We are back from Thanksgiving for one more week of action before the only real break on the 2023-2024 PGA Tour schedule. Before we get into this week’s action, I had to congratulate Ludvig Aberg on his first career PGA Tour victory at the RSM Classic. This young talented Swede had been knocked on the door a few times but finally got over the hump with back to back 61s over the weekend to win it by 4 strokes.
The Hero World Challenge tees off for the eigth time in the Bahamas on Thursday morning. This exclusive invite only event brings in a 20-man field along with a huge prize pool for only the best in the world. Tiger Woods is the official host of the event and will return to action for the first time since the Masters. We will also see him participate once with his son Charlie at the PNC Championship.
Albany Golf Club is a par 72 that stretches out 7,414 yards with five Par 3s and five Par 5s. Long hitters will have the advantage on two par fives which can both top out over 600 yards. The Par 3s are reasonable in length, only two of them over 200 yards in length. Number 7 and 14 are both drivable Par 4s for most every guy in this field but both come with risk reward decisions. In three of the last four editions of this tournament, the winner has come in at 18 under par and the other won at 20 under. We will see fireworks this weekend in the Bahamas.
I am only presenting my example lineups for this event because of the limited field. You also should be avoiding cash games in a field this small. There is something to be said about being different and trying a lineup with like one top priced option and loading up on the guys at the bottom of the pricing sheet. The more money you leave on the table, the more you can differentiate yourself in tournaments. Those are the type of strategies and risks you have to take to put yourself in contention in these large field GPPs.
HERE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE TARGETS:
VIKTOR HOVLAND - It is hard to ignore Viktor. He's only won the event in back to back trips. Hovland is also the reigning FedEx Cup Champion. Since winning the cup, he's finished 2nd and 5th over on the DP World Tour.
JUSTIN THOMAS - This may seem odd knowing how bad his 2023 season was but I think you'll get some low ownership and that's the name of the game when it comes to an event like this with such a small field. He's the only player in the field that has participated in all 5 editions of this tournament. .
KEEGAN BRADLEY - He has not been back to this event in 5 years but did you see how well he played this season? He was snubbed for a captain's choice at the Ryder Cup and I feel like this season he'll be on a mission to prove everyone wrong. He has all the tools to sneak up on everyone this weekend.
LUCAS GLOVER - I can't pass up on him at the minimum price this weekend. We all saw him light up the PGA Tour during the FedEx Up Playoffs and then get left off the Ryder Cup Team but has cooled since then. That won't keep me from rostering him because of his terrific iron play. Glover has no participated in this event before.
Good Luck this Weekend!