Fantastic memories at the Memorial for William McGirt and Jon Curran but the rest of the gaming community probably didn’t have such a fantastic week.
For the third time in three years a first-time champion was crowned at Memorial and that’s bad news in this game. McGirt joined the rank outsider David Lingmerth and Japanese phenom Hideki Matsuyama as the the last three winners.
I learned last week that unexpected birdiefests are bad for fantasy business as great weather and soft course conditions opened up the door to just about everyone.
GolfChannel.com Fantasy Golf
2016 Earnings: $10,993,061
2016 Rank: 11,334
Groups are listed arbitrarily by OWGR by the Golf Channel for those of you new to the game.
Rank: 23,783 ($98,855)
And then weep.
Weep for me.
Last Week: Memorial
The three main constituents entered the week off victories in their previous events. Day was never the choice as his record at MVGC simply isn’t any good for this format. McIlroy turned out to be the choice as Watson and Fowler were also rubbish. Thankfully I had Spieth instead who cashed for $18k and change which is worse than nothing in this game.
If I had to do it all over again I would have stuck with the safest pick in fantasy golf, Matt Kuchar. I went for the GLOREE with Spieth-Matsuyama exacta and got exactly nothing for my efforts. All Matsuyama did last week was:
- break a run of T-11 in his last three
- first MC in nine
- finished T-5 last year after winning in 2014
Awesome and unlucky all wrapped into one terrible MC
Some will point and laugh that the winner and second place came from these final two groups. I will shake my head and laugh and say YOU’RE RIGHT. Nauseating to see that FORTY NINE PERCENT of you were on Dufner here. I would have taken another player just on principle alone if I would have known that! I’d point out that I suggested Woodland as one for the desperate but sadly didn’t listen to my own advice.
I was chuffed with the Cauley pick as he did exactly you’d want from a Group 4 player: Make the cut. He’s no Jon Curran sadly.Or Keegan Bradley who decided he’s “back” at Memorial with T-8.
This Week: FESJC
Group 1: Dustin Johnson
Group 2: Gary Woodland
Group 3: David Toms
Group 4: Ben Crane
Total Birdies: 20
Group 1: All the meat AND potatoes, unsurprisingly, are in this group in a thin field. Unless he WDs AGAIN this year, he has to be the pick of the litter. Not a bad choice in here except for MAYBE the first-timer Berger.
Group 2: Just edges out Palmer for the top spot with Knost, Reifers and Curran others to continue hot streaks right behind. As I thought last week, the winner will come from this group and my eggs are in the Woodland basket!
Group 3: Gets the nod over Villegas because of recent form and has torn both designs to shreds. I don’t hate Scott Brown here either if you’re looking “younger”; Chad Campbell is also interesting.
Group 4: My motto: find a guy who makes the cut. If he loses in a playoff, hey great. Can’t make a playoff without making the cut! If this pick has you taken aback, you might want scroll up and check out my preview for more details.
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Good luck chops!