Last Updated: 2017-10-24
The WGC-HSBC Champions event at Sheshan Golf Club in Shanghai has a limited field of 78 players, so, once again, we won’t have a cut. That was the case last week in the CJ Cup, which drew a little bit stronger of a field with the big payout for first prize and the fact that everybody would play 72 holes. This week’s field is a little bit weaker than we generally see, but there is still a good amount of star power. You know who those guys are. We’re looking for the value picks that allow you to roster those big names.
We’ll try to help you with your daily fantasy golf choices by looking for the top values. Everybody can take the top guys and hope for the best, but it’s often that low-cost missing piece that makes all the difference in your GPPs, 50/50s, or H2H matchups.
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Tommy Fleetwood ($8,600) – There was a time last season when Tommy Fleetwood was a rising stock. He finished fourth at the US Open, sixth at the BMW International Open, and won the HNA Open de France. Since then, Fleetwood has mixed in a top 10 here or there. Coming off of a sixth-place in his last event, the Italian Open, he’s a good bet this week right around the average price. English players have done very well here in recent years and we’ll have a few more in the mix this week along with Fleetwood. Something about this course is conducive to their play. Maybe it is the elevation changes. Either way, Fleetwood has the skill set to play anywhere and limits bad holes, so he’s a good grab this week.
Daniel Berger ($8,300) – Daniel Berger has had two really good runs at the WGC-HSBC Champions over the last two years. Yes, he finished a very distant second to Hideki Matsuyama last year, but he shot 66-70-67-69 to finish at 16-under for the event. He finished 11th at 14-under back in 2015 with some really good players like Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Marc Leishman, and Sergio Garcia. Berger did not play well last week in South Korea, but he likes this course and has good results here, so that 54th-place showing should have given us a little bit of price value to give him a look.
Matt Kuchar ($7,700) – A lot of entrants will be considering Matt Kuchar this week. Kuchar finished 21st in this event last year, but had a couple of really awful rounds, including a final-round 76 that shoved him down the leaderboard. He’s a safe play, though. He made 22 of his 24 cuts last season. He had three top-10 finishes in the FedEx Cup playoff events, with a 10th at the Northern Trust, a fifth at the BMW Championship, and a 10th at the TOUR Championship. We’ll see if the break slowed Kuchar down, but he was playing as consistently as anybody late in the year.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat ($7,500) –Thailand native Kiradech Aphibarnrat has been swinging it really well of late. He was second at the Italian Open last week with 24 birdies against just four bogies and a double. At the Alfred Dunhill, Aphibarnrat had 21 birdies against 10 bogies and had an eagle to cancel out his double. It was a similar story at the British Masters with 20 birdies and seven bogies. Aphibarnrat got himself back in this field after missing last year’s criteria. He only finished 30th in 2015, but he’s playing well right now and we’ll ride that recent form.
Bill Haas ($7,300) – This is a pretty reasonable course for guys that don’t hit it long. A player like Bill Haas could have tremendous success here because his short game has been pretty strong of late. Haas finished 17th at the Safeway Open. Before the season wrapped around to 2017-18, Haas was 10th at the Dell Technologies Championship. He’s had fewer than 10 bogies in each of his last three events and has had 49 birdies in that span. With the quality short game, he could make some noise this week.
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A star-studded field will tee it off this week at Sheshan Golf Club in Shanghai, China for the WGC-HSBC Champions event. The qualification criteria means that the best of the best from the PGA Tour, the European Tour, the Asian Tour, the Japan Golf Tour, the PGA Tour of Australasia, and the Sunshine Tour will participate in the first of four WGC golf tournaments scheduled for the 2016-17 season.
We’ll help you narrow down the field with some of the top values on the board. Everybody can take the top guys and hope for the best, but it’s often that low-cost missing piece that makes all the difference in your GPPs, 50/50s, or H2H matchups.
New to daily fantasy sports? Need to reload? DraftKings or FanDuel are the industry leaders in ease of use and safe, free transactions. Use these tips and the tips from BangTheBook Radio on Wednesdays with our resident golf betting expert Wes Reynolds, who outlines players to take a chance on for this weekend’s event. Also, we have golf previews for the PGA and the European Tour events each week.
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Thomas Pieters ($8,100) – Fresh off of a breakout type of performance in the Ryder Cup, Thomas Pieters is set to take the golf world by storm this season. It starts here, on a course where length can be a great equalizer. Pieters is consistently one of the longest players from the tee box. He played well at the Portugal Masters with just eight holes over par and he stayed below 70 in each round. He should elevate his game with so many star players, including 18 Ryder Cup participants, here in this week’s event. Pieters shot a respectable 10-under last year.
Alex Noren ($8,000) – Alex Noren has done basically all of his damage on the European Tour side this season, but he’s scored three wins, including one earlier this month at the British Masters, and he has one round over par in his last four events. Noren has made 17 of 19 cuts this season, with six top-10 finishes. The level of competition is better here, but the game remains the same and Noren is poised for that huge victory.
Hao-Tong Li ($7,000) – The most promising player from China, Hao-Tong Li was seventh in this event last year, so he played right with the big boys in his first legitimate tournament. It was the highest finish ever by a Chinese player and the growth of the game in China could really use another strong showing from him. He’s played relatively well of late, but this is a chance for him to play on a very familiar course and showcase his true talents.
Kevin Na ($7,200) – There was some cold water thrown on the Kevin Na bandwagon with last week’s 29th-place showing at the CIMB Classic. The big thing here is that Na is one of 24 players making the short trip from Malaysia to China for this week’s event. Na has been reliable this year with nine top-10 finishes and he was seventh at the Safeway Open. Na simply had too many pars last week, but he aced a hole and has 35 birdies against 11 bogies in his last two events. He’s a guy that can get really hot with the putter and that’s worthy of a look this week.
Joost Luiten ($6,400) – Joost Luiten has been brilliant on the European Tour this season. He has nine top-10 finishes and one win. That win came at the KLM Open back in September. Since then, Luiten has struggled a little bit, but, like Noren, he’s an undervalued commodity because he did so much stuff under the radar on the European Tour.
Players to Avoid:
Henrik Stenson ($9,800) – Henrik Stenson has been limited recently with some nagging injuries that plagued him late in the season. He played the Ryder Cup and did a fine job, but he probably wasn’t as much of a factor as the Europeans felt he would be. Stenson is obviously a huge name and a great player, but he really struggled after the Olympics, with a MC at The Barclays and a tie for 41st at the Deutsche Bank.
Justin Thomas ($9,300) – Justin Thomas scored his second straight win in Malaysia, so he’s coming off of a win, which is usually a decent time to fade a non-premier player. Thomas played fine last year, finishing at 9-under, but he was near the bottom of the field after a first-round even par 72 and there was no way that he was making up that kind of ground. A similar start this time around and it’ll likely go the same way for Thomas.