Bunker Mentality

Fantasy Golf: Make it Marino

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Some tournament venues just seem to get lucky.

Take the Old Course at St Andrews, for example. By modern standards the course is a surreal experience, so much so that if a course architect turned in plans for the course today - shared fairways, blind approach shots, holes that criss-cross each other and a green the length of a football pitch - they would not just be fired. They'd be sectioned.

Yet the roster of recent winners at the Home of Golf reads like a who's who of modern golf: Tiger Woods, Nick Faldo, Seve Ballesteros and Jack Nicklaus all lifted the Claret Jug there.

The New Orleans Classic used to have a similar record back when it was played at the English Turn Country Club, with names carved on to the trophy that included the likes of Vijay Singh, Lee Westwood, David Toms, KJ Choi, Davis Love III and Ian Woosnam.

Since it moved to TPC Louisiana, however, the roster of also-rans who have enjoyed their day in the sun at the event has been mind numbing in its mediocrity: Tim Petrovic, Andres Romero and Jerry Kelly, while Nick Watney's 2007 victory was enjoyed back in the days when he was still fairly rubbish.

With all that in mind, we've gone a bit left-field with our selections this week as we keep it a superstar-free zone.

First name on the team sheet, then, is Steve Marino. He shone briefly at the Masters earlier this month, and after a fifth place finish in New Orleans 12 months ago he must be a surefire winning A-list pick. If you don't fancy then Jason Dufner (ninth last year) is a worthy alternative - he starts on the Bunker Mentality bench.

In the B-list we're going with last week's unlucky loser Brian Davis, who has a record of stringing good finishes back-to-back and showed he can play the course as he earned a top-20 in 2010.

Alongside Davis we're plumping for former winner Andres Romero. The Argentine has been his usual patchy self this year, but clearly likes the course and will want to make up for his disqualification from the event last year after a scorecard mix-up.

On the bench we're taking Kevin Streelman - who has two top 10s in eight starts this year - and Charles Howell III, one of the runners-up last year.

That just leaves the C-list, where Troy Matteson is your man. He shot the round of the week at the event last year - a blistering 64 in the second round - and will be better equipped to deal with being a frontrunner if he matches his achievement.

Backing up is Ken Duke, who is playing for the first time this season - but was runner-up in the event three years ago.

 

The current Road to Ireland group leaders are:

Group 1: Levski Sofia - 2,508 points

Group 2: Harrington Harriers - 2,508

Group 3: tanstumar - 2,488

Group 4: jafoster - 2,654

Group 5: FC GYTO Chubsters - 2,528

Group 6: Scotties crew - 2,605

Remember, the player who tops the Road to Ireland standings for each group at the end of the season will be put in a draw to win our great prize which includes:

- 3 nights bed and breakfast at the Dundrum House Hotel in Tipperary for 2 people 
- 2 rounds of golf at Dundrum House Golf Resort for 2 people 
- Return flights to Cork from a selection of UK airports

The prize is donated by the fabulous Dundrum House Hotel as part of the new Club Choice Ireland golf alliance! Visit Club Choice Ireland for more details or e-mail for more information.

If you missed the deadline you can still join, and remember all group leaders at the end of the year will be eligible for the overall prize. Just CLICK HERE and enter the Group 6 id: 11786 and password: bunkermentality.

The deadline to select or edit your active round 1 players for this tournament is 10:00 GMT on Thursday.

There are more research tools here to help you pick the right squad, while this week's experts selections are in the table below.

THE EXPERTS A LIST B LIST C LIST

     
Bunker Mentality

Bunker Mentality


Bunker Mentality

Eurosport

  1. Steve Marino

  2. Jason Dufner

  1. Brian Davis

  2. Andres Romero

  3. Kevin Streelman

  4. Charles Howell III

  1. Troy Matteson

  2. Ken Duke


     
Greg Vara

Greg Vara


Greg Vara

RotoWire.com

  1. Steve Stricker

  2. Steve Marino

  1. Brian Davis

  2. David Toms

  3. Charles Howell III

  4. Daniel Chopra

  1. Justin Rose

  2. Tim Petrovic


     
Erik Planer

Erik Planer


Erik Planer

Yahoo! Sports

  1. Steve Stricker

  2. Steve Marino

  1. Sergio Garcia

  2. Greg Chalmers

  3. Brian Davis

  4. Kevin Sutherland

  1. Brandt Snedeker

  2. Ian Poulter


     
Matt Romig

Matt Romig


Matt Romig

Yahoo! Sports

  1. Steve Stricker

  2. Bubba Watson

  1. Charles Howell III

  2. David Toms

  3. Brian Davis

  4. KJ Choi

  1. Ian Poulter

  2. Justin Rose


     
Michael Arkush

Michael Arkush


Michael Arkush

Yahoo! Sports

  1. Bill Haas

  2. Zach Johnson

  1. Lucas Glover

  2. Jim Furyk

  3. Camilo Villegas

  4. Brian Gay

  1. Matt Kuchar 
  2. Boo Weekley

 

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