Cognizant Classic One And Done Pick Strategy (2024)

One And Done golf pool pick strategy for the 2024 Cognizant Classic, which has former champs like Chris Kirk and Rory McIlroy in the field.

Chris Kirk is one of 10 past champions playing in this week's Cognizant Classic (Aaron Gilbert/Icon Sportswire)

Players who need to make picks in PGA One And Done pools turn their attention to Florida this week, for the Cognizant Classic at the Palm Beaches. (Prior to this year, this event was most recently known as the Honda Classic.)

This event represents the start of a Florida swing, as the PGA Tour will spend the next four weeks in the Sunshine State.

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Last Week’s One And Done Pick Results

  • Jake Knapp won for the first time ever on the PGA Tour at the Mexico Open, beating out Sami Valimaki. Knapp had the 13th-best odds to win entering the tournament (+4000) on FanDuel and was only picked by around 1% of One And Done entries nationwide.
  • Valimaki went virtually unpicked in One And Done pools; in our review of over 2,000 entries across several contests, he was picked only once.
  • Stephan Jaeger, who was our third-highest graded pick in most pools, finished in a tie for 3rd and garnered around 7% pick popularity.
  • Our highest graded pick, and the most popular pick for the week, Tony Finau, finished in tie for 13th.
  • Finau “only” earned $145,125 for that finish, but that prize was still higher than the average result for all non-Finau pickers, in a week where the leaderboard was filled with lesser known golfers.

2024 Cognizant Classic Pick Strategy: Purse Info

A first place pick at the Cognizant Classic is worth $1,620,000 to One And Done pool players, while the Cognizant Classic total prize purse of $9.0 million ranks tied for 22nd out of events that began in January and end by the BMW Championship.

It has a bigger purse than last week’s event, but not nearly as big as the next two elite events. Several of the biggest names are sitting out this tournament, though it does have a solid field of names to consider.

If you want to see where this tournament’s purse ranks in your specific One And Done pool, you can set up your pool entry in our Golf One And Done Picks product.

Cognizant Classic Field Overview For One And Done Pools

This analysis serves as a complement to the data provided in our product, which provides you customized weekly pick grades based on factors like the number of picks you need to make and the number of tournaments used in your pool.

Here are some notable highlights for the Cognizant Classic field:

  • Rory McIlroy is the biggest name in the field, and the only golfer ranked in our top 15 who is playing this week.
  • Still, there is a deep lineup of bigger names for a non-Signature event; thirteen different golfers ranked between No. 16 and No. 40 in our rankings are playing.
  • Last week’s winner, Jake Knapp, is playing, as are three other golfers who have won on the PGA Tour so far this year: Chris Kirk, Nick Dunlap, and Mathieu Pavon.
  • Ten past champions at this event are playing this week: Kirk (2023), Sepp Straka (2022), Sung-jae Im (2020), and Keith Mitchell (2019), Rickie Fowler (2017), Russell Henley (2014), Padraig Harrington (2015 and 2005), McIlroy (2012), Camilo Villegas (2010), and Matt Kuchar (2002).

One And Done Pick Advice For The 2024 Cognizant Classic

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