One and Done: Pebble Beach

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).

WMPO Results

Jack Corrigan: Webb Simpson, 1st-1.314M
Tony Kasper
: Webb Simpson, 1st-1.314M
Mike McNamara: Tony Finau, 2nd-796K
Frank Laterza: Byeong Hun An, T9-171K
Bear: Branden Grace, T9-171K
Jake Mulholland: Matt Kuchar, T16-97K
Sean Carney: Collin Morikawa, T25-53K
Kevin Walsh: Gary Woodland, T40-29K

-Wooooow what a dramatic Sunday for this group. Congrats to Jack and Tony! Hell of a win. But boy do you have to feel for Mike. You know that one’s going to sit with him for a long time. Can he bounce back quickly this week?

-Another Top 10 for Frank and Bear as they’re hitting Top 10s at a 60% clip this season.

-Is it time to ask ourselves if Kevin can contend this season? Very solid year last year for him, but it kind of seems like he has the yips — Jordie-esque issues. This week may make or break his season. Stay tuned.

Season Standings through Week 5:

Place Name Points Wins Top 5 Top 10 Cashes Events
4 TKASPER31 2,313,525 1 2 3 5 5
9 LEFTY SLICE 1,755,083 1 2 2 4 5
13 WHITEWOLF1/4 1,673,807 1 1 2 5 5
18 ITALIANMAMBA 1,560,018 0 2 3 4 5
28 CHASIN A DREAM 1,195,232 0 1 2 5 5
29 MOULINROUGE 1,176,862 0 2 2 4 5
46 JROONS 948,293 0 1 3 4 5
48 ITONLYTAKES1 902,352 0 1 1 5 5

Pebble Beach Picks

Kevin Walsh: Kuuuuuchhh — This week is similar to last in terms of a select number of players being the obvious choices with their course history. DJ, Sneds, Phil, Casey, all fit the bill. Last week it worked well with Webb, but we’re hoping for a bit of an upset this week. So we’re gonna roll with a guy more than capable in Matty Kuchar. Kuch hasn’t done all that well at this event but placed 22nd last year and our camp believes that could be improved upon easily in 2020. Fresh off a win overseas and a solid 4 days in Scottsdale, Kuch is striking the ball well and has shown the ability to win in bunches. The courses set up well for him and you know he will love wearing the beanie in the colder weather. The only question now is if he has truly shaken the curse of Tucan. We will see come Sunday @ one of the most beautiful courses in America, Pebble Beach.

Tony Kasper: Brandt Snedeker — What a weekend Corrigan and I had with that Webb Winner at WMPO. Started off shaky shooting even on Thursday, but followed it up with a rapid rise up the leaderboard to capture the playoff victory. Going to follow some of the strategy I had last week with a heavier consideration of course history than I normally would. Many past winners here have won or contended multiple times, and it seems like knowledge of the course setup does matter more early in the year. That brings me to Brandt, who I hope will be less owned than normal since he missed the cut here last year and missed the cut last weekend. However, he’s had a very strong start to the season (a third place and top 15 finish in three starts) and he knows how to handle this tournament as well as anyone.  Let’s see if we can go back to back.

Frank Laterza: Paul Casey — I rode alone last week, and this week I’ll be riding with many. He’s 19th in strokes gained off the tee, 24th in approach, and 29th tee to green. That’s pretty damn good. He’s also 208th in putting!! That’s REALLY damn bad. But he’s shown he can play here, and I’m all in on using big dogs whenever I can. Make a few putts, Paul, and don’t make us finish on a Monday this year.

Mike McNamaraViktor Hovland — In a week that is always tough to pick given the unique pro-am circumstances and the three course rotation, I am going with a youngster who has a special history at Pebble Beach. Hovland won the US Amateur here in 2018, taking out Amateur Hour Alum Cole Hammer in the semifinals, and proceeded to set the amateur scoring record in the 2019 US Open at Pebble finishing T12. His current form isn’t exactly inspiring, but some places just bring the magic for players. Hovland adds to his illustrious record at Pebble this week.

BearMatthew Fitzpatrick — Going contrarian again this week after being scarred from my DJ ride here last year. Last June, Matty was quoted saying “someone like me can win here.” Now’s the time brother.

Sean Carney: Brandt Snedeker — Going with Brandt Snedeker this week. The guy loves playing here and loves playing on the west coast. He has won here twice and is off to a pretty good start to the year with a top 5 finish at the Farmers and a 12th at the Sony. Going to hope the MC last week scares people off, though I do think I’ll be playing with the chalk this week.

Jake Mulholland: Rafa Cabrera-Bello If not for 3 double bogeys in round 4 of last year’s tournament here at Pebble, Rafa would have found himself in the Top 10 and potentially the top 5 pending some momentum. I’m heading away from the crowd this week in hopes of nabbing a top 10 out of a guy who may be motivated to redeem himself. Weather last year was abysmal and for some reason this year I think Rafa has a real shot at the Pebble Beach pro Am. 

Jack CorriganPaul Casey — These greens are the smallest sized greens out on tour which gives the great ball striker Paul Casey a huge advantage. Pebble now a 1.4 Mil pot so you have to take somebody you think will compete. Paul has back to back top 10’s here and has been just fine overall this season but I’m looking for revenge with him from last year here blowing that 3-4 stroke lead to Lefty. 

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