The Honda Classic gave us some serious Tiger-drama on Sunday and a new #1 golfer in the world as Rory McIlroy held off the lurking Tiger and took both the tournament and the #1 ranking. This week’s tournament shapes up to be a great one as the Tour continues it’s Florida swing and heads to the Blue monster for one of the marquis early season events the WGC Cadillac Championship. All the top 50 golfers in the world will be present, so there are plenty of great options and picks. We’ll get to ours in a minute…
Last week in the Fantasy CPR group (follow the instructions here to join), MT Cup edged Squtney Leather and Tyrone Webb for the highest point total of the week as those three teams brok away from the pack to remain in the top 3 overall. Leather maintained the overall lead with MT and Webb close behind. I’m not leading the chase back at #4 in our group in the 93rd percentile overall but still over 100 points out of 3rd place. I had Rory last week, and to close the ground I’ll need to have another good week this week.
As I said, there’s tons of good options this week. With no cut at Doral there’s less risk taking an off-the-radar pick, but the mainstream guys are on such a roll and have good histories here. I don’t think it will be a no-name winner, and my guess it that Phil, Tiger, Rory, and the biggest names in golf will be fighting it out on the closing holes of the Blue Monster. Remember that to get the bonus for a top 3 finish you need to have the player active for one round (not necessarily the last one), so if you have 2 players in contention in the same group (A, B, or C) make sure to get both of them a round active so you can rake in the bonus. That being said, here’s who I like the most this week:
Phil Mickelson- Lefty owned the Left Coast before taking the last 2 week’s off. He returns and knows the course having won here in ’09.
Matt Kuchar-Kuchar has top fives in both tourneys here. Looked good at Match Play losing in the “elite eight” quarterfinals.
Rory McIlroy- Back-to-back winners on tour are a rarity, but McIlroy is on such a roll it’s impossible for me not to roster him. He’s had top 5′s in 11 of his last 12 starts worldwide. He’s dominating at 22 and showed no flinch in the face of Tiger’s charge last week.
Tiger Woods-Speaking of the charge of the Tiger, Woods bogey-free final round 62 was absolutely brilliant. He has started at Dural 8 times and never finished out of the top 10.
Dustin Johnson-DJ started the year slow but has a nice history here including a second last year after leading coming in to Sunday. He looked solid at the Match Play Championship 2 weeks ago.
Hunter Mahan-Speaking of the Match Play Championship, Mahan owned the even this year with his new putter. He’ll bring it with him to face the TPC Blue Monster where he led last year after each of the first 2 rounds. If I had to make one pick to win this event, it would be Hunter. The only reason I’m not starting him is that if he doesn’t get off to a quick start I want to save his starts for the end of the season. I always seem to run out of Mahan starts.
Charl Schwartzel-T5 last week at Honda. Runner-up here in 2010.
Martin Kaymer-The German made it to the third round (sweet 16) of the Match Play Championship. T3 in 2010 finished middle of the pack last year.