WGC: Mexico – DFS Golf Picks & Tips
This week, the PGA Tour is teeing it up for the first time at Club de Golf Chapultepec just outside of Mexico City for the WGC- Mexico. Formerly known as the WGC- Cadillac Championship, which was played on the Blue Monster Course at Trump National Doral, the move south was announced sometime last spring. Club de Golf Chapultepec is a par-71 and will play at 7,330 yards. Not only is this course new to the golfers, it will provide plenty of challenging holes, and the elevation of 7,349 feet above sea level will be a large factor. This course will yield lower scores for those in the field with the ability to strike purely and drain putts on the undulated greens. Adam Scott won last year’s WGC, However, this year he we be traveling to new terrain on an unfamiliar course.
Golfer (Fantasy Draft/Draft Kings)- World Rank-
Dustin Johnson (23600/12500)-World No. 1– DJ is coming off a week rest after winning the Genesis Open by five strokes. DJ has 5 top 6 finishes in his last 6 events. DJ is ranked 1st in strokes gained: off-the-tee, 2nd in driving distance with an average drive of 314.6 yards, and 3rd in greens in regulation. His tremendous power and stellar wedge game increases his probability of placing in the top of the field week in and week out. More importantly, his putting is on fire where he is 31st in stokes gained: putting, that makes him a threat on every course. DJ has such confidence in his game, an unfamiliar course shouldn’t be an issue. DJ is expensive, but building a team around him with some less expensive golfer’s like Francesco Molinari and Jhonattan Vegas can have serious upside while freeing up salary cap space.
Hideki Matsuyama (21000/10700)- World No. 4- Winner of the Waste Management Phoenix Open and ranked 1st in the FedEx Cup, Matsuyama has an impressive stat sheet. Along with a top five scoring average of 69.260, Matsuyama is also 8th in strokes gained: around-the-green, 11th in strokes gained: tee-to-green, and 15th in green in regulation. Everyone has been ranting and raving about Matsuyama since he won the Waste Management Phoenix Open, and I’m willing to jump on that bandwagon. The guy has a ton of talent and even more potential, so at $21,000 on Fantasy Draft and $10,700 on Draft Kings, Matsuyama is a steal in tournaments.
Adam Scott (19100/9200)- World No. 7– Scott’s form and game is what impress me so much. He is so consistent that he hasn’t missed a Top 15 finish in his last 7 starts. Scott played so well last week in the Honda Classic, he ranked 5th in strokes gained: approaching-the-green, top 30 in stokes gained: putting, and has an average score of 69.393. Adam Scott has the best overall golf game, and produces the most consistent results. Scott’s price is a bit above average, however, he can be paired with others in his price bracket, like Jon Rahm, that can amplify scoring.
Jon Rahm (18500/9000)- World No. 30– Rahm is 2nd in strokes gained: tee-to-green, 3rd in total strokes gained, 5th in strokes gained: off-the-tee, and 8th in birdie average. Rahm has a ton of fantasy upside and with a few more years of experience he has all the potential to be one of the greatest. Natural talent, immaculate form, and a fair price tag keeps Rahm in my line ups.
Francesco Molinari (16300/8200)-World No. 32– The Italian has a ton of value this week, considering his price tag, and not to mention his 7 top 15 finishes of his last 8 starts. Molinari ranks 3rd in putts-per-round, 4th in driving accuracy, and 9th in strokes gained: approaching-the-green. Molinari’s driving accuracy and ability to drain putts will make him a contender this week.
Jhonattan Vegas (14300/6000)- World No. 59- Every week us golf fantasy competitors are white knuckling it to fill that last spot with a low price golfer, hoping they make the cut. This week at the WGC-Mexico, we have Vegas in our pocket, not the other way around! Vegas had a very nice showing at the Honda Classic finishing at 7 under and tied for 4th. Vegas is ranked top 30 in strokes gained: tee-to-green and also in longest drive. He plays well from the rough. Vegas is a bargain for the price and all players should feel confident pairing him with a higher price golfer.