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Page 1 is going to look at GolfChannel.com's fantasy game and also the PGATOUR.com's Fantasy Game.
Page 2 will have a look at One-and-Done options as well as Daily Fantasy Sports picks (FanDuel and DraftKings).
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Each week I will think out loud about my process in determining my One-and-Done selection. If you are new to the One-and-Done format, it is like an NFL survivor league. You pick one golfer per week, but you can't use them again all year.
Let's start our search this week with who has played well at TPC Summerlin. I will include all results since 2008 when TPC Summerlin became a solo host.
Alex Cejka (5-for-7 with TWO RUNNER-UPS)
Scott Piercy (8-for-9 with four top 15s)
Webb Simpson (6-for-7 with a WIN and two T4s)
Ryan Moore (7-for-9 with a WIN and two other top 10s)
Tony Finau (4-for-4 with a T7 and two T16s)
Martin Laird (7-for-9 with a WIN and RUNNER-UP)
Bryson DeChambeau (T36-T7)
John Huh (5-for-6 with four top 30s)
Rod Pampling (4-for-6 with a WIN)
Aaron Wise (T10-T32)
Kevin Streelman (8-for-8 with four top 20s)
Chesson Hadley (3-for-4 with a T5 and T4)
John Senden (5-for-5 with three top 20s)
Whee Kim (T49-T76-T2)
Nick Taylor (T56-T25-T54-T32)
After history, we can look at baseline performance over the last few years. More recent results are weighted more heavily:
Aaron Wise has the local angle but he hasn't played since the TOUR Championship. Bryson and Webb are also stale since the Ryder Cup. I will pass on all three.
That leaves Finau or Moore.
Moore has lost 2+ strokes to the field in four of his last five starts so I'll pass. Plus, I already used him at the Safeway (Runner-Up).
That leaves Tony Finau who enters fresh off a close call in China. Will jet lag be an issue? It's hard to say but Finau is a Utah native and spent plenty of weekends grinding money games in Vegas. He should be very comfy here. Tony Finau is my pick.
Daily Fantasy Sports [DFS]
I will be giving out selections for one team for each DFS site, per week.
These lineups will be entered into a large-entry Guaranteed Prize Pool. That means we need to take a risk or two, in order to separate ourselves from the field.
The idea is to provide you a list of names to consider. I would not recommend copying these teams, golfer for golfer. Duplicate teams are no fun and don't help anyone.
Tony Finau ($12,000): Grew up in Utah and spend plenty of time in Vegas. He's finished T16 or better in three of his four trips here.
Gary Woodland ($11,600): Has a win at TPC Scottdale and in Reno. Likes this area of the country.
Sungjae Im ($8,300): Posted a top 5 at the Safeway Open and I like his chances to post another strong finish here in the desert where distance won't be a huge asset.
Lucas Glover ($9,000): Finally cracked the code here last year with a third-place finish.
Martin Laird ($9,100): He's a Colorado State product so he knows how to dial in his distances in altitude.
Chesson Hadley ($9,800): He's had two close calls here at TPC Summerlin. I like that, knowing a golfer can handle the altitude and course conditions.
Gary Woodland ($9,700): Looking at Strokes Gained over the Last 8 weeks, he ranks 2nd in this field, behind only Tony Finau. However, Woodland is arriving with a week of rest while Tony is coming straight from China.
Sam Burns ($7,600): We know the upside is there but he ended the Web season on a sour note. Perhaps he was just going through the motions as he already had his card locked up. After a close call last week, I will jump on board.
Shawn Stefani ($7,000): Looking at Birdies or Better versus the field, Stefani ranks 7th in this field when it comes to each golfer's Last 24 Rounds. That could be key in a shootout.
Chesson Hadley ($9,300): Was solo 2nd after 54 holes here in 2013 and T4 thru 54 holes here last year.
Aaron Wise ($9,400): Just names Rookie of the Year and playing a hometown event on a course he knows very well.
Roberto Castro ($6,700): Entering off a top 5 last week, ride it while he's hot.