There’s no Yahoo! game this week but there is the Golf Channel game and the PGATOUR.com game to play. Remember, there are four brackets with players seeded No.1 through No. 16, just like the NCAA tournament but minus the play-in games.
Bobby Jones Bracket
The chalk says with No. 1 overall seed Henrik Stenson with No. 4 Brandt Snedeker on the top half facing the winner of No. 2 Jason Day facing No. 3 Steve Stricker for a chance at the final four. Glass says Stenson, winner of this event in 2007, will face Webb Simpson in the regional semifinal and fall to the American. Simpson loves desert golf and enjoys getting low on easy courses and I feel Stenson is setting the bar for another run at the majors and his early play in 2014 doesn’t give me confidence this week. Jason Day will have his hands full with first-timer Patrick Reed before falling short to Simpson in the final.
Bobby Jones Bracket Sleeper: Patrick Reed
Bobby Jones Bracket Fade: Brandt Snedeker
Bobby Jones Bracket Winner: Webb Simpson
Ben Hogan Bracket
The chalk has No. 1 Rory McIlroy facing No. 4 Charl Schwartzel in the top half of this brutal bracket and the winner of that match will take on the winner of No. 2 Sergio Garcia and No. 3 Ian Poulter. This bracket is LOADED. There are four 2013-14 TOUR winners in this bracket, including No. 5 Jimmy Walker. Schwartzel won twice in the fall/winter before returning to the TOUR. McIlroy won in Australia in December. If McIlroy gets by the steady and hot Harris English, I look for him to defeat Ian Poulter, who will knock out Jimmy Walker, to make the final four. It’s hot chalk but McIlroy is on fire currently, minus a victory.
Ben Hogan Bracket Sleeper: Chris Kirk
Ben Hogan Bracket Fade: Jim Furyk
Ben Hogan Bracket Winner: Rory McIlroy
Gary Player Bracket
The chalk suggests No. 1 Justin Rose facing No. 4 Jason Dufner in the top portion in the bracket with the winner facing No. 2 Matt Kuchar or No. 3 Jordan Spieth. This is my upset bracket because I’m not crazy about any of the top four seeds MINUS #SpiethBoner and this is his first time in this event. Stephen Gallacher was not intimidated in the desert as held off McIlroy to win in the last week in January and Justin Rose just doesn’t fire in this event. Scott Stallings will be my darker horse from this side of the bracket as he’s also stood up on Sunday this week with his big victory at Torrey Pines. Stallings has no problems making birdies. The other half of this bracket will have train-wreck written all over it as well but I’m sticking with Spieth to grind his way out. Every time I’ve put a –CAUTION- on Spieth, he’s laughed. He defeats Joost Luiten and Stephen Gallacher to make the final four.
Gary Player Bracket Sleeper: Scott Stallings
Gary Player Bracket Fade: Justin Rose
Gary Player Bracket Winner: Jordan Spieth
Sam Snead Bracket
Another brutal test here that lines up No. 1 seed and hot player Zach Johnson taking on No. 4 seed Graeme McDowell with the chance to face No. 2, and also on fire, Dustin Johnson or No. 3 Bubba Watson who just played his last 43 holes at Riviera BOGEY FREE. My goodness. This is the projected regional SEMIFINALS? I’d pay to watch this as the final four!
Johnson must knock out last year’s runner up and 2012 champ Hunter Mahan in the SECOND round to advance. McDowell will have to handle Gary Woodland, who with had the 70-hole lead at Torrey Pines just to open and then face Kaymer, who has a great record here or Matsuyama who’s destroying all expectations in his young career. How about Watson and Keegan Bradley in round two? Holy. I see Johnson persevering with his wonderful short game to face and defeat McDowell. Keegan Bradley pulls the upset and defeats Dustin Johnson to face Johnson.
Sam Snead Bracket Sleeper: Victor Dubuisson
Sam Snead Bracket Fade: Bubba Watson
Sam Snead Bracket Winner: Keegan Bradley
Keep going to see who wins! You can do it!
Jordan Spieth of the Week Last Week
The column was taken over and thrashed by the kid from Texas last year. Out of respect, I’m not changing the title of it for 2013-14. It will remind me just how good Spieth was in the last three months of the season. This year, we’ll still identify an up-and-coming player and/or rookie that fantasy players should have on their radar.
Frys.com: Hideki Matsuyama, T3; Brooks Koepka, T3; Max Homa, T9.
SHCO: Ryo Ishikawa is only 22, don’t forget, T2; Chesson Hadley, T5.
CIMB: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, 24, might have enough money after this week to earn Special Temporary Membership. Pay attention!
WGC-HSBC: Jordan Spieth was 17th. Tommy Fleetwood (T18) is only 22 and plays in Europe. Matsuyama WD with a bad back.
McGladrey: Scott Langley turned 24 last April and is in his second season on TOUR. He finished T22 last week and No. 124 last season. #slimpickinngsthisweek
OHL Mayakoba: Harris English turned 24 last July. He won.
HTOC: Er, Jordan Spieth, solo second.
Sony: Hudson Swafford and Will Wilcox both finished T8. Both played on the Web.com Tour last year and are rookies on TOUR this season.
Humana: Patrick Reed won. He’s 23. You need to pay attention.
FIO: Ryo Ishikawa, 22, bagged another top 10 finish. That’s his sixth in his last 10 events on TOUR or the Web.com Tour. He’s an alternate this week as of Monday afternoon.
WMPO: Hideki Matsuyama is 21. In 11 events the last two years, he’s hit the top 25 in NINE of them, including T4 last week. #ALLRIGHTYTHEN
Pebble Beach: Er, Jordan Spieth, T4. Patrick Reed, 23, finished T13 and he’s won twice since August. Golf is good hands, again.
Riviera: Harris English won’t be 25 until July. He was T10; Spieth was T12.