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The PGA Tour pivots to Asia for the next couple of weeks, starting with the CIMB Classic, now in its second year awarding full FedEx Cup points. The Malaysia event has 78 players, including 10 from the co-sanctioning Asian Tour. It also has no cut, which means everyone on your team is going to play four rounds barring WD or DQ. Depending on your fantasy league, that may well skew your picks, especially if you're driven not only by finish but also by birdies and eagles.
Now, on to the picks!
- Sergio Garcia: After reveling in the European Ryder Cup victory, Garcia, who was T-11 in this event last year, is back as a solo competitor in Malaysia. He's the highest-ranked player in the field.
- Patrick Reed: It'll be really interesting to see how Reed looks in his season debut, given his Ryder Cup performance and good showing at the World Match Play Championship. He's been playing inspired golf, and Reed's streaky.
- Hideki Matsuyama: Matsuyama posted top-10 finishes at the Frys.com Open and Shriners in Vegas. He's getting it done from tee to green and has the all-around game to win on a course unfamiliar to a lot of this (not so deep) field.
- Brendon de Jonge: The Zimbabwean may not have gotten it done in the McGladrey playoff, but de Jonge makes a lot of birdies and goes on nice streaks. If he can get over the long flight and be up for another chance at his first PGA Tour win, he should do well.
- Gary Woodland: Woodland was runner-up here a year ago, losing to Ryan Moore in a playoff. It's his 2014-15 season debut, hoping to build on a T-9 finish at the Tour Championship.
- Charl Schwartzel: Schwartzel's quietly playing some very nice golf. He was T-15 last week against an admittedly mild field at the Perth International, but he's rounding into form.
- Stewart Cink: The '09 Open champion is playing pretty well, albeit not spectacularly, of late. A couple of top-30-ish finishes to start this season builds on a modest finish to his last season. He was T-11 here last year.
- Paul Casey: This is the perfect kind of spot for a Paul Casey kind of win. He almost had the first European Tour 59 in a win at the KLM Open in mid-September. He's been cashing checks worldwide for the better part of a year.
- Retief Goosen: Consider this a hunch. Goosen was T-47 here a year ago, which doesn't indicate much, but his season-starting T-3 in the Frys.com Open gives me hope.
- David Lipsky: This is an absolute guess, but the Northwestern product broke through for his first European Tour win at the European Masters in September. He returned last week in Hong Kong and cashed, but the trend from August to that Swiss win is what's important.
My DraftKings team for this week:
- Patrick Reed - $9,500
- Brendon de Jonge - $8,800
- Paul Casey - $8,500
- John Senden - $8,000
- Stewart Cink - $6,600
- David Lipsky - $6,000