Top 10 Fantasy Golfers for Hyundai Tournament of Champions
Tournament: Hyundai Tournament of Champions
Date: January 4-7, 2013
Location: Plantation Course of Kapalua - Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii
Course Par: 72
Past Winners: Steve Striker (2012), Jonathan Byrd (2011), Geoff Ogilvy (2010), Geoff Ogilvy (2009), Daniel Chopra (2008), Vijay Singh (2007)
Hole to Watch: Hole #5 – The fifth hole is a viscous par 5 that looks like a handcrafted boomerang. The tee box is almost straight at the green, but there is a gruesome dogleg and giant forest in between the hole’s starting and finishing point. This hole will easily cause a couple tour vets to lose a ball (or two) in this treacherous terrain, and to make matters worse the hole is riddled with deep bunkers. The fifth hole will certainly cause some golfers to pencil in some pretty big numbers this week.
The first tournament of the year is already upon us and golfers around the world are dusting off their golf bags as we speak. The Hyundai Tournament of Champions may not host the big names like Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy this year, but there is still a rather large field for fantasy golf fans to choose from.
The 2012 U. S. Open Winner, Webb Simpson, will be attending, as well as the 2012 Masters Champion, Bubba Watson. Both players will likely be taken very earlier this week in fantasy drafts, so keep an eye on them as the draft moves on.
The 7,411-yard course is one of the most beautiful in the Hawaiian Islands and it always draws a large crowd from around the world. To help you during the first PGA tournament of the year, here are my top-10 fantasy golfers for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions this weekend:
10. Ian Poulter
Ian Poulter – Poulter is one of the international veterans attending the Hawaiian event, so expect him to easily crack the top-10.
9. Nick Watney
Nick Watney – Watney is one of the best putters on the tour, so he is always a threat to win.
8. Webb Simpson
Webb Simpson – Simpson had a dream 2012 season, as he won the U. S. Open in shocking fashion. He took some positive steps forward last season and the 27-year-old is primed for a breakout campaign.
7. Steve Stricker
Steve Stricker – Stricker won the tournament last year with an amazing score of 23 under. He has shown that he can dominate on the Plantation, so expect another strong showing from Stricker this week on the islands.
6. Bubba Watson
Bubba Watson – Watson had a rather up and down 2012 season. He shocked the world by winning The Masters, but also missed the cut in three different tournaments. However, Watson ended his season on a high note by cracking the top-12 in five of his last seven tourneys.
5. Matt Kuchar
Matt Kuchar – Kuchar had nine top-10 finishes in his 22 tournament appearances last season. He was one of the biggest fantasy surprises in 2012 and will be looking to built on his career season.
4. Carl Pettersson
Carl Pettersson – Pettersson finished fourth at the event in 2011 and will be a huge sleeper heading into Hawaii.
3. Brandt Snedeker
Brandt Snedeker – Snedeker was the 2012 FedEx Cup Champion and truly proved himself as one of the premier golfers in the world last year.
2. Keegan Bradley
Keegan Bradley – Everyone saw Bradley sink some of the most ridiculous putts of the year at the 2012 Ryder Cup, and despite the U.S. loss, the team still got a glimpse of the future in Bradley.
1. Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson – Johnson finished inside the top-16 in two consecutive tournaments at the Plantation and will be a heavy favorite this week.
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