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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wyndham Championship - One-and-Done



The Wyndham Championship returns to Sedgefield Country Club. With the FedExCup Playoffs looming in a week, many elite options skip this event to rest up. Of the few that are on site, most have been used in the OAD format already this year. That means options are limited.

I’m attempting to ride a young and hot hand with some local roots. That is Grayson Murray, born in Raleigh, NC. 

While is Twitter handle has proven him to be about as likeable as Rory Sabbatini, his game of late has been strong. We’ll hold our breath, for multiple reasons, and plug him into the lineup.

Best of luck to all!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

PGA Championship - One-and-done

The PGA Championship heads to Quail Hollow for the first time, with Jimmy Walker as the defending champ. With Quail Hollow traditionally hosting the Wells Fargo Championship, we have some strong clues as to how it will play. That said, there was a massive redesign to the front nine, so course history deserves a grain of salt.

As for my one-and-done pick this week, I wrestled with Rory McIlroy versus Thomas Pieters. At the end of the day, I just couldn't ignore McIlroy's course history. Rory it is.

Best of luck to all!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

WGC-Bridgestone and Barracuda - One-and-Done

We have a pair this week, with the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational taking the spotlight to the Barracuda Championship's back seat. While our options for the OAD are plentiful in Reno, Nevada, we are starting to run low on studs for the main event.

The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational offers us the option of an elite player who is having a bit of a sub-standard year. That would be Jason Day, who tied for third in this event last year. I'm rolling with the hopes that he catches fire this week.

At the Barracuda Championship, which features the Modified Stableford scoring system, I'm riding the hot hand of Robert Garrigus. He went 10-T5 the last two weeks and has never missed a cut in this event. Given his firepower, he's also in play for an eagle and the coveted 5 points that comes with it.

Best of luck to all!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

RBC Canadian Open - One-and-Done

The RBC Canadian Open backs up the Open Championship, and here is this week's one-and-done selection. While it's tempting to take a Canuck in their fifth major, I went with an American who has been quietly playing some really good golf over the last month. That is Ben Martin. I thought long and hard about Adam Hadwin, but his form has been a bit off lately.

As a quick note for those that didn't catch it on Twitter or Rotoworld, I have stepped away from my Rotoworld duties. I'm not sure what that means for this space, but I suspect that I may use this platform a bit more than I have in the past. Perhaps it will be for golf thoughts or ramblings not related to fantasy.

Either way, I'll still be around in some form or fashion!

Best of luck to all!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Open Championship - One-and-Done

My one-and-done selection for The Open Championship is a fan favorite that would keep with the trend of the first two major winners of 2017. Sergio Garcia and Brooks Koepka were two of the most talented players not to have won a major. Someone else with that title is Rickie Fowler. Rickie has two top fives in Opens, including a runner-up finish.

It's always a bit of a guess with the weather draw, but it doesn't appear to be the kind of week with wild swings. With that, I'm not sweating the draw too much with this selection.

As for the Barbasol Championship, I tend to try and take the best available in a weak field and hold my breath. This week I'm rolling the dice with an up-and-comer from Alabama. That would be Trey Mullinax. He's played well of late, and has the firepower to get it done.

Best of luck to all!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

John Deere Classic - One-and-Done

The John Deere Classic returns to TPC Deere Run. While options like Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker are in play, their last couple of visits have not been nearly as inspiring as their domination a few years back. I'm rolling the dice with a hot hand and taking Kyle Stanley.

As a quick note for those keeping up, while I was unable to post last week due to travel, I did burn Danny Lee at Greenbrier.

Best of luck to all!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Quicken Loans National - One-and-Done

The Quicken Loans National heads to TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm for the first time. With this being a new venue, it's a fantasy nightmare.

I'm pulling the lever on a guy who has actually won here, albeit on the Web.com Tour. That would be David Lingmerth. His form is also solid enough to buy into.

Fingers crossed and breath held!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Travelers Championship - One-and-Done

Facts are facts, and I'm in a one-and-done slump. Know that going into this week's Travelers Championship. As a result, I've tried just pick a name that fits and move on. I narrowed my two choices to Marc Leishman and Bubba Watson.

