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).
The Memorial Results
Jake Mulholland: Hideki Matsuyama, 6th-328K
Tony Kasper: Tiger Woods, T9-237K
Frank Laterza: Tiger Woods, T9-237K
Jack Corrigan: Tiger Woods, T9-237K
Kevin Walsh: Rickie Fowler, T14-164K
Sam Scherman: Henrik Stenson, T37-42K
Bear: Kevin Kisner, T41-32K
Mike McNamara: Louis Oosthuizen, T57-20K
Sean Carney: Rory McIlroy, MC-0K
-Solid week overall with more than half reaching six digits.
-Tough MC for Sean. Rory’s first of the year.
Season Standings through Week 21:
RBC Canadian Open Picks
Kevin Walsh: Captain Jim Furyk — This week the RBC Canadian Open returns to a classic, old school golf course. So who is IOT1 turning to get me back on the right track? A classic, old school golfer. Captain Jim Furyk has already tasted success at Hamilton when he won in 2006, and he is playing some of his best golf in years. He ranked 5th in my model this week due to his ranks of 1st in Driving: Accuracy and 14th in SG: Approach this season. We’ve heard a lot this week that the rough is penal, so I am counting on that former stat holding up and giving us plenty of GIRs this week. The icing on the cake is that Hamilton comes in at just under 6900 yards, ranking as one of the shortest courses on tour. Jim will be looking to garner some momentum heading into Pebble, and there’s no better mojo than a win!
Jake Mulholland: Mackenzie Hughes — Coming off back-to-back top 10s, I’m feeling good about my picks going forward. Rouge attempts to travel back up the leaderboard with a bolder strategy this week. Mackenzie is batting at home, and I like his odds. If he can find his putter for four rounds, we can chalk this up as an easy dub. In the words of the 28 year old Hughes, “Being the low Canadian has been nice the last couple 0f years, but I certainly come here hoping to get a different kind if trophy.” Hughes, who grew up 10 minutes away from Hamilton Golf & Country Club, will be looking to capitalize on his familiarity with the course this week and take home the Mill and change. Cheers, let if fly Kenzie.
Tony Kasper: Zach Johnson — Was tempted to take the other Johnson given his history in this event and knowing he’ll be locked in with what looms next week. In the end, I decided this week’s purse doesn’t justify that selection. Anything less than a win would be a disappointment and feel like a wasted pick. Instead, I’m rolling with someone who hasn’t put together a good weekend so far this season. That being said, he’s more than capable to contend at this course in a below-average field. If ZJ can get me a top 20 finish, I will consider it a solid week up north.
Frank Laterza: Sergio Garcia — El Nino time baby. He’s coming off a MC, but had two top-5’s prior to that. You can bomb here, and he ranks 36th in distance off the tee, combined with his standing of 2nd in Strokes Gained: Approach to the Green. I’m either looking for another top 5, or another temper tantrum. Anything else will be disappointing.
Mike McNamara: Bud Cauley — Bud showed great promise last week at the Memorial, and I believe he builds off of it this week to finally get into the winner’s circle. His tidy short game will be very useful around these greens and length is not a must at Hamilton Golf & Country Club. No sense wasting a big gun the week before a major when Buddy is primed to take home his first trophy!
Sean Carney: Matt Kuchar — Somewhere El Tucan is shaking his head at this one… going with Matt Kuchar this week, hot off a MC last week. Kuchar hasn’t missed back-to-back cuts in 8 years — which means I probably cursed him for this week. Regardless, hoping a outlier result last week for what’s been a great year for Kuchar will scare people away and he can return back to form.
Jack Corrigan: Matt Kuchar — Why not get another Top 10 and flirt with contention on Friday and Saturday? Matt Kuchar is my safest and best option this week, so yes I am going with El Cheapo.
Bear: Corey Conners — Oh Canada! When Tyrion suggested Bran take over as king as Westeros, he said, “And who has a better story than Bran the Broken?” Well who would have a better story than the Canadian countryman taking home the trophy this weekend? Nobody!