Fantasy golf expert picks: 2018 Sony Open in Hawaii

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Fantasy golf expert picks: 2018 Sony Open in Hawaii

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Fantasy golf expert picks: 2018 Sony Open in Hawaii

Need help with your fantasy-golf lineups for this week’s Sony Open in Hawaii? Our fantasy-golf experts are here to help.

From picks to win to DraftKings bargains to players to avoid, here are some options for you to consider:

Brentley Romine

  • Projected champion: Jordan Spieth. Finished third at Sony a year ago and leads the tour in hitting greens in regulation.
  • Also like: Webb Simpson and Zach Johnson. Simpson is making his first start since the death of his dad, Sam, and I think he’ll be inspired this week to perform. Plus, Waialae is a course where he’s had plenty of success. Johnson is a past winner here and his statistics and early-season results show he’ll have a much better season in 2018 than last year.
  • Sleeper: J.J. Spaun. Little experience at Waialae, but I’m a huge fan of this kid. The stats agree with me, too.
  • DraftKings bargain: Beau Hossler ($7,000). Wouldn’t be shocked if he won this week.
  • Fade: Xander Schauffele. Missed the cut last year at Sony and is still getting used to that new Callaway equipment. Plus, I think he’s in for a sophomore slump this year.

Kevin Casey

  • Projected champion: Kevin Kisner. A pair of top 5s for Kisner in his last two starts at Waialae. His T-17 at Kapalua wasn’t ideal, but overall he was playing well at the end of his fall. Good form and course fit for Kisner, who should have a better week than one that included a heartbreaking national title loss for his Georgia Bulldogs.
  • Also like: Justin Thomas and Marc Leishman. A tough week at Kapalua for JT, but he finished in 67. He won’t have to worry about any potential caddie issues this week, either. Oh, and you probably remember how he tore up this course last year. I liked Leishman at Kapalua and he shared the 36-hole lead. A tough weekend, but a T-7 continues his trend of strong play.
  • Sleeper: William McGirt. He’s in form and has a solid recent record at Waialae. This could be a nice start to his 2018.
  • DraftKings bargain: Ryan Palmer ($7,000). Some caution is in order as Palmer hasn’t competed since August and has had minor shoulder surgery to remove bone spurs. So there may be some rust. But there’s plenty of upside from Palmer considering his record at Waialae includes a win in 2010 and three straight top 20s from 2014-16. He can be a great course horse here at times, and I’ll take that jump this week.
  • Fade: Daniel Berger. Don’t think he’s a huge risk, but Berger may not have a ton of upside this week. He showed some form with a T-11 at Kapalua, but his play has been mostly uninspiring since Augusta. He has one T-13 at Waialae, but his other two finishes are T-40 or worse. He may make the cut and not do much with it, but that’s certainly not what is wanted out of a player in his price range.

Dan Kilbridge

  • Projected champion: Kevin Kisner. He finished T-4 at the Sony in 2017, T-5 in 2016 and hasn’t missed a cut in any tournament since last July. Unlike his Georgia Bulldogs in the national championship, Kisner gets it done this week.
  • Also like: Marc Leishman. Continues to play himself into contention nearly every week and boasts eight straight sub-70 rounds at Waialae. Also have my eye on Zach Johnson, who has several top-10 finishes here in recent years.
  • Sleeper: Jamie Lovemark. Like Kisner he’s been great at this course of late, finishing T-4 in 2017 and T-7 in 2016, and he’ll be well-rested after nearly two months off.
  • DraftKings bargain: Stewart Cink ($6,800). Hasn’t missed the cut at this event since 2013 and could definitely net a top-25 this week on the cheap.
  • Fade: Russell Henley. All the top-tier guys this week have been playing great in recent months and have a history of success at the Sony. Henley, who finished T-13 here last year but missed the cut in 2016, is probably the biggest gamble at $9,200.

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