The 2011 Northern Trust Open Six Pack at Riviera

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The 2011 Northern Trust Open Six Pack at Riviera
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Last year's champ

Welcome to week six of 2011!

We must start off with a HUGE congrats to Bill Murray for his first win at Pebble Beach in more than a dozen years of trying this crazy pro-am out. The Cinderella story finally happens. Oh yeah… and congrats go out to D.A. Points for acquiring his first PGA Tour victory.


Check this out! Did you realize that the first six winners on tour this year have produced an average odds of 120:1 of winning?  That is truly bizarre and astronomical. It makes one wonder what will happen this week.


We are off to Riviera, one of the PGA’s true classics. It is in the upper echelon of difficulty on tour but just barely. It ranks 20th out of 54. Designer Captain George C. Thomas created this place of beauty while searching for the perfect rose. Did this budding part time botanist realize while he was living that his perfect rose was probably the design of this course? Sadly, probably not.


The doglegs and bunkering force players to shape shots and to use their minds. My bets are on an upper tier player to get it done this week. Mickelson has won back to back here, while Steve Stricker took home last year’s prize.


Let’s take a peek at Yahoo fantasy real quick. I have suddenly amassed 898 points on the season. If I only hadn’t started Tim Clark (never teed off) last week in round one! I up four points into the 77th percentile in the fans of Hunter Mahan and I bumped up 11 points to the 88th percentile overall. This stems largely from people probably bailing on the season already. I am ahead of all the Yahoo experts.  I am leading Greg Vara by 18, Eric Planer by 39, Matt Romig (what up kid?) by 68, and Michael “The surprise” Arkush by only 28 points.


Here is who I am starting this week:





Matt Kuchar


Rory Sabbatini





Steve Stricker


Hunter Mahan


Bill Haas


Stu Appleby





Keeg Bradley


JB Holmes


Before we dive into the six pack, here are some honorable mentions from a betting perspective:  Goosen 40:1, Karlsson 50:1 , Marino 60:1, Couples 125:1, Keegan Bradley 150:1


Let’s get this six-pack action on!

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