With the majority of One and Done (OAD) leagues starting this week, some of the guys from SD will be giving their top weekly plays. This week they will give the Sentry Tournament of Champions OAD Picks. The Senty TOC takes place in Hawaii and is just a 35 man field with no cut. The strategy may be a little different due to no cut and everyone getting paid regardless. Let’s see who the guys like this week.
Marc Leishman – Now hear me out. The purse for the TOC is 31st on tour this year and there’s only 34 guys playing. This means last place is going to make you $60k, more than a traditional WGC event. With that being said, I’m not going with a big guy. Taking a lower owned guy that is guaranteed to make you money reduces any wild cards later in the year and lets you keep the big guns for the bigger purses. That man? Marc Leishman. A solid wind player who is playing this course for the second time, but is accustomed to play in Hawaii especially at the Sony. He is 5-for-5 in cuts made including three top-20’s, and knows how to putt on Bermuda. Give me the tall Australian in the first tournament of the year.
Brendan Steele – Steele comes into the TOC as one of the hotter golfers on tour. He won at the Safeway, T13 at the CIMB and even a T4 at the recent QBE Shootout. He has made 2 appearances at the TOC and last season he finished T6 at -15. He’s been a birdie machine of late, currently 2nd in GIR, 1st in SG off the tee, 1st in SG tee-to-green and 1st SG total. Sure those are just for the 2018 season and those are small sample sizes, but also shows how well he is playing. He’ll be playing a course with extremely wide fairways which play into his bombing ability (4th in driving distance) and will leave him 150 or closer on his approach on most holes. His putting hasn’t been outstanding, but has been decent and should do ok on the slower Kapalua Course greens. I like him to compete all weekend, score very well and top 10 or better with a good chance of being there on Sunday. Honorable mention – Pat Perez
This is probably the hardest golf tournament to pick all year and if I had it my way the OAD would start next week. I don’t have it my way and I signed up knowing this was the way. On one hand, you have little risk in picking the lowly guy like DA Points. He is guaranteed to get you money. However, if you are down 1 million after week one then you are behind the 8 ball already. I’m going to go ahead and burn Justin Thomas. Defending champion and won his last time out in 2017 at the CJ Cup. He plays some sketchy golf from time to time so I’ll can take the chance here with smaller risk. LFG JT!
One And Done’s are all the rage when it comes to PGA TOUR contests it seems, and rightfully so. The pick ‘em type format where you get to select a new golfer each week but only use that player once a year is very intriguing. The biggest OAD you can find anywhere resides at Gup’s Corner! With over 1,500 entries, you’ll have select the winning golfer several times to win the pool. There are 36 events which means you’ll need to pick 36 different PGA TOUR players during the course of the season. I’ll use SportsDegens to post my weekly OAD, reasoning for selecting that player, as well as honorable mentions that were on my short list. So without further ado, let’s dive into Sentry Tournament of Champions:
A no cut event is great, you’re guaranteed to not make $0 with your pick. Some argue pick your OAD as if it is a full field event, don’t hold off on picking Spieth, DJ, Matsuyama, or other big name TOUR star. I’ll go a different direction as taking a $0 this year might mean several thousand dollars being won or lost in Gup’s pool. So with that said, I’ll leave studs to be used at events that have a 36-hole cut. While I’d like to use a guy like Hideki, Spieth, DJ, I’ll try my best to save them at tracks where they habitually play well or win. Hideki at Waste Management, Spieth at Travelers, Deere, any Major, and DJ at Pebble, The Riv, or WGC event make more sense. A few names that jump off the page at me for Kapalua include Pat Perez, Kevin Kisner, Brooks Koepka, Russell Henley, Brendan Steele, Billy Horschel and Kevin Chappell. The best part about picking a player at Kapalua is you know the guy can win, hell he wouldn’t be in this field otherwise! As I’m typing this, the famous @timanderson87 (Andercurst) picked Daniel Berger as his OAD, so make sure you get him changed out if you’ve picked DB. I went back and forth on my pick several times. Billy Ho, Pat Perez, and Brendan Steele made it to my final 3. In the end I’ve decided on Pat Perez. T-3 at TOC last year, Pat Perez recently won the CIMB and this fared well for JT last year before heading to Kapalua. You can make compelling arguments for all above but I feel a Top-10 is a no brainer here, a Top-5 very likely possibility, and a win is very possible.
Best of luck this year to all who are competing in a OAD, Season Long Golf League, or just enjoying the great game of Golf. Please feel free to reach out to any of our @SportsDegens guys, @JunkiesContest guys, or the guys over at Gup’s Corner. Tee it high and let if fly!