WGC-HSBC Champions: Fantasy golf power rankings

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WGC-HSBC Champions: Fantasy golf power rankings

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WGC-HSBC Champions: Fantasy golf power rankings

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The PGA Tour relocates to Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China for the final installment of a three-tournament swing through Asia. This week’s World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions comes on the heels of Tiger Woods’ record-tying 82nd PGA Tour victory at last week’s Zozo Championship in Japan.

A 78-man field is fronted by reigning FedExCup champion Rory McIlroy, who enters the week second in the Official World Golf Ranking. A total of $10.25 million in prize money is on the line this week, with $1.745 million going to the winner, along with 550 FedExCup points.

Here are our top-30 fantasy golf rankings for the WGC-HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China, which begins Wednesday night.

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Fantasy rankings

30. Kevin Na

The Shriners Open champ finished T-20 in Korea and T-46 in Japan. The longer course isn’t well-suited to his game.

29. Jordan Spieth

Hasn’t played here since a T-7 finish in 2016. He’s coming off a T-66 last week to follow-up a T-8 at The CJ Cup. His inconsistencies have carried over into the new season.

28. Ian Poulter

The 2012-13 tournament won by Poulter was played at Mission Hills in Shenzhen. He was T-6 at Sheshan International in 2015 but was just 21st last year.

27. Charles Howell III

Coming off a T-8 last week and finished T-15 in this event in his most recent 2018 appearance.

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26. Adam Hadwin

Excels in Greens in Regulation Gained but may struggle with some of the difficult tee shots to set up his approaches.

25. Billy Horschel

Coming off a tie for 11th last season in his first appearance since 2015. He picked up a T-6 last week to rebound from a 64th-place finish in Korea.

24. Danny Willett

Just over a month removed from his victory in the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship, where he beat Jon Rahm by three strokes. Still looking for his first PGA Tour win since the 2016 Masters.

23. Kevin Kisner

The 2015 runner-up followed with a T-70 showing in 2016 and didn’t return in either 2017 or 2018.

22. Bubba Watson

Still one of the best drivers of the ball on Tour, he has struggled to create scoring opportunities. It’s a must here with only six holes playing to scoring averages below par last year.

21. Shane Lowry

Conversely, Lowry excels in getting himself into birdie situations, even when the rest of his game isn’t in top form. The reigning Champion Golfer of the Year finished T-13 last week.

20. Bernd Wiesberger

The European Tour star is seeking his first PGA Tour victory after winning the Italian Open earlier this month for his third title of the calendar year.

19. Tyrrell Hatton

Ranks fourth in the field in Greens in Regulation Gained over everyone’s last 36 rounds. It’s a key stat here where avoiding bogey is as important as making birdie.

18. Rafa Cabrera Bello

Fifth in this week’s field in Strokes Gained per round at Sheshan International among those with a minimum of 12 rounds played since 2014. Didn’t finish worse than T-19 in any of his three appearances.

17. Matthew Fitzpatrick

Finished a run of three consecutive top 20 finishes with a T-54 last year. Struggled to a solo 75th last week in Japan.

16. Henrik Stenson

The No. 39 golfer in the OWGR shockingly missed the cut in a weaker field at the Houston Open. He had two consecutive co-runner-up finishes here in 2017 and 2018 before skipping last year’s event.

15. Erik van Rooyen

Ranks second behind McIlroy in the field in birdie opportunities gained. An excellent ball-striker who excels getting off the tee.

14. Chez Reavie

Another great ball-striker. Also the best in the field from the key proximity distance of 150-175 yards.

13. Haotong Li

The 24-year-old is one of the most experienced in the field on the course, having racked up 24 rounds played since 2014.

12. Corey Conners

Hasn’t finished worse than T-13 in three events since missing the cut at the Sanderson Farms Championship.

11. Patrick Reed

Two T-7 results bookend showings of T-50 and T-60 in his last four appearances in Shanghai. His approach game isn’t in great form.


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10. Francesco Molinari

A star of the 2017-18 PGA Tour, he ended last season in poor form and hasn’t played since a T-23 result at the Safeway Open.

9. Tommy Fleetwood

A name synonymous with ball striking. His T-7 finish last season was his best in four appearances over the last five years.

8. Adam Scott

The No. 16 golfer in the world ranking hasn’t shown particularly well in this event over the last several years despite seemingly being a strong match to the course.

7. Hideki Matsuyama

Finished second behind Woods last week in his home country to follow a T-3 the previous week. A first-place finish would certainly follow the trend.

6. Xander Schauffele

The reigning champ won just one other tournament last season – the Sentry Tournament of Champions – as a slight disappointment following the strong start.

5. Justin Rose

Leads the field with 2.60 Strokes Gained per round at Sheshan International over 16 rounds since 2014. Won in 2018 and was solo third last year.

4. Sergio Garcia

The winner of the recent KLM Open on the Euro Tour finished T-9 at this event in 2017 before sitting out the proceeding two tournaments.

3. Tony Finau

Seemingly built for this course, the excellent ball-striker was the runner-up to Schauffele last season following T-11 in 2018.

2. Rory McIlroy

The best player in the field by the OWGR, he tied for third last week at the Zozo. Hasn’t won in Asia since the 2011 UBS Hong Kong Open.

1. Paul Casey

The 42-year-old leads my stat model at Fantasy National as the field leader in Greens in Regulation Gained. He’s second in ball striking, fourth in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee and 11th in Birdies Gained over everyone’s last 36 rounds.

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