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September 26 2012

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Fantasy mailbag: Ryder Cup

By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy Columnist A couple of online games concluded with last week's TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Thanks to a giant assist by champion Brandt Snedeker, I placed 195th in the Summer Segment in the Yahoo! game with 2,374 points. Gunga Galunga (2,529 points) hung on to win the segment by 36 points over Scott Schaffran. For the season, I finished 3,861st with 5,658 points (97th percentile). Not too shabby considering my slow start. YODA MAN tallied 6,098 points for the top spot in the full-season race, 20 clear of Nevada Bighorns. YODA MAN averaged 164.81 points per tournament. In the finale at PGA TOUR Matchups on Facebook, I went 3-1-1 to post an overall record of 88-68-4 for 188 points. In what was a heartbreaking fade, last week's co-leader and long-time pacesetter, Austin Frank, settled for a 0-4-1 slate at East Lake to finish four points adrift of fellow co-leader, Michael Flanagan (2-2-1), and Dennis59 (4-0-1), both of whom racked up 212 points. Over the last three tournaments, Dennis59 went 13-1-1 to Flanagan's 11-3-1 and Frank 8-6-1. Of the trio, only Frank failed to chalk up one bonus during that stretch. I will continue to share my one-and-done and duffer picks in this space through the Fall Series. Here are my earnings for each through the FedExCup Playoffs: ONE-AND-DONE: $6,774,953.00 DUFFER: $612,595.50 Meanwhile, it didn't take long after my Power Rankings for the Ryder Cup published on Tuesday for readers to express consternation over Steve Stricker's spot at No. 22. Here's his capsule: It's surreal that he needed a Captain's Pick, but it speaks to U.S. depth. His calling card was a 4-0-0 record with Tiger Woods at the 2009 Presidents Cup. Stricker's only other relevant experience was a 1-1-0 with Matt Kuchar at the 2011 Presidents Cup. Now, the gripes: What about relevant experience beating Lee Westwood in singles at Wales? I agree Stricker isn't playing great, but to say his only other relevant experience is inaccurate. -- Tim So I am guessing that Steve taking down the world's No. 1 at the time, Lee Westwood, in the last Ryder Cup on enemy turf does not count as RELEVANT EXPERIENCE…REALLY. OK, we’ll see if Steve really is the last-ranked American when all is said and done. I think not but thanks for your comments. -- Bob Really dis'd Stricker. I am guessing your [sic] wrong on this. -- @meritw1 on Twitter No doubt about it. Stricker's 2-and-1 victory over Westwood to open singles at Celtic Manor helped set the tone for what would be a 6-4-2 record on the day for the Americans. The Americans' loss in the competition overall didn't influence my opinion, however. The Power Rankings was crafted to have some fun digging into the potential pairings, not singles. Foursomes and four-ball account for two of the first three days, four of the first five sessions, and 16 of the first 28 matches. It's also possible for a golfer to total four wins before singles. The only time I referenced singles was in Dustin Johnson's capsule, since his only victory in 2010 was in that format.
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