One and Done: WGC-FedEx St. Jude

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).

3M Results

Jack Corrigan: Tony Finau, T3-251K
Mike McNamara: Sam Burns, T32-35K
Jake Mulholland: EVR, MC-0K
Frank Laterza: Tommy Fleetwood, MC-0K
Bear: Paul Casey, MC-0K
Kevin Walsh: Paul Casey, MC-0K
Sean Carney: Paul Casey, MC-0K
Tony Kasper: Doc Redman, MC-0K

-Solid pick by Jack, tough for him that half the field tied for 3rd though.

-I have no comment otherwise.

Season Standings through Week Number WhoKnowsButWhoCaresGolfIsBack:

Place Name Points Wins Top 5 Top 10 Cashes Events
4 LEFTY SLICE 5,470,510 2 7 9 12 17
7 TKASPER31 4,846,573 2 4 6 13 17
47 WHITE WOLF 1/5 3,115,614 1 4 5 14 17
52 MOULINROUGE 2,922,643 0 4 5 11 17
57 ITALIANMAMBA 2,664,121 0 4 6 10 17
77 JROONS 2,154,943 0 2 5 13 17
85 ITONLYTAKES1 1,876,627 0 2 2 10 17
88 CHASIN A DREAM 1,643,802 0 1 2 10 17

WGC-FedEx St. Jude Picks

Kevin Walsh: Viktor Hovland — We reside at at the back of the pack as we begin the big $ events, and many outsiders have taken notice. So who do we turn to? Why not a low owned young gun who can hit the ball as well as anyone in this field. While it may look bleak, we will not give in. As Socrates said, “Falling down is not a failure. Failure comes when you stay where you have fallen.” And we have no plans of doing that. Onward we go!

Tony Kasper: Rory McIlroy — Time to make a surge back up the pool standings. Nobody’s been more consistent in WGC’s of late than the Northern Irishman:

WGC Mexico – 5th

WGC-HSBC – 1st

WGC St. Jude – 4th

WGC Match Play – 9th

WGC Mexico – 2nd

My only hesitation is that he hasn’t rounded back into form since the restart, but that also presents a great opportunity to be on him when he does find that form again. If Rory can keep it out of the water he should find himself near or at the top of the leaderboard Sunday afternoon. 

Frank Laterza: Brooks Koepka — Total contrarian play. He lost over 5 strokes on the green last weekend, but struck the ball beautifully. Defending champ. I can’t MC. Brooks is here.

Mike McNamaraTommy Fleetwood — This pick may come as a surprise given Tommy missed the cut last week in Minnesota in his only appearance since the restart. However, watching a good amount of Tommy’s Thursday and Friday rounds on PGA TOUR Live, I was actually pretty impressed with his ball-striking given it was his first start on TOUR in months. He simply gave away a lot of strokes on the greens and had a few loose swings. I expect Tommy to wipe away all of the rust this week and start hitting the 5-10 footers that he could not make last week. In his first appearance at TPC Southwind a year ago he finished 4th, and I am hopeful he can improve on that performance in his 2nd showing at The Birthplace of Rock n Roll.

Bear: Tyrrell Hatton — Going to be completely honest with you guys. This week I didn’t do my typical research, research that clearly hasn’t been working. Instead. I went to my remaining players and selected the highest ranked player I wouldn’t really consider for a major or playoff event. Doesn’t hurt that T-Bone’s been great since the break, I suppose.

Sean Carney: Justin Thomas — Riding with Justin Thomas this week. Paul Casey forgot how to putt last week and I’m hoping Thomas doesn’t run into this issue this week as I see the putter as the only club in the bag holding him back. Tee to Green, JT is up there with anyone. He’s going to have birdie look after birdie look this week. Thomas tends to struggle inside 10 feet. If he can putt at an above average percentage, I think he’ll have a pretty damn good chance to win this week. His form has been great since the restart, so hoping that continues.

Jake MulhollandMatthew Fitzpatrick — Boy have I been disappointed in my picks over the past couple weeks! Will this be the turn around week? I think so! Fitzpatrick is coming into the first WGC since the restart with some newly acquired knowledge and a sharp game, as proven last Sunday at Muirfield. Over the past two weeks Fitzpatrick has been accompanied by Jim “Bones” Mackay on the links while his normal caddie, Billy Foster (longtime European Tour caddie) remained at home. I think Fitzy took a lot from the two weeks with Bones on the bag and will take the newly acquired playing style into the WGC up against the big boys. It is hard to believe that Fitzpatrick is still only 25. Still awaiting on his first PGA tour victory, I think he cracks the Top 5 this week in Memphis and gives Jon Rahm and Rory a real run for their money. Hoping this young stud can break out this week at a big event where cash is king! 

Jack Corrigan: Billy Horschel — Horsch is in SEC nation, and he is in great form to come into Memphis. A WGC adds to Horsch’s legacy, and you best believe he has his eyes on the prize this week. A top 10 last year at TPC Southwind and a pair of top 10s the past two weeks leaves for no excuses if he doesn’t perform. He seems to be in gear for the heart of the schedule ahead, and he certainly has the game for it if he’s on. Only two par 5’s mean distance isn’t a huge advantage here and that accuracy and putting are hope that gives Horsch some confidence. 

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