Daily Fantasy Golf Helper: WGC-Mexico Championship
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|Key Stats for The WGC-Mexico Championship
at Club de Golf Chapultepec
|Strokes Gained: Approach|
|Strokes Gained: Off the Tee
|Strokes Gained: Around the Green|
|Strokes Gained: Putting (on Poa)|
|Greens in Regulation|
Club de Golf Chapultepec's main defense -- or problem spot -- is elevation changes unlike just about anything else on the PGA Tour's course rotation list. We have three years of data on the track now, and a few things stand out: ball-striking matters but so does everything. It's a tough all-around test of golf, and relative to the field, golfers need to be able to convert.
We're dealing with the best of the best (mostly) at the WGC event, so all four strokes gained stats are on my list to varying degrees. Anyone who struggles in one of the areas will probably just get left off the list.
Stats cited below come from FantasyNational and include the past 50 rounds on the PGA Tour unless noted. Ranks are among the field.
Best of the Best
Rory McIlroy (FanDuel Price: $12,200 | FanDuel Sportsbook Win Odds: +500) - McIlroy leads the field in strokes gained: off the tee and is sixth in both strokes gained: approach and around the green. So if we want a golfer who does everything, we don't need to look further down the salary list than the most expensive option in the field. McIlroy is very much worth the salary at a course where he has finished seventh and second in two tries.
Jon Rahm ($11,800 | +1000) - Rahm is right in the thick of the world's best conversation and will probably go overlooked this week, as he is sandwiched between tons of other stars and has not had the best form at Club de Golf Chapultepec: 3rd, 20th, 45th (remember, it's a small field). Rahm is an elite ball-striker with great putting splits on poa. The only slight blemish is his around-the-green play (38th), but it's not quite enough to bounce off of Rahm this week.
Xander Schauffele ($11,100 | +1800) - A small-field maven, Schauffele has three wins in such events and has finished 18th and 14th at Chapultepec. Poa is his best putting surface, and he's got first-place upside with a lot of birdie potential.
Others to Consider:
Dustin Johnson ($12,000 | +650) - Won twice in three years at Chapultepec and is rounding into form. Should carry ownership.
Tommy Fleetwood ($11,000 | +2200) - Fleetwood has been 2nd, 14th, and 19th here the past three years and is top-11 in four straight events.
Louis Oosthuizen ($10,400 | +4100) - 34th or better in all four strokes gained stats and has 12 rounds at Chapultepec (48th, 30th, 25th).
Patrick Reed ($10,100 | +4100) - If we want golfers who do a bit of everything, that's Reed. He's 21st or better in all four strokes gained categories and has played here all three years (61st, 37th, and 14th). Only 18 golfers in the field have 12 rounds at Chapultepec under their belts.
Byeong-Hun An ($9,200 | +8000) - An most recently finished 9th at the Waste Management after a cut and a 68th leading into it. An is another balanced golfer (22nd off the tee, 21st in approach, 2nd around the green) if we exclude his putting, which just doesn't stack up. He's been 48th and 45th here in two tries.
Tyrrell Hatton ($9,100 | +8000) - Hatton has some of the best course form in the field (10th, 3rd, 19th) and has gained strokes tee to green in 10 of 12 rounds at Chapultepec. He hasn't played since the end of November and is returning from wrist surgery. There's risk, but there's significant upside at just $9,100
Others to Consider:
Abraham Ancer ($9,600 | +5000) - A balanced golfer in his home country here. 52nd and 39th in two tries but in his best ever form.
Billy Horschel ($9,000 | +8000) - Long-term form is too good for the price plus balanced stats. 45th here last year, so some course form.
Corey Conners ($8,900 | +8000) - Conners will be making his debut at Chapultepec, which is scary. Coming off disappointing recent form that includes a 45th and cut over the past five weeks, Conners is still one of the best bets in the value range in this type of field.
Carlos Ortiz ($8,800 | +12000) - Ortiz is quite good for the price and also has the at-home-in-Mexico angle. Ortiz has not played this event yet but is actually 19th in greens in regulation gained over the past 50 rounds. He ranks third in poa putting, as well.
Kurt Kitayama ($8,800 | +10000) - Kitayama has promising ball-striking numbers in a small sample but has not played the course. He has finished 34th in Abu Dhabi, 6th in Dubai, and 18th at Pebble Beach. He'll be a low-owned option and could be a differentiator.
Jason Kokrak ($8,000 | +12000) - Elite ball-striker who struggles in both aspects of short game and no course form.
Sebastian Munoz ($7,900 | +15000) - Top 33 or better in all four strokes gained stats, Munoz is again underpriced.
Matt Wallace ($7,400 | +15000) - 33rd here last year but iffy current form.