With the PGA Tour deciding to offer a one-and-done fantasy golf platform, 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 Safeway Open, continue to the 2018 The Players Championship this week and will work through the Tour Championship in Atlanta in September 2018, 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 had a good week relying on Kyle Stanley to get us out of a jam, and we notched a T-13 finish for the Wells Fargo Championship. This week is particularly difficult, however. The Players Championship is a wide-open tournament with the best field of the year. ALL of the top 50 are in the field and playing. However, TPC Sawgrass has a history of identifying champions just outside your expected range of winners (Martin Kaymer, Rickie Fowler and Si Woo Kim come immediately to mind from recent memory).
We know the winner has to crush it in terms of approach play and three-putt avoidance. Pete Dye tries to psych you out on the tee with tricks, and then he makes clear as day the demands on the approach shots. The greens are difficult and require a lot of patience from the player.
2018 The Players Championship One and Done picks
- Chesson Hadley -- Chessie is one of the best approach players on the PGA Tour, and he did well in his last Dye start at TPC Louisiana.
- Jason Day -- Day's a past winner here, and he did it in a year when Sawgrass was practically unplayable on the weekend. Be careful, though, as his approach numbers aren't great.
- Patrick Reed -- We have to consider Reed given his string of top-10 finishes going back to March. Very strong approach play.
- Bryson DeChambeau -- Bryson continues to play well, pretty much regardless of the venue. He loves Harbour Town, so he should find something to like about TPC Sawgrass.
- Chris Kirk -- If we're REALLY reaching, Kirk is a guy to like. He has found a way into the top 15 in three of the last four years here.
- Rory McIlroy -- McIlroy doesn't seem to love this place, but he always seems to find a way to finish well here.
- Paul Casey -- Doesn't really have the results set here to love, but hard to not love his approach game here.
My pick this week will be Bryson DeChambeau. He's on the fringe of Ryder Cup standing, and he's ready for a breakthrough.
2017-2018 PGA Tour One-and Done Picks
- Safeway Open: Webb Simpson (T-17)
- CIMB Classic: Xander Schauffele (T-3)
- CJ Cup at Nine Bridges: Tony Finau (T-26)
- WGC-HSBC Champions: Henrik Stenson (T-2)
- Sanderson Farms Championship: Chesson Hadley (2nd)
- Shriners Hospitals for Children Open: Ryan Moore (T-51)
- OHL Classic at Mayakoba: Pat Perez (T-33)
- The RSM Classic: Charles Howell III (MC)
- Sentry Tournament of Champions: Brian Harman (3rd)
- Sony Open in Hawaii: Gary Woodland (T-7)
- CareerBuilder Challenge: Jason Dufner (T-36)
- Farmers Insurance Open: Rickie Fowler (MC)
- Waste Management Phoenix Open: Hideki Matsuyama (WD)
- AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Brandt Snedeker (T-20)
- Genesis Open: Paul Casey (T-49)
- The Honda Classic: Kiradech Aphibarnrat (T-68)
- WGC-Mexico Championship: Tommy Fleetwood (T-14)
- Valspar Championship: Sergio Garcia (4th)
- Arnold Palmer Invitational: Justin Rose (3rd)
- WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: Patrick Reed (T-9)
- Corales Punta Cana Resort and Club Championship: Emiliano Grillo (T-50)
- Houston Open: Russell Henley (T-8)
- Masters: Justin Thomas (T-17)
- RBC Heritage: Matt Kuchar (T-23)
- Valero Texas Open: Charley Hoffman (T-64)
- Zurich Classic: Wesley Bryan (MC)
- Wells Fargo Championship: Kyle Stanley (T-13)
- The Players Championship: Bryson DeChambeau