One and Done Picks, THE PLAYERS

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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).

API Results

Mike McNamara: Kevin Kisner, T23-79K
Tony Kasper: Ian Poulter, T23-79K
Sam Scherman: Hideki Matsuyama, T33-47K
Frank Laterza: Hideki Matsuyama, T33-47K
Sean Carney: Bryson DeChambeau, T46-27K
Kevin Walsh: Patrick Reed, T50-23K
Bear: Patrick Reed, T50-23K
Jake Mulholland: Justin Rose, T63-19K
Jack Corrigan: Jason Day, WD-0K

-Kis was in position to make Mike some CASH, but a woeful Sunday changed that.

-Overall, yikes. Not great!

-JDay withdrawing early Thursday had to kill Jack. Just so tough.

Season Standings through Week 10:

OAD Week 10

Man, those black bars are small :/

Place Points Wins Top 5 Top 10
Jake 6th (↓3) 3533368 2 2 3
Kevin 27th(↓4) 2090293 1 2 2
Tony 42nd (↓6) 1719743 0 2 4
Jack 52nd (↓5) 1544587 0 2 2
Frank 66th (↓7) 1225054 0 2 3
Mike 69th (↓6) 1175243 0 2 2
Sean 74th (↓3) 996168 0 1 4
Bear 77th (↓3) 894511 0 0 3
Sam 91st (–) 623860 0 0 1

THE PLAYERS Picks

Jake Mulholland: Brooks Koepka — After MCing at the API, Koepka surely has reevaluated his approach in preparation for the 5th Major in golf this weekend. Ranking 5th in the top 25 in SG: Total (Pete Dye courses since 2014), Im selecting the man who I believe has the most confidence on tour. Strongly considered Casey but couldn’t see a win for him happening with Brooks in the field. After breaking the course record in 2018, I’m anticipating another big pay day for BK. 

Kevin WalshDustin Johnson — Not too much to diagnose here. I’m going with the best player in the game with the biggest purse on the line. Yes, he’s never had a top 10 here, but he has been trending in the right direction with a 12th in 2017 and a 17th in 2018. And frankly those results could be irrelevant as I expect the move to March will make his length a greater advantage and the players have commented how differently the tournament will be. Given his play so far in 2019 there is nothing to make me believe he won’t give himself a chance on Sunday, which is what we’re always after. Why not us?

Tony KasperTommy Fleetwood — Some will be scared off by his Saturday showing at the API, scoring a 76 after entering the weekend with the lead.  He shot 78 in Round 3 at last year’s US Open which cost him an opportunity at his first major title, even with an incredible 63 on Father’s Day.  This theme of one blowup round has become all too familiar for Tommy.  That being said, I was very encouraged by what I saw from him this past Sunday.  He bounced back to shoot 68 and finish T-3, and if not for a bogey-free 64 from Molinari, may have been able to capture his first tour victory.  His stats are elite, as he is top 10 on Tour in SG: Off-The-Tee, SG: Tee-To-Green and SG: Total.  The only hesitation I have is with the flatstick, as he is 122nd on Tour in SG: Putting (-.036).  If he can turn that into an average number this week, I’m confident Tommy will use the API as a learning experience and contend in Ponte Vedra Beach.

Jack CorriganBrooks Koepka — Like the move to March for him, he has success here just check last year breaking the course record on his Sunday round. I personally believe he is fired up after last week and is very prepared to contend this week. This course is probably the toughest to predict all season long, so I am going with a guy that I believe is one of the most confident players on tour and I think he wants to show people again that he plays up bor big tournaments. 

Frank Laterza: Dustin Johnson — After Matsu’s performance on the green last week losing almost 9 strokes (honestly extremely impressive), I’m throwing out research. He hits the ball far, has a good looking wife, and is in good form. Good enough for me. Go DJ, that’s my DJ.

Mike McNamaraJordan Spieth — As I touched on in my Power Rankings, there is no rhyme or reason to this but I have a strong hunch that Jordan breaks out this week. It has been over seven months since his last top ten finish, and quite frankly I just flat out believe that drought ends at TPC Sawgrass. The record here isn’t stellar, but he has had some success and is determined to get back on the right path. The Golden Child joins elite company as one of the few golfers to have won three different majors and a PLAYERS.

Sean CarneyDustin Johnson — Going to ride with one of my favorite golfers on tour this week, Dustin Johnson. Johnson does not have a career top 10 ever here, which just makes him due! In all seriousness, the word is this course is going to be playing a lot longer than usual given the scheduling change. I think he may get a bit overlooked this week. To me, given his length, his hot putter and ability to hit wedge/short iron into any hole, I like him to win this week.

BearRickie Fowler — Feels like the time for Rickie to take the next step. He’s gone T5, T66, 1, T36, T2, and T40 in his last six starts. Following that pattern, he’s an auto Top 5 this week.

Sam SchermanXander Schauffele  — It’s always important to analyze current form closely and he’s certainly playing well, finishing 14th, 15th, 10th, 25th, and 1st in his last 5 starts. In his debut last year, normally a tougher debut course than most, Xander finished T2 behind the scorching hot putter of Webb Simpson. In terms of stats needed to succeed here, Xander ranks 2nd in the field in SG: Par 5s, is coming in with 10 straight tournaments of positive SG: APP results, and can definitely make birdies in bunches. He ranks 17th in the field in Bogey Avoidance and 26th in BoB Gained which all adds up to a perfect formula to follow up his runner-up finish and continue his hot form with a victory at TPC Sawgrass (which is not, and never will be, the “5th Major,” there are 4 majors).

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