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The Asian Swing continues this week with the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in South Korea. This is a 78-player event with no cut and a staggering $9.25 million purse. This is a big-boy purse with 40 percent of the world top 50 in attendance at a renowned Korean club.
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2017 CJ Cup at Nine Bridges rankings: Top 10 picks
1. Justin Thomas — We have to stick with JT here because we still view him as the best player in the world. However, other options are equally valuable.
2. Tony Finau — Finau has been great dating back to the playoffs, and he finished runner-up at the Safeway Open. His length won’t be as huge of an asset here compared to other PGA Tour stops, but his full game is in great shape.
3. Xander Schauffele — The X-Man continues to kill it, earning a medal-stand finish in Malaysia. A sophomore slump is yet to manifest itself.
4. Paul Casey — Casey continues to play studly golf, though he struggles to finish things off when he’s in contention. However, he finds a way to creep up the board when he’s seemingly out of it, too.
5. Pat Perez — Double P is his own man, and he’s riding the wave of rejuvenation from wins in back-to-back seasons. If his short game continues to hold, keep loving him.
6. Rafa Cabrera Bello — RCB (my initials, too) had a nice T-10 finish in Malaysia, and he’s striking the ball well. Ballstriking seems imperative at a potentially penal Nine Bridges.
7. Marc Leishman — This is a reputation pick since he faded at the Tour Championship and wasn’t much under big pressure at the Presidents Cup. However, he’s become a reliable fantasy play.
8. Jason Day — J-Day is well worth a look this week, and he played well in the playoffs to get to the Tour Championship. A little R&R was likely good for his game. Putting a little in question right now.
9. Chez Reavie — Reavie deserves some recognition for his last 60 days of golf. He continued his good form in Malaysia, and he’s a low-cost pick in fantasy.
10. Anirban Lahiri — Sticking with Lahiri in the top 10 as he is in good form in both individual events (T-9, T-10 last two starts) and he’s the Pres Cup savior.
My DraftKings lineup for this week:
- Tony Finau – $10,200
- Russell Henley – $8,800
- Kevin Na – $8,000
- Chez Reavie – $7,900
- Stewart Cink – $7,400
- Bud Cauley – $7,400
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Recent PGA Tour Trends
We start by looking at the recent past, back at players who have finished inside the top 15 in the last five individual PGA Tour events.
- Anirban Lahiri – 2 – T-9 BMW Championship, T-10 CIMB Classic
- Cameron Smith – 2 – T-12 BMW Championship, T-5 CIMB Classic
- Chez Reavie – 2 – T-12 BMW Championship, T-13 Safeway Open
- Justin Thomas – 2 – WIN Dell Technologies, 2nd Tour Championship
- Lucas Glover – 2 – T-12 BMW Championship, T-7 CIMB Classic
- Marc Leishman – 2 – T-3 Dell Technologies, WIN BMW Championship
- Nick Taylor – 2 – T-9 Safeway Open, T-13 CIMB Classic
- Pat Perez – 3 – T-6 Dell Tecnologies, T-12 BMW Championship, WIN CIMB Classic
- Patrick Reed – 2 – T-6 Dell Technologies, T-13 Tour Championship
- Paul Casey – 3 – T-4 Dell Technologies, T-5 Tour Championship, T-7 CIMB Classic
- Stewart Cink – 2 – T-12 Dell Technologies, T-13 CIMB Classic
- Tony Finau – 3 – T-7 BMW Championship, T-7 Tour Championship, 2nd Safeway Open
- Xander Schauffele – 2 – WIN Tour Championship, T-3 CIMB Classic
Event Finish History
Since this is the rare new PGA Tour event, we have no data to go on as it relates to this course and obviously none relating to this event. Worth considering seasonal players who do well in fall golf, so perhaps look at history in the CIMB in terms of handling travel/time adjustment (though not weather).
DraftKings salaries change from week to week, depending on field strength and size, as well a player’s recent record and their history on a course. It’s in looking at how a salary changes over time that we might get some clues as to players that could be a little overrated or underrated.
Here’s the list of players in the field playing at least $1,500 over their 2016-17 average salary for the final 10 events (ranked least to most over average salary):
- Patrick Reed
- Russell Henley
- Rafa Cabrera-Bello
- Anirban Lahiri
- Marc Leishman
- Cameron Smith
- Pat Perez
- Tony Finau
- Justin Thomas
- Xander Schauffele
- Paul Casey
Here are the players playing this week with multiple top-15 finishes in the last five PGA Tour events that are playing AT OR BELOW their average salary from the final 10 events of the 2016-17 season:
Success at Nine Bridges Club
The rub we’ve heard about Nine Bridges is that this is a ballstriking course (every one is, but this one more so than peers). Some of the approach shots look particularly intimidating, and that seems to be a common feature of a number of high-level Korean golf courses. That’s not necessarily going to scare these guys, but the relatively little time they have to figure out the course could open up the event a little more than usual.