One and Done: Honda Classic

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).

WGC Mexico Results

Kevin Walsh: Jon Rahm, T3-600K
Frank Laterza
: Rory McIlroy, 5th-430K
Sean Carney: Gary Woodland, T12-182K
Mike McNamara: Xander Schauffele, T14-160K
Jake Mulholland: Tommy Fleetwood, T18-126K
Bear: Adam Scott, T26-90K
Tony Kasper: Sergio Garcia, T37-56K
Jack Corrigan: Dustin Johnson, T48-46K

-Very competitive week down in Mexico. Kevin and Frank had very legitimate chances at getting the W, Kevin after Rahm’s ridiculous Saturday, and Frank after Rory’s very solid first 3 days. In the end, neither made a push on the back 9, and they’ll both have to take their Top 5s.

-Pretty mediocre tournament for the rest of the gang. Jack’s got to feel a bit snake bitten right now after riding Bubba on an MC and DJ on a T48. Can he shake it this week as we head to Florida?

Season Standings through Week 8:

Place Name Points Wins Top 5 Top 10 Cashes Events
1 TKASPER31 4,043,725 2 3 4 7 8
19 ITALIANMAMBA 2,241,613 0 3 5 7 8
20 LEFTY SLICE 2,224,509 1 2 3 6 8
36 WHITE WOLF 1/5 1,736,077 1 1 2 7 8
45 ITONLYTAKES1 1,530,913 0 2 2 7 8
53 CHASIN A DREAM 1,403,230 0 1 2 8 8
57 MOULINROUGE 1,302,362 0 2 2 5 8
74 JROONS 1,055,765 0 1 3 6 8

Honda Picks

Kevin Walsh: Louis Oosthuizen — Rahmbo did exactly what leaders do for us last week. The now #2 ranked player in the world put us on his back and rallied after an awful start to seriously threaten for the title…ultimately placing T3. It was a good mojo boost after a tough run of events. Now we’re back to the Bear Trap, and this event may be one of the toughest picks of the year. In my desire to stay away from chalk in the low $ events, I’m taking a man who is as capable as anyone, but may be going under the radar: Sweet Lou. Louis was awful in the ball striking categories, and I mean really bad, which will hopefully scare people off of him. Not me. Lou doesn’t seem the type to get too worried about an off week, and we know in golf things can change in one swing. I’m counting on him figuring some things out on the range and bringing back that classic ball striking to one of the toughest tests on tour. Par is never a bad score here, and we have full confidence Lou can mix in some birdies and get himself in contention this weekend. Let’s keep the mojo rollin!

Tony Kasper: Ian Poulter Purely a survive and advance pick here, but I like Poulter’s upside in this event. Always a very solid ball striker and putter, his game off the tee will be key when navigating the course this weekend. His history here isn’t great, but we’re taking a swing and saving some of the bigger names in the field for the rest of the season.

Frank Laterza: Shane Lowry — Hopefully we get some wind, because a tough course + tough conditions is where Mr. Lowry shines. I am 0/4 making the cut at this tournament, so going with a guy I don’t usually use. He has been great off the tee and great on approach. Another not so great putter that I need to putt well. What could go wrong? 

Mike McNamaraBrooks Koepka — I definitely do not feel great about this pick, but here I go. My focus this year has been for every tournament to pick a man I believe is capable of winning the golf tournament. Frankly, there are not many men in this field that I can confidently say that about. So I’m going with the #2 player in the world playing at home. Am I scared about potential rust? Yes. Am I scared this marks only the 2nd event Brooks will be playing in 2020? Absolutely. But at the end of the day, I’d rather roll out a guy with crazy talent on a tough track as opposed to taking the chalk or a flyer on a boom-or-bust type. Go get it done Brooks.

BearTommy Fleetwood — Riding the Fleetwood wave the week after he led the pool in pick percentage at 19%. He played well here last year, his only time at the track, and there’s no doubt in mind he’s going to play well again this year. I’ve been dropping like a sack of potatoes the last month, and it’s time for me to kick it into high gear with a stud like Tommy. No gimmicks, I’m simply taking one of the best golfers in the field. Make my Dreams come true Fleetwood Mac!

Sean Carney: Lee Westwood — Going with Lee Westwood this week, which is something I never thought I’d say. Really didn’t want to take a Fowler, Fleetwood, or Koepka type because I think this would be a bad tournament to not hit with them. Anticipating Horschel being serious chalk this week, so went with a guy who knows how to win. He just won last month overseas, and I figured he’d be a guy who know how to navigate a tough track. He is 6/6 on cuts made here and has 3 top 10s. Taking a flier and hoping it pays off.

Jake Mulholland: Gary Woodland — I like Woody here. Has been off and on as of late, but he putts better on Bermuda than the Poa that made up most of the courses out West. You may think this is a chalky pick this week, but I disagree. The Honda is a tough week to pick a champion, and I think that people are going to get too cute this week. The average participant will be throwing darts in hopes of landing on a solid target. In addition, I think Woodland is one of those guys that just hangs around all year and you forget to use him. With that being said, I think people won’t roll him out at this averagely sized event. Expectiving less than 8 on the Wilson subscriber. My instinct has failed me over the last few weeks, and I’m hoping to grab a Top 10 out of this pick with Top 5 potential. Woodland will use the Honda finish as momentum heading into the PLAYERS and beyond.

Jack CorriganDaniel Berger — Since 2015 I have been waiting for boog to break out at the Honda, and it is the year to happen. After two chalky picks, I’m hoping this one changes things up. He’s a Florida guy, used to playing here, and his game seems to be back. I’m hoping he’s hungry for a dub this week. 

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