Daily Fantasy Golf Preview – 2018 WGC-HSBC Champions

The Course

  • Sheshan International Golf Club
  • Shanghai, China
  • Par 72
  • 7,266 yards
  • Hosted this event since 2005 (besides 2012)
    • Tree-lined course
    • 11 holes with water
    • Some significant bunkers & elevation changes
    • Rough is very penalizing
    • Scoring is dependent on course conditions (rough length & weather)
    • Both bombers and short game players can win

Key Stats

  • SG: Tee to green
    • SG: Off the tee
  • Birdie or better
  • Bogey Avoidance
  • Par 4 Scoring
  • Par 5 Scoring
  • Course History

The Field

  • 78 man field -World Golf Championship
  • No cut
  • Contest closes Wednesday night not Thursday morning

Big Dogs ($9,500 and up on DK)

  • Solid (Cash)
    • Tony Finau ($9,900 DK – $10,800 FD) – Finau has finished inside of the top 10 in four out of his last five events where the odd man out was a T15 at the Tour Championship. He’s golfing about as well as anyone right now and even finished T11 here last year.
    • Tommy Fleetwood ($9,500 DK – $11,600 FD) – Fleetwood hasn’t been outside of the top 20 in the Official World Golf Rankings in over a year – and since this event last year, he’s only missed two cuts. Both Tommy and Tony can give you the upside of the heavy hitters priced in the $10,000’s and up while saving you some money which will help to build a more balanced lineup.
  • Risky (GPP)
    • Brooks Koepka ($11,000 DK – $12,600 FD) – 1st at Nine Bridges last week, T2 at Sheshan last year, Brooks is poised to strike again. It’s tough to say where his ownership will be but his versatility will come in handy no matter what the weather is like in Shanghai this week.
    • Rory McIlroy ($10,700 DK – $11,900 FD) – Rory has had a bit of an up and down year, especially early on, but seems to be back on track with four top 10’s out of his last six starts. He also plays well here finishing 6th, 11th, and 4th in his last three tries.

Value ($7,900 – $9,300 on DK)

  • Solid (Cash)
    • Tyrrell Hatton ($9,100 DK – $10,000 FD) – compared to anyone with a similar price tag Tyrrell has been on an absolute tear. He hasn’t seen a number higher than T29 in his last seven events since the Open Championship.
    • Patrick Cantlay ($8,800 DK – $10,600 FD) – since the WGC-HSBC last year, Cantlay has climbed the OWGR all the way from 70th place to 22nd. He has made 11 straight cuts and was T15 in this event last year.
    • Thorbjorn Olesen ($7,900 DK – $8,900 FD) – Thor did miss his last cut at the British Masters but he still might be my favorite dollar for dollar pick this week. He’s golfed here three times and hasn’t finished worse than T31 and in his last twelve events he has been 6th or better five times.
  • Risky (GPP)
    • Jon Rahm ($9,300 DK – $11,100 FD) – Rahm has been pretty inconsistent this year and as of late – missing three of his last ten cuts. The good thing is there’s no cut this week so him being 4th overall last season at birdie or better percentage will increase the likelihood of stringing together a couple very low rounds.
    • Matthew Fitzpatrick ($8,700 DK – $9,600 FD) – Fitzpatrick recently won at the Masters… the Omega European Masters that is. He’s got a plethora of top 20 finishes in the last calendar year all over the globe and has a great track record here finishing 7th, 16th and 9th in the past three years. But, he does tend to miss cuts (four of his last ten).
    • Adam Scott ($8,400 DK – $10,100 FD) – Adam Scott seems to either be flirting with the top 10 or struggling to crack the top 50 both recently and at Sheshan. He’s a great ball striker but has tended to struggle with the putter. With four guaranteed rounds I’ll probably use him in GPP’s and hope he gets hot.

Sleepers ($7,800 and under on DK)

  • Solid (Cash)
    • Keegan Bradley ($7,500 DK – $9,400 FD) – Keegan was 11th in SG: from tee to green last season and 2nd in SG: approaching the green. He’s had a good stretch recently including a win at the BMW Championship.
    • Ryan Fox ($7,100 DK – $7,600 FD) – in his last three major championship appearances Fox made all three cuts and his worst finish was T41. He doesn’t seem to be afraid of the big tournaments and should be knocking on the door of a top 25.
    • Thomas Pieters ($7,100 DK – $9,200 FD) – Pieters couldn’t handle the tough scoring conditions last year at Sheshan but the two prior years he finished 23rd and 14th. At the Open Championship he finished T28 and at the PGA Championship he finished T6 so Pieters is another one who can hang with the big dogs.
  • Risky (GPP)
    • Kyle Stanley ($7,600 DK – $9,000 FD) – last year in this event Stanley finished T5. In his last six starts he’s averaged just inside of the top 30 and he’s played in both the CIMB Classic and the CJ Cup so he should be acclimated to that time zone.
    • Emiliano Grillo ($7,500 DK – $9,400 FD) – Grillo is a great all around golfer so no matter how the course plays, he should be able to adapt better than most. He has two top 10’s in his last five events and has played in this tournament twice with an 11th place finish his most recent.
    • Eddie Pepperell ($7,300 DK – $8,600 FD) – coming off a win at the British Masters, Eddie Pepps seems to be firing on all cylinders. I would even be tempted to play him in cash lineups. He has six top tens in his last nine events, six! But all those besides one came in the European Tour where the fields aren’t generally as strong so you also have to take that into consideration.
Mark Lee

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