While Watson is the course history play, Leishman has much better form and touts very nice course history. I'm taking Leishman and fully expecting to jinx him.

Best of luck to all!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

U.S. Open - One-and-Done

Apologies for the late post. For the U.S. Open One-and-Done, I'm taking the defending champ (Dustin Johnson).

While it's dangerous to take a defending champion, we did just see Daniel Berger successfully defend a week ago. A case could also be made that DJ's head will be with his newborn son, but it's not really the head we're after with DJ. It's his immense talent.

In truth, Erin Hills is an excellent layout for DJ.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

FedEx St. Jude Classic - One-and-Done

The FedEx St. Jude Classic kicks off in about 12 hours, and it's time to close the book on this week's One-and-Done selection.

In a field that's relatively weak, I tend to be a fan of grabbing an elite player and hoping the cream rises to the top. That's the play this week, as I'll be burning Brooks Koepka. He's placed T3-T2 on his last two visits to TPC Southwind, so course history is a plus as well.

At the moment I'm a little bit snake bit in this particular game. Perhaps this is the week it turns around.

Cheers!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Memorial Tournament - One-and-Done

One of the hottest players in the world has no history in the Memorial Tournament. While that's scary in a one-and-done format, what Jon Rahm has done this year on courses of all shapes and sizes is spectacular.

Short of blowing a Dustin Johnson start, it's hard to argue against rolling the dice with the bombing Spaniard in a tournament with a healthy purse.

With that, it's Rahm's away!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Dean & Deluca - One-and-Done

The Dean & Deluca Invitational is set to take place at Colonial Country Club, and below is this week's one-and-done selection.

Wind looks to be a major factor this week, which should not be a surprise in Texas. It would appear that each wave will have to deal with it, so things should come pretty close to evening out over the long run.

I'm going to ride one of the hotter hands on TOUR this week and select Bud Cauley.

Best of luck to all!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

AT&T Byron Nelson - One-and-Done

The TOUR returns to TPC Four Seasons Resort for the final time at the AT&T Byron Nelson, with a new venue on the horizon. For this week's one-and-done, we'll take a proven course horse in Jason Dufner.

Dufner has been relatively strong of late, with top-12 finishes in four of his last seven starts on TOUR. Considering he's made all six cuts, including a win and three top 10s since this course became the 72-hole host, the converging trends are in his favor.

Best of luck to all!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

THE PLAYERS - One-and-Done

TPC Sawgrass awaits for those ready to take on THE PLAYERS, and here is this week's one-and-done selection.

I'm taking a nice mix of current form and course history and rolling out Kevin Kisner. Some member of the European contingent also caught my eye, but Kisner is the pick for me.

Best of luck to all!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Wells Fargo Championship - One-and-Done

Apologies for the late post, but I'm going Webb Simpson with this week's OAD post.

It appears that Simpson may get the better end of the draw, and he's one of the few players that has experience at Eagle Point Golf Club.

Best of luck to all!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Valero Texas Open - One-and-Done

The Valero Texas Open is set to kick off at TPC San Antonio, with Charley Hoffman as the defending champion. Given his extremely good course history, he's a viable option for a one-and-done selection despite the pressure of defending.

After weighing the options, I've decided to take the bait and go with Hoffman. Like Luke Donald proved last week in Hilton Head, sometimes a guy who is a true course horse is just too good to pass up.

Hoffman played great in the windy conditions at the Masters, and will face some light breezes in San Antonio. That's right up his alley.

Let's Go Blondilocks!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

RBC Heritage - One-and-Done

The RBC Heritage is set to kick off on Thursday morning at Harbour Town Golf Links. While the chalk for the one-and-done game might be Matt Kuchar, I'm taking a South Carolinian with a solid track record and strong current form.

William McGirt gets the nod after playing well in his first Masters. McGirt has pair of T9s in his last three trips to Hilton Head, so hopefully converging trends have us covered.

Best of luck to all!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Masters - One-and-Done

What promises to be a rather unique Masters will kick off in less than 12 hours, and here is this week's one-and-done selection.

In truth, Dustin probably wasn't going to be my play this week regardless of circumstances. That said, his back injury Wednesday night seals that deal. For me, this week came down to Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth.

