One and Done: Farmers Insurance Open

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).

We are back with another yearly installment of the greatest fantasy game in sports, the season long one and done pool. If you think a 17 week NFL season is long, you ain’t seen nothing yet. We are 3 weeks into the seasons and it’s time to make some moves. Let’s see who can strike gold this week.

Farmers Picks

Kevin Walsh: Collin Morikawa — I didn’t imagine myself taking a rookie in the first full, stacked field of the 2020 season, but here we are. Kawa has shown me more than enough in his young career to justify his use with the big guns. He’s been as solid as they come in the ball striking categories, and on one of the toughest, longest courses of the season I’m counting on that being our ticket into contention. He’s a Cali kid, born and raised, and gets to play with Tiger for the first time in his career…what more can you ask for? Don’t be surprised by a slow start, as nerves are bound to be a factor early on in his marquee grouping (Rahm along with Tiger), but come Sunday evening, don’t be surprised if he’s right in it either.

Jake Mulholland: Justin Rose — Big time players make big time plays. The Farmers will serve as a great test for those willing to butt heads with the hottest contenders on tour this year. We’re missing JT, DJ, Koepka, Scott, DeChambeau but the field is loaded with studs. Tiger will draw the crowds so anyone playing close to him better throw some ear plugs in or embrace the chaos. A lot of high expectations awair the 82 time winner on the North Course Thursday… dont think he gets it done this week. Fading a few guys I think will be hot commodities but ultimately taking a gamble on a horse for this course. Two of the past 10 winners here have started on the South Course and that narrowed down my search this week. Rose won here last year coming off a lot of good momentum and a putter switch. This week he signed a deal with Axis 1 Golf to maintain the same putter he first had success with here at Torrey. Not to mention he snuck in a solo second last week at the Singapore Open. Bet most people didnt catch that one.. This stud’s ownership will be down this week and Im saving Rahmbo for the Masters or one of the WGCs. Rose regains his footing and lands himself back in contention as a Top 5 Golfer. 

Tony Kasper: Jordan SpiethIt’s early, but I’m hoping to keep this solid start going.  No question Jordan’s form of late hasn’t been where he would hope, but he’s still as capable as anyone on Tour when all aspects of his game are clicking.  2019 was largely a disappointment for Jordan, but he still had four top 10 finishes and a 3rd place finish at the PGA Championship. Outside of his poor driving, many of his issues last season came on the weekend, as he took himself out of contention with poor Saturday and Sunday showings.  I think that all turns around beginning this weekend at Torrey.  This is a tournament with some huge names in it, and Jordan is totally flying under the radar.  I’m jumping on him here in hopes that Farmers springboards his season back amongst the game’s elites.

Frank LaterzaHideki Matsuyama — I’m on Matsu. Reasoning: long iron play. We pray for putts.

Mike McNamaraKeegan Bradley — This is my 6th year playing in this high-stakes One and Done pool, and this is the first time I will ever be selecting Keegan Bradley. There is reason for that. Keegan is one of the most sporadic players on TOUR and has shown many times that he can unravel at any moment. The putter is always a huge question mark, and you always worry that he will psyche himself out. With all of this said, both Torrey North and Torrey South demand elite ball-striking, and if there’s one thing that Keegs can do, it’s strike the hell out of it. Keegan has finished inside the top 5 in two of his last three trips to San Diego, so he has shown he can play well here. As spazzy as this man can sometimes be, he knows how to find the winner’s circle when he’s in contention on Sunday. Butter adds another to his collection this week at the Farmers.

BearTony Finau — Tony the Tiger. Hoping he can emulate Tiger’s Torrey success this week and get a win of his own. He’s a lock for Top 20 here, and I need some guaranteed cash after an MC last week. Let’s go low Tone.

Sean Carney: Marc Leishman — The Lefty Slice camp is going with Marc “Big Daddy” Leishman this week. This is Leishman’s favorite event on tour; he absolutely loves coming here. I think Leish’s length will suit this course well and avoid a lot of the long iron shots many in the field will have to deal with. We saw fellow Aussie Cameron Smith win the other week playing with a heavy heart and think the same will hold true for Marc this week.

Jack CorriganHideki Matsuyama One of the best ball strikers there is on tour, he has the length and can take advantage of this par 72 with those facets of his game. As long as he is seeing the green in regulation stat at a high percentage there is no reason he should not be in the mix come Sunday. Obviously his putter is extremely suspect, but the number of times he gives himself good looks should be enough to make his score somewhere near the top of the leaderboard. 

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