Seventy-two of the world’s top golfers are in Bradenton, Florida, this week for the World Golf Championships-Workday Championship at The Concession Golf Club. Below, we look at the fantasy golf power rankings and odds for the 2021 WGC-Workday Championship.
The tournament was renamed and relocated from Mexico due to COVID-19 restrictions and this will be the first PGA Tour event to be held at The Concession, designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin. Each of the top-15 golfers in the Golfweek/Sagarin world rankings are in the star-studded and exclusive field.
Fantasy golf power rankings
30. Louis Oosthuizen (+6600)
Coming off a T-11 finish at the Waste Management Phoenix Open as the last event on his sparse 2021 tournament schedule. The former major winner finished third in last year’s US Open and tied for sixth at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational against similarly elite fields.
29. Justin Rose (+6600)
Will make his 2021 debut in North America following a co-runner-up finish at the European Tour’s marquee Saudi International against many of this week’s top names. It was his best finish anywhere in the world in over a year.
28. Harris English (+5000)
Began 2021 with a win at the Sentry Tournament of Champions but after a T-32 finish at the Sony Open, he missed the cut in back-to-back events on the mainland. Hasn’t played a WGC event since 2016.
27. Jason Day (+5000)
Disappointed on the PGA Tour’s West Coast Swing but for a T-7 against a weak field at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. He’s playing well on and around the greens but hasn’t been as sharp as usual on approach.
26. Matthew Fitzpatrick (+5000)
Was in contention much of the week at the Genesis Invitational but came up short with a final round of even-par 71. Has five top-10 finishes in 14 career stroke-play WGC events.
25. Matthew Wolff (+10000)
Golfweek’s 31st-ranked golfer has been in a slump since back-to-back runner-up showings at the 2020 US Open and Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He has finished no higher than T-36 in his last seven events.
24. Max Homa (+5000)
Comes off an emotional win at the Genesis Invitational that vaulted him to No. 68 in the Golfweek rankings. Could be in a letdown spot but remains on a comparable course despite the cross-country travel.
23. Tommy Fleetwood (+4000)
Started the Florida swing with a third-place finish at the Honda Classic last year but missed the cut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational before play was suspended until mid-June. Has lackluster finishes on the Euro circuit early this year.
22. Adam Scott (+5000)
Tied for 38th last week in his defense of Riviera Country Club. Hasn’t finished higher than T-11 in any of his last seven WGC appearances but won in Florida in 2016.
21. Cameron Smith (+5000)
Coming off a fourth-place finish last week that moved him to No. 27 in the Official World Golf Ranking. He ranked second in the field with 2.58 Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green per round for the tournament.
20. Will Zalatoris (+5000)
Up to ninth in the Golfweek rankings following a T-15 finish last week with 1.23 SG: Putting per round on the Poa Annua greens. Will switch to Bermudagrass putting surfaces this week but still has a sharp approach game for the small greens.
19. Scottie Scheffler (+4000)
The reigning PGA Tour Rookie of the Year seems to be heading in the right direction after back-to-back missed cuts at The American Express and Farmers Insurance Open. Tied for 20th with 0.86 SG: Approach per round last week.
18. Sungjae Im (+3300)
Well known as one of the Tour’s busiest golfers, Im comes off a rare two-week break. He has struggled around the greens this season, but he finished first and third in two events in Florida early last year.
17. Hideki Matsuyama (+5000)
Has two career WGC victories and tied for sixth at the Mexico Championship last year. He missed the cut last week with an awful performance from tee-to-green, but he finally seemed to get right with his putting stroke.
16. Joaquin Niemann (+4000)
Started with opening rounds of 67-68 last week before a Saturday 78 sent him tumbling down the leaderboard. He still finished the week with 0.69 SG: Around-the-Green per round and will need to lean on that strength at The Concession.
15. Viktor Hovland (+2000)
Followed a T-2 at the Farmers Insurance Open with a T-6 at the Saudi International and returned to California for a T-5 last week. Will play just his second WGC event after winning the Puerto Rico Open this same week last year.
14. Collin Morikawa (+4000)
The 2020 PGA Championship winner lost 1.89 strokes per round putting last week in a T-43 finish at Riviera. He won last year’s Workday Charity Open on the Nicklaus-designed Muirfield Village Golf Club.
13. Webb Simpson (+2800)
Didn’t play on the West Coast Swing other than a T-42 result in his attempted defense of the Phoenix Open. Averaging 0.94 SG: Tee-to-Green and 0.81 SG: Putting per round this season.
12. Tyrrell Hatton (+2200)
One of the Tour’s best through 29 measured rounds on the 2020-21 season with 0.99 SG: Approach per round. Began his 2021 schedule with a win at the European Tour’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and won in Florida last year.
11. Patrick Cantlay (+1600)
His T-15 finish last week was his worst result in four events this year. He gained 1.51 strokes from tee-to-green and 0.70 off-the-tee per round.
10. Patrick Reed (+2500)
The winner of the 2020 WGC-Mexico Championship is a major value by the betting odds while facing the same caliber of competition but on a different course. He won the Farmers Insurance Open in his last event in North America.
9. Xander Schauffele (+1400)
Like Cantlay, his T-15 finish last week was his worst of 2021 following back-to-back T-2 results at the Farmers Insurance and Phoenix Opens. He gained 0.97 strokes on approach per round last week.
8. Tony Finau (+1600)
Though it ended with another disappointing runner-up finish, Finau led last week’s field with 2.59 SG: Tee-to-Green per round. He has 13 top-10 finishes in 27 international events since the beginning of last year.
7. Daniel Berger (+2500)
Withdrew last week following his victory at Pebble Beach. He’ll be facing much stiffer competition this week, but he tied for second against a similar field at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational last summer.
6. Brooks Koepka (+2500)
Tied for 38th last week following his win at the Phoenix Open. Averaged 0.54 SG: Off-the-Tee at Riviera and can shorten several holes at The Concession with aggressive lines with the driver this week.
5. Jon Rahm (+900)
Ranks third on Tour with 2.38 total strokes gained per round through 27 measured rounds on the 2020-21 season. He’s third in the Golfweek rankings and won the Memorial Tournament at Nicklaus’ Muirfield Village last year.
4. Rory McIlroy (+1600)
His missed cut last week was his first since missing two in 25 events in 2019. He has two wins and 11 other top-10 finishes in his last 18 WGC events.
3. Bryson DeChambeau (+2000)
The only member of this field with meaningful competitive experience at The Concession after winning the 2015 NCAA Championship held here. He missed the cut last week but still ranks second to McIlroy on the 2020-21 season with 1.17 SG: Off-the-Tee per round.
2. Dustin Johnson (+550)
No. 1 in the Golfweek rankings, the Official World Golf Ranking and in total strokes gained per round on the 2020-21 season. His T-8 finish last week can be considered disappointing only by his standards, as he had a rare negative putting performance.
1. Justin Thomas (+1600)
The reigning WGC champion after winning the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational last year. Averaging 0.89 SG: Approach through 24 measured rounds on the season.
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