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 The Northern Trust 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.
We’re in the home stretch of the PGA Tour season right now. The playoffs are here, meaning in your PGATour.com league, these are the four most important tournaments of the season. Hopefully you saved up your players properly and can now deploy for a chance to win your league. If you’re in a money league, these four weeks are still huge with nearly $9 million purses for each of the next four events.
We start at The Northern Trust, which was The Barclays, and it’s at a new venue: Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, N.Y. The vibe is that this place is somewhat like Bethpage Black. It’s long, exacting and well-defined. You’ll know if you’ve hit a good shot.
2017 The Northern Trust One and Done picks
- Justin Thomas: Somehow I haven’t used JT this year. It’s pretty amazing, really. He’s hot and the PGA champion.
- Brooks Koepka: It sounds like we want great drivers of the golf ball, and Koepka could be at a big advantage.
- Jason Day: Day seems to like the playoffs, and he’s starting to get things back together.
- Rory McIlroy: You’d be gambling on McRib given his injury, but you may not be able to use him in other playoff events given said injury.
- Louis Oosthuizen: When Louis’ swinging well, look out. Hopefully that PGA Championship form continues.
My pick this week will be Justin Thomas. This is a pleasant surprise after some perhaps suspect management that turned out to work.
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 (T-11)
- RBC Heritage: Matt Kuchar (T-11)
- Valero Texas Open: Brendan Steele (T-62)
- Zurich Classic of New Orleans: Ryan Palmer (with Jordan Spieth) (4th)
- Wells Fargo Championship: Francesco Molinari (T-24)
- The Players Championship: Kevin Chappell (T-35)
- AT&T Byron Nelson: Brooks Koepka (T-50)
- Dean & DeLuca Invitational at Colonial: Bud Cauley (T-41)
- the Memorial Tournament: Tony Finau (T-40)
- FedEx St. Jude Classic: Phil Mickelson (9th)
- U.S. Open: Dustin Johnson (MC)
- Travelers Championship: Marc Leishman (T-17)
- Quicken Loans National: Kyle Stanley (WIN)
- The Greenbrier Classic: Webb Simpson (T-14)
- John Deere Classic: Brian Harman (T-10)
- British Open Championship: Tommy Fleetwood (T-27)
- Barbasol Championship: Chesson Hadley (T-27)
- RBC Canadian Open: Ian Poulter (3rd)
- WGC-Bridgestone Invitational: Zach Johnson (2nd)
- Barracuda Championship: Robert Garrigus (T-6)
- PGA Championship: Rory McIlroy (T-22)
- Wyndham Championship: Kevin Kisner (T-42)
- The Northern Trust: Justin Thomas