Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Fantasy Golf: The Memorial Preview

The Memorial is a tournament that deserves more than I'm going to give it here* based on its stellar field and a list of world class players who have won it multiple times: Tiger Woods (5), Jack Nicklaus (2), Tom Watson (2), Greg Norman (2) and Hale Irwin (2).** (It also produced one of the most amazing winning shots ever when Paul Azinger drained this bunker shot in 1993). Those five wins by Tiger are pretty much everything you need to know about this week as Muirfield is clearly on his list of preferred courses along with Bay Hill and Torrey Pines. If it's not going to be Tiger (and he's got to stumble at some point right . . . right?), stick with another top ten caliber player because for every Bart Bryant who wins the Memorial, there are multiple Steve Strickers, Jim Furyks and Justin Roses.

We're going ten deep because the field is so strong and I needed to create a little more space to accommodate the artwork:

This Week's Top Ten
Tiger's return to form has given a huge
boost to the tour . . . and the FGR.

1. Tiger Woods
2. Matt Kuchar
3. Keegan Bradley
4. Webb Simpson
5. Justin Rose
6. Adam Scott
7. Brandt Snedeker
8. Jason Day
9. Zach Johnson
10. Luke Donald

Last Week's Report Card: B

1. Charl Schwartzel - M/C
2. Tim Clark - T7th
3. Zach Johnson - 3rd
4. Matt Kuchar - 2nd
5. Ryan Palmer - T14th

That's a pretty solid showing even if I dropped the ball on Charl Schwartzel who is becoming quite the enigma. I hit second and third, threw-in another top ten guy for good measure and raise your hand if you had Boo Weekley (put your hand down Mrs. Weekley). I feel a timely upward trend coming-on as we get closer to the U.S. Open at Merion. Speaking of which, if someone has an extra clubhouse or corporate tent ticket and wants to spend the day with a semi-pro sarcastic golf writer, you know where to find me -***


"I'm calling bullshit on that."
* Yes, I am still grinding away on my Preakness update that is now threatening several FGR records including (1) most words, (2) most embedded video clips that no one will watch and (3) most endnotes and tangents (that one is almost definitely going down).

** Kenny Perry has won it three times but he would be the only guy on that list without a major title so . . . sorry Kenny.

*** Offers of regular grounds tickets, while appreciated, will be politely rejected. The FGR has tasted high brow golf spectatorship and is not going back to steerage.

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