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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

DEAN & DELUCA Invitational - One-and-Done

It's been brought to my attention that I'm on a bit of a slump in the OAD of late. I was somewhat surprised to see that I've gone without a top 50 since the Charley Hoffman win at the Valero Texas Open. Perhaps I'm due?

What I will say, as it's time to select the one-and-done for the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational, is that the process is always the same every week in terms of OAD selection. Whether it be one of my six missed cuts or one of the four wins, the effort and research was the same every week.

With that as the backdrop, I'm pegging a guy that can be a little hard to target from week-to-week, but one in the midst of a great season and who should be a good fit this week. That is Kevin Chappell. Were it not for Jason Day, Chappell would own two PGA TOUR victories this season. As it stands, he has three runner-up finishes this season and is still seeking his first TOUR title.

Perhaps this will be the week. Perhaps not. Either way, he's the call!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

AT&T Byron Nelson - One-and-Done

The AT&T Byron Nelson kicks off in about 24 hours, so let's set the one-and-done and get ready to watch it all play out.

As my Rotoworld power ranking would suggest, I put a decent amount of emphasis on course history. I've seen this as a rather quirky tournament of late, that's been pretty hard to peg. Steven Bowditch and Brendon Todd are not all that similar, for instance, so it's hard to rely on stat trends.

Two players that I still have available quickly stood out as my potential options. They are Ryan Palmer and Marc Leishman. Both are adequately long. Both are known to be good wind players if the situation arises. Both have very good records at TPC Four Seasons Resort, including top-three finishes.

That brought the tie breaker down to current form. I give the nod to Palmer after a T4 in the Valero Texas Open. Leishman is hovering around the top 20 / top 30 halo of late, which is his only slight knock.

Best of luck to all!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

THE PLAYERS Championship - One-and-done

Next up on the PGA TOUR is THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass. Following our OAD win with Charley Hoffman at the Valero Texas Open, we are stuck in a rut with a Justin Rose MC in New Orleans and a meaningless finish by J.B. Holmes at Quail Hollow last week. The pressure is on, and the massive purse gives us every reason to do our best this week.

As a general rule, I'm not a fan of getting cute at THE PLAYERS. The purse is just too big and there is still plenty of time to catch up if trailing.

As much as I love Russell Knox this week, I'm holstering him for the more proven Sergio Garcia. Many (or all) of you have been burned by Garcia at some point, but you have to feel pretty good about five, top-four finishes at TPC Sawgrass including a win and two runner-ups to go with just two missed cuts in 16 tries.

Let's go, Sergio!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Wells Fargo Championship - One-and-Done

The Wells Fargo Championship kicks off tomorrow morning at Quail Hollow Club, and it's time to declare the OAD for the week.

The real question this week is simple. Burn Rory, or don't?

With two wins and a runner-up the case is very easy to make for McIlroy. I'm holding off because I'm waiting on him to get really hot. While patience was costly last year due to Rory's injury, I'm betting that he stays healthy and catches fire at some point over the next few months.

With him eliminated from the OAD, but still in the field, I dove a little deeper down my Rotoworld power ranking for the answer. I debated between Kevin Chappell and J.B. Holmes before ultimately taking the upside of the past champion (Holmes).

Bombs away! Let's go J.B.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Zurich Classic of New Orleans - One-and-Done

The Zurich Classic of New Orleans kicks off in almost exactly 24 hours, and here is the one-and-done pick for the week.

Fortunately, we have a little momentum after picking up our fourth win of the 2015-16 season last week with Charley Hoffman. Much to my pleasing, the top guy on my power ranking (Rotoworld.com) this week is still available in my OAD game. That is Justin Rose.

Given he has been a top-10 lock at TPC Louisiana and is playing well of late, he's the easy choice for me. I realize that some games don't allow for the selections of defending champs. If you are in such a format, I would strongly urge you to consider Billy Horschel. He's coming in hot and tends to play well in spurts.

Best of luck to all!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Valero Texas Open - OAD

We are just hours away from the first tee ball in the air at the Valero Texas Open, so I'll keep the one-and-done selection brief.

I'll do what I should have done at the RBC Heritage last week (Luke Donald) and trust the course history buff. That is, Charley Hoffman. Best of luck to all!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

RBC Heritage - One-and-Done

The Masters was almost perfect, as Jordan Spieth led by five with nine holes to play. The next three holes killed our one-and-done pick, as Spieth went bogey-bogey-quad on 10, 11 and 12 to fade into a tie for second. While Spieth quite literally cost himself a million bucks, he cost those of us that backed him in the OAD some money in our pools as well.

We move on!

The RBC Heritage looks to be a wet and windy affair this week in Hilton Head. When weather is a possible factor, I tend to shy away from burning studs. My research indicates that it's impossible to tell at this stage whether or not one draw favors the other, so I'm not factoring that into the decision.

I actually had to dig fairly deep down my power ranking this week to find the right choice. I ignored Jason Day, as I have plans for him in a much bigger event down the road. (Before you ask, I'm not sure which one.)

Ranking 7-11 in my Rotoworld power ranking were Boo Weekley, Luke Donald, Russell Knox, Graeme McDowell and Matthew Fitzpatrick. We've essentially got four guys from Scotland / England Northern Ireland and Boo. It just so happens that all are available to me, so this comes down to who I like the best in the wind.

Donald has struggled on and off of late, so I don't know that I trust his game in the wind. He's a great scrambler, but the conditions may be too much.

I've decided to go off the grid a bit and pick a non-member on the heels of Danny Willett's non-member win at the Masters. I'm taking another Brit. That would be Matthew Fitzpatrick. He moved up to 39th in the OWGR after a T7 in a blustery Masters and finished T23 here in 2014 on a sponsor's invite.

Best of luck to all!