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From picks to win to DraftKings bargains to players to avoid, here are some options for you to consider:
- Projected champion: Jordan Spieth. Has tasted victory and nothing worse than a T-3 at Kapalua.
- Also like: Brendan Steele and Cameron Smith. Steele leads the Tour in strokes gained: tee-to-green and was T-6 last year at Kapalua. Smith is too hot right now to avoid – T-5, third, fourth, first.
- Sleeper: Bryson DeChambeau. Had an impressive fall with three top-17s and his ballstriking will get him around Kapalua nicely.
- DraftKings bargain: Kyle Stanley ($6,800). Good ballstriker will get another crack at Kapalua, where a lot of guys tend to do much better in start No. 2.
- Fade: Hideki Matsuyama. Good record at Kapalua and obviously an elite talent, but not sure what his equipment situation is right now.
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- Projected champion: Rickie Fowler. Pretty easy call here, really. He’s finished T-2 or better in three of his last four starts, shot lights out Sunday to win the Hero World Challenge, been trending in the right direction for some time, etc. Few in the field will be playing with as much confidence.
- Also like: Jordan Spieth and Patrick Cantlay. Spieth won this event in 2016 and that’s good enough for us. Any further examination of his resume is unnecessary at this point, maybe even insulting. As for Cantlay, we fear the days of penciling him in as our sleeper each week have come to an end. He made every cut last season, won his first PGA Tour event and enters this week with six straight top 25s. Can’t sleep on him anymore. We’re expecting a big 2018 for Cantlay.
- Sleeper: Pat Perez, if he counts as a sleeper. Finished T-3 here last year and playing some of the best golf of his career at age 41.
- DraftKings bargain: Kyle Stanley ($6,800). No worse than T-21 in three starts this season, including a T-5 at the WGC-HSBC Champions. He’s been consistently good since missing the cut at the PGA Championship in August.
- Fade: Hideki Matsuyama. Turning it around a bit to start the new season, but he struggled enough toward the end of last year that we can’t justify the $9,800 price tag here.
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- Projected champion: Rickie Fowler. Jordan Spieth is likely the favorite this week considering he has a win and all top threes in his last three Kapalua starts. But Fowler is simply playing better right now. He has a strong record at Kapalua as well (T-6 and fifth in two starts) and Fowler is so due for another PGA Tour win the way he’s been playing for a year now.
- Also like: Jordan Spieth and Marc Leishman. I still like Spieth, even if I didn’t pick him to win. Leishman has only one start at Kapalua (a nondescript T-23), but he has a win, a runner-up, a third and a T-4 in his last six worldwide starts. The man is simply feeling it too much to ignore against any field.
- Sleeper: Austin Cook. His last start was a win. He will certainly fall under the radar in this field, but Cook is for real. He had a solid fall aside from that win (two other top 25s) and he really has nothing to lose this week.
- DraftKings bargain: Bryson DeChambeau ($7,000). With a small field, the options are limited down here. But last time DeChambeau checked in, he was on a T14-T7-T17 run. He’s gotten a couple months off since, which means he’s coming in off those good vibes and well rested.
- Fade: Xander Schauffele. Overall, the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year and Tour Championship winner is a guy to reckon with. And he did finish T-2 at the Dunlop Phoenix. But his game had been a bit out of sorts late in 2017. He got a little break, but Schauffele is switching his equipment from TaylorMade to Callaway. That’s certainly an adjustment. This week I’m staying away from the 2017 breakout.