Weather is supposed to be very windy for the first two rounds, and it appears that will be the case for virtually all tee times. My hope is that Spieth's masters of the greens at Augusta National will help him navigate his way to the weekend where he will catch fire in calmer conditions.

The guy has never finished worse than second here, so in Spieth we trust!

Best of luck to all!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Shell Houston Open - One-and-Done

The Shell Houston Open is the last call before the Masters. With the GC of Houston being a pretty long track with four par 5s, we are tapping a bomber as our OAD pick for the week.


Rafa Cabrera Bello is the play this week. He finished fourth here a year ago and hasn't missed a cut since THE PLAYERS last year.


Let's hope for the best!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Puerto Rico Open - One-and-Done

The Puerto Rico Open kicks off opposite the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play on Thursday morning. That means it's time to select a one-and-done for the tournament.


I have a strategy I've long held to with opposite-field events. That is, don't overthink it. It's generally a pretty weak field. After all, if it weren't these guys would be in the WGC. Knowing that, it's a dart throw.


I tend to throw my darts at either young and promising pros looking for their first win, or veterans that are among the class of the field.


I'm taking a mix of both this week with Graham DeLaet.


Best of luck to all!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play

The WGC-Dell Match Play is set to kick off in Austin, Texas. For one-and-done gamers, this week is always a bit tricky.


The introduction of pool play prevents the bow out after one round, and allows a player a chance to come back from a loss to still advance to the 16-man bracket. Given the fickle nature of match play in general, I've usually used this as an opportunity to take a flier on a non-member of the PGA TOUR. In fact, if I hadn't already played Tyrell Hatton in Mexico a few weeks ago, I would be tempted to lean on him.


I would also be tempted to cast a vote Patrick Reed's way, but he's off the board from Kapalua.


After giving the brackets a look, and understanding potential matchups, I've decided to roll the dice with Phil Mickelson. He's getting to the point in his career where he's not a no-brainer play anywhere, but he also offers quite a bit of upside many places. He won a couple of matches here last year, so he offers the possibility of a big week.


While I might like a Dustin Johnson or Jason Day's chances to win a little more, I tend to shy away from elite OAD options in match play because they could run into a buzz saw one day and be out. In stroke play, they have four days to separate themselves instead of 18 holes or less.


Whatever your strategy, best of luck to all.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Arnold Palmer Invitational - One-and-Done

The Arnold Palmer Invitational kicks off in less than 12 hours, and it's time to dub this week's one-and-done selection.


Sometimes there is an obvious answer when considering the OAD format. Sometimes it's complicated. I've found the trick is to recognize when an answer is obvious, and then not to overthink it.


This is one of those week's where the answer is obvious. It is Henrik Stenson. He's done everything except win at Bay Hill over the last few years, including a runner-up finish. He's fresh off a top 10 last week at the Copperhead Course, and has played at a consistently high level for a while.


Some might argue that it's worth holding out on the Swede for a major or WGC. Perhaps, but why? I get that the purses are bigger, but I also get that Stenson is over 40 now. Who's to say the injury bug doesn't bite him? Ask guys who held off on Rory two years ago how that worked out, and he's in his prime.


Play Stenson.


There are no guarantees, but if he doesn't score you a top five it's on him. Not you.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Valspar Championship - One-and-Done

The Valspar Championship is just around the corner, and I've found a past champion that slides in nicely to this week's one-and-done.


Gary Woodland picked up his first PGA TOUR victory here back in 2011 before adding another top 10 in 2014. His course history matches nicely with what has been a great 2016-17 campaign. In a season where chalk is rewarded, he represents a pretty chalky option on the Copperhead Course.


Bombs away!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

WGC-Mexico Championship- One-and-Done

If you read my Rotoworld preview / power ranking on Monday, you realize that a tournament like the WGC-Mexico Championship with a brand new venue is not my favorite from a gaming perspective. While the riches of a WGC purse typically beg the burning of a star player, this is a week I'm taking a bit of a flier for several reasons.


First is the unfamiliar course. Second is that, as long as my flier doesn't withdraw, he's going to net me something.


To me, this convergence of facts screams for a European player that doesn't play a full U.S. schedule. I narrowed my focus to Martin Kaymer and Tyrrell Hatton before settling on Hatton. The Englishman is fresh off a T4 in The Honda Classic last week and also shared third in Dubai in his start before that.


