This year we will be tracking each of our writers’ performances in our 95 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).
AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Results
Kevin Walsh: Phil Mickelson, 1st-1.37M
Jack Corrigan: Paul Casey, 2nd-821K
Frank Laterza: Jason Day, T4-334K
Tony Kasper: Kevin Streelman, T7-237K
Sam Scherman: Russell Knox, T14-133K
Mike McNamara: Tony Finau, T38-31K
Jake Mulholland: Chez Reavie, T38-31K
Sean Carney: Jordan Spieth, T45-21K
Bear: Dustin Johnson, T45-21K
-We have a new leader… Kevin ride Phil the Thrill to his first win of the season.
-Paul Casey had a three shot lead heading into Sunday for Jack, and then Paul Casey did what Paul Casey does. Massive birdie on 18 to secure solo second, though. 821K is never a bad week.
-JDay gets Frank another Top 5. Frank has been solid, but when will he crack through??
-*Creeeeeeek* You hear that? That’s Kevin Streelman using the backdoor to get into the Top 10 for Tony with a Sunday 65.
-4 disappointing results for Mike, Jake, Sean, and Bear. Has to be the most bitter for Bear, though. Woof.
Season Standings through Week 6:
Kevin and Jack with MAJOR moves. Jake has now gone MC, MC, T38. Can he turn it around? I wouldn’t bet against him for long.
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Genesis Open Picks
Just would like to say that right here last week I said, “Someone here picks the winner this week. I can feel it.” Two in a row?? Yup.
Kevin Walsh: Bryson Dechambeau — Following last week’s triumph, this week has been a grind in deciding who to trot out there. After debating many big names, I landed on Bryson. While he definitely has better course history at other venues, he is playing tremendous golf lately (4 wins in 5 months). The course seems to fit his strengths as well, as he is Top 5 off the tee and Top 20 in strokes gained approach so far this season. A rainy forecast only enhances my thought of wanting a bomber. While he’s absolutely put his name in the upper echelon of golf, I don’t see myself taking Bryson in a major this year. After taking last week off to recover, I’m confident his run of form and a loaded field hosted by his idol Tiger will have him going full boar for the trophy. Let’s hope The Mad Scientist can keep our mojo rollin’.
Jake Mulholland: Bryson Dechambeau — Riviera is a Bubba track so my initial instincts guided me toward the loose swinging lefty. However, his inconsistent shot shaping as of late in addition to the golf ball change (PRO-V1 Yellow) led me in search of a different suitor. To the Bubba believers, yes I know, he does have experience playing colored balls thanks to Volvik…wait who?… but PRO-V1 balls are losing popularity and are proving inferior on tour as only one winner has used the most “popular ball in golf” in 2019 (Adam Long-Rookie). So if not Bubba then who? This week I evaluated the course (per reviews and history) and identified what I deem the most important statistic: 3 putt avoidance. Hitting the green is hard enough on this 7,322 yard track, with greens often rolling 13+ in the mornings (Stimpmeter scale). I have a strong feeling Riviera greens will prove to be the toughest test yet in 2019, so expect to see the majority of players leaving the pin in with Watson, Scott, and DeChambeau leading the movement. With that being said, my pick falls to “The Golf Scientist” this week at the Genesis. His game is arguably at its peak, his calculations have never been more accurate, and both of those facts will help him lead in SG: Putting this week. Anticipating a Top 5 or better for the highly controversial contender.
Jack Corrigan: Cameron Smith — Top 10 here last year and hasn’t missed a cut since last June. Cam is trending in a terrific trajectory right now and is wanting to be a valuable player on that 2019 Presidents Cup team. This is a man with little to no weaknesses aside from confidence. This could be the week that gives him the mental edge to become an elite player.
Tony Kasper: Cameron Smith — He has improved his finish in each of his last three events here, and I’m hoping that trend continues this weekend after last year’s T6. Smith is playing well, having placed in the Top 25 in five of his last six starts. His driving accuracy (which ranks T-109 at 62.5%) is my only concern. If he can keep the ball in the fairway more consistently than he has shown to start the season, he will have a great chance to pick up his second career win on Tour.
Frank Laterza: Tony Finau — I missed a cut with Tony last year, so we are due. After a MC and a T38 in his last 2 tournaments, I’m sure most people will be off the big man, but not me. Peaked at both Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia, but ultimately landed on Tony, who I feel won’t be as hot as a commodity as he should after last year’s 2nd place finish here. As Scherm pointed out, around the green here is important, and he fits that mold, ranking 11th in SGATG. He also ranks 10th in driving distance at a course with a handful of Par 4’s over 450 yards. 19th in SGTTG, his putting comes in at 170th on tour. Confirmed not good. But if he can putt the field average, Tony the Tiger will be there come Sunday. We are trending, and Tony may as well get us there.
Mike McNamara: Tiger Woods — Riviera Country Club is the only place TW has made double digit appearances and never emerged victorious. Riviera Country Club is the only place Tiger has more missed cuts than he has Top 10s. Riviera Country Club is now known as the only track that can tame Woodsy. That entire narrative changes this week. Tiger has never backed away from a challenge and you better believe he saw what Phil Mickelson did last week. Fresh, in form, and under the radar from an ownership standpoint, this was too big of an opportunity for me not to pounce on. Tiger secures victory #81 in The City of Angels, and catapults Chasin’ A Dream into the Top 10.
Bear: Xander Schauffele — X gon’ give it to us. In his last 5 starts, Xander has gone 1-T8-1-T25-T10. I think that’s good. This season he’s Top 20 in SG: Around the Green (12th), SG: Putting (4th), and SG: Tee-to-Green (20th). Hoping he rides his stellar short game to another W this week.
Sean Carney: Jon Rahm — I’m going to ride a hot hand this week in Jon Rahm. Rahm, who will be making his debut at the Riv, has finished no worse than 10th in his last 6 starts worldwide. Quite frankly, I think his game translates on any course. Looking for Rahm to be around come Sunday.
Sam Scherman: Tommy Fleetwood — Taking a stud this week as this field seems too stacked to not see a winner from one of the Top 20 OWGR. FleetGOD has been on the precipice of winning a US event for some time now (could/should have been the 2018 US Open) as he’s an elite Par 5 scorer, hits a ton of greens, and can make birdies in bunches, which all are drivers for success at Riviera. I think he’ll be used to the time zone and Poa greens after a mediocre finish last week at Pebble Beach and will contend, as he usually does, in the strongest of fields. Look for FLOWwood to lean on his elite distance and accuracy off the tee combined with his solid Birdie-or-Better game to win this “major-esque” field this week in California.