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From picks to win to DraftKings bargains to players to avoid, here are some options for you to consider:
- Projected champion: Tony Finau. Touted him many times last season and I still believe he’s close to winning. Combines power with the ability to hit lots of greens.
- Also like: Jamie Lovemark. Has shown flashes the last two years at Silverado, and is coming off his best season as a PGA Tour pro.
- Sleeper: Sam Saunders. Easy to pick a guy who shot 59 last week at the Web.com Tour Championship, but something tells me Saunders has a nice year in 2017-18. That could start this week.
- DraftKings bargain: Beau Hossler ($6,700). Didn’t have his best stuff at the Web.com Tour Finals, but this rookie has big talent. You could do a lot worse at $7,000 and below.
- Fade: Brendan Steele. Defending champion, but Steele sputtered at the end of last season and has lost some momentum.
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- Projected champion: Kevin Na. He lost a playoff here in 2015, was solo seventh last year and had top-six finishes in two of his last four starts in 2016-17. He clearly likes this course, is playing well and is way, way overdue for a second PGA Tour win.
- Also like: Zach Johnson. This is not a long course by any means, so it should play right into Johnson’s hands. His debut here and not a banner 2017 campaign, but he showed plenty of flashes in the summer and early fall.
- Sleeper: Chesson Hadley. He went win-T2 in the middle of the Web.com Tour Finals and earned fully-exempt status on the PGA Tour. That means he doesn’t have to worry about the Web.com Tour graduate re-shuffle. With his current form and that concern off his back, no reason for Hadley to not start fast.
- DraftKings bargain: Hunter Mahan, $6,700. Mahan didn’t do enough in the Web.com Tour Finals to retain his PGA Tour card, so you know he’s going to cherish every start this season. Missed the cut in his last two starts, yes. But those were close calls, and he had three top 20s (two on the PGA Tour) between June and September.
- Fade: Harris English. His game has been in a funk since late July.
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- Projected champion: Chez Reavie. Hasn’t missed a cut since May, two top-15 finishes in the FedEx Cup Playoffs and two straight top-25 finishes in this event. Good time to pick up his first victory in nine years.
- Also like: Webb Simpson. Granted, he’s missed the cut here the past two years. But Simpson flew under the radar to finish 17th in the FedEx Cup rankings and had three top-10s and a T-13 in four of his last five starts.
- Sleeper: Sam Saunders. Shot 59 last week, happy to secure his card and has made the cut in his last four PGA Tour starts.
- DraftKings bargain: Ben Martin, ($7,000). Hasn’t played since late August, but he’s capable of going low and put together a consistently-good run in the middle of summer.
- Fade: Phil Mickelson. Pricey. Give him another week or two to let the Presidents Cup hangover subside.