This year we will be tracking each of our writers’ performances in our 93 person One And Done (OAD) pool. For those of you who do not know what a OAD pool is, it is a season long contest in which you select one golfer per week with the golfer’s earned money that week adding to your season total. Once you select a golfer, you cannot use him the rest of the year (so, no, you cannot pick DJ or Tiger every week).
Tournament of Champions Results
With the Tournament of Champions being a 33 man field with no cuts, high One And Done numbers were expected. Some of us were able to capitalize, while others were not. The results for us this week were as follows:
Tony Kasper: Gary Woodland, 2nd-759K
Frank Laterza: Marc Leishman, 4th-305K *cough* CHALK! *cough*
Bear: Jon Rahm, T8-191K
Mike McNamara: Matt Kuchar, T19-92K
Kevin Walsh: Matt Kuchar, T19-92K
Sam Scherman: Scott Piercy, T19-92K
Sean Carney: Patrick Reed, T25-74K
Jack Corrigan: Patrick Reed, T25-74K
-Solo 2nd places do not grow on trees and you would sign up for that almost every time going into the week, but Woodland’s result after entering Sunday with a 3 shot lead isn’t as easy to take. Nonetheless, Tony takes the cake among this group with Woodland — and I guess if you get 759K from Gary Woodland, you’re happy in the end.
-Reigning Champion of the Pool Frank starts off chalky as ever with a solid 305K from Leish.
-Bear comes away with 191K from Rahmbo — quite eh.
-Kuch, Piercy, and Reed were underwhelming for the rest of the boys. At least it’s early.
Season Standings through 1 Week:
|Place (1-93)||Points||Wins||Top 5’s||Top 10’s|
Sony Open Picks
On to the Sony Open, let’s see who everyone is taking this week:
Tony Kasper: Pat Perez — Pat loves the Hawaii swing, beginning his tour season on the islands five of the last six years. He has finished in the top 20 in all of those events, including two Top 5 finishes at the Tournament of Champions and two Top 10 finishes at The Sony Open. He is a great OAD value play this week.
Frank Laterza: Ian Poulter — He tied for the field lead in GIR percentage last week, just could not hit any putts (-3.207 SGP through Saturday). With irons dialed in a course that is iron happy, I’ll roll out the Ryder Prince here.
Bear: Cameron Smith — I hope that I am riding the correct Cameron here, as Cameron Champion is perhaps the hottest golfer on the planet right now. Coming off two Top 5 performances in the FedEx Cup Playoffs last year and a win at the 2018 Australian PGA, Smith has quietly been playing some really solid golf himself. He’ll get his first solo PGA Tour win this year, and I think there’s a good chance it’s this week.
Mike McNamara: Hideki Matsuyama — Chalk this one up as a weird gut call. Hideki had, for his standards, a miserable 2018 and has shown zero sign of being a good pick this week. I think he’s angry. While many were eating cookies and drinking eggnog over the holiday season, Hideki was on the range grinding. He wants 2019 to be different, and it starts in Alohaland.
Kevin Walsh: Paul Casey — I try not to be chalky as much as possible, but I have to admit I was very tempted to roll out Leishman here. Instead I’ll go with Casey, who has played his typical solid, but not spectacular, golf of late. A decent showing last week gives me hope he can find form in a second straight week on a course more suited to his strengths.
Sam Scherman: Paul Casey — Going on the narrative that 6 of the last 7 winners of this tournament have played the Tournament of Champions, I’m going with Paul Casey. This course requires precision on your approaches and Casey has positive SG: APP numbers in 8 straight tournaments. Plus, he is able to navigate the wind well if it were to spark up in Honolulu. One of the most consistent guys on TOUR, I expect Casey to contend if he gets a hot putter and takes advantage of his ball striking ability (Top 20 on TOUR). We saw Casey end his long win drought last year, and I think he gets his 2nd in 10 months here.
Sean Carney: Cameron Smith — Going with Cameron Smith this week. Smith is looking for his first solo win on the PGA Tour. Smith recently picked up a W in the Australian Open and had a strong finish overseas, logging 3 Top 10s in his last 4 outings. Look for Smith to improve on his T-18th result from last year.
Jack Corrigan: Gary Woodland — From 2015 to 2018 his finishes have been 3, 13, 6, 7 at Wai’alae. Add that to 7 top 15’s in his last 10 starts, and it’s clear that Gary is peaking. How do you go against a guy that has been playing lights out golf? I would be less confident if he didn’t close out the weekend well, but he shot -5 to close. Xander just had the round of the tournament to win. Gary will be chalk, but I just don’t see him not finishing in the top 10.