David Duval, aka "Shades", is back.
Welcome to the latest edition of Fantasy Fix, where we count ourselves among the minority that actually cares about the Mayakoba Golf Classic. Yes, that's right, we've reached our first double-dip week, where the upper echelon of the PGA Tour makes its way to the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship event, while others play in a tournament that will be jockeying for airtime in between a bunch of infomercials on the Golf Channel. For fantasy golf purposes, however, most formats make Mayakoba the main event for the week, so that's where we'll shift our attention.
But before we bid adieu to the big guns, a couple thoughts on the action in Arizona in case you can still pick up points in your league for this match play tournament. Remember, in a one-and-done format, anyone can beat anyone on any given day, which can lead to some, let's just say, less-than-scintillating matchups. I mean, who can forget that 2002 final in which Kevin Sutherland defeated Scott McCarron? To make things worse, the 1-up margin of victory actually meant viewers were subjected to watching 36 holes between those two.
The point is, in a situation where the worst player in the field is separated from the best by about one stroke per round, you may as well swing for the fences. Here are some non-No. 1 seeds (Martin Kaymer is a No. 1 seed?!) that I am predicting to make deep runs: Rory McIlroy,Tim Clark (duh), Ian Poulter and Charl Schwartzel.
Now back to the important tournament in Mexico, where golfers who miss the cut can drive about a half hour north to take shots of tequila with spring breakers in Cancun. Those who manage the hang around will be vying for a $3.6 million purse, so let's get to it:
Mark Wilson: If you knew that this guy was the defending champion at El Camaleon Golf Club, then there are only three conclusions that can be made: 1. You are a relative of Wilson (Least likely)
The aforementioned Henry is a solid pick as well. He's one of the few players in the field with a recent PGA Tour win (2006 Buick Championship) to his credit and the solo second here last year showed he can hang under the bright sun, despite his Connecticut roots and fair complexion.
Finally, John Merrick is a solid combination of good vibes at this venue (T-3 in 2008) and good playing thus far in 2010 (Three made cuts in four events). Like many around him this week, Merrick will have a great opportunity to pick up his first win on the PGA Tour. And if he does, it will be our little secret.
Alex Myers is a contributing editor for GolfDigest.com.