With the PGA Tour deciding to offer a one-and-done fantasy golf platform starting in 2017, as well the increasing number of private one-and-done leagues, we here at Golf News Net will offer weekly one-and-done fantasy golf picks separate from our weekly fantasy golf rankings and picks.
We began with the 2017 SBS Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, continue to the 2017 Masters Tournament this week and will work through the Tour Championship in Atlanta in September, keeping track of our picks all along the way.
First, before we begin, if you're not familiar with game, read this primer on the one-and-done fantasy golf format, and welcome to the game. It really is as easy as it sounds, but you have to take a long-term view of the season to figure out how best to use players.
The Houston Open was an odd animal. A lot of good players who showed up there to tune up for Augusta mysteriously missed the cut on Friday, knowing the weather forecast was dubious. Holmes was one of those guys. Our MCs this year have been with top guys who are horses-for-courses who just wet the bed that week. It happens.
We are finally here: the Masters! The year's first major is here, and this is where we start to use our big names as we try to get the big bucks/points on offer at Augusta National. There's no reason to hold back in a major or The Players. Find your stud and go.
2017 Masters Tournament One and Done picks
- Dustin Johnson: The No. 1 player in the world has won three times in a row. He's going for a fourth and a second major this week. He hits it long and high. He's never putted better. Career-high 4th place finish last year. It seems so obvious...BUT!
- Jordan Spieth: Three Masters starts: 2nd-WIN-T-2. Spieth had it in his grasp last year; we know that. His Masters record is awesome. He's tried everything he can ahead of this tournament to get over, forget, move on from last year. He won at Pebble. Is all of that enough? There's a tinge of doubt.
- Rory McIlroy: The weather forecast isn't good, meaning Augusta National should play longer. That gives Rory a huge edge with his high ball flight and hitting shorter clubs than most everyone else. But, can he have the best putting week of his life to win? Could he turn on the screw-it attitude sooner and blitz the field with ball striking?
- Jon Rahm: If you're feeling froggy, how can you not love Rahm? He's not afraid of any stage. He's almost stared down Dustin Johnson twice. He's already won. He's in the top 15 in the world already. BUT, only three guys have ever won the Masters in their first try.
My pick this week will be Dustin Johnson. Sometimes, you just have to take the obvious choice and hope it is really that obvious. (UPDATE: I'm changing to Jordan Spieth in light of Dustin Johnson's injury.)
2017 PGA Tour One-and Done Picks
- SBS Tournament of Champions: Jason Dufner (21st)
- Sony Open in Hawaii: Jimmy Walker (MC)
- CareerBuilder Challenge: Bill Haas (T-17)
- Farmers Insurance Open: Brandt Snedeker (T-9)
- Waste Management Phoenix Open: Hideki Matsuyama (WIN)
- AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Justin Rose (T-39)
- Genesis Open: Sergio Garcia (T-49)
- The Honda Classic: Rickie Fowler (WIN)
- WGC-Mexico Championship: Rafa Cabrera Bello (T-38)
- Valspar Championship: Charles Howell III (T-49)
- Arnold Palmer Invitational: Henrik Stenson (MC)
- Puerto Rico Open: Peter Uihlein (T-5)
- WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: Tyrrell Hatton (T-17)
- Shell Houston Open: J.B. Holmes (MC)
- Masters Tournament: Jordan Spieth (was Dustin Johnson pre-injury)