What happened to my pre-tournament favorites?
Tiger Woods: On Saturday, he was five shots off the lead in the middle of No. 18 fairway with eagle on his mind. Six shots later he found himself with double-bogey seven on his card and essentially out of contention. He went on to double No. 1 and bogey the next five holes after that. This is not a typo. He played seven holes NINE-over par and MDF. It was moving day and he moved on to his jet and out the door. He’s won this tournament five of the seven times he’s began his TOUR season in San Diego. I wasn’t going to use him this week because a.) it was his first start and b.) majors and WGC events have the highest win payouts. None of the one-and-done favorites did anyone proud this week.
Phil Mickelson: Lefty WD with a back problem after his round Friday as he was being cautious with the entire season in front of him. For gamers, Mickelson is ALWAYS an issue when healthy but this puts a large monkey in the wrench. With his chance at a career grand slam on the horizon at Pinehurst No. 2, I am positive that he will do nothing to hamper his chances at that event. Sorry, folks.
Bill Haas: His rally on Sunday was snuffed out by two doubles in his final six holes. His 18 birdies were T5 and he was 10th in fairways but that’s just a consolation as he finished T43. That T43 finish was his worst since his T43 last March at WGC-CC. #anomaly
Jimmy Walker: His wife took to Twitter on the weekend to make sure we all knew the reason that her hubby MC this week was NOT the grouping with Tiger Woods but rather that DYNOMITE was under the weather. Gamers would have loved to have known this on Wednesday but that’s exactly why I’m on Twitter. I don’t have to guess on why. Thanks Erin! Walker has had successes at Pebble and Riviera so keep him circled.
Hunter Mahan: His two doubles Thursday on the North course wiped out a five birdie round that would have had him off to a flying start in 2013-14. His T47 knocked him out of the top 30 for the first time in SEVEN year at the FIO. Sigh.
Jason Day: T2, see above.
Nick Watney: Another popular selection this week that didn’t fire, Watney only found 11 birdies in a tournament that he has finished in the top 10 five of the last seven times he’s played it. Double sigh. #groupCbloodbath
Bubba Watson: No surprise that he led the field in GIR and no surprise that he missed plenty of short putts. His T23 joins his T13 from 2012 and 2011 victory to cement his horse-for-course status at Torrey Pines.
Brandt Snedeker: One-and-done pools and king of the hill pools suffered greatly this week as Snedeker was T-DFL on the NORTH course with 77 on Thursday. He won this event in 2012 and was T2 last year. Raise your hand if you saw this coming. #groupAdumpsterfire
Rickie Fowler: For the second straight season he dug himself a massive hole on Thursday except this year he couldn’t dig out. His 77-70 MC by two shots. Glad I still have Watney and Snedeker to burn down the road in OAD as Fowler crashed and burned for me this week.
Jordan Spieth: At one point he was 10-under and cruising along after his 63 on the North Course Friday. His 75-75 on the weekend took him out of the lead and the top 10 as he finished T19. Not bad for 20 years old but he won’t be happy playing the last 12 holes on Sunday four-over par. Absolutely nothing to worry about here, kids, nothing.
Keegan Bradley: His T16 was his best finish in four starts at FIO. He made five bogeys on Sunday after making only five in the first three rounds. He needs to be on your radar every week he tees it up. Period.
Charles Howell III: He began Sunday T13 and was only two shots back after an early birdie but his final round 75 saw him tumble down the leaderboard to T37. This is the 10th season in a row where he’s finished T43 or better at Torrey Pines.
Graham DeLaet: T2, see above. DeLaet and Day were my Group B weekend players in Yahoo! Too bad group A was BLANK on Sunday…
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