HP Byron Nelson Championship

Fantasy Fix

We discuss the caddie carousel, 2011's unluckiest Major League pitcher, German beer and of course, this week's PGA Tour stop

PGA Tour: Fantasy Fix: Dustin Johnson

Joe LaCava looks like he's the new full-time caddie for Dustin Johnson. Can you say, "cha-ching"?

HP Byron Nelson Championship

Where: Irving, Tx.

Course: TPC Four Seasons Resort

Defending champion: Jason Day held off a trio of players by two shots to pick up his first PGA Tour title.

Purse: $6,500,000

This Week's Fix Six

1. Dustin Johnson
2. Sean O'Hair
3. Jason Day
4. Rory Sabbatini
5. Nick Watney
6. John Senden
May 24, 2011

Welcome to another edition of Fantasy Fix, where we wish every player would make it as easy to predict a tournament's outcome as David Toms did last week. Not that he made the weekend easy, but the 44-year-old did say he was going to "win again soon" and that Colonial was one of his favorite events on the PGA Tour. As I learned a long time ago, 2 + 2 = 4. But wait, that sounds like I'm taking away from what turned out to be a brilliant prediction. I definitely don't want to do that, so let's just call it what it was: genius. Hopefully, this week's selections will bring as much success.


The PGA Tour continues its Texas swing at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Like last week's Crowne Plaza Invitational, the field is a little disappointing with No. 10 Matt Kuchar leading the way. That doesn't mean it won't be an exciting tournament, though, especially since Colonial's event didn't end in a playoff. We're due.

Random tournament fact: Byron Nelson won this event in 1944 when it was known as the Texas Victory Open. He pocketed $2,000 and promptly bought a brand new flat-screen TV. Or something like that...


Jason Day. The Aussie had a quiet week at Colonial (T-31) following his T-4 at the Players, but he is becoming a weekly play no matter what the tournament. The 23-year-old picked up his first PGA Tour win here last year. Of course, no one remembers it, since an even younger player, amateur Jordan Spieth was in contention heading into the final day before finishing T-16. The teenager Spieth will be back playing this week, but we're pretty sure Day will be the one contending again.


Dustin Johnson. In the past two years, Johnson has recorded a T-4 and T-7 with all but one of his eight rounds being in the 60s. He's played very well in 2011, but surprisingly, is still looking for a win. That could definitely change here. Who is the most excited about DJ's prospects in Texas? How about Joe LaCava. The longtime caddie for Fred Couples has a new boss. Not that Freddie didn't pay well, but with Johnson turning 27 next month, he will provide plenty more years of ringing the cash register.


Scott Verplank. The veteran has five top 10s here in the past decade, including a win in 2007, a solo second in 2001 and a T-5 last year. He pulled out with a wrist injury last week, but if he can make it through all four rounds this week, don't be surprised to see him contend. A friend of the late Byron Nelson, this event means a great deal to the Verplank, so if there was ever a week for him to tough it out, it's this one.


"Hey, Alex. I know you turned down being Dustin Johnson's new caddie a few weeks back, but I figured I'd throw out the offer of being on my bag anyway. I'm younger than DJ, have more majors and have already been ranked No. 1 in the world. I also know you are a big Dirk Nowitzki fan and being from Germany, I can guarantee we will all hang out and enjoy a cold Krombacher together. Let me know, Martin Kaymer."

Thanks for the offer, Martin, but I'm afraid I'm going to have to turn you down as well. I'm more of a domestic beer guy anyway. OK, so Kaymer didn't really write me and I don't know if he's ever even met the NBA superstar. But that doesn't mean you should be shy. Please feel free to e-mail me with comments, questions or just to make fun of my picks. And of course, you can follow me on Twitter.

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