The 2019 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions is set for Oct. 31-Nov. 3 at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help.
Here's what our best 2019 HSBC Champions lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Rory McIlroy ($11,500)
We fared pretty well with our Rory pick at the ZOZO — he finished T3 — but that Tiger Woods guy stole all the weekend thunder with career win No. 82. Tiger is absent this week, clearing the decks for McIlroy to resume his pursuit of Brooks Koepka (also absent) atop the World Golf Ranking. Rory is on a roll right now, with only one finish outside the top 25 (a T26 at the Dunhill Links in late September) in his last eight tournaments. His record at the HSBC is equally impressive — only two finishes outside the top 6 in seven appearances. He's in a salty mood, too; when asked why the U.S. excels in the Presidents Cup but struggles in the Ryder Cup, he quipped, "(Because) they're not playing Europe in the Presidents Cup?" Oh, and with four par 5s and a couple of drivable par 4s, the world's best driver of the golf ball should feel right at home at Sheshan International.
Billy Horschel ($8,900)
We're digging Billy Ho's trend line. Since June, the 2014 FedExCup champ has re-emerged from obscurity with five top 10s — including a T9 at the last WGC event, the FedEx St. Jude, and a T6 last week at the ZOZO — and only one MC. His history at Sheshan is limited, but he did finish T11 here last year. Horschel has become an elite putter, rising to 16th last season in SG: Putting.
Tyrrell Hatton ($8,600)
Hatton had a nice 2019-20 debut, posting a tidy T6 at the CJ Cup with four rounds of 70 or better. He's still searching for his first PGA Tour win, and we keep waiting for this combustible Englishman to harness his talents. At 28, it's time for him to show some maturity heading into a Ryder Cup year. He does tend to play well against elite fields, with five major top 10s since the 2016 Open, and he's comfy at Sheshan, with three straight top-25 finishes at the HSBC.
Kevin Kisner ($7,200)
Kisner's easy to overlook, but he has a lot to recommend him, starting with his affordability. He made a surprising run in the 2019 FedExCup playoffs, finishing 9th. His stellar record at WGC events — a win at the Match Play in 2019, and a runner-up at the HSBC in 2015 — doesn't hurt either.
Keegan Bradley ($7,000)
The quirky Bradley is a course-horse play (solo 6th last year) who is also coming off a solid finish at the ZOZO (T13). Ignore the odd leans and lunges with his long clubs and focus on his short-game mastery — he's sixth this season in SG: Around the Green. He can also score (14th in birdie average).
Bubba Watson ($6,800)
It feels like Bubba's fallen off a cliff a bit, and his price tag reflects that sentiment. But dig into the results a bit, and he's not that far off. His T51 at the ZOZO should have been a lot better, and he posted a T9 at the last WGC event, the FedEx St. Jude in July. He's a past champion at Sheshan (2014), and the two-time Masters champ is more consistently competitive at the WGC events (14 top 10s) than he is at the majors (five top 10s). He went viral with the most Bubba-esque tee shot we've ever seen, one in which he aimed at the wrong fairway, so maybe he's starting to feel it.