The Tour stays in Asia this week, for the first ever CJ Cup. This tournament will be held at Nine Bridges Golf Club in Jeju Island, South Korea. This course is a Par 72 that comes in at 7,196 yards. From the photos on the official course website, the course looks like a gorgeous venue that should be a decent challenge for these players. This course is highly elevated and wind can become a factor with a good amount of the holes having water in play. It is always hard to judge what stats we should target when we have no prior data of a course, so I think we should primarily target the main stats in DFS golf when deciding our players this week. Those stats, in my opinion, are strokes gained tee to green, strokes gained approaching the green, greens in regulation percentage, ball striking, and birdie or better percentage.
Also with this being a Par 72, home to four Par fives, we should focus on players who score well on Par fives. Last but not least, with this being another no cut style event (78 players), I think it is essential that we choose golfers who put up high DraftKings scores. This is a stronger field of players than we had at The CIMB Classic, but I would still hold yourself back from using your normal amount of bankroll, with no course history from this venue to rely on. And since we are staying in Asia, lineup lock is early again, at 7:00 PM Wednesday night. This threw me off at first, but the benefit of this is that whatever you win in DFS Golf this week will be credited to your DraftKings account in time for NFL kick off on Sunday, making this a great time to attack The Fantasy Football Millionaire satellites. So, good luck to all of you and if you have any questions or need any advice just let me know on Twitter. @Hunta512.
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Lucas Glover: (7,800) Glover played exceptional golf last week at Kuala Lumpur, nailing 79.2% of the greens, finding 80.4% of the fairways, and shooting -10 on the Par Fives, which ranked T3 for the week. He finished at T7th (92 DK points), which is very impressive and shows you how good his current form is right now, when considering he finished close to the bottom at T64th in his only other start at TPC Kuala Lumpur. This was his first top ten since The Players last May, but he has been on a very nice run including the end of last season, missing no cuts, and averaging 72.5 DK points in his last nine starts.
Recently, his stats have been awesome, ranking 14th in DraftKings scoring, 3rd in strokes gained tee to green, 11th in ball striking, 18th in strokes gained approaching, 11th in birdies, and 5th in par five efficiency over his last 12 rounds. (via Fantasy National) His putting will always be a question mark, but if he can have a solid week on the greens, Glover has a chance to finish inside the top 20, even in this stronger field.
Kyle Stanley: (7,200) Stanley continued his solid play last week finishing T21st at The CIMB Classic. After a small rough patch in July and August, Stanley has now finished inside the top 25 in four of his last five events. He looked terrific last week in his first start of The 2018 season, ranking in the top five in both greens and fairways hit. Last season, he ranked 18th in Par Five scoring and now he ranks 19th in strokes gained on Par Fives over his last 36 rounds of golf. (Via Fantasy National)
Like every other player that is teeing up this week, Stanley has never competed here at Nine Bridges Golf Club, but he has been an exceptional player on similar layouts in the past. For the 2017 season, he didn’t miss a cut on a Par 72, and he finished, in order, T22, T14, T17, T8, T29, T4, and T6. This becomes even more impressive when you look at his stats on Par 72s, as he ranks 4th in DraftKings points, 1st in strokes gained total, 3rd in strokes gained tee to green, 4th in ball striking, 16th in strokes gained approaching the green, 14th in strokes gained putting, 17th in birdies gained, and 6th in strokes gained on Par Fives. (via Fantasy National) He clearly has upside on this type of track and I love Stanley this week at only $7,200.
Danny Lee: (7,400) Lee looked to be completely healed from a back injury that was holding back at the end of The 2017 season (four straight MCs, WD at The BMW), posting a T7 and a very high 123.5 DK points CIMB Classic. He looked like his old self, hitting his irons very well, sticking 77.8% of greens, and being very accurate off the tee, hitting 75% of the fairways at TPC Kuala Lumpur. He also was putting better, at a 27 average putts per round, and nailing birdies all weekend, finishing with 27, which was tied for first for the week, with none other than The CIMB Classic champion, Pat Perez.
He isn’t the best Par Five player, but he had a decent showing on the Par Fives at Kuala Lumpur, shooting -7 total for the week. His accuracy off the tee and when approaching the green will be key on this windy course, and if he can ride this form, Lee should put up a very solid DraftKings score this week.
Also Consider: Thomas Pieters (His form isn’t great, but we all know he has the talent making him an ideal play with no cut line in effect), Chez Reavie, Stewart Cink, Harold Varner III, Adam Hadwin, and Luke List.