Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Fantasy Golf: The Zurich Classic Preview

We're going to make quick work of the Zurich Classic Preview because (a) no one really has any idea who is going to win this thing and (b) it sports one of the weaker fields of an event not competing with the British Open or the WGC Cadillac Championship. But first, I need to eat a little crow after getting into it with a prickly guy named Josh on some message board last week over Luke Donald's prospects at the RBC Heritage. Congratulations Josh. You were right and I was wrong. Let's try not to make it so personal next time. I do have feelings.   

As for this week's picks, who knows? This tournament doesn't seem to have a type as it has history of hitting on everyone from Bubba Watson* to Jason Dufner which is like going from a blond volleyball player to a redheaded gymnast. So I'm going with my gut and a couple of guys I'm already vested in who seem due for a win. Not to mention, I've got something fun brewing for later in the week that is more worthy of our time.

The Zurich Favorites
"Hey lady . . . can we have
our volleyball back!?!?"

1. Justin Rose - 12 to 1
2. Rickie Fowler - 18 to 1
3. Keegan Bradley - 22 to 1
4. Graham DeLaet - 22 to 1
5. Matt Every - 28 to 1
6. Ryan Palmer - 28 to 1
7. Patrick Reed - 33 to 1
8. Charley Hoffman - 33 to 1

The FGR One and Done Picks

1. Graham DeLaet
2. Russell Knox
3. Rickie Fowler
4. Will Mackenzie
5. Fredrik Jacobson 

Last Week's Report Card: B- 

1. Jim Furyk - T7th
2. Will Mackenzie - M/C
3. Kevin Na - M/C
So you were just telling me about
your gymnastics career. Please go on.
4. Russell Knox - T9th
5. Billy Horschel - T68th

The Signs of Life Report

Hyundai: Gary Woodland - $130,000
Sony: Chris Kirk - $604,800
Humana: Charles Howell, III - $12,198
Farmers: Bill Haas - $20,740
WM Phoenix: Billy Horschel - M/C
Pebble Beach: Russell Knox - $46,860
Northern Trust: Dustin Johnson - $723,600
Match Play: Hunter Mahan - $148,000
Honda Classic: Graeme McDowell - $15,600
WGC-Cadillac: Rory McIlroy - $76,000
Valspar: Harris English - $23,940
Palmer: Justin Rose - M/C
Texas Open: Kevin Chappell - M/C
Houston Open: Keegan Bradley - $18,374
Masters: Matt Kuchar - $342,000
Heritage: Jim Furyk - $187,050

Season Total: $2,349,162


Not to mention, it looks like it was
signed by some guy named "Biff."
* Speaking of Bubba, I won this Masters replica flag signed by him on Monday with a closest to the pin of about 15 feet (it was not an elite field). The only problem is that I hold a flag signed by Bubba in about the same regard as I would a football signed by Ben Roethlisberger or a baseball signed by any current member of the Boston Red Sox. I guess I'll hang it in the conference room at my office with all of the Redskins crap. It should fit in well.    

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