*UPDATE * – Nick Watney has WD before his tee time. If you had a WD pick for Watney, it will be substituted.
– Damian, Thursday 2:14pm ADT
the Memorial! Muirfield! Jack! Ohio! Jim Tressel!
I’m excited for this event. So many guys are ON FIRE! This should be a treat to watch. Donald, Watney, Kuchar, Stricker, Mahan, Schwartzel, McIlroy, Mickelson, Furyk and more look to get in shape for the US Open.
This is the first event of Month 6. For a refresher on the rules, hit the link — Contest Guidelines and leave your Fantasy Four below (don’t forget your ONE Nike Athlete).
Cink’s record here is as good as they come. T8 last year, T8 in ’09, T30 in ’08, T5 in ’07, T12 in ’06, with three straight Top 10s in 01/02/03. Hasn’t missed a cut in 11 years here, averaging 19th place. Combine that with his recent play (5 straight made cuts, 1 Top 10, 4 Top 30s) and I think you’re looking at a winner.
Unlike Cink, Pettersson has won this event. Petterson won back in 2006. He followed up his win with a T31 in ’07 and a T10 in ’08. Cut in ’09, but T28 last year. Big sleeper this week. He’s also on a 5 made cut streak (1 Top 20, 5 Top 40’s).
Schwartzel is coming off of a bad missed cut at the BMW PGA Championship. He should bounce back fairly well here. DNP last year, T27 in ’09 and a pair of T62’s in ’07 and ’06, but he’s a much different golfer now and is always a threat to win.
Justin has missed 6 of his last 8 cuts, but has a solid record at this event. He finished 2nd in ’00, T30 in ’01, T16 in ’02 and T11 in ’03. More recently, T55 in ’07. Longshot!
other Nike athletes to choose from :: Jhonattan Vegas and Lucas Glover
recent finishes – 1st BMW PGA, 2nd Volvo Match Play, T4 Players, T8 Zurich, 2nd Heritage, T4 Masters, T6 WGC Caddy, 1st WGC Match Play
8 straight Top 10’s. Straight fire. I got chills typing his recent results. T14 here in ’09, T6 in ’08. My only worry is travelling from England.
recent finishes – T6 HPBNC, T16 Crowne
Kuchar has made all 13 cuts on Tour this year, with 7 Top 10’s. Kuchar also finished T8 here last year, T5 in ’09, T10 in ’08 and T13 in ’07. Better than most.
Nick Watney – WD Thursday Morning
recent finishes – T8 HPBNC, T4 Players
Watney started the year with 5 straight Top 10’s. He’s currently on another streak of 2. CUT here last yaer, but T14 in ’09, T26 in ’08 and T41 in ’07.
recent finishes – T10 Crowne, T6 Players, T16 Wells Fargo
Hunter is a big sleeper this week. CUT last year and in ’08, but T14 in ’09. He’s well rested and ready to go!
Others playing well; Steve Stricker, J.B. Holmes, Brian Gay, Rory McIlroy, Steve Marino, Keegan Bradley
best finishes – T10 in ’10, 2nd in ’09, T23 in ’07, T18 in ’06, T8 in ’05, T24 in ’03, 1st in ’02, T23 in ’01, T25 in ’00
Insane record here. Coming off of a T31 at Colonial, with three rounds in the 60’s. MC at the Players, but made 7 straight cuts before that.
best finishes – 1st in ’10, 2nd in ’08, T14 in ’06, T4 in ’04
I was surprised that JRose’s history runs so deep here. He’s shown flashes of brilliance this year, with a nice streak (T5 Transitions, T3 API, T11 Masters) in there. Coming off of a T45 at a windy Las Colinas.
best finishes – 1st in ’08 and ’03, T17 in ’10, T27 in ’09, T3 in ’07, T24 in ’05, T6 in ’04, T7 in ’01
Great history last year and really good finish last year, too. He’s coming off a T22 on the Champions Tour, CUT at Colonial before that, T39 at the Players and a T5 on the Champions Tour. Playing well enough to probably contend this week, given his history.
best finishes – T13 in ’09, 1st in ’07, T8 in ’05, T5 in ’04, T13 in ’03, T32 in ’02
K.J. crushes it here in odd number years. He’s another great sleeper this week. Sure, he disappointed some of you last week, but he’ll step his game up with some of the best in the world this week (like The Players).
Others with good history; Ernie Els, Fred Couples, Vijay Singh, Jerry Kelly and Ryan Moore
Alan :: Hunter Mahan, Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson and Lucas Glover
Bob :: Ryan Palmer, Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson and Stewart Cink
Damian :: Hunter Mahan, Matt Kuchar, Rory McIlroy and Stewart Cink
I’d like to take Overton, Donald and Mahan, but there just isn’t enough room. This field is phenomenal.
Other big names in the field :: Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Steve Stricker, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Ernie Els, Robert Karlsson, Martin Laird, Edoardo Molinari, Robert Allenby, Ryan Moore, Rickie Fowler, Hill Haas, Ryan Palmer, Gary Woodland, Sean O’Hair, Bo Van Pelt, Camilo Villegas, Charley Hoffman, Jeff Overton, Webb Simpson, Ricky Barnes, Charles Howell III
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