Defending champion Tiger Woods tops a star-studded field
The ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP @ SHERWOOD is set for Oct. 22-25 at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California. 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 ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP @ SHERWOOD lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Justin Thomas ($10,600)
COVID interrupted JT's remarkable momentum, but he's been as good as ever since the reboot, finishing in the top 25 more often than not — nine times in 12 appearances, to be exact, with six top 10s during that span. He's as reliable and consistent as anybody out there, which makes him fantasy gold. He was clearly feeling a bit salty after a final-round 74 left him T12 at the CJ Cup, and a ticked-off JT is a dangerous thing.
Tiger Woods ($9,000)
For once, an event's defending champion actually should benefit from a change in venue. The inaugural ZOZO was held last year in Chiba, Japan, where Tiger tied Sam Snead's record with his 82nd PGA Tour victory. But this year, the tournament moves to Tiger's den away from home, Sherwood CC. There are course horses, and then there's Tiger at Sherwood, where he has a Secretariat-at-Belmont record of dominance — five wins and five runner-ups in the 14 editions of the Hero World Challenge staged there. Can there be a more likely spot for win No. 83? Tiger has appeared infrequently in 2020 and posted dismal results by his own standards, particularly with the putter, but last year's ZOZO win came out of nowhere, and this one will, too.
Harris English ($8,800)
Like JT, English has been a top-25 machine since the COVID re-start — nine of them in 12 starts, with top 10s against stacked fields at the Northern Trust, U.S. Open and CJ Cup. His only MC since June? A 68-69 that just wasn't quite good enough at the Shriners. He's in his prime right now, and he's still a bit of a bargain; take advantage.
Phil Mickelson ($7,500)
Lefty is now two-for-two on the Senior Circuit after fending off Mike Weir to win the Dominion Energy Charity Classic, making him the third player ever to win his first two starts on the Champions. Of course, all that proves is that the easier setups for the geezers favor his particular brand of aggression. For our purposes, that and a couple of bucks will get you a bucket of balls at your local range. But confidence is a big factor for Lefty, and a win of any stripe is a confidence booster. He also unleashed a new driver on the greybeards to good effect, and if he can keep it in play, he can be a factor.
Brendon Todd ($7,000)
After top-25 finishes at the last two majors, Todd has our attention. It's been a remarkable turnaround for a guy who one year ago today ranked 522nd in the World Golf Ranking before back-to-back wins last November righted the ship. He's still lurking at an affordable price range, too. Sherwood rewards guys who hit fairways, and Todd does that as often as anybody.
Kevin Kisner ($6,800)
Kisner usually saves his best golf for the biggest tournaments, and with the entire World top 10 plus Tiger on hand this week, the ZOZO qualifies. Not much to show yet for his 2020-21 season, but all it will take will be a hot week with the putter, and he's capable, after ranking 15th in SG: Putting last season.
(Top photo courtesy of @TigerWoods)