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.
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?
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