Daily Fantasy Golf Picks Strategy | PGA WGC HSBC Champions 2018 | Draftkings
Another fall season event, another very small, no cut field. This is why I hate the fall season. However, it will be over in a few weeks and then we can gear up for January once again. But for now, here’s a short cut and paste of our shitty preview.
The HSBC Champions is in its 13th year and it’s Ninth as a World Golf Championships event. Sheshan International GC (West), 7,300 yards, par 72. Set amid 1,000-year-old gingko trees, manmade waterways and a natural quarry. Sheshan International opened in 2004 as the Shanghai region’s first golf club and remains one of its most exclusive. Tiger Woods once called the layout “the crowning jewel of all of Asian golf.” To create the layout’s drastic elevation changes, work crews reportedly moved more than 2 million cubic yards of earth. WOW! Impressive. That was sarcasm. When you need to explain your own joke, that means it sucked.
Every Par 3 on this course is 200 yards plus. Two of the Par 5’s are reachable in two by most of the field, while very few can reach all 4. That’s 6-8 200 yard second shots. With a couple of Par 4’s that involve 175 plus yard second shots as well, this course really favours some players that can hit long irons. On top of that, there are a bunch of dog legs, so their needs to be strategic shots from the tee too.
We’re going to lean on strong long iron players, who can play from the sand at all distances(there are tons of bunkers on this course), and players that can scramble seem to do well here too. You also want to avoid the water here as it can become an issue for players that aren’t in command of their swings. We see no advantage to being long here. All types of golfers have won over this course. All you want is opportunities. As always, we like form and top putters.
Now for the breakdown and we’re only playing one squad this week.
Russell Knox – He’ll be highly taken, but with a 9th and 1st place over this terrain, we might as well go with the horse for the course at his cheap price.
Tony Finau – He was 11th at this event last year and he’s only got better as the year went on. A nice discount to the top level players. If Bubba can win here, so can he.
Hideki Matsuyama – Accurate players are rewarded here and his game is picking up steam. A WGC explosion would put him back on track to remind everyone that he’s still a force when at his best. A former winner of this event.
Emiliano Grillo – He fits the mould we’re looking for and he’s been consistent all year long. We just hope this is the week his irons are super hot.
Keegan Bradley – We were big Bradley backers all year and we won’t stop now. Very accurate for his length. If he can find his putter again, we think he can improve upon his 11th place best finish here.
Kyle Stanley – He’s coming off a fantastic year and he was 5th at this event in 2017. He’s an accurate kinda guy and fits into our thought process on this one.