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2018 Hero World Challenge expert picks, rankings, fantasy golf and betting tips


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Looking for 2018 Hero World Challenge picks, either for betting or fantasy golf games like DraftKings, FanDuel, Yahoo, Golf Channel or the PGA Tour?

We have your 2018 Hero World Challenge rankings and expert picks, as we do each week of the PGA Tour season.



This week, Tiger Woods hosts 17 other world-class golfers in the top 50 in the world at Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas for the 2018 Hero World Challenge. This is the last we'll see of these players through the end of the year, and this money grab with free OWGR points pits guys with a variety of motivations (or lack thereof) against each other. It makes it difficult putting together a fantasy team, but we'll give it a shot.

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2018 Hero World Challenge rankings: Top 10 picks

1. Justin Rose -- Rose is the best player in this field in both the short and long term. He won in Turkey to effectively end his European Tour season, and he's going back and forth with Brooks Koepka and the OWGR formula to determine No. 1.

2. Bryson DeChambeau -- DeChambau won in Vegas, and so it was a successful fall for his one and only start. DeChambeau is in position to challenge for No. 1 in the world next year at his current path.


3. Tiger Woods -- Despite finishing DFL in his last start, Woods should feel good playing on a golf course with a ton of par 5s and plenty of scoring opportunities.

4. Dustin Johnson -- Johnson has obviously been light on the schedule other than the WGC-HSBC Champions, where he finished T-30. But, his clobbers par 5s.

5. Rickie Fowler -- Put in his Fall Series time in Vegas (T-4) and Mayakoba (T-16). Comes in a little fresher and off being best dude duties in getting Jordan Spieth to the altar.

6. Tony Finau -- Solid fall for Finau includes a second-place finish at the WGC-HSBC Champions, a T-10 at the Dunhill Links and a T-16 at Mayakoba. Improved in so many ways this year, but he should stomp on the par 5s this week.

7. Jason Day -- Two starts in the fall for Day overseas, with a T-5 at the CJ Cup and a T-11 at the WGC-HSBC Champions. Should have the glow of being a dad for the third time and play very relaxed.

8. Justin Thomas -- T-5 at the CIMB and T-30 in Korea are OK results for the former world No. 1. Still a class in the field.

9. Xander Schauffele -- Won the WGC-HSBC Champions for his biggest title to date, and then he took a crack at the DP World Tour Championship for the hell of it and finished T-16 in Dubai. Could be a major in store for him in '19.

10. Gary Woodland -- Woodland should be higher on this list given how strong his fall was overall, but it's always so hard to see him beating the best of the best. Still, his form is top five in this field.

My primary DraftKings lineup

  1. Justin Rose - $11,100
  2. Bryson Dechambeau - $8,700
  3. Jason Day - $7,700
  4. Tony Finau - $7,500
  5. Xander Schauffele - $7,300
  6. Gary Woodland - $6,300

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