The big news from the Pebble Beach Pro-Am is that Phil Mickelson, my favorite player, won. It was a big deal for Mickelson because it marks his 40th win. Only eight other PGA players have won 40 or more times in their careers. Plus this was the 4th time he won at this tournament. And he won “in style” with a great come from behind victory (i.e. he was eight shots behind the leader when he started his day.)
Yet, did I have him as a pick this week? No, because he was playing so poorly. But I don’t care if my fantasy results suffered because it was so much fun to see Lefty playing great shots. I’m just hoping he plays as well at the Masters (which is when I planned to consider him again for fantasy golf). I’m now hoping “four” is Lefty’s lucky number (at least this year) because he has won the Masters three times. If he wins this year, it would be his 4th Masters.
How did my picks do? Well, Tiger Woods did not have a good Sunday shooting a 75 (which was a shame since he was under par for the rest of the tournament). It was a double whammy for Tiger because he was playing with Mickelson who shot a 64 (11 shots better than Tiger). Tiger ended tied for 15th which was better than D. A. Points (tied for 67). Both Bud Cauley and James Driscoll missed the cut and did not play on the weekend.
My Omega Dubai Desert Classic picks did much better. Stephen Gallacher tied for 2nd (which surprised me), Rory McIlroy tied for 5th at 14 under par (a disappointment since I was sure he would win), Branden Grace tied for 51st, and Ricardo Gonzalez tied for 66th (at least Grace and Gonzalez made the cut).
Not a great week for my predictions but watching the “Phil and Tiger” show was great!