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The Tour Report

June 20 2012

4:50 PM

Fantasy mailbag: Pick a one-and-done

By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy columnist FANTASY PREVIEW: Travelers Championship | Sign up for fantasy One-and-doners are creeping into that time of the year where early-season strategy and luck reveals actual value. The game by nature exudes an esoteric element as it relates to long-range planning, particularly for the most patient, but we're far enough along now that current positioning should influence your decision-making process. If the 45-event PGA TOUR schedule were an 18-hole golf course, we'd be hitting our second on the 11th hole. Mistakes at this point are compounded. However, as stated below, not all games are created equal. The season is often end-weighed. Loyal reader Mike pings me nearly every week for insight on his quest for a one-and-done title. Here's this week's submission: Considering I have already burned [your one-and-done selection] Bo Van Pelt, I think I have narrowed my choice this week down to Fredrik Jacobson and Ryan Moore. Seeing that you have Moore No. 2 in your Power Rankings compared to Jacobson at No. 6, is Moore the guy this week in your opinion? The one thing I worry a little about Moore is the fact that he has taken the past couple weeks off, while Jacobson has been on his game in recent weeks. Looking ahead, I'm trying to plan for some of the bigger events in my league: British Open/PGA Championship/THE TOUR Championship (double earnings) and The Barclays, Deutsche Bank Championship and BMW Championship (multiplying earnings by 1.5). Of these remaining "studs" that are still available to me going forward, any guys in particular that you like for the above tournaments? Hunter Mahan Bubba Watson Rory McIlroy Phil Mickelson Webb Simpson Steve Stricker Dustin Johnson Keegan Bradley Graeme McDowell Adam Scott Or am I thinking too far ahead? I remember you telling me in a prior email that you were saving Mickelson for East Lake. Thanks again for the help each week! -- Mike First, a golfer's position in my Power Rankings doesn't necessarily clinch my final decision inasmuch as it affirms that he should be on a short list. Consider that less than 10 percent of this week's field (15 of 156) is included in that feature. That alone proves an endorsement for all that made my cut. Next, and this is a rule for many one-and-doners, Jacobson could be deemed as ineligible as the defending champion. I give myself one mulligan (i.e. exception) to the rule by saving Stricker for the John Deere Classic. If that restriction isn't an issue, this week is as good as any to burn the Swede. He put on a clinic last year, suffering just one bogey all week, and he's feeling great as relayed by PGATOUR.COM's Brian Wacker
on Wednesday. Of course, Moore is a fine option as well. Regardless of your decision, it's unlikely that we'll be turning to either guy in a pick-'em situation again. In terms of your list of availables, that's a beefy stable. I see spots for many in most of the tournaments that carry an inflated value, and we'll attack those matchups in due time. My only cautionary note concerns the British since it's so dependent on weather. We'll let that one come to us. In the meantime, sit tight on those bazookas and you'll eventually check them off. Because THE TOUR Championship is the culmination of the FedExCup Playoffs and includes only 30 golfers, you must save one of the elite. Mickelson is a two-time champ at East Lake and he hasn't missed an edition since the introduction of the FedExCup in 2007. Those are reasons enough for me to holster him until then.