Well, we are now in to week two of my fantasy picks. I thought I would first start by taking a look at how my picks did last weekend at the Buick Invitational…
My four picks to succeed last week were Tiger Woods, Luke Donald, Bernhard Langer, and Bill Haas. It looks like the safe picks turned out well for me, the underdogs, not so much. Tiger as you all know won the Buick in a playoff. It looks like the new Nike SasQuatch paid some immediate dividends for the repeat champion. Tiger has now won 3 of the last 4 Buick Invitational tournaments so no real surprise there. Luke Donald got off to a bit of a slow start in his first tournament of 2006 but was able to rally on the weekend and finish in a tie for 24th, not a bad showing. Bill Haas and Bernhard Langer both started the first round well but struggled in the second and missed the cut. All in all, not a great week in week one.
Week two is the FBR Open at the TPC Scottsdale. This is one of my favorite tournaments of the year, other than the fact that it coincides with Super Bowl weekend. I love this golf course and the crowd atmosphere is phenomenal! At 7200 yards the TPC at Scottsdale is not overly long and usually a few players are able to go deep.
My first two picks I must admit are not players whom I would normally root for. It’s not because they are lefties, they just aren’t my favorite players. My first pick is going to be another defending champion, Phil Mickelson. Mickelson shot a course record 60 here last year and used to call Scottsdale home. He also enters this tournament on a hot streak finishing T5 and T8 in his first two tournaments.
My second pick for this week is Mike Weir. Although he is one of the streakiest players on tour Weir has a complete game and he also enters this tournament on a bit of a high note. I expect him to come in to this tournament playing near the top of his game.
Joe Ogilvie is my third pick for this week. Here is another player who has a pretty solid game all around. I like the way he gets the ball around the course and I expect that Ogilvie will be a major winner someday. He has played steady this year and his game looks like it is rounding into shape.
I’ve just been informed that my fourth and fifth picks aren’t even playing this weekend so I will have to look to someone else to pick up the slack. I am going to take Jonathan Kaye as my last pick. He had a great fourth round at the Buick, hopefully he can keep the momentum going.
That’s it for week 2. Hopefully I’ll have some better luck this week but the key is that I’m learning right?
Donny at Advantage Football is still looking for interested people to join his golf suicide pool. You can send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more of the details. All you have to do is pick one player to make the cut each week and you can win some money.
We have also caught wind of a fantasy golf league that is being started up at GolfWRX. This pool starts this week so if you are interested you better check it out soon. You can follow this link to the post to find out more information. We will have a SirShanksAlot.com team entered so you can see how you stack up against the “experts”. Okay, even I don’t believe that one, but you can beat us for bragging rights.
Finally, on an unrelated but interesting note, our friend The Golf Drill Guru is putting some new technology into his site. Starting tomorrow afternoon he is going to start uploading some video of golf swings onto his website. He is going to talk about the swings and open up the page for comments. Eventually he is hoping to have readers send in tapes of their swings and he will break them down for you. I don’t know exactly how this is all going to work, probably why I’m not a golf pro, but it sounds very interesting so check out his website.
That’s it for me this week. Fingers crossed for some better results at the FBR and GO SEAHAWKS! I’m not sure how a 13 and 3 team is considered an underdog in this game but I’d sure like to see them win.