An extraordinary set of results last week made for some
interesting scoring in Fantasy Golf, with plenty of changes among our group
leaders - and lots to think about this week.
Who'd have thought, for example, that the miserably
out-of-form Rory McIlroy would win?
Even if you'd had him on your bench you'd not have brought him up after he only
just scraped through the cut.
Still, it was fantastic to see him back in form - and after
the way he was hitting the ball at Quail Hollow he makes himself a shoo-in for B-list
this week in the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.
Sawgrass is one of the most recognisable and iconic courses
in the world (thanks in no small part to its continual use in computer and
video game golf), and it's a track that rewards great ball strikers.
No surprise then that Padraig
Harrington has thrived at the event, with a pair of runner-up finishes to
his name, and given his top-10 effort at Quail Hollow he joins McIlroy on the
B-list. Brian Davis (tied 5th last
year) and defending champion Henrik
Stenson are on the bench, with Stenson's mediocre 2010 form keeping him out
of the starting line-up.
Harrington and Stenson aren't the only Europeans with
pedigree at the Players: Ian Poulter
was runner-up last year and starts in the C-List, while Paul Casey (14th last time round) might be due another good week
for the bench spot.
We've had a heavily European line-up so far - justified,
considering that the event has been won by Europeans both of the last two
That 2008 winner was Sergio
Garcia, who was also runner-up in the event to Phil Mickelson in 2007, but Sergio is just too far off his normal
self to contend this year.
The same could never be said of Mickelson, who followed his Masters
win with a runner-up spot last week. He heads the A-list - but we're keeping Tiger Woods on the bench in reserve.
Tiger has a mediocre record at Sawgrass, but after struggling so badly last
week (and missing the cut for just the sixth time in nearly a decade and a half)
we can't help feeling that the world number one will be desperate to roar
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