Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Mulligan: The Buick Open

The Buick Open is played at Warwick Hills in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Kenny Perry took home the trophy last year, edging out Woody Austin and Bubba Watson by a stroke at 19 under for the tournament. Warwick Hills is a Par 72, 7127 yard course that is relatively easy so don't be surprised if you see more birdies than a Hitchcock movie this week. On easy courses like these, I always like to pick players who are hot, and players who have played well on the course in the past. The Buick Open is one tournament where players that have played well in the past really seem to repeat that performance. For this reason, I am placing a premium on consistent performance in the Buick for my picks this week, while also taking into account momentum in 2009.
First, I want to say that I think Tiger Woods is going to win this week. In fantasy golf, this is the tournament that everyone, EVERYONE, should start Tiger. He has 2 victories here, 5 straight finishes of 3rd or better and only one finish outside the Top-10 in 8 starts here. Don't let his poor performance at the Open bother you. Tiger felt that his ball striking was there, but that he got a few bad breaks on a couple of bad shots. For example, if Tiger didn't lose that ball in the tall grass coming down the stretch, he would have finished Friday 2 shots ahead of the cut line. Tiger did make mistakes but they were compounded by the difficulty of Turnberry. This week, Tiger will make up for his Open performance on a course that he thrives on.

I think Jim Furyk will play well this week. Jim won here in 2003 and he consistently plays well on Warwick. In fact he has played the Buick 14 times and finished in the Top-10 in 8 of those starts. I think his precise shot-making will help him again this week and he will contend again at Warwick.

Brian Gay has two victories already this season, and he has been on the top of several leaderboards. Last year at Warwick he finished in the Top-10. He also has 4 other Top-25 finishes as the Buick, so this could be a great week for him.

My sleeper pick for this week is Michael Letzig. After his T-8th finish last week at the Canadian Open, Letzig hopes to see his momentum carry over this week at Warwick. He has only played here once, but he finished T-12th last year. He has a well rounded game, ranking 48th in putting average, 47th in sand save percentage and 44th in driving distance. Look for Letzig to compete in some tournaments the rest of the year, possibly starting this week.

Good luck this week and lets keep moving towards the top of the fantasy golf rankings!

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3rdStoneFromTheSun said...

Tiger probably is the favorite, but I can't get over what Tom Watson did still

Chris Stanley said...

I agree. Tom Watson really played an amazing Open. It would have been great to see him win it, but Stewart Cink deserved the victory. His approach into 18 was a great shot but the green just didn't hold it and he probably added about 6-7 yards of distance due to adrenaline. He had it, but it wasn't meant to be.

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