Fantasy Golf Sleeper Report – WGC-HSBC Champions

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2018 WGC-HSBC Champions Fantasy Sleeper Report

When the PGA TOUR returns to US soil next week for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, it will do so with a new world number one at the helm.

Brooks Koepka takes up the mantle after his impressive victory at the CJ Cup in South Korea last week.

The three-time major winner forced his way into the lead after 54 holes, and despite a gargantuan effort from Gary Woodland to haul him in, Koepka maintained his focus and blitzed his way through the back nine in seven under to claim a fifth Tour title.

He will defend his new honor at the first time of asking at this week’s WGC-HSBC Champions event, of which Dustin Johnson has some rather dark memories.

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He threw away a handsome 54-hole lead in one of the most unbelievable shows of choking that golf has seen in the past few years. After playing the opening three rounds at Sheshan International in a combined -17, DJ would go on to shoot +5 on a catastrophic Sunday.

And so we have a different defending champion, Justin Rose, who fired his way past Johnson 12 months ago. It will be tough for him to defend his title at a layout which offers stacks of birdie opportunities, with four beatable Par 5s and the driveable Par 4 sixteenth, which will reward those who stay long and true with an eagle chance.

The Sheshan International layout features tree-lined fairways and Bentgrass greens, and while water is in play on some eleven holes it is very rarely a factor; unless the wind gets up, that is.

With 18 mph gusts in the forecast, maybe this year’s edition of the WGC-HSBC Champions will be a sterner test than the players have become accustomed to.

With all of the above in mind, who makes our sleeper shortlist for the Chinese extravaganza?

The WGC-HSBC ChampionsFantasy Sleeper Report

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Sleeper Report Predictions This Season (2018-2019)

Tourneys Played '18 -'19
0
15 Picks
Season Earnings
$0
$375,092 average
Total Top 3s
0 out of 15 picks
Total Top 10s
2 out of 15 picks
Total Top 25s
6 out of 15 picks
Total Winners Picked
0 out of 3 events
Total Runners-Up Picked
0 out of 3 events
Total Made Cuts (Includes Sleepers)
11 out of 15 picks

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