We discuss Tom Watson's interesting decision, Tiger Woods' intriguing offer, my special connection with DLIII and of course, this week's PGA Tour stop
Where: White Sulphur Springs, WVa.
Course: The Old White TPC
Defending champion: Stuart Appleby shot the second ever final-round 59 to beat Jeff Overton by one shot.
This Week's Fix Six
2. Jeff Overton
3. Bill Haas
4. Andres Romero
5. Charles Howell III
6. Davis Love III
Welcome to another edition of Fantasy Fix, where we feel the only downside to the NFL lockout ending is that our dream of fantasy golf ever catching fantasy football in popularity probably won't materialize. We were so close... Anyway, back to reality. The PGA Tour's annual trip to the Great White North didn't go so well for us, but we're hoping to bounce back now that we're back stateside. Let's get to it.
The tour heads to West Virginia for the second Greenbrier Classic. Last year, the tournament replaced the longtime Buick Open event. Aside from its famed Old White Course, the resort is known for it's massive "bunker," which served as a top secret U.S. government relocation facility for Congress during the Cold War. Now it's a tourist attraction, except for when Tiger Woods needs a spot to go into hiding.
Random tournament fact: Tom Watson, pro emeritus at the Greenbrier resort, is missing the Senior U.S. Open to play in this event. No word yet on if the professorial figure of the links will be playing in a cap and gown.
Stuart Appleby. Last year, the Australian birdied the final three holes for a 59 and a one-shot win over Jeff Overton. We probably won't see such explosive scoring again, since more than 200 yards have been added to the Old White Course (16 holes were altered) and all the greens have been redone. We also probably won't see a repeat winner considering Appleby has made just one cut in the past four months.
STUD OF THE WEEK
Sergio Garcia. We touted El Nino at both the U.S. and British Opens and he paid dividends with top 10s. Now, it's just a matter of time before he gets back in the winner's circle. As bad as he is with the putter, his brilliant ball-striking makes him a threat and we only expect him to continue to climb the world rankings to get back to where he once was.
DUD OF THE WEEK
Phil Mickelson. Everyone seems to expect a high finish after his surprising T-2 performance at the British Open. But Lefty hasn't offered back-to-back big-time performances in more than a year. We recommend holding off to see how he'll fare following another close call in a major.
FAN MAIL BREAK
"Hey, Alex. Are you interested in being my caddie? Let me know ASAP, TW."
OK, I've gotten a few offers to caddy in the past, but this is the one I've been holding out for. I keep hearing experts say "he's a tough boss." Ooooo, big deal. I'm still pretty sure I'd like to potentially make millions carrying golf clubs around and watching one of the greatest athletes of all-time up close. So yes, Tiger, I'm in. Of course, like fantasy golf catching fantasy football, this is just a pipe dream and the 14-time major champion didn't actually write me. However, that doesn't mean you can't. 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.