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).
Kevin Walsh: Matt Kuchar, T38-29K
Mike McNamara: Viktor Hovland, T38-29K
Bear: Matthew Fitzpatrick, T60-17K
Frank Laterza: Paul Casey, T64-17K
Jack Corrigan: Paul Casey, T64-17K
Jake Mulholland: Rafa Cabrera-Bello, 0K-MC
Sean Carney: Brandt Snedeker, 0K-MC
Tony Kasper: Brandt Snedeker, 0K-MC
-Well after 3 combined wins the last 2 weeks among this group, I guess a week like this was coming. Our two leaders both MC, course horses not course-horsing. Just wasn’t a good week.
-Jack, Mike, and Kevin at least keep their no cut streak alive, could be down to around 10 of 100 guys left.
Season Standings through Week 6:
|Place||Name||Points||Wins||Top 5||Top 10||Cashes||Events|
|35||CHASIN A DREAM||1,223,793||0||1||2||6||6|
Kevin Walsh: Justin Thomas — The revenge tour starts now. I’m counting on last years mini collapse to get JT extra motivated this week. He’s already playing some great golf so far in 2020, and everyone knows he is a man who can get extremely hot for stretches. He seems to have figured out the course over the last few years, and a pairing with Tiger should have him all systems go to be in contention. I am slightly worried he could end up trying to hard, but I believe he has enough experience to harness his emotions as a positive to avenge last year. After floating in the lazy river of 20-50k for 3 weeks of this pool, it’s time to go. We’ll start with a man who wants a win as badly as we do. Giddy up!
Tony Kasper: TBD
Frank Laterza: Dustin Johnson — This prize money has gone up significantly, so it’s time to bring out a significant golfer. DJ’s course record speaks for itself, and he’s been playing pretty well coming in, minus a horrid Sunday last week. This course is beyond long, and so is Dustin to match. Flat stick, be hot my friend. Go DJ, cuz that’s my DJ.
Mike McNamara: Tiger Woods — I’m going with the ultimate story this week. An opportunity to claim his 83rd PGA Tour victory which would give him the most career wins outright. A chance to get that win at the place where he made his first career tour start. A chance to finally win at Riviera, the one track who has had his number over the years. And oh yeah, a chance to do all this in Los Angeles, in honor of his friend and idol Kobe Bryant. The form and motivation are there. Go make it happen Woodsy.
Bear: Bubba Watson — If you’ve been researching, by now you already know the stats — 3-time winner (last 3 even-numbered year), solid recent form (T6, T3). I’ve gotten semi-cute the last few weeks riding some unique names, and it’s time for me to just ride a horse. T15 at worst with plenty of upside. Hoping some of the bigger names falter and Bubba shot shapes at an elite level this week. Going to be a great week of golf.
Sean Carney: Dustin Johnson — Going with Dustin Johnson this week. With the Genesis being upgraded to the invitational status, this purse is now worth choosing a “big dog” in my opinion. With that being said, DJ has not finished worse than 16th, dating back to 2014. He has 4 top 5s with 1 win in that timeframe. Obviously, he knows the formula to win here. It’s been almost a year on the dot since his last win, and I think that streak ends this week.
Jake Mulholland: Justin Thomas — As of Monday, Rory McIlroy has regained the top spot of the OWGR marking the first time in 5 years he has held that title. As much as I love Rory, I don’t think he will hold the top spot for long. Justin Thomas has been a man on a mission the past three years on average, but is looking to reestablish his 2017 form when he won 5 events on the year. This past year, Thomas’ second best finish was at the Genesis Open. He cruised through the first 3 rounds of the tournament at Riviera which has now been reclassified as an Invitational, with the 2020 winner and beyond given a 3 year exemption. He posted a bizarre 75 on the final day, ultimately falling to JB Holmes by one. This year, JT won’t let up and he will take the Genesis by 3 ahead of the other 119 players in the field. I’m super excited for this week because Rahm, DJ, Brooks, and McIlroy will be in the field in addition to my OAD Mr. Thomas.
On a separate note, this is one of my favorite events to watch because the featured groups are usually loaded, the course requires significant shot shaping (which always is fun to watch), and the course features one of the PGA’s most driveable par 4’s (10th hole). All of these qualities, coupled with perfect golf conditions, create a viewer’s paradise. Time for JT to gather some more momentum as we march toward the PGA’s first WGC of the year in Mexico.
Jack Corrigan: Bubba Watson — As a vet in this league, I realize weeks like this is when you want to ride with the party. If 30 guys win and your guy misses the cut, you just fall too far back to recover. Bubba is on a trend to win this week. I would be absolutely shocked if he didn’t contend. Why waste a top level talent you can’t trust if you sincerely believe this guy, ranked 44th or so in the world, will have a great week?