This year we will be tracking each of our writers’ performances in our 100 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).
Sean Carney: Marc Leishman, 1st-1.35M
Bear: Tony Finau, T6-253K
Mike McNamara: Keegan Bradley, T16-114K
Kevin Walsh: Collin Moriakawa, T21-69K
Frank Laterza: Hideki Matsuyama, T45-23K
Jack Corrigan: Hideki Matsuyama, T45-23K
Tony Kasper: Jordan Spieth, T55-17K
Jake Mulholland: Justin Rose, MC
-Big congrats to Carney on the 3rd win of his career. Is this Lefty Slice’s year? There may be something in the air.
-Bear getting top 10s at a 50% clip so far, can he sustain this unprecedented success?
-Did Frank and Jack use Deki a week early??
-Using the 8th ranked player in the world in the 4th week and getting an MC has to be tough. Will Rouge strike gold in Phoenix?
Season Standings through Week 4:
|Place||Name||Points||Wins||Top 5||Top 10||Cashes||Events|
|61||CHASIN A DREAM||399,532||0||0||1||4||4|
Kevin Walsh: Gary Woodland — The Kansas Cannon loads up to take aim at a stacked field this week at the WMPO. Plenty of people will choose at perennial contenders Rahm and Matsuyama this week, or maybe go for it all with JT. Not me. I’m putting my faith in a man who has not only claimed this title before, but has 3 top 10’s in his previous 4 starts and consecutive top 10s in this event. That man is Gary Woodland. Gary has the game in a good spot and is itching to get another win under his belt. We believe last weeks MC was a fluke and may even help him with some extra rest. If he strikes the ball like he is capable, he will be there on Sunday. As most of the time on this tour, it will come down to if he can roll enough putts when he needs to. A little bit of good vibes with his good pal Amy to start the week should only get him in a better mood. I hope to see Gary struttin’ and fist pumpin’ to WMPO title #2 this weekend.
Jake Mulholland: Matt Kuchar — There has been an interesting trend over the first few weeks of the 19-20 season and unsurprisingly those who participated in the President’s Cup in December are faring well. I think the matchups truly prepared the players mentally for the season. We saw Thomas, Reed, and Xander compete at the Sentry, we saw Cameron Smith steele one at the Sony, Ancer almost did it at the AMEX, and just this past week Leishman (International Captain) took home the trophy from the tough track that is Torrey Pines at the Farmer’s Insurance Open. Even though this is a fairly obvious observation and the aforementioned players all fall within the top 20 in the world (aside from Reed) regardless of their participation in the Presidents Cup, I do believe the trend will hold true again at the WMPO. Kuch has been hot here in the past. Just snagged a win at the Singapore Open. I was wrong about that momentum last week with Rosie but with the week off I bet Kuch put in some good work. Faded Rahm last week and that bit me. Going with a horse for the course here. Maybe I’ll stay out of my own way this time.
Tony Kasper: Webb Simpson — I got what I wanted last week, as I was the only one in a 100 person pool to select Jordan. Unfortunately for me, it did not pan out how I would have hoped. He was firmly in the mix after round 2, but we saw his weekend woes continue.
No names really stand out to me aside from the popular picks this week, and they’re popular for good reason. This seems to be a tournament where past success translates over the years, as shown by the recent performances of Hideki, Kuchar, and Rickie. Webb also fits that narrative, as he has 4 top 10 finishes in his last 7 starts here. He is in excellent form, with three 2nd place finishes and a 3rd place finish in his last eight starts. Going to eat some of the “chalk” this week in hopes that it hits.
Frank Laterza: Byeong Hun An — Huge gut call. He has been really just not good as of late. But he was T2 here after 3 rounds last year, and he really for the last 3 years has enjoyed this track. Again, he has been awful of late and absolutely nothing tells me he turns it around, and I think that’s why he finds a groove this week. That my friends, is golf. Bu-bu-bu Benny and the Jetsssssss.
Mike McNamara: Tony Finau — Tony has missed four cuts in a row here but I don’t care. He’s playing really good golf right now and just can’t quite get over the hump. I think that changes this week. Tony was a man who looked up to Kobe Bryant and is a Laker fan because of him. I believe Tony is playing this week for Kobe and will find a way to channel that Mamba Mentality as fuel to help him get his first non-crossover PGA Tournament Title.
Bear: Branden Grace — Brace yourself. I don’t have the guts this week to fail with a top dog after using relatively big names to start the year. Gracie was the runner up last year, and I think he’ll hunt the winner’s circle this week in the most unique tournament of the year.
Sean Carney: Collin Morikawa — First win in quite some time for me last week with Leishman. Trying to keep the hot streak going with Collin Morikawa this week. He is one of the young guns on tour. He is one of the top iron players in the field this week and very good with driving accuracy. This course isn’t long, but will require a lot of short iron shorts. If Morikawa can somehow roll some putts this week, his Achilles heel the last couple weeks, look for him to be in the mix come Sunday.
Jack Corrigan: Webb Simpson — Webber is playing the best golf of his entire life and probably best he will ever play. I believe although he’s a quiet guy, he feeds off this energy. Had a great 4 days in 2017 losing to Matsu in a playoff, and I believe now is the time for revenge. He’s not a bomber but he can plot his way around this golf course perfectly. With limited wind we should also expect his driver and irons to be on. Small pot so didn’t have the balls to take a JT after an MC or Rahm after a heartbreaker.