Best of luck to all!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Honda Classic - One-and-Done

The Honda Classic is set to kick off the Florida Swing, and here is this week's one-and-done.


If we've learned anything the last three week's, it's that things are looking chalky of late. The last three winners are Hideki Matsuyama, Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson.


While I tried to talk myself out of it, I'm keeping with that classy group and throwing Adam Scott's name in the hat this week.


Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Genesis Open - One-and-Done

The Genesis Open is about to kick off at Riviera Country Club, with Bubba Watson as the defending champion. This week's one-and-done is about as complicated as its past champion.


Given a chance for weather, it's tough to stomach the idea of burning a start on a guy like Dustin Johnson, who is the favorite for my money. Instead, I'm going with Sergio Garcia. His form is great and there isn't an obvious must-play spot in his future.


Best of luck to all!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am - One-and-Done

In my mind, the one-and-done selection in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am was a two-horse race from the get go. While Dustin Johnson could certainly be an argument, his recent form in that event has been more of a guy having fun with Wayne Gretzky than a player trying to win a tournament. That leaves Phil Mickelson and Brandt Snedeker.


Sneds has been hit-or-miss in his nine visits, but has twice been a winner. Lefty is a four-time winner who has played fairly well of late, but has thrown up plenty of bogeys to go with his plethora of bogeys.


Weather should be fairly brutal on Thursday, but both Lefty and Sneds will avoid the exposed Pebble Beach layout in favor of Monterey Peninsula Country Club. Either way, that's a push.


I'm rolling with Sneds for a couple of reasons. For starters, I wonder if Phil may have run out of gas on the back nine at the WMPO last week. I also have concerns that Phil may get off to a bad start in the poor weather and lose interest. Seeing that Sneds looked very comfortable two weeks ago at Torrey Pines, where he's also been great over the years, I have the confidence that this will be one of his good weeks on the Monterey Peninsula.


Best of luck to all, and let's go Sneds!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Waste Management Phoenix Open - One-and-Done

Sometimes the selection of a one-and-done is easy, and sometimes it is hard. For the Waste Management Phoenix Open, it's an absolute no-brainer.


Not all that different than Jordan Spieth at Augusta National, it would appear that TPC Scottsdale is made for Hideki Matsuyama. In his three trips, he's finished no worse than T4 and is the defending champion.


Easy call. Matsuyama!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Farmers Insurance Open - One-and-Done

The Farmers Insurance Open is hours away from teeing off, and here is this week's one-and-done selection.


Let me start by saying it's incredibly tempting to just plug in defending champion, Brandt Snedeker, and move on. I find myself hesitating after a lackluster T14 at Kapalua and a MC in the Sony Open.


I'm instead going with a bomber with a very good recent record in this event, though this is his first start of 2017. That man is J.B. Holmes. Holmes went T2-T6 in his last two starts at Torrey Pines.


Best of luck to all!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

CareerBuilder Challenge - OAD

The CareerBuilder Challenge looks to be colder and wetter than what we are used to seeing, but that isn't swaying us from taking a familiar stalwart in our one-and-done game. Bill Haas, who is a two-time winner and one-time runner-up cracks the lineup narrowly over Jamie Lovemark.


Best of luck to all!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Sony Open - One-and-Done

I'm trotting out a familiar one-and-done play in the Sony Open this week. Given his excellent course history, Charles Howell III is the play. If it wasn't Perez, I would be tempted by a hot Pat Perez.


Best of luck to all!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

SBS Tournament of Champions - One-and-Done

Aloha! and Happy New Year!


The SBS Tournament of Champions is set to kick off in a little under 24 hours, and it's time to name this week's one-and-done selection.


There are two strategies to consider. Because it is a limited field, and everyone makes the cut, you can go big and chase the win with a stud or plug in a relative no name and know you will cash. Personally, my taste is to go big and chase the win, as elite players have less players to sift through on their way to the title.


That means I'm taking a guy with a first and a second in his last two trips to Kapalua by the name of Patrick Reed. Spieth is tempting, but there are other places that make just as much sense. Matsuyama was also quite tempting.


Best of luck to all!