One and Done Picks, Wells Fargo

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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).

RBC Heritage Results

Bear: Matt Kuchar, 2nd-745K
Jake Mulholland
: Matt Kuchar, 2nd-745K
Jack Corrigan: Ian Poulter, T10-153K
Sam Scherman: Brandt Snedeker, T48-17K
Kevin Walsh: Brandt Snedeker, T48-17K
Mike McNamara: Branden Grace, T61-15K
Sean Carney: Xander Schauffele, T63-15K
Frank Laterza: Si Woo Kim, MC-0K
Tony Kasper: Jim Furyk, MC-0K

-Big week for Bear and Jake as they ride a solo second up the leaderboard. Kuch fended off some late competition coming to claim a share for second and 100K+.

-A disappointing Sunday for IJP kept Jack out of serious money, but 150K a week pays the bills.  

-Nobody else was able to get above 20K. Hopefully the week off at the Zurich did them some good and they’re ready to come out firing this week.

Season Standings through Week 16:

OAD Week 16

Bear and Jack hop Mike and Sean, respectively.

Place Points Wins Top 5 Top 10
Kevin 6th (↓1) 5416430 2 5 5
Jake 16th (↑7) 4566774 2 3 4
Sam 27th (–) 3477472 1 2 3
Tony 63rd (↓7) 2425181 0 3 5
Frank 75th (↓4) 1999521 0 3 4
Jack 76th (↑1) 1914056 0 2 3
Sean 78th (↓2) 1876280 0 2 6
Bear 79th (↑13) 1838100 0 1 5
Mike 83rd (↓4) 1753216 0 3 3

RBC Heritage Picks

Kevin Walsh: Hideki Matsuyama — Matsu has been solid, if unspectacular, for a while now, but I believe he is ready to breakthrough. Heading into a ball strikers course and the sight where he nearly captured the 2017 PGA Championship, Hideki claims a small piece of solace by winning the Wells Fargo in 2019. Expect the one handed, annoyed follow through to 15 feet to be in full effect this week.

Jake Mulholland: Phil Mickelson — I like Lefty here. Not much to it this week, changing jobs so unfortunately I was not able to gather the research I normally apply to each of my picks. Need to make a move in the OAD pool and thinking that Phil will be the answer this week at a track he truly enjoys. On a side note, I watched an instagram video of him repping out 200 pound calf raises on one foot so that may be where my bias is coming from this week. A fun week ahead no doubt, look for the ageless wonder to capitalize on his familiarity around and on the greens.

Sam SchermanTony Finau — I feel like people have been saying it’s “his time” for just about forever now, but I really think this course sets up just about perfect for him. He’s made the cut in all 4 attempts here, including the 2017 PGA Championship edition, and is coming off a T5 at Augusta. Finau ranks 2nd in my model in SG: Par 5s, 16th in SG: OTT, 10th in BoB (Birdie or Better), 18th in Driving Distance Gained, 21st in SG: BS, and 16th in Bogey Avoidance. He has all the tools, he is coming in good form, knows the course, and should be able to finally get his first official win (I don’t count the Puerto Rico Open a few years ago) under his belt.

Tony Kasper: Paul Casey — With how my picks have performed lately, it’s time to stray away from the deep research and lean more on gut. Hoping to make a post-Masters push up the leaderboard, I’m turning to someone who’s already notched a victory on tour this season. Casey has been plagued by inconsistency at times, as shown by multiple missed cuts. But when he’s made the weekend, he’s found himself contending at some of the top tournaments early this season (Valspar, Pebble Beach, and both WGC events). In a top heavy field, I’m hoping this headliner is able to take home the title.

Frank Laterza: Paul Casey — As you can see from the standings, I have taken the beginning of this year as a championship tour. I’ll try to get back on track with Paul, who is 13th in Strokes Gained: Off the Tee, and in the Top 30 around the green, which is always needed here at Wells Fargo. Coming off a missed cut at Augusta, the week off should help him re-focus, and get us back on track on the weekend.

Jack CorriganHideki Matsuyama — I picked him here when he had a Top 5 at the 2017 PGA Championship. Long straight hitters do well here. I expect a lot of GIR’s and missed putts, but with the chances he will give himself, I believe the birdies will come. He does not have a win since 2017 and is not ranked in the top 25, but he has been consistent all season long. It is just a matter of time before he finds a groove again, and where better to do it than a place he feels comfortable at.

Sean Carney: Hideki Matsuyama — I am riding Hideki Matsuyama this week…. After the week off, we had a chance to clear the mind and go back to the drawing board. Hideki hasn’t missed a cut in 9 months. He has 3 Top 20s here and has been trending. Length is going to play a huge factor this week. Matsuyama is second on tour in tee-to-green and hoping that will hold true this week.

BearJason Kokrak — Riding a hot hand here. Kokrak has 4 Top 10s in 6 events. He’s finished worse than T20 two times this calendar year. He is 10th in SG:Total, 15th in SG: Tee-to-Green, and 4th in SG: Approach-the-Green, so he has the stats to back it up and these stats line up well at a course like QH. I am not going to say something to avoid a jinx, but just know has has played golf on Saturday and Sunday at every event this season. Hoping Jason gets his first PGA Tour win, and I get my first win of the season!

Mike McNamaraSergio Garcia — El Niño played nicely last week in New Orleans alongside Tommy Fleetwood. Now back on his own, I expect the Spaniard to come out hungry and focused after his tough showing at Augusta. Sergio will make just enough putts this week to become the 2019 Wells Fargo Champion.

 

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