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 British Open Championship this week and will work through the Tour Championship in Atlanta in September 2018, keeping track of our picks all along the way.
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.
It’s been a nice little run for us, with Francesco Molinari staying hot at the Deere, though he was playing for the B-flight title behind the buzzsaw that was Michael Kim. Molinari earned us some nice cash, and now we head to the British Open at Carnoustie. (I don’t need your emails on the actual tournament name; I know it.) Carnoustie is baked, firm and fast. That means driving is diminished and putting is more important, as is approach play. It’ll be a balancing act of hitting the ball as long as possible while taking trouble out of play and taking advantage of the firm ground.
2018 British Open Championship One and Done picks
- Dustin Johnson — Is hitting driver-wedge into par 5s in practice. Do you need much else to know?
- Tiger Woods — Tiger won’t need driver to get around here, and his iron play is sublime. The only issue is potentially exposing putting on slower greens.
- Rickie Fowler — Fowler would make a really good pick here if you haven’t use a total stud. Nice work at the British Open.
- Brooks Koepka — Love Koepka for the same reason I love DJ. Firm and fast means effortless golf for him.
- Rory McIlroy — Could be the right time to look at McIlroy. He’s had great finishes all year. He just needs to putt well for one freaking week.
My pick this week will be Brooks Koepka. Sounds crazy to play for a guy to win two majors in a year, but I have a feeling Koepka is the Hale Irwin of this generation — he loves the tough tracks.
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 (T-37)
- AT&T Byron Nelson: Jimmy Walker (T-6)
- Ft. Worth Invitational at Colonial: Chris Kirk (T-11)
- the Memorial Tournament: Marc Leishman (T-62)
- FedEx St. Jude Classic: Joaquin Niemann (MC)
- US Open: Dustin Johnson (3rd)
- Travelers Championship: Daniel Berger (T-67)
- Quicken Loans National: Tiger Woods (T-4)
- A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier: Brian Gay (T-39)
- John Deere Classic: Francesco Molinari
- British Open Championship: Brooks Koepka