I’m not sure how the schedule lines up in regular, non-Olympic years, but the Arnold Palmer gets the unfortunate distinction this year of competing with the opening weekend of March Madness. This means that on Sunday you will not only have to deal with your ruined brackets, but also with the poor performance of your fantasy golf team!
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The Valpsar Championship concluded with a slight uptick in Team CLV’s performance, but a crucial WD by Sean O’Hair tipped an otherwise tied race in Team PAR’s favor. As I said two weeks ago, a WD rule for fantasy golf needs to be implemented right away.
|Group 1||Group 2||Group 3||Group 4|
|CLV||Jordan Spieth (T18)||Jason Dufner (T22)||Sean O’Hair (WD)||Vijay Singh (T64)|
|PAR||Danny Willett (T22)||Justin Thomas (T18)||K.J. Choi (T62)||Vijay Singh (T64)|
|Best Finish||Louis Oosthuizen (T7)||Charl Schwartzel (1)||Charles Howell III (T5)||Steve Stricker (T7)|
|Patrick Reed (T7)||Graham Delaet (T5)|
Thankfully, what looked like a disastrous week for both me and Jordan Spieth took a turn for the better on Friday and Saturday for a respectable finish. Of course I called my own shot last week in predicting that I would regret not picking Louis. PAR continued riding the Justin Thomas train in Group 2, while the best dressed player on Tour (seriously, I want access to Charl’s full closet of Nike gear) finally adds another PGA Tour win after quietly dominating 2016 everywhere else in the world. I also called my own shot on O’Hair, who I anticipated would let me down. He immediately goes on the Do Not Pick list for the rest of 2016.
Arnold Palmer Invitational
This week we all remember who Matt Every is, and we try to see if he can be relevant for at least one week in 2016 in the way that he was in 2015 and 2014. It’s also the last week of the Florida Swing, so we will all scramble one more time to pick Florida natives to compete at their home game before we move on to other parts of the country. I can confirm at least three Orlando-ites (Orlandoans? Orlandans?) in this week’s picks.
|Group 1||Group 2||Group 3||Group 4|
|CLV||Henrik Stenson||Zach Johnson||Charles Howell III||Camilo Villegas|
|PAR||Justin Rose||Matt Kuchar||Ian Poulter||Matt Every|
CLV: Stenson is a transplant to Orlando, or at least I think I read that, and he has a nice track record at Bay Hill. His form is hard to judge, as his only 2016 stops in the US have been a T28 at Doral and T11 last week, so I’ll focus squarely on that T11 and his record and be optimistic. I did not pick Adam Scott because someone can’t win 3 times in a row, right?
Zach is a hopeful pick, as his form has been off in 2016. He has a trend to continue, though, which is past Masters champions winning in 2016. Phil is not in the field this week, so I can’t pick 2010, but 2007-09 are in the field (Johnson, Cabrera, Immelman). I’ll take Johnson.
CHIII and Villegas are track record picks, and Howell has had a nice spring so far, including his T5 last week. As funny as it is, though, I don’t want to see Camilo go full Camilo this week like Keegan Bradley last week.
PAR: The theme was going to be all current/former Orlando natives this week, but failed after Rose and Poulter. Kuchar seems steady and likely to be in the mix. I’m really only hoping for a T30 or better out of him. Every I always try to choose in Florida as he is a Gator, and I’m pretty sure he has done well at Bay Hill before.
(Editor’s note: That last sentence was not meant to be ironic. I kindly informed PAR that Every is the two-time defending champ, and that I would NOT allow him to change his comments. Remember, you are dealing with experts here, folks).