2019 Hero World Challenge expert picks, rankings, fantasy golf and betting tips
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2019 Hero World Challenge expert picks, rankings, fantasy golf and betting tips



Looking for 2019 Hero World Challenge picks, either for betting or fantasy golf games like DraftKings, FanDuel, Yahoo, Golf Channel or the PGA Tour?

We have your 2019 Hero World Challenge rankings and expert picks, as we do each week of the PGA Tour season.

This is the final fantasy event on the PGA Tour -- even if it's an unofficial event -- of calendar year 2019. Tiger Woods has assembled an 18-man field, including himself, in the Bahamas for the Hero World Challenge. The field is class and all top-50 players, and there is plenty of money and world ranking points on the line. It might be a hit-and-giggle before the Presidents Cup, but there's plenty on the line.

This week, we'll give you our top nine players instead of the top 10, since the idea of ranking more than half of any field is kind of ridiculous.

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2019 Hero World Challenge rankings: Top 9 picks

1. Jon Rahm: Rahm has been on a roll this fall, playing great golf, notching back-to-back European Tour wins and finishing runner-up in the BMW PGA Championship. Have to love him this week.

2. Justin Thomas: Haven't seen JT much this fall -- just two starts in the Asian Swing -- but he did win the CJ Cup once again on a course, like this one, where he can be aggressive.

3. Tiger Woods: The last time we saw Tiger Woods, he won his 82nd official PGA Tour event. Sounds good to me.

4. Webb Simpson: While I think this course tends to lend an edge to longer hitters, Simpson was a playoff loser in his last time out in a tournament he absolutely should have won. Living up to expectations is good.

5. Gary Woodland: Kinda easy to forget Woodland, but his efforts this fall have been strong, including a T-3 and 5th in the Asian Swing.

6. Patrick Cantlay: Cantlay has made one fall start, and that was a runner-up effort in Vegas.

7. Xander Schauffele: Xander lost in a playoff to Rory McIlroy at the WGC-HSBC Champions in his last time out. Add in a T-10 at the Zozo, and that's solid.

8. Bryson DeChambeau: Good fall for Bryson, including at T-4 in Vegas in his title defense. Will be interesting to see him play as a bulkier guy.

9. Patrick Reed: Reed has stayed very active in the fall, playing predominantly on the European Tour with good results.

My primary DraftKings lineup

  1. Jon Rahm - $11,200
  2. Xander Schauffele - $9,800
  3. Webb Simpson - $8,800
  4. Patrick Reed - $6,900
  5. Gary Woodland - $6,700
  6. Chez Reavie - $6,000

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