One of my favorite fantasy formats in PGA is the “one and done”. For those of you unfamiliar with the format, you choose one golfer each week and you earn the amount of money that they earn in that tournament. Most money at the end of the season, wins the whole pool! You cannot choose a golfer more than once so you’ll need to be smart on how you burn your players. I am going to keep track on my picks in my personal pool here, hoping to spark some solid discussion. Here’s who I’ve chosen this year:
SBS Tournament of Champions – Hideki Matsuyama ($712,000)
Sony Open – Pat Perez ($12,000)
CareerBuilder Challenge – Bill Haas ($84,100)
Farmers Insurance Open – Martin Laird ($12,550)
The chalk of all chalk is Hideki Matsuyama. One of the hottest players on the planet enters as the Defending Champion after beating Rickie Fowler in a playoff last season. Matsuyama is absolutely scorching right now. He has played five tournaments this PGA season, notching one win and two second place finishes. He’s played the WMO three times, never finishing worse than a T4. Think about that. It’s really just a matter of whether or not you want to burn Matsuyama this early in the season. Assuming you don’t use him in any of the Majors, there will probably be no better week than this. Personally, I used Hideki at the SBS Tournament of Champions already, but would have loved to fire him up this week.
There are definitely concerns about Bubba Watson entering this week. He’s using a new ball which may lend itself a bit of a learning curve and he hasn’t cracked the top 20 in any of the last three tournaments he’s played this season. The good news about Watson is his sparkling records at the WMO, finishing in the Top 15 in each of the last five editions. Those finishes include three top 5s. This will be the first tournament that Bubba has played since the SBS Tournament of Champions so he has arrived at TPC Scottsdale early, playing a few practice rounds over the weekend:
Logically, I don’t expect to use Bubba in many other tournaments this season. It’s really an option to use him here or at the Traveler’s Championship.
The budding star, Jon Rahm, will head back to Arizona where attended ASU as the top ranked amateur in the world. Since making his professional debut, Rahm has made 15 of 17 cuts including 4 Top 10s. Rahm made one start at the WMO, which was his second career start as a Pro. That resulted in a T5 while moving up the leaderboard after each round, finishing just three shots off the lead. Then Rahm goes out a shoots the lowest final round at Torrey Pines (65) to win the Farmers Insurance Open, for his first professional win. Rahm can be used at various tournaments this season, but I am leaning towards burning him this week.
My Pick This Week: Jon Rahm