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Campbell, U.S. win

Monday, October 01, 2007


BobRob is on vacation this week, so fellow golf writer Ned Brown is filling in with the Weekend Recap.

Weekend Recap is back to review the Viking Classic at Annandale Golf Club in Madison, Mississippi, where Chad Campbell regained his winning ways with his first victory since last year's Bob Hope Chrysler Classic .

As usual, I'll breakdown the week from a fantasy golf point of view, try to mention some things you may or may not have noticed, give you some numbers, and note which fantasy picks did well and which did not. I'll whine a little, give out my weekly disappointment awards, and point out a couple of things you might find amusing.

What You May Already Know

Chad Campbell shot the low round on Saturday (64) and followed it up with a final round of 69 to win the Viking Classic by one stroke. Rookie Johnson Wagner carded a final round of 70 to finish in second place.

What You May Not Know

Top Straight-Pick Fantasy Rounds

Rd. 1: 63- Briny Baird
Rd. 2: 65 – Johnson Wagner
Rd. 3: 64- Chad Campbell
Rd. 4: 65- Ken Duke

Top Best-Ball Fantasy Rounds

Rd. 1: 10 birdies - Briny Baird
Rd. 2: 8 birdies - Johnson Wagner
Rd. 3: 9 birdies - Chad Campbell
Rd. 4: 6 birdies and an eagle - Ken Duke

Tournament Stats

Chad Campbell led the tournament with 22 birdies.

Fred Funk led the tournament in driving accuracy at 80.6%.

John Daly led the tournament in driving distance at 314 yards.

Chad Campbell led the tournament in GIR at 88.90%.

Bill Haas led the tournament in putts per green at 1.624.

Eagles for St. Jude reported 19 eagles this week at Annandale G.C.

Holes-in-one: Boo Weekley (No. 12)

Par-fours: Ken Duke (No. 4)

Par-fives: 17

Tour Stats

Tour stats (from PGATOUR.com) through the Viking Classic, Sept. 30:

Vijay Singh leads the tour with 361 birdies.

Tiger Woods leads the tour in birdie average per round at 4.03.

Charles Warren leads the tour in total eagles with 15.

Jonathan Byrd leads the tour in putts per green at 1.728.

Bubba Watson leads the tour in driving distance at 315.2 yards.

Jose Coceres leads the tour in driving accuracy at 76.04%.

Tiger Woods leads the tour in GIR (greens in regulation) at 71.02%.

Tiger Woods leads in the all-around with a 229 total.

Tiger Woods leads the tour in scoring average at 67.79.

FedExCup Standings

The final 2007 FedExCup standings and awards for the top-10 golfers: 1. Tiger Woods ($10 million), 2. Steve Stricker ($3million), 3. Phil Mickelson ($2 million), 4. Rory Sabbatini ($1.5 million), 5. K.J. Choi ($1 million), 6. Aaron Baddeley ($800K), 7. Adam Scott ($700K), 8. Jim Furyk ($600K), T-9. Vijay Singh ($550K) and Sergio Garcia ($500K).

Some Popular Picks That Worked

Boo Weekley was the highest ranked player on the Money List in the field and he delivered a very nice T-3 for his owners. Other fantasy favorites, John Senden (T-5) and especially Chad Campbell, who racked up his fourth career victory, did very well.

Some Popular Picks That Didn't Work

Brett Wetterich was the second-ranked player on the Money List in the tournament, but he didn't even make the cut in a pretty weak field. The bookmakers in London listed Fredrik Jacobson and Carl Pettersson among the favorites, and while they made the cut, they never made a move and both finished in the bottom tier. Vaughn Taylor looked like a good pick this week, but he withdrew from the tournament after the first round

Some Picks Most of Us Missed

Bill Haas looked to be a candidate for Q-School a few weeks ago, but he followed his T-10 last week with a very impressive T-3 at Annandale G.C. to move up to 97th on the Money List. David Branshaw held the 36- and 54-hole lead this week and his T-5 moved him from 190th to 160th in the Money List rankings. Johnson Wagner, with his second-place finish, moved from 123rd up to 87th on the Money List and he will keep his card for the 2008 season.

Fantasy Golf Notes

With this week's win Chad Campbell became the third golfer in a row to lead the tournament in GIR and be rewarded with a victory. (Steve Flesch won last week at the Turning Stone Resort Championship; Tiger Woods won at THE TOUR Championship.)

