New season, folks. Points have all reset to zero and you had better start now if you want to win the 2nd SQ Machspeed Black (like first-half winner, M.Murphy).
This is Event 1 of Season 2, Month 1 (Month 5 overall). For a refresher on the rules, hit the link — Contest Guidelines and leave your Fantasy Four below (don’t forget your ONE Nike Athlete).
Welcome to Month 5. For a Month 1-4 recap (first half of the season), click here
Casey has one start here and that’s a CUT in 2008. This is a slower start to the year for Casey, but he does have a win this year. Most recently, Casey has a T38 at the Masters. T18 at WGC Caddy and T17 at WGC Match Play. Paul always contends for the best fields and this week should be no different.
G’Lover has a great record here and may be worth a shot. T22 here last year, T2 in ’09, T4 in ’06. On a streak of 3 CUT’s, but he should rebound well this week.
CPetts has been the top Nike athlete in the past two events. His record here doesn’t hurt either, as he’s made the cut 4 of the past 5 years, finishing T51, T55, T22 and T38.
other Nike athletes to choose from :: Jhonattan Vegas, Kevin Kisner, Stewart Cink, Joseph Bramlett
recent finishes – T3 Zurich, 3rd Heritage
Super hot, right ladies? 2 appearances here in ’07 and ’08. Cut both times.
recent finishes – T9 Texas Open, T20 Masters, 1st Arnold Palmer, T5 Transitions, T10 WGC Caddy
Laird is quietly on a ridiculous streak. Cut here last year, T47 in ’09, but he’s definitely worth a chance.
recent finishes – T3 Malaysia, T15 Masters, T10 WGC Caddy
Rory rebounded instantly from his Masters meltdown. He’s also the defending champ here. Definitely looking for some redemption.
recent finishes – 2nd Zurich, T14 Heritage, T16 Houston
Playing really well right now. CUT here in ’09 and ’10. Should make the cut, though.
HISTORY STAT OF THE WEEK :: there are only 3 players to have Top 25’s in each of the last 3 events here; Furyk, Mickelson and Mahan.
best finishes – 2nd in ’10, 3rd in ’07 , 5th in ’09 and ’04, 7th in ’05
7 appearances, 6 Top 25’s, 5 Top 10’s. Coming off of a T27 at the Masters and a win the week before that.
best finishes – 6 starts, 6 made cuts 5 Top 25’s, averaging 23rd place
I’m worried that Watney is cooling off. T20 last week was great though, so I’m staying on this money train.
best finishes – 1st in ’06, 2nd in ’05, 7th in ’08 and ’10, 11th in ’09
Furyk is really hot right now. 4 straight Top 25’s, averaging 16th place. His record here is amazing. Could be a good spot for his first win of the season.
best finishes – T7 i n’10, T9 in ’09, T44 in ’07
See the above stat. MC at the Masters, but before that, he had 3 top 10’s in his previous 4 events. Big sleeper this week.
Alan :: Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk and Paul Casey
Bob :: Martin Kaymer, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk and Stewart Cink
Damian :: Rory McIlroy, Hunter Mahan, Nick Watney and Anthony Kim
Hard not to take Phil and Furyk this week, but you have Watney, McIlroy and Kaymer to deal with also. Watch out for DJ, too. Coming off a Top 10 in the European Tour and Bubba has a good record here (22 last year, 2nd in ’09) and he’s coming off of a win.
I think the most popular Fantasy Four will be :: too hard to tell — Watney/Kaymer/Mickelson/Furyk/McIlroy…Casey probably for Nike, but AK has history.
Other big names in the field :: Martin Kaymer, Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Mark Wilson, Edoardo Molinari, Ricky Barnes, Charles Howell III, J.B. Holmes, Jeff Overton, Padraig Harrington, Steve Marino, Sergio Garcia, Marc Leishman, Davis Love III, David Duval
Leave your Fantasy Four in a comment below.
Remember, you have to pick at least ONE Nike Golfer and have your picks in by WEDNESDAY at Midnight (PST).
It is also your responsibility to sub your player if they WD before the deadline.
(Tim Clark, Geoff Ogilvy and Sean O’Hair have WD)