AVIS game recap: The Honda Classic
February 29, 2016
By Chris Dunham, PGATOUR.COM
- Adam Scott flexed some serious fantasy muscle this week at PGA National. (David Cannon/Getty Images)
It seems like a lot of people saw that one coming.
Adam Scott, the third most-picked player this week at PGA National, rode the momentum from a strong Northern Trust Open across the country and back into the winner’s circle for the first time since 2014. For the more-than-50 percent of gamers who had the Aussie in your lineups, congratulations. You didn’t distance yourself from the pack this week, but keeping stride when chalk wins can be just as good (just ask any of the 45.5 percent who didn’t have Scott this week).
Scott was the week’s top scorer, and by a wide margin for a week that includes the full slate of scoring. The Aussie was strong across the board, finishing sixth in Driving and first in both Approach and Scoring. Even his 37th-place mark in Short Game was solid. He finished just 20 points behind top-scoring Stuart Appleby.
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We had a bit of a shakeup in the PGATOUR.COM Expert Picks standings as both of last week’s leaders – Sean Martin and Jonathan Wall -- only had three players qualify for the weekend rounds at PGA National. That opened the door for fantasy guru Rob Bolton to climb atop the standings while moving to 219th overall in the near-10,000-person league. Rob’s weekend moves were forced by a pair of missed cuts, but both Freddie Jacobson and Luke Donald netted him more than 100 points in their two rounds of work.
In the PGA TOUR Experts league, RICSTEW#5’s lineup of Adam Scott (No. 1 scorer), Sergio Garcia (No. 2), Billy Horschel (No. 4) and Rickie Fowler (No. 7) was enough to place him first for the week, without even needing a substitute.
In the season long race, IrishLinks86 increased his advantage over the rest of the field. With three of the top-10 scorers in play, he pushed his lead to 252 points as we continue the season’s second leg.
Below you’ll find a snapshot of the top performers in PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf Driven by AVIS at The Honda Classic.
Top 10 scorers: The Honda Classic
Player Percent picked
Fantasy points Event finish
1 Adam Scott 54.5% 392 Won 2 Sergio Garcia 7.1% 358 2nd 3 Justin Thomas 8.9% 326 T3 4 Billy Horschel 3.5% 325 T8 5
0.1% 313 T3 6 Graeme McDowell
10.7% 308 5th 7 Rickie Fowler
70.3% 295 T6 8 Colt Knost
0.4% 295 T26 9 Vijay Singh 0.4% 294 T6 10 Greg Owen
Here's a look at how the 10 most selected players performed during The Honda Classic
Results of most-picked players at PGA National
Rank Player Percent picked Fantasy points Event finish 1 Rickie Fowler
70.3% 295 T6 2 Rory McIlroy 57.1% 116 MC 3 Adam Scott 54.5% 392 Won 4 Patrick Reed 40.9% 71 MC 5 Phil Mickelson
34.2% 240 T37 6 Kevin Kisner 30.1% 229 T70 7 Brooks Koepka 28.8% 223 T26 8 Hideki Matsuyama
22.8% 73 W/D 9 Zach Johnson 22.7% 95 MC 10 Russell Knox
20.8% 273 T26
This week's top performers tee-to-green:
This week's Driving leaders
Rank Player Points 1
Billy Horschel 135 2 Sergio Garcia
131 3 Justin Thomas 129 4 Ryan Palmer 126 5 Colt Knost 122
This week's Approach leaders Rank
Player Points 1 Adam Scott 89 2 Russell Knox
78 3 Billy Horschel 72 4
69 5 Hudson Swafford 67
This week's top performers around the greens:
This week's Short game leaders
Rank Player Points 1
78 4 Daniel Summerhays
75 5 Tom Hoge 74
This week's Scoring leaders Rank Player Points 1 Adam Scott 77 2 Sergio Garcia 74 T3 Graeme McDowell
Justin Thomas 68 5
And finally, here are the top-10 performing teams in the PGA TOUR Experts league this week, and the top-10 overall scorers in the season-long competition.
PGA TOUR Experts weekly leaders Rank Team
Points 1 RICSTEW#5 1,370 2 Team Chase 1,351 3 Canuck Birdies
1,343 4 Tiger Hacket
1,321 5 Nikegolf3340 1,316 6 Team Hack 1,304 7 TedCarter 1,302 8 Best Shot Ever
1,300 9 Texas Bad $@!#%
T10 golfone33 1,287 T10 Weed Wacker's 1,287 PGA TOUR Experts league overall leaders Rank Team Points 1 IrishLinks86 14,018 2 Wankeewanderer 13,766 3 Golfing Gator 13,758 4 Meddo's Maulers
13,755 5 Wizzle's A-team 13,749 6 USC Cocks1 13,735 7 RickieBubbaRory 13,724 8 Broker 13,719 9 Evo 13,700 10 Ringwood East United
ROB BOLTON'S WRITING SCHEDULE
PGATOUR.COM's Fantasy Columnist Rob Bolton will be filing his usual staples leading up to this week's event. Look for the following features later this week:
MONDAY: Power Rankings
TUESDAY: Sleepers, Fantasy Insider
WEDNESDAY: One-and-Done, Comfort Zone
THURSDAY: Most-picked players