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).
Bear: Bryson Dechambeau, 1st, 1.67M
Frank Laterza: Matthew Fitzpatrick, T10, 195K
Jack Corrigan: Sungjae Im, T21, 98K
Tony Kasper: Tyrrell Hatton, T21, 98K
Mike McNamara: Rickie Fowler, 72nd, 19K
Sean Carney: Louis Oosthuizen, DNS
Kevin Walsh: Francesco Molinari, MC
Jake Mulholland: Patrick Reed, MC
Season Standings through Week 9:
|Place||Name||Points||Wins||Top 5||Top 10||Cashes||Events|
|46||WHITE WOLF 2/7||1.68M||1||1||1||7||9|
|83||CHASIN A DREAM||.99M||0||1||2||7||9|
Kevin Walsh: Dustin Johnson — Big money event calls for a big time player. TPC Sawgrass is a place where we have seen all types of golfers contend, however I think the change to March does wonders for Dustin. I actually picked him here in 19’ when he was T5, and we felt there was meat left on that bone. He’s got the wedge play and long game to contend here, and the putter will most likely determine if he has a real shot. He did have an uneven performance in the recent WGC, but I’m a fan of the week off for prep and rest heading into a big tournament. All we can ask for is a shot on Sunday at #THEPLAYERS, and I believe Dustin will have our team in the mix.
Mike McNamara: Billy Horschel — Gave JT and Tony a hard look this week, but couldn’t fully commit to one of the top dawgs. Instead, we’re riding the Florida boy playing in his backyard in an event that means everything to him. Showed flashes of brilliant play two weeks ago at Concession, and after a sloppy week in Orlando he will have full focus for this one. That Fedex Cup trophy could use a Players trophy next to it, go get it done Billy!
Bear: Tony Finau — Can he finally break through? I think it’s bound to happen soon. Tony has entered the last round of a tournament in the Top 5 17 times. 206 golfers have done that as many times or more. Only 20 have gained at least one stroke to the field at a higher clip than him, and only 9 have lost at least one stroke to the field at a lesser rate than him. Ipso facto, he plays really solid golf on Sunday’s when he’s in contention despite any “choker” narratives. Get me W #3 Tone!
Sean Carney: Patrick Cantlay — Rolling with Patrick Cantlay this week. From a historical perspective, he has 2 Top 25s and a MC, so nothing crazy to write home about. In his last 6 events, he has been scalding hot. When the stage gets larger, he always tends to lurk around. Hoping to lurk around Sunday and win this thing.
Jack Corrigan: Dustin Johnson — Do not foresee this man completing the career grand slam, but I do think he pecks this off his list of tournaments he needs to win. Everything about this tournament says DJ will win at some point. DJ without a Players to finish his career would be shocking, and he’s more confident now than ever.
Jake Mulholland: Justin Thomas — Went with the gut last week and wasted Reed. Doubling down this week and rolling a guy I think will lead the field in strokes gained putting this week. Tiger’s accident, his grandfather’s passing, and decent form will carry this man to the podium this week at The Players.
Frank Laterza: Justin Thomas — People think he’s been off, and maybe for him he has. But in his last 5 starts, he’s gone 15, MC (after a family tragedy), 13, 3, and 12. He’s still an elite iron player in the game, top 5 in Strokes Gained approach. On a 2nd shot golf course, there isn’t many I want more. He plays a cut off the tee, which is a plus too. He’s also my favorite player on tour, so when we have the biggest purse of the year, it’s time to bring out the guy. Coming off a week of rest, I think he’ll be ready to go. Watch the water and the hot mics. Roll Damn!