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Sport 2020 Workday Charity Open Fantasy golf rankings, expert picks: Back Viktor Hovland, avoid Hideki Matsuyama

21:36  06 july  2020
21:36  06 july  2020 Source:   cbssports.com

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Seven of the world's top 15 players will compete in this week's 2020 Workday Charity Open, the first of back-to-back events in Dublin, Ohio. Fans won't be allowed in at Jack Nicklaus' hometown club this week or next week at the Memorial Tournament, despite the PGA Tour's original plan to host a limited number of spectators. World No. 2 Jon Rahm, No. 5 Justin Thomas, No. 6 Brooks Koepka, No. 8 Patrick Cantlay and No. 9 Patrick Reed are among the favorites in the latest 2020 Workday Charity Open odds from William Hill, but who should you target in your 2020 Workday Charity Open Fantasy golf rankings?

a baseball player holding a racket: May 17, 2019; Bethpage, NY, USA; Bubba Watson plays his shot from the sixth tee during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bethpage State Park - Black Course. © Provided by CBS Sports

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Koepka, 30, is making his first start since finishing seventh at the RBC Heritage three weeks ago, when his off-the-tee game looked like it did when he was winning majors. Koepka hasn't played this course since he tied for 31st at the Memorial in 2017. Fantasy golf sleepers like Keegan Bradley, who is coming off a final-round 67 last week and has two top-10 finishes at Muirfield Village in the past five years, could return more value. Before finalizing any 2020 Workday Charity Open Fantasy golf picks, check out the latest Fantasy golf rankings from data scientist Rick Gehman.

With his expansive database of golf statistics, course data and betting odds, Gehman creates advanced models and back-tests them constantly. These models produced 11 outright winners in the past year -- including 30-1 Webb Simpson at the 2020 RBC Heritage, 50-1 Chez Reavie at last year's Travelers and 40-1 Patrick Reed at the Northern Trust among nine PGA Tour winners -- plus a $10,000 DraftKings win at The Masters.

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Last week at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, Gehman put Bryson DeChambeau atop his Fantasy golf rankings. The result: DeChambeau fired a 23-under, winning the tournament by three strokes. Gehman also was much higher than most analysts on Kevin Kisner. The massive long shot finished third, and anyone who followed Gehman's golf picks was handsomely rewarded.

At this year's WGC-Mexico Championship, four of Gehman's top six golfers finished tied for sixth or better.

Now, Gehman, co-host of "The First Cut" podcast on CBS Sports, has revealed his top 30 players for the 2020 Workday Charity Open over at SportsLine so you can crush your Fantasy golf picks.

2020 Workday Charity Open Fantasy golf picks

Gehman expects big things from Viktor Hovland even though he's not among the top six favorites. "He's not only one of the game's best young players but one of the game's best players, period," Gehman said of the 22-year-old Norwegian. "He's returned four top-25 finishes in the restart, including a 12th last week at Detroit Golf Club."

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But Gehman is fading Hideki Matsuyma, who's tied for the fourth-lowest odds with Brooks Koepka. "It's all about consistency with him," Gehman told SportsLine. "Yes, he shot a 65 on Saturday at the Rocket Mortgage but he had two other rounds over 70. He's still one of the worst putters on the PGA Tour and instills very little confidence on a weekly basis."

How to set your 2020 Workday Charity Open Fantasy golf rankings

Strikingly, Gehman loves a chronically underrated player who missed the cut in his last tournament, but is tailor-made for this golf course. In fact, this multiple-time PGA Tour winner, who's lurking outside the top 100 on this year's money list, has shined at Muirfield with three straight top-15 finishes. It would not surprise Gehman if he won the tournament. Gehman is only sharing who it is, and his top 30 golfers in order, right here.

Who wins the 2020 Workday Charity Open? Who are the top golfers to target? And which overlooked player can help you win your league this week? Visit SportsLine now to get Rick Gehman's Fantasy golf power rankings for the Workday Charity Open, all from the data scientist who's called 11 outright winners in the past year.

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