand, has been a true powerhouse for the better part of half a century. It’s not often you see The Beast’s team fail to reach even 20 points. Stricker was putting together an excellent weekend until two bogeys and a double derailed him in the final four holes. Kuchar and Marino just couldn’t seem to get anything going at Riviera and the struggling Van Pelt failed to make the cut again. Things only got worse for the fantasy veteran as his highly touted young gun Anthony Kim withdrew because of illness just after making the cut. Right now Beast’s points seem to be coming from everywhere which makes it hard to decide who to play, with Stricker and Kuchar seeming to be the only safe bets to score points or even make the cut. Hopefully some bracket play (March Madness style, which The Beast loves with every fibre of his being) will cheer up The Beast next week with The Accenture Match Play Championship.
Well it’s evident that Bryce was not happy with his team’s performance the last two weeks and you can bet he gave them quite an earful about it. The one player who didn’t seem to get the memo was Bryce’s resident halfwit Dustin Johnson. The talented young blockhead evidently didn’t even know his own tee-time and while his name was being announced on the 1st tee, he was still smacking balls on the driving range. It’s tough to compete against the field when your starting off with a two stroke penalty. And just when Bryce was starting to drown out the memory of Johnson’s ineptitude with 55 points from Allenby and Casey, Kevin Na goes and racks up 40 points from the bench. Bryce should be happy with a decent 55 point week, but what he won’t be happy about is the five point gap that separates him and second last place.
Dave’s team decided to show up in a big way this week with two top 15s and a top 10. Although Jim Furyk continued his dismal play (almost missing the cut) and Dave has to be getting impatient with the highly touted veteran. Despite Furyk’s struggles, Dave still looks like he has an acceptable number one in Justin Rose. After one bad week, Jhonattan Vegas bounced back with a top 15 and the Iron Goose also collected one in his 2011 PGA Tour debut. Dave will need a few more weeks like this one if he wants to jump up to the top three, but every streak starts with one good week… Just look at Fuchs.
Oh Brent. Our poor basement dweller just can’t seem to get a spark. His team’s performance so far has been even more disturbing than the picture on the left. Luke Donald shot 8-over par on Friday (8-over par?? really Luke???) and missed the cut by a long shot. D.A. Points followed up his win with disappointment, Lucas Glover is still toiling in mediocrity and Geoff Ogilvy seems inconsistent. Did I mention that Brent still doesn’t have a top ten? All the signs seem to point to another disappointing season for the young Pam Schriver wannabe.
1. Fuchs: Fuchs has been on a tear the last few weeks and if Vijay keeps it up, he’ll be sitting in first before long.
2. James: Phil has seemed a little bit off the last couple of weeks, but he’s got enough depth that it shouldn’t worry him.
3. The Beast: One bad week doesn’t mean much in fantasy golf, but he’d like to see a little more consistency from the top few.
4. Bryce: Bryce’s team still looks good, even if Dustin is a nincompoop.
5. Dave: Dave’s team really hasn’t registered a lot of starts due to the European Tour, but he’s got a win and a couple of top tens and that’s what’s keeping him above Brent.
6. Brent: Still in last place. Still hasn’t shown any kind of explosiveness. Still thinks Camilo is elite.