The PGA TOUR heads to the Bahamas this week for the Hero World Challenge. Albany Golf Course will host the final event of 2023 and it measures as a 7,449-yard par 72 with Bermuda greens. This event is not like other PGA TOUR events, as there will be only 20 golfers in attendance this week and there will be no cut as well.
The field will be headlined by the return of the GOAT, Tiger Woods. In addition, there is some pretty substantial firepower making the trip to Nassau this week, as Viktor Hovland, Scottie Scheffler and Collin Morikawa will all be teeing it up.
Below, I have outlined three of my favorite DraftKings plays for the week.
Viktor Hovland ($10,800)
We will begin with who I believe is the best golfer in the world right now, Viktor Hovland. He is also the two-time defending champion of this event, taking it down in 2022 and 2021 (his only two starts). The Norwegian is coming off a monster 2023 season, winning the Memorial, BMW Championship and the TOUR Championship.
Hovland has also kept his foot on the gas this Fall, finishing fifth and T2 in two DP World Tour events. He ranked fifth on the PGA TOUR last season in SG: Tee-to-Green, and is only continuing to ascend as he enters his prime at age 26. With there being only 20 golfers in the field this week, the top of the pricing structure is slightly cheaper than normal, so we can roster Hovland this week for just $10,800.
Justin Thomas ($8,400)
After what was his arguably worst season as a professional golfer in 2023, Thomas has finally begun to show signs of his former elite self these past few weeks. The two-time major champion finished T12 at the Wyndham Championship, fifth at the Fortinet Championship and then fourth at the Nedbank Golf Challenge on the DP World Tour over his past three starts.
JT has also loved playing this event in his career, finishing in fifth place in each of his past three starts at Albany. With no threat of him missing the cut this week, I will gladly roster him at $8,400 with the way he’s been playing of late.
Sepp Straka ($6,700)
I love rostering Straka at no-cut events. He will always mix in a blow-up round here or there but could shoot 10-under any given day as well. Most people probably are unaware of this, but Straka is the 24th-ranked golfer in the world right now and is coming off a great 2023 season. The big Austrian won the John Deere Classic, finished runner-up at The Open and closed out the year with a T6 at the TOUR Championship.
He’s also stayed active this Fall, finishing T10 at the BMW PGA Championship and T22 at the DP World Tour Championship. In addition to his strong recent form, Straka also finished T10 at this event last year in his first trip to Albany. Everyone will need to roster $6K players this week to fit in the guys they want at the top, and Straka stands out the most at $6,700 in this spot.
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