Wow, what a week!!! Justin Thomas comes through as a repeat champion. If you followed last week’s picks, I'm guessing you had some success on DraftKings or in your one-and-done league. We had the aforementioned victory from Thomas, a 3rd place finish from the value pick of the week, Derek Fathauer and a 10th place finish from Ryo Ishikawa who has awoken from the dead. I’ll try and keep those good picks going as we head to another no-cut event, here are my WGC-HSBC Champions picks.
Richard Bland: $7,300
Bland has quietly finished in the top 18 in his last six starts on the European Tour. Over that time, he averaged over 18 birdies per event. At a cheap price of $7,300, it's hard not to roster him this week.
Bernd Wiesberger: $7,700
Weisberger has finished no worse than 7th in his last four starts worldwide which included a whopping 77 birdies and 4 eagles!!! When in doubt, play the hot hand!!!! It also doesn't hurt that he finished 17th here a year ago.
Rafa Cabrera Bello: $7,600
With 4 top 12s in his last five starts worldwide, Bello is a model of consistency as he never seems to have an off week. At $7,600, he is good value this week. I'm not sure he will contend, but I am pretty sure you will get a top 15 out of him, which is more than enough to pay off his value at that price.
One and Done Picks
If you feel like burning one of your top picks early in the year, you will want to go with DJ. With top 5 finishes in his two appearances here, including a win in 2013, look for DJ to contend this week. Arguably, the hottest golfer on the planet and he looks to continue his strong form.
One of the keys in one and done leagues is to make sure to be smart with opportunities to use guys who may not be playing in many other events. If you choose to go that route this week, Pieters is a great option. When playing well, he has the ability to contend against the best of the best. Given that we have seen bombers perform well on this course (DJ and Bubba), Pieters could be a sneaky pick this week and save you some studs for later in the year.
Similar to Pieters, Kaymer is a great pick this week since we don't expect him to play a ton in the U.S. In his six appearances at this course, he has recorded 4 top 8 finishes. If that's not good enough, he also holds the course record.