Well, goodbye holiday-infused-international-swing-season, and hello Maui and the first event of the 2017 calendar year. I’m excited to be back on the FantasyDraft Locker Room, talking DFS PGA Tour golf, and helping you make a little money this year. Since it’s the beginning of the year, I’m not only going to give you my selections for this week, I’m also going to highlight a few players to watch in 2017.
Let’s get started.
The SBS Tournament of Champions is a limited field with only 32 players this year. A lot of big names have decided to sit out, including Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, The Open champion Henrik Stenson, Charl Schwartzel, Sergio Garcia, and Masters champ Danny Willett. There is no cut this week, so your emphasis should be to target the scorers and players who consistently finish in the top 10.
TOP TIER PLAYERS
Hideki Matsuyama ($20,700) is in the best form of his life with four wins in his last five starts. I’m extremely high on Hideki this season and will be riding this bullet train all year long. Although no player can remain this hot forever (perhaps with the exception of Tiger Woods) I still think he has plenty of gas in the tank and won’t consider fading him until he starts looking a little burned out.
Jordan Spieth ($21,700) is the defending champion and absolutely shreds this course. He shot a record 262 (-30) total last year to win by eight shots over Patrick Reed. I think Jordan gets off to another great start with at least a top five finish this week.
MID TIER PLAYERS
Bubba Watson ($17,500) has 2 consecutive top 10’s here and a T4 back in 2013. The Plantation Course at Kapalua isn’t necessarily a bombers course, but it is the easiest course the pros will play this year. It also seems to mimic Augusta a bit with its large and crazy undulated greens.
Brandt Snedeker ($16,500) finished T3 here last year, matching Jordan with two outstanding rounds of 65 and 67 on the weekend. He’s another player that scores well at Augusta and starts out of the gate fast! His course history is good with a T11 in 2014 and a 3rd place finish in 2013. Get him in your lineup.
LOWER TIER PLAYERS
Jimmy Walker ($14,900) plays extremely well in Hawaii, and always seems to get his year off to a fast start. He hasn’t played too well since winning his first major last July, but I do think he gets it back on track this week.
Brendan Steele ($14,500) is my pick to win it all this week. I know he’s a 60/1 shot, but he’s already won the first official tournament of the 2017 wraparound season, and I think he will add the first tournament of 2017 to his resume.
Jason Day ($19,900), Ryan Moore ($14,900), Jhonattan Vegas ($12,500), Charley Hoffman ($12,200)
Aaron Baddeley ($13,600), Mackenzie Hughes ($13,300), Cody Gribble ($12,900), Fabian Gomez ($12,600),
PLAYERS TO WATCH in 2017
Alexander Noren, Emiliano Grillo, Daniel Berger, Kevin Chappell, Ryan Moore, Mackenzie Hughes, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Smylie Kaufman