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 2018 Safeway Open and have worked through to the Tour Championship in Atlanta in August 2019, 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.
Welcome back, PGA Tour! After a one-week break! The Safeway Open is back to kick off the season in Napa, Calif., a year after a raging wildfire struck the host Silverado Resort, fortunately leaving the place largely unscathed. There are only two top-50 players in the field this week -- Phil Mickelson and Patrick Cantlay -- but there are lots of young and hungry players from the Web.com Tour and Web.com Tour Finals looking to make a splash.
We ended solidly with Billy Horschel last season (two weeks ago) in the Tour Championship, so let's pick up momentum from there.
2018 Safeway Open One and Done picks
- Patrick Cantlay: Shy of a T-8 to start the FedEx Cup playoffs, Cantlay hasn't been particularly good of late. Worth a pass here.
- Sangmoon Bae: Bae is back! He won in Idaho in the Web.com Tour Finals, and he's a past champion here in 2015. However, he struggled throughout the PGA Tour season.
- Martin Laird: Marty Laird plays his best golf on the West Coast, it seems. Top-10s here two of the last three years at Silverado.
- Hunter Mahan: Mahan re-earned his PGA Tour card through the Web.com Tour Finals, and he's showed signs of becoming closer to who he once was.
- Denny McCarthy: The winner of the Web.com Tour Finals and Web.com Tour Championship has been trending up in the latter half of the last PGA Tour season.
- Phil Mickelson: Look, he was horrible in France. But you have to acknowledge his T-8 and T-3 here the last two years. But he is a RISKY pick.
- Sungjae Im: Im could be a huge talent, though he cooled off in the second half of the Web.com Tour season. Even still, he won the Web.com Tour regular season finale in Portland. He's just 20.
My pick this week will be Sungjae Im. I've been super impressed watching Im on the Web the last few months, and he's got the goods.
2018-2019 PGA Tour One-and Done Picks
- Safeway Open: Sungjae Im