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).
Frank Laterza: Justin Thomas, 1st, 2.7M
Jake Mulholland: Justin Thomas, 1st, 2.7M
Tony Kasper: Patrick Reed, T22, 136K
Jack Corrigan: Dustin Johnson, T48, 38K
Kevin Walsh: Dustin Johnson, T48, 38K
Mike McNamara: Billy Horschel, T58, 34K
Sean Carney: Patrick Cantlay, MC
Bear: Tony Finau, MC
Kevin Walsh: Joaquin Neimann — It was always going to be Joaquin this week. Ignoring the obvious pick in Sungjae could prove costly, however we’ve deemed it worth the risk. The Chilean sensation doesn’t have a great track record here, but he’s an improved player, and if he can avoid the sloppy mistakes of last year at this tournament, we think he can have a shot on Sunday. Onward we go!
Mike McNamara: Shane Lowry — Keeping it simple this week. The big Irishman finished in the top ten last week at Sawgrass, conditions this week call for blustery wind…this man has shown many times (See Portrush) how he can tame heavy gusts, and PGA National is about a 5 minute drive from his home. Happy Paddy’s Day Shaner!
Bear: Shane Lowry — A week for the Irish…. go low at your home course brother!
Sean Carney: Russell Henley — Rolling with Russell Henley this week. The Lefty Slice is lost. We’re coming off a WD at the API and a MC at the players. Russ daddy is just the guy to get us back on track. Former winner, good ball striker, hoping that can rise in a weaker field. We shall see!
Jack Corrigan: Adam Scott — Has struggled with irons this season and relied on flat stick, but saw him hit it well enough last week. Believe he finds form here, a place he has won before and contends yet again. It seems like he’ll catch breaks with his tee times and hopefully that will lead to glory.
Frank Laterza: Joaquin Niemann — Simply looking for the class in this field. I’ve already used Sungjae, and Berger has some rib issues, so I’ll just move down the list to Niemann. He’s 9th on tour in Strokes Gained Total this season, and came in 2nd in Hawaii – another track that can play windy. Coming off a 29th at the Players, in a much weaker field I expect Niemann to contend. FWIW, he’s been bet down from his opener of 20 to 13 at Draft Kings, so chalk is certainly possible. Nonetheless, vamos.
Jake Mulholland: Shane Lowry — Watching this man post three scores in the 60s last week was mind boggling. If a couple more birdies fell on Thursday/ Friday, Shane would have been in contention coming down the stretch. A Sunday (-4) and good showing in SG: Approach, and SG: Putting gives me confidence rolling The Open Champ ‘19. PGA National is infamous for its Bear Trap and historically windy conditions. Taking what I see as chalk here at the Honda in hopes of making a good run come Sunday.