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Daily Fantasy Golf Picks Preview | PGA CIMB Classic 2018

Daily Fantasy Golf Picks Preview | PGA CIMB Classic 2018

First played in 2010, the CIMB Classic is the only official PGA TOUR FedExCup event in Southeast Asia. It features a limited 78-player field, with a prize purse of USD 7 million and no cut, making it one of the richest professional golf tournaments in the region. Hosted in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the CIMB Classic combines the best of golf and hospitality in one captivating event. It’s the fourth time the CIMB Classic will be played at the TPC Kuala Lumpur (formerly the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club), with a Par 72, 6985 yards . 

The course is rather short but considered a thinkers course. There are many short par 4’s where you must play irons off the tee to avoid bunkers and hazards, leaving you with mid to long iron shots. There’s a risk/reward drivable par 4. There are also risk/reward short par 4’s, where if you’re brave enough to take driver, you will have a short second shot into the green, however, deep bunkers and water lurk everywhere. Three of the par 5’s are reachable in 2 and only the longest hitters may have a shot at the 600 plus yard final hole.

So what stats are we looking for? Besides a few players, over the past two years, the Top 10’s are filled with tip top Strokes Gained Tee To Green (SGTG) players. In our opinion, this is where your search should begin. After that, when looking at the past four years, you’ll see that even the worst driving accuracy percentage in the top 10 is around 65%, with many upwards of 70%. The average accuracy percentage for the whole field, for those years, is 65% too. Being in the fairway is key here, due to the tree lines. Many players will choose to club down. This presents a high amount of 175-200 yard shots, and if you look at the leader boards, there’s only a handful of guys that aren’t above average from 175-200 yards out. So this will be our second focus. These greens are fairly straight and don’t give problems to poor putters. So besides, Ryan Moore and Kevin Na over the years, the leaderboards are full of SGTG players with poor putting skills. So finding those gems this week will  be huge. 

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