I did much better with my fantasy golf picks this week. In fact the winner for the Farmers Insurance Open was Brandt Snedeker, my pick for group two. But his win was not the big news. The big story was the melt down of Kyle Stanley who lost to Snedeker in a playoff.
Kyle Stanley had a three shot lead and on the final hole could shoot a seven (or two over par) and still win. It should have been a “piece of cake” but his shot into the green rolled into the water and that was the beginning of the end. He shot an eight — unbelievable! I get eights (or as we call it in golf, a “snowman”) on my scorecard. Pros rarely get eights. The best way to describe it is that it is like watching a kicker missing a field goal that would win the game. Stanley’s fate was all on him and in the end his miss forced a playoff which Snedeker won.
As much as I am happy that my pick won this week’s tournament, it’s hard not to feel bad for Stanley. Here are how my picks did overall this week:
Farmers Open: Brandt Snedeker won, D. A. Points T8 (-10), Bud Cauley T13 (-9), and Phil Mickelson missed the cut.
Abu Dhabi HSBC: Rory McIlroy came in second, Darren Clarke, Branden Grace, and Colin Montgomerie all missed the cut.
My final thoughts this week are about Rory McIlroy. He actually could have been the winner but on Friday he brushed sand off the fringe of the 9th hole (just off the putting green) which resulted in a two-stroke penalty. He lost by one stroke so if he had not had the penalty, he would have won. The rule is that you can move “loose impediments” but “sand and loose soil are loose impediments on the putting green, but not elsewhere.” So McIlroy could brush the sand that was on the green but not on the fringe. McIlroy said he knew the rule but just wasn’t thinking. That’s a tough penalty for a lapse in concentration; but that’s golf.