One and Done: API

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).

Honda Classic Results

Bear: Tommy Fleetwood, 3rd-483K
Sean Carney: Lee Westwood, T4-280K
Jack Corrigan
: Daniel Berger, T4-280K
Jake Mulholland: Gary Woodland, T8-205K
Frank Laterza
: Shane Lowry, T21-71K
Tony Kasper: Ian Poulter, T27-47K
Mike McNamara: Brooks Koepka, MC-0K
Kevin Walsh: Louis Oosthuizen, MC-0K

-Overall a pretty solid week for the group at the Honda. Always a tricky week, and they hit 50% on Top 10’s.

-Boy was that close for Bear and Tommy. Hard to be upset with almost half a million, but that’s definitely a situation where a solo 3rd doesn’t taste so sweet.

-Solid bounce back week for Jack with a T4 from a player outside the top 100 rankings. Slice ain’t too upset with his T4 from Westy, either.

-Mike got what he wanted when the poolwide picks went public, only two people on Brooks. He didn’t get what he wanted from Brooks himself, though.

Season Standings through Week 9:

Place Name Points Wins Top 5 Top 10 Cashes Events
2 TKASPER31 4,090,669 2 3 4 8 9
21 LEFTY SLICE 2,504,509 1 3 4 7 9
27 ITALIANMAMBA 2,312,196 0 3 5 8 9
34 WHITE WOLF 1/5 2,016,077 1 2 3 8 9
56 JROONS 1,538,765 0 2 4 7 9
57 ITONLYTAKES1 1,530,913 0 2 2 7 9
59 MOULINROUGE 1,507,112 0 2 3 6 9
62 CHASIN A DREAM 1,403,230 0 1 2 8 9

Honda Picks

Kevin Walsh: Adam Scott — A moment of silence for the Louis Oost selection last week…thank you. After 2 strong MC’s in a 3 week span, we held an internal meeting last week and feel good about our plan moving forward. Which begins with Adam Scott. Adam has played some really solid golf this year and backed up his win at Genesis with a solid 26th the week after in Mexico. With a full week off to recharge the batteries, we think this is a great spot for Adam to get back into contention. It’s a ball strikers course and a place where many non-Americans have taken home the title. Adam, himself, has a 3rd and 12th here in his last 4 tries, so we know he is capable. While I’m usually not a fan of the belly putter, I will be this week. Onward Adam!

Tony Kasper: Patrick Reed — Enough messing around. I got cute the last two weeks and picked guys who under-delivered for me, so it’s time to pick one of the studs in the field from this great event. Many will be off Reed because he just won in his last event, but his performances in the weeks following his recent wins have been very impressive:

2016 post-Barclays win: T5, T13
2018 post-Masters win: T7, 8th
2019 post-Northern Trust win: T19, T9

Do I wish I took him in Mexico? Of course, but history shows he does not have a let-down after finding the winner’s circle. When Reed is hot, ride his hot hand and expect a good result.

Frank Laterza: Adam Scott — Total dart here. I’m not gonna use him anywhere else, he’s a good wind player, and he’s in solid form. His “I’m playing in tournaments to win them” mentality helps draw me to him, and I really don’t love anyone else. Not the BEST track record in Orlando, but everything seems to be clicking, and I’ll take the chance and hope he finds his magic.

Mike McNamaraKevin Kisner — Desperate times call for desperate measures, and I’m turning to Kiz to right the ship for me. He sat T3 after 54 holes last year here, and I believe his Sunday struggles from a year ago will turn to extra motivation for this week. Has the short game and putting to get out of trouble here, and if he can consistently put the ball in the fairway he will have opportunities to score. Flying under the radar as always, and this time of the year is when he starts to play his best golf. Cmon Kizzy!

BearPatrick Reed — We had Reed’s caddie Kessler Karain on the podcast this week, and he spoke about their immense confidence right now. Patrick’s game is in a really good spot, and I see him as a fairly valuable under-the-radar type pick this week. It was hard not to at the very least look at Rory, but I think he has to be saved for bigger and better things.

Sean Carney: Rory McIlroy — Not going to over-complicate things this week, going with Rory McIlroy. For starters, his track record here is impeccable. Nothing worse than 6th in the last 3 years, with a win in there. Outside of that, this guy is nuclear hot right now. In his last 6, he has 2 wins and honestly had a case to be made to win all 6. I wanted to save for a bigger money, but just a gut feeling he wins.

Jake MulhollandXander Schauffele — X marks the spot this week at the API. Top five in Birdie or Better: Par 5, Top 10 in SG: Approach, Top 10 in SG: Greens in Regulation, Top 20 SG: Birdie or Better. The statistics support my pick this week but Im very concerned about his potential performance on the Green. He is #2 in Overseaded-Anti Specialists on the Overseed performance versus Expected Strokes Gained behind Derek Fathauer. Don’t plan on using this guy in any of the big tournies upcoming so Im hoping he takes care of the field this week at Arnie’s Place.

Jack Corrigan: Byeong Hun An — An Orlando native who improves every time he steps up to Bay Hill. With a top 5 last week, Byeong is proving himself to be a contender on tour, but still needs to prove he can win. With South Korean native Im winning last week, I believe that will be motivating An to stay hungry and join him on the winning train. He obviously showed he likes playing on Bermuda and can pound the ball on this Par 72 course with 4 Par 5’s, so I like his chances to score. His putter is underrated and his distance with his irons 200+ out is outstanding. I expect a South Korean back-to-back this week at Bay Hill.

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