2018 Hero World Challenge Fantasy Sleeper Report
As Frank Sinatra sort of sang ‘and now, the end is near, and so we face the final curtain.’ This is the final ‘proper’ PGA TOUR betting event of 2018.
It’s been a fantastic year for golf, and the past few weeks have been nothing short of inspiration as well for those of us of a slightly older vintage. Kuchar, Westwood, Howell III – combined age of about 347 – all winning events on their respective Tours.
There is one final chance for the players to earn some coin and bag a trophy at the Hero World Challenge, which as top-level golf tournaments go has that ‘school’s out for summer’ style vibe about it.
You’re in the Bahamas, you’ve stuffed yourself full of turkey and various other goodies at Thanksgiving, and Christmas is just around the corner.
What’s your motivation for playing the Hero World Challenge? Is it the million bucks in prize money? That seems unlikely given that all 18 of the guys in this field are hardly short of a few cents.
Is it the chance to top up your tan and enjoy a nice vacation on a beautiful island? Quite possibly, and the inconsistent records of the likes of Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose in this event suggest that some players just don’t fancy grinding it out at certain points in their career.
Are you playing to get your hands on a trophy? That has to be the key factor in any players we bet on this week; that desire to get their hands on some silverware.
Because there is a chance they may have to go to the well to get the job done on New Providence Island in the Bahamas. The host course, Albany GC, is a wide open, exposed Links style layout, which the designers have modeled on Royal Birkdale and other layouts in the Australian sandbelt and the deserts of Dubai.
You’re on an island too, so guess what: there is some ferocious winds blowing in off the Atlantic Ocean. Winning scores here (-18, -18, -25) don’t hint at any great danger, but the truth is that if the wind does get up things could get rather interesting.
That’s the bad news for the players. The good news is that Albany is welcoming to the kind of half-hearted golf that some may opt for this week. The fairways are wide open, the greens are nice and receptive, and other than the wind there really is very little to worry about; assuming you can avoid the huge sand dunes that are not exactly hidden from view.
Unusually for a Par 70, there are five Par 3s and the same number of Par 5s, and so an ability to convert on the longer holes will be crucial: some -9 of Fowler’s -18 total a year ago came at the longer stretches.
The winners here – Fowler, Hideki Matsuyama and Bubba Watson – have very little in common other than an ability to play in high winds, and that coupled with the key factor of motivation is the inspiration behind our three sleeper plays for the Hero World Challenge.
The Hero World Challenge Fantasy Sleeper Report
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