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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

CIMB Classic - One-and-Done

The CIMB Classic returns to TPC Kuala Lumpur, with Justin Thomas serving as the defending champion. It's a bit laughable that the second event of the PGA TOUR season offers a dilemma in the one-and-done format, but such is the case. At least for me.

Part of being successful in OADs is deciding when to stick to the plan and when to deviate. Sticking to the plan would call for Ryan Moore this week. He's a two-time winner here, played great in the FedExCup Playoffs and enjoyed a solid Ryder cup debut.

Altering the plan would call for Paul Casey. He's finished inside the top four in each of his last four starts, but offers a pretty bland course history. Simply put, he's too hot to ignore.

So what do we do?

It's early in the season. While my historic flaw in OADs is favoring course history over current form, Moore's form is also extremely good. In fact, it's good enough to stick to the plan. Moore it is!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Safeway Open - One-and-Done

The Safeway Open is upon us, as the 2016-17 PGA TOUR season kicks off in Napa, California. That means it is time for the first one-and-done of the new season.

I set my sights on Kevin Na from the outset. While this is just the third time Silverado Resort & Spa (North) has severed as the host course, Na was the playoff loser in here last year. By all standards, Na would be a very safe pick to start things off. He's also a guy that I wouldn't necessarily miss in big-money events later in the season.

The other idea was to take a hot up-and-comer off the Web.com Tour and hope that they could ride the wave before they realize they aren't still on the Web.com Tour. Grayson Murray fits that bill.

When I checked the weather, it looks like the best scoring conditions of the week could be Thursday morning, with wind picking up Thursday PM and a heavy chance of rain on Friday and Saturday. That proved to be the tie breaker for me, as I'll take a trusted veteran who has a Thursday AM tee time and the patience to handle potential weather delays and other issues.

Let's go, Kevin Na!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

TOUR Championship - One-and-Done

The final event of the 2015-16 PGA TOUR season is upon us, as the TOUR Championship is ready to kick off. With that, it's time to declare the final OAD of the season.

I was torn between two very good options. Daniel Berger and Emiliano Grillo. I wanted to go Berger, but I'm concerned the added pressure of trying to earn the last Ryder Cup spot may be a negative. With that, I'm hoping Grillo wins both the first and the last events of the season!

Best of luck to all!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

BMW Championship - One-and-Done

At this point in the season, strategy is king in the one-and-done format. The BMW Championship represents the next-to-last event of the season. For many, options are limited.

Understanding the history of Crooked Stick as a venue has shaped my strategy. John Daly won the 1991 PGA Championship and Rory McIlroy claimed the 2012 BMW Championship. Essentially, they were two young bombers with world-class skill.

I have two players available that fit that mold. They are Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger. Berger has struggled on the weekends of late, while JT has been a bit feast-or-famine. It's a bit of a coin flip, but I'm taking Thomas.

Best of luck to all!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Deutsche Bank Championship - One-and-Done

The Deutsche Bank Championship tees off in just hours, and it's time to declare this week's one-and-done selection.

For the first time all year, I actually took a look at how many options I have available that are currently inside the top 25 in the FedExCup standings. The good news is, I have just enough options to make it through.

This week I'm burning a stud, who happens to be a defending champion rounding into form. That's right. Rickie Fowler.

I'll have my Puma gear on this weekend! Actually, not really. Don't own any. But I will be wearing orange on Saturday night when my Clemson Tigers take on the Auburn War Eagles.

Go (Clemson) Tigers, and go Rickie!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Barclays - One-and-Done

With The Barclays teeing off in a matter of hours, I'll keep it short and sweet for the one-and-done.

Of course, we've reached the point in the season where strategy matters. I'm not chasing by much, so I'm playing it safe. By safe, I mean the best available player. For me, that's Louis Oosthuizen.

Let's go King Louis!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wyndham Championship - One-and-Done

The Wyndham Championship means that there are a mere five tournaments left in the PGA TOUR season. We are in the stretch run of the OAD, and it's now all about strategy.

I'll start by saying I'm taking Jim Furyk, and then I'll back into why.

  • I sit third in a very large league, and maintaining position is very profitable. Furyk is a steady pick.
  • In some regards, he's my best available option. My chasers won't get excited about the Furyk pick.
  • Furyk is well down the FedExCup standings, and a deep run in the Playoffs isn't as likely for him as it is for several others I have available.
  • More important than the Playoffs, he's very motivated to make a final Ryder Cup statement. Being injured the first half of the season, he's chasing.
If I were chasing, I'd roll the dice with a Jon Rahm or Wesley Bryan.

Best of luck to all!