Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Mulligan: Masters Recap and The Verizon Heritage

Sunday at Augusta was an impressive day of golf all around. Tiger and Phil were paired together and, although they were not the final pairing, they both made a run at the leaders. Mickelson started his round off by going out in 30, tying Johnny Miller’s front 9 record. This put him in position to win, but he faltered late, hitting a ball in the water and missing 2 makeable putts on the back 9. Tiger made his run a little later, getting himself in the mix before bogeying both 17 and 18 to finish in 6th place overall. Both Tiger and Phil played well on Sunday, but not quite well enough to win the tournament.

48 year old Kenny Perry appeared to have the tournament in hand through 16 holes. He had a 2 shot lead before bogeying both 17 and 18 allowing both Chad Campbell and Angel Cabrera to catch up, forcing a three person playoff. Cabrera outlasted both Campbell and Perry in the playoff and he was the only player who really went out and played to win the title on Sunday. He earns his second PGA Tour title and his second Major victory.

This has been a very competitive season so far. After the 1st Major Championship of the year, the race for the Fed Ex Cup is tight:
1. Geoff Ogilvy 1,350
2. Phil Mickelson 1,273
3. Kenny Perry 1,218
4. Nick Watney 1,190
5. Paul Casey 900

Coming off the Masters, the Tour will head to Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, South Carolina for the Verizon Heritage. Harbour Town is one of those courses that is known for its beauty. The finishing hole runs along the Atlantic Coast allowing players and spectators to enjoy the view of Calibogue Sound and its scenic lighthouse.

Harbour Town is a relatively short course and the precise shot makers should enjoy more success than the erratic bombers this week. For this reason, I am putting Jim Furyk and Justin Leonard in my fantasy golf lineup for this week.

Furyk is the king of precision (4th in Driving Accuracy, 5th in Scambling) and this course should fit his game well. He has four top-10’s in his last five starts here, and is coming off a strong week at the Masters. Leonard won this tournament in 2002, and his game also fits the short, precision-player course nicely.

The popular pick this week is obviously Boo Weekley who won this tournament the past two years. You can’t go wrong with starting him this week, even though his game really doesn’t seem to fit the course as well as some other players in the field.

Fantasy Sleeper: Brian Gay comes into this week ranked 4th in driving accuracy and I have a feeling that he could play well this week. If you want to go out on a limb, put him in your fantasy golf lineup.

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Adam said...

Congratulations on picking Brian Gay. Not only was he a sleeper pick that no one else was making, but he smashed the field by 10 strokes.

Steven said...

With that pick I am officially a Mulligan fan. Well done good sir. Looking forward to future previews.