Kent Jones earned his first top-10 finish of the year and that moved him up to the 150th spot on the Money List. He is scheduled to play next week in San Antonio at the Valero Texas Open.

John Senden earned his fifth Top-10 of 2007 and his second consecutive top-5.

Fred Funk's streak of 23 consecutive rounds below par at Annandale was broken on Sunday when he shot a score of 76. Still, it's an impressive streak for a golfer that did that when he was in his late 40's and early 50's.

The final round scoring average was for the final round was 72.873, which ranks as the 14th most-difficult on the Tour this season

This week's cumulative total of 71.975 is the highest ever in the 14 times the Viking Classic has been played at Annandale G. C.

The even-par cut included 72 players, but the field fell to 71 when Frank Lickliter II was disqualified after the third round.

Boo Weekley made the only hole-in-one of the tournament on the 171-yard 12th hole Friday

Even though there were four par-5's on the course, only one player could hole two eagles in a round. Daisuke Maruyama did it on Saturday by eagling the 5th and 18th holes.

Brett Wetterich, was the second highest-ranked golfer on the Money List in the field, but hit just 58% of his greens in regulation and missed the cut by three strokes.

Other fantasy notables who missed the cut included Tommy Armour III, Charlie Wi and Ted Purdy.

Vaughn Taylor withdrew after the first round and no explanation was given at the time. Chris Couch withdrew after nine holes into his second round because of tendinitis. Joey Sindelar withdrew after three holes in his second round and Tom Johnson withdrew after 15 holes of his second round

The Whine of the Week

Pour me a tall cold one after Brett Wetterich looked like a stone-cold lock to do well this week and then missed the cut in a weak field. Brett probably downed a few cold ones himself after that performance.

Fantasy Golf Disappointment Award (FiGDA)

If you had Vaughn Taylor, who looked like a safe play this week after missing a huge chunk of the season with allergies, you get a box of FiGDA tissues because you didn't even get point for the first round.

If you bet on the International team in the President's Cup because you heard that no U.S. team has ever won overseas, you get a FiGDA map of North America so you can figure out where Montreal is.

Other Stuff

The big event this week in the golf world was the President's Cup played at Royal Montreal and the Americans were a fun-loving bunch of players that came ready to play.

The U.S. set a record on the first day by winning 5 ½ to ½ points in the six matches. The ½ point for the Internationals came when the U.S. conceded a 4-foot putt to Vijay Singh and Mike Weir on the 18th hole.

The Internationals made it look like they would make a serious run for the trophy when they cut the U.S. lead down to two points on the second day.

The U.S. responded with by winning all five matches on Saturday morning to take a seven-point lead. The afternoon matches were evenly split with 2 ½ points going to each side.

The Internationals won the final day with seven points, but the U.S. got the points it needed in the first four matches and the final score was 19 ½ for the Americans to 14 ½ the Internationals.

There were many memorable moments in the four-day event. The funniest moment came when Woody Austin, who was paired with David Toms on Friday, chose to play a ball in the pond at the 14th hole in an effort to save the hole. Woody was able to get the ball out of the water, but his swing left him unbalanced and he fell back into the pond on all fours as his face became submerged. The crowd was chanting, "Marco" and "Polo" during the final four holes and his teammates ribbed him the entire weekend about it. Even Woody had fun with it on Sunday when he pulled out a snorkel mask and walked up the 14th fairway wearing it as the crowd shouted, "Woody, Woody."

The other memorable moment was the Sunday match between Tiger Woods and Mike Weir. Weir got up three holes on Woods early, but Tiger rallied back to take a one-hole lead with three to play. Weir birdied the 17th to square the match and then birdied the final hole to win, as a packed Canadian crowd cheered their fellow countryman. It was a scene that won't soon be forgotten and it was a great way to wrap-up a wonderful President's Cup.

Next Week

Next week the PGA Tour moves to LaCantera Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas for the Valero Texas Open and Eric Axley will be there to defend his title. You can find the entire field for the Valero Texas Open at PGATOUR.com, but don't forget to check this website for player news on a regular basis. We'll let you know right away when changes occur. There's nothing worse than making that great pick and then finding out after the tournament starts that your selection has disappeared!

Thanks for checking in! Bob will be back next week writing the Weekend Recap. I'll be back for the Bench/ Start column on Wednesday.

Ned Brown



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