Top 15 Fantasy Golfers For WGC-HSBC Championships
Tournament: World Golf Championships-HSBC Championships
Location: Mission Hills Golf Course, Olazabal-Guangdong, China
Date: November 1-4, 2012
Past Winners: Martin Kaymer (2011), Francesco Molinari (2010), Phil Mickelson (2009), Sergio Garcia (2008), Phil Mickelson (2007)
The event has been around since 2005, but in 2009 was introduced into realm of World Golf Championship events. The transition made the pot much bigger ($7 million dollars) and thus always draws in the big fish from all around the world.
This is the first time it will be played at Mission Hills, as it has previously been played at Sheshan International Golf course in Shanghai, so it is safe to say that no golfer will have a distinct advantage this weekend.
Hole To Watch: Hole # 15 - 580 yards Par 5 This is the course’s most famous hole. It is extremely long, even for a par 5, and it breaks softly towards the left side. The fairway is almost snake-like with unforgiving sand traps on every curve, which is ironically a good portion of the course’s mindboggling 160 bunkers. Expect almost the entire field to visit the beach on this hole, as it could prove to be the end to several player's afternoons.
To help you with your fantasy golf teams this week, here are my top 15 fantasy golfers for the WGC-HSBC Championships this weekend:
15. Adam Scott
Adam Scott – Scott has been somewhat quiet in the past couple months, but he will be entering the tournament very well rested.
14. Lee Westwood
Lee Westwood - Westwood has three top-13 finishes in his last four tournaments. He is very self-motivated and is bound to win a big tourney at some point in the future; just not this week.
13. Graeme McDowell
Graeme McDowell – McDowell has struggled as of late, but is still averaging 70.9 strokes per round. He remains one of the most accurate golfers out of tee box, with a driving accuracy percentage of 70.1% this year, so the 33-year old can turn any bad start around with one decent drive.
12. Louis Oosthuizen
Louis Oosthuizen – The “Oozy” has seven consecutive finishes inside the top-25. His average drive is also around 300 yards, so expect him to test this difficult Chinese course all week.
11. Justin Rose
Justin Rose – Rose placed third at the PGA Championship, second at the TOUR Championships, and sixth at the BMW Masters.
10. Nicolas Colsaerts
Nicolas Colsaerts – It seems that the European Ryder Cup captain has cracked the top-10 in every tournament since his team’s victory. Look for him to have another solid showing this weekend.
9. Bubba Watson
Bubba Watson - In every tournament that Watson has made the cut, he has finished 23rd or better, including 7 top-10s. He will be one of the safest picks to crack the top-10 this week in China.
8. Martin Kaymer
Martin Kaymer – Kaymer won the event in 2011, but has recently played very inconsistently. Expect him to struggle at times this week and finish outside of the top-5 at this new course.
7. Jason Dufner
Jason Dufner – Dufner is consistently undervalued in the big named tournaments this season, so expect the same thing to happen this week.
In the Duffman’s last 13 tournaments, he has eight top-20 finishes, including 2 victories. However, he has not finished inside the top-18 in four consecutive tournament appearances.
6. Brandt Snedeker
Brandt Snedeker –Snedeker won the last event he participated in, the TOUR Championship, with a score of 10 under. Snedeker has also cracked the top-10 in seven tournaments this year.
5. Keegan Bradley
Keegan Bradley - Bradley was sinking some unthinkable puts at the Ryder Cup a cople weeks ago. He has had a magical 2012 season and has been dominant since his victory at the World Golf Classic Bridgestone Invitational earlier in the year.
Keegs will be a great sleeper outside of the big names and the youngster is one of the most dangerous players on the tour with his putter.
4. Nick Watney
Nick Watney – Watney won the CIMB Classic last weekend in Malaysia with a ridiculous score of 22 under, so expect him to be playing with a little more confidence this week.
3. Luke Donald
Luke Donald – Donald finished third at the Tour Championship, third at the BMW Masters, and tenth at The Barclays. He is sinking all the big puts right now and the number third ranked golfer in the world will be a very popular pick this week.
2. Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson – Mickelson won the event in 2007 and in 2009. Lefty knows how to close out tournaments with the best of them, but the fact that he has not won an event since February keeps him out of the top spot this week.
1. Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson – Johnson will be the heavy favorite in China this week. Dusty has finished inside the top-10 in four straight tournaments and is currently using every club in his bag.
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