We discuss Webb Simpson's big win, the return of the cardigan, a MLB meteoric rise to fame, and of course, this week's PGA Tour stop
Where: Cromwell, Conn.
Course: TPC River Highlands
Defending champion: Fredrik Jacobson held off John Rollins and Ryan Moore by a shot to win his first PGA Tour title.
This Week's Fix Six
2. Bubba Watson
3. Zach Johnson
4. Keegan Bradley
5. Bo Van Pelt
6. Patrick Cantlay
Welcome to another edition of Fantasy Fix, where we fear we're about to see a lot more belly putters and cardigans on the golf course. With an old school look, Webb Simpson won an old school grind-fest at Olympic Club. What's he doing this week to celebrate his U.S. Open win? Why, play in another tournament, of course. The golf season rolls on and so do we. It's time to shake our magic 8-ball to see what will happen next.
The PGA Tour treks across the country to Cromwell, Conn., for the Travelers Championship. The 6,841-yard TPC River Highlands, which played as the 11th easiest course on tour in 2011, will be the site of the event for a 29th-straight year.
Random tournament fact: With 240,000 fans attending for the week last year, this event ranked only behind the Waste Management Phoenix Open in total attendance. But only 5,000 of them had ever heard of Fredrik Jacobson before his win last year.
Fredrik Jacobson. The Swede picked up his first PGA Tour victory in his 188th career event last year. He has zero top 10s this year, but he's a solid play having made 10 of 11 cuts, including a brief run last week at Olympic Club (Jacobson finished T-15, which is probably for the better since Ben Hogan would have rolled over in his grave if someone wearing a painter's cap had won his favorite tournament).
STUD OF THE WEEK
Hunter Mahan. A T-43 and an MC here the past two years haven't been good, but before that, Mahan finished in the top four four-straight times, including a first-career win in 2007. He hasn't been particularly sharp since his win in Houston, but he's still one of three players with two wins this year. Another one here would give him a big leg up in the race for PGA Tour Player of the Year.
THERE HE IS, MR. AMERICA...
Webb Simpson. As we've seen with Bubba Watson this year, it's tough to keep the momentum going after breaking through for a first major -- especially one that's as taxing as the U.S. Open. It's great to see a fellow Wake Forest Demon Deacon honor his commitment to travel to the opposite coast to play this event, but you have to expect a bit of a letdown -- even if this cardigan weather we're having in the Northeast continues.
SPEAKING OF 2012'S OTHER MAJOR CHAMPION...
Bubba Watson. With Hartford the site of his first PGA Tour win in 2010, Watson has played this event the past four years and has shot exactly zero rounds over par in that span. While proven right when suggesting Olympic Club didn't set up well for him, the big hitter obviously feels comfortable on this layout. We were also impressed by his ceremonial first pitch at the Mets game Monday night. Who knew he could curve a baseball as much as he does a golf ball?
LET'S SEE HOW HE PLAYS WITH A FEW BUCKS ON THE LINE
Patrick Cantlay. After spending much of the past two years saying he wouldn't turn pro until after finishing college, the UCLA rising junior finally caved. And who can blame him? Cantlay made the cut in seven of eight PGA Tour events as an amateur, including three majors. Why make his pro debut here? Well, it just might have to do with the 60 he shot in last year's second round on his way to a T-24.
WEEKLY YAHOO! ROSTER PICKS
Starters: Zach Johnson, Bubba Watson, Hunter Mahan, Padraig Harrington
Bench: Keegan Bradley, Ryan Moore, Bo Van Pelt, Patrick Cantlay
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