One and Done: PGA Championship

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).

FedEx-St.Jude Results

Sean Carney: Justin Thomas, 1st-1.8M
Frank Laterza: Brooks Koepka, T2-695K
Jake Mulholland: Matthew Fitzpatrick, T6-268K
Jack Corrigan
: Billy Horschel, T25-87K
Mike McNamara: Tommy Fleetwood, T35-56K
Tony Kasper: Rory McIlroy, T47-47K
Kevin Walsh: Viktor Hovland, T59-35K
Bear: Tyrrell Hatton, T69-32K

-Slice is hot hot hot!!! That’s 2 wins in 3 tourneys. Can he keep it up this week?

-Very solid value Brooks pick by Frank; meanwhile, Jake “Chalk” Mulholland ridess Fitzy to a decent Top 10.

Season Standings through Week Number WhoKnowsButWhoCaresGolfIsBack:

Place Name Points Wins Top 5 Top 10 Cashes Events
3 LEFTY SLICE 7,290,510 3 8 9 13 18
10 TKASPER31 4,893,073 2 4 6 14 18
50 ITALIANMAMBA 3,359,121 0 5 7 11 18
52 WHITE WOLF 1/5 3,202,814 1 4 5 15 18
57 MOULINROUGE 3,190,1976 0 4 6 12 18
81 JROONS 2,186,943 0 2 5 14 18
87 ITONLYTAKES1 1,911,877 0 2 2 11 18
91 CHASIN A DREAM 1,699,913 0 1 2 11 18

PGA Championship Picks

Kevin Walsh: Rory McIlroy — Sorry in advance Rors. I like the setup, as I think his driver will set him up better than most. Has to hit better iron shots to contend than he has since the restart, so taking a chance he’ll dial it in this week. Who knows anymore.

Tony Kasper: Patrick Cantlay — The restart continues to be unkind to me, but the years’ first major offers a huge opportunity to turn this around. Xander, Bryson and Rahm will be more popular, but Cantlay could very well become the next first time major winner. His stats range from solid to elite in every major category, including top 10 in SG: Approach, SG: T2G and SG: Total. I anticipate this week to look a lot like last years’ PGA Championship. That means we’ll see only a handful of players under par and the course playing like a quasi-US Open. Cantlay finished third last year at Bethpage and after turning things around on the weekend in Memphis (65-67), comes in with momentum.  With 30+ people in the pool likely to be on Brooks, this will either be a week of a big jump ahead or a significant slide. I have faith Patrick will keep me near the top.

Frank Laterza: Tony Finau — Long off the tee, top 35 in approach, and top 15 overall in strokes gained. Sunday has been an issue, but I’d rather have a guy who can correct Sunday issues than a guy who’s never there. Won’t be chalky, and I need to keep solo riding like I did Brooks last weekend. Happy Major week, y’all.

Mike McNamaraPatrick Cantlay — An often forgotten name when the game’s elite are listed. This week at Harding Park I believe Patrick will change that narrative. Has shown he has the game to compete in major championships, and his tee to green arsenal should be well equipped to have success on this golf course. Scrambling will also be a key ingredient needed to score well in the windy conditions, and Cantlay has the tidy short games that is required. As always, Patrick will be playing with his late friend Chris Roth on his mind. Something tells me he’s gonna make Chris extra proud come Sunday evening in Northern California.

Bear: Patrick Cantlay — You’ve already heard the logic behind this pick from Tony and Mike. Mine? Patrick Cantlay is returning home to California. So now, just sing along with PC — “I’m going going, back back, to Cali Cali!”

Sean Carney: Tiger Woods — Going with the Big Cat this week, Tiger Woods. “Peak for the majors”… That is what we are looking for this week from Eldrick. Going to be a lot of long iron shots this week. With cooler temps and a long track, just don’t see why I wouldn’t want to take the best iron player to ever live. The cool conditions do scare me a bit with the back, but like the early start Thursday morning with an afternoon tee time Friday for optimal recovery. He showed up on site on Sunday and skipped the WGC tune up. To me, that’s a locked in Tiger, and the field should be scared.

Jake MulhollandDustin Johnson — After a solid week in Memphis I think I’ve finally righted the ship. In terms of overall performance, I am looking to get my fifth career win in the OAD pool. DJ did the job for me in Mexico in 2017 for Career Win #2, and I’m looking to take him at TPC Harding Park this week. Clean shaven DJ is a sight to behold, and I, for one, am a fan of the move. After multiple rounds well over par, I think it was time for him to take off all the bad chi that resided in his beard following the Harbour Town victory. Good to see 20 birdies on the card this past weekend. This man is capable of big numbers both high and low, and I think we go low this week with the stud who has won every year on Tour since his debut. I’m a little disappointed in the way Fitzy finished the last few holes after starting hot round 4. Hoping for a few under par each day for the Taylormade loyalist. Will he take down Brooks this year at the PGA Championship? Last year he came up just short, and I sure would love to see that final pairing come Sunday.

Jack Corrigan: Jordan Spieth — Doubt him, challenge him, tell him he’s too emotional, tell him his mechanics are off, he wants you to. His driver was suspect once again last week, well guess what… it was a practice round for him. In my mind, he played Southwind to test some things out in his game. His irons were superb, his short game will always be there, and he’ll find magic with his putter. In 2017, I predicted this to be the spot where he would complete the Grand Slam, and now is his time. This man wants to be #6 to do so, and it will happen this week at TPC Harding Park.

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