2018 PGA Championship one-and-done fantasy golf picks
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2018 PGA Championship one-and-done fantasy golf picks

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 PGA 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.

Justin Thomas made his eighth PGA Tour win look kind of boring on Sunday, but Thomas smoked Firestone Country Club with bombed drives and towering approach shots. Rory McIlroy's similar game should have worked similar wonders, but he retreated on Sunday in what is becoming a little too typical when he has a chance to win.

Now we all head to Bellerive and the PGA Championship, played for the final time in August -- at least for a while. Bellerive last hosted the PGA Tour in 2008 for the BMW Championship, and Nick Price won the Wanamaker here in 1992. For all intents and purposes, though, this is a new course for the field. However, the Robert Trent Jones Sr. design feels a lot like Hazeltine National in its mix of holes and demands.

2018 PGA Championship One and Done picks

  • Dustin Johnson -- On a course where being able to get around with less than driver should be a big asset, DJ can do that -- if he chooses
  • Jason Day -- Worth a look if you haven't burnt him yet, but the sizing of the green surfaces doesn't seem to benefit his skills.
  • Justin Thomas -- JT should be able to come in here and play his style of game very well.
  • Brooks Koepka -- Koepka had a solid finish at Firestone, and his length should work out to be a solid edge.
  • Rory McIlroy -- He gets the ball in play a lot, but his fairways-hit percentage at Firestone was a concern.
  • Tommy Fleetwood -- Fleetwood has looked very solid all year long, and he seemed to get along well at Firestone, another RTJ Sr. joint.
  • Alex Noren -- My running theory on Noren is he likes claustrophobia-inducing places (Wentworth, Le Golf National, Bro Hof Slott, Sun City Golf Club). So I think he should really like Bellerive.

My pick this week will be Alex Noren. He's been on a good run of late, and his best run of the year in the US came on Zoysia fairways.

2017-2018 PGA Tour One-and Done Picks

  1. Safeway Open: Webb Simpson (T-17)
  2. CIMB Classic: Xander Schauffele (T-3)
  3. CJ Cup at Nine Bridges: Tony Finau (T-26)
  4. WGC-HSBC Champions: Henrik Stenson (T-2)
  5. Sanderson Farms Championship: Chesson Hadley (2nd)
  6. Shriners Hospitals for Children Open: Ryan Moore (T-51)
  7. OHL Classic at Mayakoba: Pat Perez (T-33)
  8. The RSM Classic: Charles Howell III (MC)
  9. Sentry Tournament of Champions: Brian Harman (3rd)
  10. Sony Open in Hawaii: Gary Woodland (T-7)
  11. CareerBuilder Challenge: Jason Dufner (T-36)
  12. Farmers Insurance Open: Rickie Fowler (MC)
  13. Waste Management Phoenix Open: Hideki Matsuyama (WD)
  14. AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Brandt Snedeker (T-20)
  15. Genesis Open: Paul Casey (T-49)
  16. The Honda Classic: Kiradech Aphibarnrat (T-68)
  17. WGC-Mexico Championship: Tommy Fleetwood (T-14)
  18. Valspar Championship: Sergio Garcia (4th)
  19. Arnold Palmer Invitational: Justin Rose (3rd)
  20. WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: Patrick Reed (T-9)
  21. Corales Punta Cana Resort and Club Championship: Emiliano Grillo (T-50)
  22. Houston Open: Russell Henley (T-8)
  23. Masters: Justin Thomas (T-17)
  24. RBC Heritage: Matt Kuchar (T-23)
  25. Valero Texas Open: Charley Hoffman (T-64)
  26. Zurich Classic: Wesley Bryan (MC)
  27. Wells Fargo Championship: Kyle Stanley (T-13)
  28. The Players Championship: Bryson DeChambeau (T-37)
  29. AT&T Byron Nelson: Jimmy Walker (T-6)
  30. Ft. Worth Invitational at Colonial: Chris Kirk (T-11)
  31. the Memorial Tournament: Marc Leishman (T-62)
  32. FedEx St. Jude Classic: Joaquin Niemann (MC)
  33. US Open: Dustin Johnson (3rd)
  34. Travelers Championship: Daniel Berger (T-67)
  35. Quicken Loans National: Tiger Woods (T-4)
  36. A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier: Brian Gay (T-39)
  37. John Deere Classic: Francesco Molinari (T-2)
  38. British Open Championship: Brooks Koepka (T-39)
  39. RBC Canadian Open: Bubba Watson (MC)
  40. WGC-Bridgestone Invitational: Rory McIlroy (T-6)
  41. PGA Championship: Alex Noren

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