Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Deep in The Rough: Trevor!

Who is Trevor Immelman? I’ll tell you who he is – a Masters champion. While he was not one of the favorites to win, he certainly played a fantastic four rounds of golf and earned himself a green jacket in his first major win. This Masters may go down as another one that Tiger let slip away, but there is no way that anyone can discredit Immelman and his brilliant play. If you have been following golf for the past few years, you will know that Immelman winning is no fluke, and even Gary Player says the he is one of the best ball strikers he has ever seen.

Aside from Immelman, we also have to note the great play of Stewart Cink and Brandt Snedeker. These guys could not get it done in the end, but they held tough and played under the greatest pressure a golfer can face. Look for these two to have great years the rest of the way.

While the Masters was great, it is time to move on to this week’s tournament, which is the Verizon Heritage, at Harbour Town. Last year, Boo Weekley won with a final round 68 for a one stroke win over Ernie Els. This year, the field is once again deep, so allow me to help you sift through the rough and make the picks that will help you dominate your pool.

Players to Consider

Stewart Cink: Cink has won this event twice since 2000 and has played very well in his other appearances. He is playing great golf and should be in contention come Sunday. While he has had a tough time closing of late, this may be the week where he gets it done.

Aaron Baddeley: Perhaps Badds is in a bit of a major funk since his poor performance on Sunday at Oakmont in the US Open, so do not look at his missed cut last week as an indication of his current track. He had been in the top 15 the previous three events before the Masters, and he has won this tourny before.

Zach Johnson: Zach finished strong at the Masters, but did not repeat. He won it last year and then came in 6th at the Heritage. He could be a very strong bounce-back pick this week.

Sean O’Hair: Sean finished in 14th at the Masters and 7th at the Heritage last year. This guy is due to win a big event this year, and perhaps this is his week to bust out.

Justin Leonard: Justin had a red hot start this year, but has slipped a little bit. I would consider him this week solely because he had a strong finish here last year, and was not playing nearly as well.

Fred Funk: Fred is probably the best C lister available, and he came in the top 15 last year. While he might be over 50 years old, the man can still play. Start him and be confident.

Players to Avoid

Ryuji Imada: Imada has been a popular B list pick this year, but he has been terribly inconsistent. He is always a popular pick, but he has a poor track record at this event. Stay away.

My Team

A List

*Zach Johnson
Aaron Baddeley

B List

*Stewart Cink
*Sean O’Hair
Justin Leonard
Jonathan Byrd

C List

*Fred Funk
Chez Reavie

* - First round starter

I am starting ZJ because I think he could very easily win this week, same goes with Cink and O’Hair. Funk is solid, and I like Reavie because of his breakout potential and Byrd because he has played well here in the past.

Thanks all, and good luck this week!

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