Daily Fantasy Golf Picks Strategy | PGA CIMB Classic 2017 | Draftkings
We’re only playing teams this week because of the website and in reality, we would skip this week as it’s a 78 man field no cut event and we hate these types of events. But yeah, we like making posts and getting google adsense money. So here’s our cut and paste preview before our breakdown.
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 three 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.
Now for the breakdown.
Justin Thomas 100% – Yes he’s the most expensive but he’s the defending champ and player of the year. We’re only playing 4 squads so he’s on all of them.
Emiliano Grillo 100% – His final round last week wasn’t great but he was in contention for most of the way. Solid SGTG player and this course is kind to his style of play.
Kyle Stanley 100% – One of the better SGTG players on tour last year and it showed. A tremendous year and here’s a great spot for him to pick up another win. We felt he was quite cheap.
Bud Cauley 75% – Like Stanley, he was also a SGTG star last year but with less success in the money column. Again, here’s a spot for him to get a big win under his belt.
Kevin Tway 50% – Showed some nice life last week and made you remember that he had quite a solid year. Not a super star in SGTG but still 84th. He was too cheap to pass up in our opinion and was 19th in SGTG last week.
Keegan Bradley 50% – He as top 30 in SGTG last year and we hope no one takes him off the missed cut last week. However, he was 8th in SGTG for the Safeway. Bad putters succeed here.
Jhonny Vegas 50% – He was Top 50 in SGTG last year and comes to a course where he doesn’t need to be a great putter. Let them all fall this week Mr. Vegas. He can pop at anytime and with no cut, he’ll get his shots at scoring.