2018 PGA OAD Preview PT1

As the 2018 PGA season approaches, get ready for your OAD tournaments with the Preview PT1.

It must be the holidays because there’s no golf to be found, but that shouldn’t stop you from getting into action already with the 2018 schedule around the corner. For a two-part series, we’re going to look at the more and more popular, one and done format, most similar to the survivor pool in the NFL world, but with continuing even if your golfer has a bad week. Some basics, before we cover what you’ll find in the first two articles:

  • You can pick one golfer, one tournament per entry
    • If you choose to use Justin Thomas week 1 at the Tournament of Champions, you can’t use him for the rest of the year.
  • Standings are based on the money earned by your player
    • Finding and using guys that are just going to make cuts is not going to win your pool. You have to be willing to use golfers that can win
  • Side tournaments outside of the major weeks are not used (ex. The Barbasol)
  • Can be broke up into segments (various weeks of year, majors only, etc…)

Now that the basics are out of the way, how should you go about planning your OaD? There are a few variables you need to look at that are quite different from the traditional NFL survivors, so we will use that for comparison:

  • PGA player’s schedules change from year to year, even by month. Since the player doesn’t need to commit until the Friday before an event, it’s seemingly a guess at the beginning of the year when to use your guy unless his full schedule is out
  • The second year of the “Player must play a new tournament he has not played in the previous four years” will add/subtract tournaments a player may/may not have played the year prior
  • Case in point would be Rory McIlroy playing the Travelers’ Championship the week after the US Open in 2017. First time he has played it, but will he be back?
  1. The Players
    • Every year, the PGA brings in talent, whether it is via the Web.com Tour, European exports, or guys coming back from long-sustained injuries (wink, wink). These add to the pool of guys you can choose unlike the NFL, where it’s the same 32 teams each year.
      • Com Tour I think the guys on the @AlwaysPressDFS pod did a great job of listing out the talent that’s coming out this year. I won’t go too much in depth and would suggest you listen to the pod and find 14 guys that could offer an option
      • European tour exports
        • Tommy Fleetwood is committing to a full season in the States alongside Ross Fisher, two guys who can easily go out and make some noise
      • Injured golfers/Special situations
        • Umm, guy named Tiger?
        • Sang Moon-Bae
        • Colt Knost
        • Jason Day

In part two, we will focus on the changes to the environment, whether it be venues, equipment or news. See that part next week before you make your first choice of 2018!