For the second event of the season, The Tour now makes its way to TPC Kuala Lumpur, which is a Par 72, located Klang Valley, Malaysia. (7,005 yards) This is going to be the fifth year in a row that TPC Kuala Lumpur has hosted this tournament and Justin Thomas has absolutely dominated here, taking home the big check the last two seasons. In Thomas’s two wins here, he finished -26 and then -23 last fall. This is by far one of the easiest courses these players will see all season. Thomas’s two wins were obviously captured in dramatic fashion, but the two prior years, Ryan Moore won both times, also shooting low, at -14 and -17, so it’s safe to say we can expect some very low numbers again this week. 7,005 yards is very short for a Par 72 and distance off the tee isn’t important at all at this track.
It all comes down to finding as many of these greens as possible and taking advantage of every birdie and eagle opportunity. In the four tournaments at Kuala Lumpur, the champions have hit an average of 75% of the greens and has the led the field in total birdies for the week, putting a heavy emphasis on approach stats and birdie or better percentage. It is important to note that we are back to the no cut event format this week, so barring any withdrawals or disqualifications, you will be getting four rounds of golf out of all players in your lineup. As I always bring up with these no cut tournaments, I think it is crucial to target strong DraftKings scorers when the field is this small. (78 players) Finally, don’t forget that with this week’s event being held in Asia, lineup lock is much earlier than usual, at 8:00 PM EST Wednesday night. @Hunta512.
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Stewart Cink: (7,000) Cink was playing very well in his last two starts of the season, finishing 12th at The Dell Technologies Championship, and T27th at The BMW Championship. He was exceptional with his irons in these last two finishes, ranking first in strokes gained approaching the green when comparing all of these players last eight rounds of golf. (via Fantasy National) Not only has he been great with his approaches during this span, but he also ranks 5th in strokes gained total, 2nd in ball striking, 12th in strokes gained putting, 14th in strokes gained on par fives, 14th in strokes gained on par fours, and 8th in birdies gained.
This high birdie rate has led him to average an excellent 86 DK points a tournament in these last two events, which ranks 2nd among all of the golfers playing this week over their last two starts. (via Fantasy National) He didn’t make the long trip to Malaysia last year, but he has had some success here in the past, putting up two top 20s in his three appearances at TPC Kuala Lumpur. Assuming he can continue with the form we saw at the end of last season, Cink should produce value at this cheap price tag.
Keegan Bradley: (7,000) Right now is the perfect time to hop back on Bradley. Yes, he missed the cut last week at The Safeway Open, but before this he was on a very solid run of making nine cuts in a row, and scoring 73 DK points an event in his last ten starts to close the year. He has been much better with his approach game, and even when you include his missed cut last week, he has been averaging a 69.5% GIR over his last six events. Also during his last 24 rounds, he has ranked 9th in strokes gained tee to green, 9th in ball striking, and 18th in birdies gained. (via Fantasy National)
He also knows this track very well, posting two top tens in three tries, with a T6 last season and a T10 back in 2014. His missed cut at The Safeway Open is obviously a concern, but we are getting a serious discount on a quality DraftKings scorer in this soft field. His price dropped a ridiculous $2,300 from last week and I think Bradley needs to be considered with no cut line effect this week.
Graham DeLaet: (7,500) The Canadian player looked terrific last week in his first start of the season, finishing with a T5 at The Safeway Open. He was on fire with his irons, hitting a high 81% of the greens, and ranking first in strokes gained when approaching the green. His finishes were very up and down at the end of last season (T7, MC, T75), but he has ranked high in almost all of the stats I am looking for this week at The CIMB Classic. Over his last three made cuts (not including his WD at The Northern Trust), DeLaet ranks 2nd in DraftKings points, 3rd in strokes gained total, 2nd in strokes gained tee to green, 7th in strokes gained approaching the green, 20th in birdies gained, and 2nd in strokes gained on Par Fours. (via Fantasy National)
It’s been a few years since he has competed here at TPC Kuala Lumpur, but in his one appearance at the venue, DeLaet had a strong showing, racking up 21 birdies, and ending the week with a T7 finish. Plus, when we compare Vegas odds to DraftKings pricing, DeLaet stands out as one of the best values available, with his current odds to win at 40/1, which are tied for the best for a player priced under $7,500 this week. He is a strong bargain at this salary and is someone that can be targeted in all formats.
Also Consider: Adam Hadwin, Ollie Schniderjans, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Kyle Stanley, James Hahn (back to back top tens at this track), Hao-Ting Li, Hudson Swafford, and Bud Cauley.