The final World Golf Championship event of the 2015-16 season is in the books and only the year’s final major stands between the regular season and the upcoming FedEx Cup playoff push.
Last year, it was Rory McIlroy winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational – this year, it was another Irishman: Shane Lowry.
For Lowry, the win in come-from-behind fashion was his first on the PGA Tour. Needless to say, he was a fantasy stud last week — but he wasn’t the only one.
Here’s a look at the good, bad and ugly fantasy performances from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational:
Shane Lowry – A player that I almost picked and have had my eye on for long time was Shane Lowry. Well, you know what they say about hindsight, right?
Lowry was the star of the show on Sunday at Firestone, firing a 4-under 66 to claim his first PGA Tour title. And it wasn’t just Sunday that saw Lowry shine: His final three rounds were 66-68-66, good enough to get him past Justin Rose, Jim Furyk and a 2-time major champion.
Lowry’s final line: 47 PAR, 18 BIR, 7 BOG, 1 WINS for 107 fantasy points.
Robert Streb – You may not know the name by heart yet, but you will — and that’s because Robert Streb is a bonafide star.
He’s already a winner on the PGA Tour and will win again soon. In a small field with the games best players last week, Streb contended and turned in another solid performance, finishing solo-5th at 6-under for the week.
Streb’s final line: 36 PAR, 21 BIR, 15 BOG and 1 5th for 87.5 fantasy points.
Jim Furyk – Despite the fact that he gave up the 54-hole lead on Sunday for the 11th time in about three years, Jim Furyk was still a fantasy stud over the week at Firestone.
His only bad round came on Sunday (unfortunately for him and fantasy owners) and the other three were great. He finished the week T-3 and at 7-under par.
Furyk’s final line: 43 PAR, 18 BIR, 11 BOG and 1 3rd for 88 fantasy points.
Louis Oosthuizen – Picking players who are riding hot streaks is usually a pretty good play. It’s one I implement and one that a lot of really good fantasy managers do, too. Unfortunately, last week at the WGC-Bridgestone, all the guys I chose had their hot streaks end.
Louis Oosthuizen, normally a fantasy stud, stumbled around Firestone all week, finishing in a tie for 42nd at 4-over par.
Oosthuizen’s final line: 46 PAR, 12 BIR, 12 BOG, 2 DBB and 1 41st-50th for 52 fantasy points.
Keegan Bradley – Coming into the week at Firestone, a lot of experts thought Keegan Bradley would be a force to be reckoned with. When you consider his track record there, on paper, he’d have been a lock.
Unfortunately, golf isn’t played on paper and Keegan Bradley had less than his A-game at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. His 1-under week yielded 63 points and a disappointing T-17 finish.
Bradley’s final line: 45 PAR, 14 BIR, 13 BOG and 1 16th-20th for 63 fantasy points.
Troy Merritt – A lot of people — myself included — thought that Troy Merritt was going to ride the wave of momentum from his first-career win at the Quicken Loans National into a great week at Firestone. Holy crap, were we wrong.
Merritt finished dead last, 77th place, and at 22-over for the week. In a tournament where there was no cut, he mustered only 24 fantasy points.
Merritt’s final line: 44 PAR, 5 BIR, 20 BOG, 2 DBB and 1 DBW for 24 fantasy points.
Jimmy Walker – He may be a multiple time winner on the PGA Tour, but he’s played like garbage since winning the Sony Open in Hawaii earlier this year.
Walker had yet another bad week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational finishing T-53 and 7-over par for the week.
Walker’s final line: 46 PAR, 10 BIR, 15 BOG and 1 DBB for 44.5 fantasy points.