Published on May 19th, 2012 | by Warren Bailey0
Mr. Top Ten OR Matt Kuchar is not on my Fantasy Golf League team this year
aka, The Golf Geek
What the hell was I thinking? Back in early January, normally in the dead of snow drifted winter (not so much this year but no complaints), my motley crew of fantasy golf league competitors gathered at Park Tavern in St. Louis Park for our yearly draft. Each player has $100 dollars to bid on and keep 10 PGA players on their roster. Tiger went cheap this year.
Mickelson, McIlroy, Stricker, Jason Day, Westwood, Bubba, Donald and a few others all go for big bucks. My strategy for the past two years has been to get the fringe guys…not quite winning all the time, but score well, play a lot of tournaments, and win here and there. It has served me well, having won my fantasy golf league for two years running (insert trumpets here). Who did I have last year?
Hunter Mahan…didn’t win but hauled in a ton of cash by playing 25 events. Did I get him this year? Nope. Sniped…and he’s won twice this year.
Bill Haas…he killed it last year. That up and down during the playoff of the Tour championship was awesome (insert video below please)….and he played 27 events. I wasn’t even in the running for him this year. He has a win this year.
Mark Wilson..he was a free agent pick up and I did not get his money for his two early season wins. He sold for $4. And it wasn’t me…Yeah, he won again early this year.
Gary Woodland…big hitter and fun to watch. Again, he was a free agent pick-up and made some money for me. I did not get him this year, which may be my single best move this season.
Ryan Palmer…. Played 24 events. Solid player, makes a few top tens, and threatens to win once in awhile. Then he realizes he’s close to winning and the hands tighten around his throat. Held the first round lead of the Byron. Don’t have him though.
Brian Davis…made 23 of 28 cuts last year….didn’t get him.
KJ Choi…the “Tank” was solid and won the Players last year. 22 events played last year. Don’t have him this year…
Brendon De Jonge…My secret weapon. Played in 30 events, making the cut 22 times. Steady paycheck collector. He was snatched right under my nose…
My guys only won 4 times last year but they played an average of 25 events and made the cut a startling 70%.
Who was my horse? Matt Kuchar. Mr. Top Ten. Mr. “Must have at least 40 all white teeth in my smile” Matt Kuchar. He made 22 cuts last year, 19 top 25’s, and NINE top ten finishes. He only missed two cuts and that was the British Open and The Canadian Open. He did not miss a cut in America last year. All this to finish sixth on the money list last year. He just crushed it at the Player’s last week. This year he’s made every cut in the ten events he’s played. 8 top 25 finishes and five top ten finishes. Oddly enough, he’s currently sixth on the money list this year. I don’t have him this year.
I have Adam Scott as my horse. I got into a bidding war and got caught trying to up the price on Scott and ended up with him. How’s he doing? One top ten finish, only played in five events this year so far….
Once I burned 1/3 of my money on Adam Scott I had nothing left to put a serious bid on for Kuch. I would say the fellas participating in the draft teamed up and made sure I was sniped properly and not able to assemble my own golf version of “The Avengers”.
This year I have three wins already. Brandt Snedeker, Kyle Stanley, and Carl Petterrsson and I’m in 4 th place!!!
I miss Matt Kuchar. What the hell was I thinking?
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