One and Done Picks, WGC-Dell Match Play

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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).

Valspar Results

Tony Kasper: Kevin Kisner, T24-54K
Sam Scherman: Kevin Kisner, T24-54K
Kevin Walsh: Henrik Stenson, T24-54K
Frank Laterza: Brandt Snedeker, T30-40K
Sean Carney: Tyrrell Hatton, MC-0K
Jake Mulholland: Patrick Reed, MC-0K
Jack Corrigan: Webb Simpson, MC-0K
Mike McNamara: Webb Simpson, MC-0K
Bear: Jason Day, MC-0K

-I guess most of the boys put more research into their brackets than their OAD picks last week!

-Kiz came out of the gates hot with an opening round 67 but followed it with a 75 on Friday and 72 on Saturday.

-Kevin’s on-course research of Stenson last Wednesday did not work out.

-Sneds did not have a round in the 60s. Tough to make much money doing that.

Season Standings through Week 12:

OAD Week 12

Some movement in the standings as Sean and Frank leap over Mike and Jack, respectively.

Place Points Wins Top 5 Top 10
Jake 12th (↓1) 3560618 2 2 3
Kevin 27th (↓4) 2600813 1 3 3
Tony 36th (↓1) 2230263 0 3 5
Frank 59th (↓1) 1721121 0 3 4
Jack 68th (↓4) 1571837 0 2 2
Sean 70th (↓3) 1452418 0 2 5
Mike 79th (↓2) 1175243 0 2 2
Bear 84th (↓1) 925900 0 0 3
Sam 91st (↑1) 678130 0 0 1

WGC-Dell Match Play Picks

Jake Mulholland: Bubba Watson — This past week Paul Casey was phenomenal defending his title at the Valspar. Similarly, I predict Bubba to take down the field this year in Austin, going back-to-back. Indeed, Bubba is slotted within one of the harder groups this year. Spieth, Horschel, and Na all possess the capability to beat Bubba (maybe not Na). However, Bubba’s form, win last year, and February ball switch are all factors that will play into his 2019 victory in ATX. Getting through the Round of 16 should not be tough for the eccentric lefty, as he is set to face Gary Woodland (my prediction for that group) or Justin Rose. Bubba’s stamina last year was impressive and he ran through the likes of Aphibarnrat (5&3 in Quarters), JT (3&2 in Semis), and Kisner (7 &6). Expecting big things this week, and hope to take a hold of the WGC payout in our OAD pool.

Kevin WalshFrancesco Molinari — Simply put, this may be the hardest pick of the year. A tournament that can be as random as they come, but yet a big purse awaits those who can withstand the multiple tests. With that in mind, I am rolling with The Meatball. Francesco Molinari showed some world class form recently in his win at Bay Hill, and had a decent showing at the Players as well. He is a man who is no stranger to singles matches, whether we’re looking at the Ryder Cup or the Match Play. He’s had pretty good success at ACC, albeit nothing special. I’m hoping that changes this week, as I like his draw and believe if he plays to his potential he can take down anyone in the field. While admittedly I can’t stand when Francesco goes fairway-green-maybe roll in a birdie against my guys like Tiger, I’m counting on a lot of that this week. May the odds be ever in our favor in this event, because it’s gonna take some luck to go all the way. Cheers

Tony KasperCharles Howell III — Like any tournament, so much of this pick comes down to how the bracket shakes out.  Howell’s form has been strong, but more than anything, I think he got a great draw.  His pod includes Paul Casey, who could have a letdown after last week’s win, Cam Smith, and Abraham Ancer, both of whom are solid but not spectacular players.  He was also placed in the weakest of the four quadrants and has advanced out his group the past two years, showing he’s capable in this format.  At an event where using a big name can really burn you (DJ last year), I’m picking a very solid player with hopes that he heats up in Austin.

Jack CorriganJustin Thomas — After his dominating performance at the Ryder Cup and his success last season here, I have a lot of faith in Justin Thomas this week. JT loves the head-to-head matches. He enjoys putting fear into his opponent and with Keegan Bradley who is 1-7 in this tournament, Matt Wallace who is unproven, and Lucas Bjewhatever, which should be an absolute blowout, I believe JT bows. He has yet to win so far this season but has come close many times. You know that winless itch is in his mind, and he wants to get it off his chest before Augusta. 1st in birdie average, 1st in SG total, 8th in Par 3 scoring, 2nd in Par 4, and 1st in Par 5. I really like my odds on any hole with this guy this week. 

Frank Laterza: Brooks Koepka — I was saving Brooks for the PGA, but I think this is a good spot, and I love the draw he got, so we ride. 3 of the last 4 finalists have been DJ, Bubba, and Rahm. They all have 1 thing in common: drivers of the golf ball. Brooks fits that mold. He also is as cold as ice, and the 1-on-1 format shouldn’t make him crumble at all. He is 8-4 in match play, and has made the round of 16 the last two years he has been involved in the tournament. I also think that him coming off a T56 and a CUT in his last two may scare people away, but I have faith that Brooks will find a spark here in Austin. Brooks is here, people.

Mike McNamaraBrooks Koepka —After back to back disastrous weeks and a season filled with disappointment I am going with a simplified, less is more approach. Give me the man who is 3rd in the world, has a very solid Match Play record, and on paper has one of the easiest groups. Revolutions were built on hope.

Sean CarneyJustin Thomas — Riding with Justin Thomas this week. For starters, I like his draw. He is playing with two rookies in the event and Keegan Bradley, who hasn’t won a match since 2012. Aside from that, Thomas was right here last year finishing fourth. This course is made for the big bombers off the tee. Hoping this holds true for this week.

BearRory McIlroy — Mike talked about simplicity, and so will I. Rory McIlroy is in the best form of any golfer in the world right now. He is a past champion of this event, so he’s shown the ability to perform dominate in match play. Others will save for Augusta, but I’m going to war with Rors right now.

Sam SchermanFrancesco Molinari  — I think this is one of the weaker pods and Molinari should be able to comfortably move into the Sweet 16 with only a formidable opponent in Webb. If Molinari gets through to the Sweet 16, I really like his chances against Pod 10 which consists of a sometimes sneaky CH3 but otherwise no one that I think would be able to shut him down. I won’t go through the whole bracket but Molinari has a favorable path in the bracket, and we’ve see what he can do if we look back to September at the most recent Ryder Cup (granted he had joint success with Fleetwood). When Molinari gets hot he normally stays hot for several weeks then fizzles, so I’m going to try and capitalize on strong current form and decent match play history.

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