This week I decided to show the results for all four rounds for each player because I wanted to point out that one bad (or good) round can really make a difference.
WGC Cadillac Championship at Doral
(1) Rory McIlroy — They say you cannot lose the tournament in the first day but I think Rory McIlroy’s results show you can lose the first day. He shot a 73 (or one over par) in the first round. In round one, the leaders shot 66 (or 6 under par). The overall winner, Justin Rose, did not shoot a 66 in round one but he stayed close to the leaders with a 69 and when the leaders fell apart in round four (R4), Justin Rose was close enough to only needed a 70 (on the final day) to win.
The good news is that McIlroy is still the number one player in the world and the pay for third place is not too shabby (at $516,000.)
(2) Keegan Bradley — Bradley started round 4 in great shape (with 69, 67, and 66 in the first three rounds) but fell apart on the 17th and 18th holes (bogey and double bogey) for a painful 75 by the end of the day. This means he started round four in 2nd place and dropped to a tie for 8th place. His take home pay was $165,000 (compared to the 2nd place payout of $845,000). Don’t feel too bad for Bradley, he has already won $1,316,642 in the eight tournaments he has played in 2012.
(3) Rickie Fowler — Well, Fowler tied for 45th along with 4 other players and each player took home $52,000.
(4) Charles Howell III — At least “Chucky Three Sticks” finished with a top 20. He tied for 17th with three other players and took home $92,000.
Given what my picks earned this week, I wondered what the person in last place won. The player was Simon Dyson and his check was for $37,500. Wow, I know a lot of folks that would like that kind of pay for a week of work.
Puerto Rico Open
The prize money was much less for the players at the Puerto Rico Open. The winner was George McNeil and he won $630,000. I’m sure he is very happy with the win and the compensation.
Here is the round by round for my fantasy picks this week.
(1) Ryo Ishikawa — I thought Ishikawa would win but second place was a great showing. His take of the total prize money was $378,000.
(2) Erik Compton – My sentimental pick did not fair as well. Compton tied for 42nd which resulted in only $11,900 for his pocket-book. Did I really just use the word “only” — OMG!
(3) James Driscoll — He made the cut and that made me happy. He also did better than Compton (which surprised me). Tied for 32nd (and $17,780.)
(4) Graham Delaet — My Canadian “what the heck” pick came through for me this week. His tie for 9th and the $94,500 payout he banked certainly helped my fantasy rank.
In business you often set a “stretch goal” (something beyond what you really think you can do). Little did I know how big a stretch goal I set for myself back in January. I’m still nowhere near my goal to actually win one week of Fantasy golf or be in the top 10; but I am ranked 1,551 this week (after 10 weeks of play). I’m still an optimist and will consider this a good sign — that I am trending in the right direction.