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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!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Masters - One-and-Done

The Masters is here to usher in the unofficial start to the golf season, and Augusta National Golf Club awaits 89 of the game's best and most historic players. Here is this week's one-and-done, and it's a big one.

In my mind, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott and Bubba Watson all have a case for being the favorite this week. As this is a major, there is absolutely no reason not to burn a big name and play the best player in a OAD format.

I burned Bubba at Doral and was rewarded with a solo second. It just so happens I burned Scott at the WGC-HSBC, and the reward was not so nice.

That leaves Day and Spieth. All signs point to Day this week, so I'm going with Spieth. There's just too much pressure on Day's shoulders, which is ironic since Spieth has the "pressure" of defending. Day has never won a Masters, but has a second and a third. He's also the most recent major winner (2015 PGA) and won the WGC-Match Play two weeks ago. He checks every box.

That's exactly why I'm going with Spieth. He's played the Masters twice and has a win and a runner-up to show for it. He unlocked the magic formula to Augusta National very early on, and there is no reason not to think he will be in the mix this week. 

Best of luck to all!