Weekly Preview - SBS ChampionshipGreg Vara RotoWire.com Golf Writer
The 2010 season is finally upon us, and unlike nearly every offseason this millennium, there was plenty to talk about. What started as tabloid fodder turned into the story of the year, possibly decade, when Tiger Woods' indiscretions became public knowledge. Not only did this scandal rock the golf world, but it struck a nerve with seemingly everyone in the world. Worse yet, it's going to affect the fantasy golf season! Unlike 2009, when we knew Tiger would be out for a determined time, we have no idea when his return will be this season. Most speculate that he won't pass on the Masters, and while I agree, nothing is certain right now. The only thing we do know is the PGA TOUR moves on without Tiger for now. Fortunately for us, Tiger rarely played early in the season anyway, so two months from now, the golf world could be back to normal - for us anyway, not Tiger.
This week: The SBS Championship
Players to Consider:
Everything is lined up for Ogilvy this week. He's the defending champ, always plays well early in the year and can handle the wind if it shows up this week.
Johnson belongs to a very exclusive club on the PGA TOUR - the "Players you should never doubt" club. Johnson tied for sixth here last year, and as long as the conditions are calm, he should be in the top-5 this time around.
Ames has shown the ability to play well no matter the conditions at Kapalua. In 2008 under prime scoring conditions, he finished third. The year prior, in poor conditions he finished T-11.
O'Hair finished fourth here last year and oddly enough, he's one of the biggest names in the field this week. O'Hair is one of only seven returning players from last year.
Moore has no track record at Kapalua, but he finally put everything together at the end of last season and if he's going to take it to the next level, as I assume, he'll get off to a good start here.
Players to Avoid:
The question concerning Gay each week this season will be which Brian Gay will show up. If last year is any indication, he'll show up big a couple times, but he's not someone you can count on each week.
Bo Van Pelt
Van Pelt finally earned his first win on the PGA TOUR last season, but let's not forget it was against a watered-down field. While Van Pelt is bound to play better this season, I doubt it starts this week.
Say what? How did Michael Bradley get into this event? Bradley somehow won an event last year, but don't expect that to propel him to the next level this week or this season.
Other than a runner-up finish in 2001, Sabbatini has hovered around the middle of the pack here. While he's likely to have a good season in 2010, it will have to start next week.
Kuchar finished 25th in his only other start at this event. Kuchar is one of a few players who gained entrance with a late-season win last year, and it's always wise to avoid those players here.