The results are in from the first fantasy event of 2013, where Dustin Johnson emerged victorious in windswept Maui. Here are some facts to consider as we look back on the best - and worst - selections from Kapalua:
• The perfect fantasy foursome for this past week's event included Brandt Snedeker from Group 1 (finished third), Johnson from Group 2 (won), Ian Poulter from Group 3 (T-9) and Tommy Gainey from Group 4 (T-6). That combination netted a healthy $1,959,500 fantasy payout from the season's first event, and only 203 players in the Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge picked all four.
• While Johnson and Poulter played well as the most popular picks in Groups 2 and 3, respectively, another pair of popular picks did not fare as well. Chosen by 23.1% of fantasy players in Group 1, Jason Dufner struggled to a T-18 finish among the 30-man field. There he was joined by Jonas Blixt, who was the most popular Group 4 selection with 41.3% taking the Swede with their final pick last week. The combination of those four players - comprising the consensus most popular picks from each group - earned fantasy players $1,490,200.
• As the top performer from Group 4, Gainey earned the title of "best value" selection at the Plantation Course, taking home $212,500 for his T-6 performance. By contrast, Hunter Mahan earned the dubious distinction of "worst value" selection as the Group 1 golfer that finished the lowest on the final leaderboard. Only 3.1% of fantasy players expected a strong week from Mahan, though, who struggled to a T-26 finish that earned him $67,000.
• More than half of GC Fantasy Challenge participants should feel happy about their Group 2 selection in the season's first event. Champion Dustin Johnson was chosen among that group by 38.8% of players, while defending champion and eventual runner-up Steve Stricker got the nod in Group 2 from another 24.6% of participants.
Contributions from writers and editors on the Golf Channel Digital team.
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