The TOUR kicks off the Asian “Money Grab” swing this week with the CJ Cup. It’s a three-week stretch featuring events in Korea, Japan and China. This is just the third playing of this event so history is pretty limited for us.
The tourney will again be contested at The Club at Nine Bridges on Jeju Island, South Korea. It’s a limited field with only 78 players and no cut, so you probably need to draft the winner to cash in. Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed are both making their 2019-2020 PGA TOUR season debuts this week.
Nine Bridges is a par 72 playing a relatively short 7,196 yards. Unlike other par 72 courses we will focus more on Par 4 Scoring because the Par 5s are fairly short. We’ll take care of the rest of the scoring with Birdie or Better %. Expect the wind to blow and greens to be missed, short game and ball striking are critical this week.
We’ll have a slightly abbreviated edition this week due to the limited field. Similar to our FedExCup Playoff lineups.
Until further notice or any special requests we will continue with one post for daily fantasy golf advice. When referring to player salary, the first dollar amount is DraftKings and the second is FanDuel.
***All statistics referenced are as of the end of the 2018-2019 season for both The PGA TOUR and The Korn Ferry Tour.
These statistics are key to success at Nine Bridges
- Par 4 Scoring Average (Par 4 Sco)
- Birdie or Better Percentage (Bir or Bet)
- Strokes Gained: Tee to Green (SGT2G)
- Strokes Gained: Around the Green (SGARG)
Horses For The Course
- Justin Thomas ($11,700/$12,000) – The 2017 champ is really a horse for any course. JT is poised for a gigantic year. No worse than T12 in his last seven worldwide starts. Ranked no worse than 8th in any of the four key statistical categories. He’s played well in both the windy and benign conditions at Nine Bridges.
- Brooks Koepka ($11,400/$11,900) – Defending champ makes his second start of the 2019-2020 season. Yeah, we never know which Brooks shows up, but he has three top 4s in his last six starts. Ranked 1st in Par Sco and 4th in Bir or Bet.
- Rafa Cabrera Bello ($9,600/$10,100) – Finished T11 and T3 in his two CJ Cup appearances. Finished solo 2nd two weeks ago at his home Spanish open.
Top Tier Picks
- Viktor Hovland ($10,500/$10,800) – Holding more consistent form than the other superstar rookies but still searching for a win. It’s coming, eight straight top 20s across the two big tours. Carries an official Sagarin Ranking of 9th coming in with winning records vs. both the top 100 and top 50 in the OWGR.
- Sungjae Im ($9,700/$10,300) – Finally took a week off on the PGA TOUR, but not a week off totally. Figured he’d just go to Korea and win the KPGA’s Genesis Championship. Ranked no worse the 33rd in the four key stats and the home game won’t bother him one bit.
- Marc Leishman($9,200/$9,900) – Check the forecast for this pick. Leish is probably the best “wind player” on TOUR. Finished runner-up in the gusty 2017 edition of the CJ. One start this year yielded a solo third at Silverado.
Other Options: Tommy Fleetwood ($10,300/$10,900), Gary Woodland ($9,400/$10,200)
Mid Tier Picks
- Cam Smith ($9,000/$9,600) – Borderline in his value tier but the Aussie is hot with four top 25s in his last seven starts. He has also finished 3rd and T7 in his two CJ Cup appearances. Ranked 21st in SGARG.
- Chez Reavie ($8,300/$9,200) – No worse than top 15 in his two CJ Cup appearances. Probably undervalued after a MC at The Shriner’s. Expect a bounce back here, just playing too well to miss two cuts in a row. Ranked 8th in Par 4 Sco and ranks 1st in the hearts of short guys everywhere.
- Rory Sabbatini ($7,900/$8,700) – Sneaky, sneaky good golf over the past year for the other Rory. Managed a top-10 at the Italian Open last week and ranked 35th, 35th and 30th in Bir or Bet, SGT2G and SGARG respectively.
Other Options: Matthew Wolff ($8,800/$9,300), Tyrrell Hatton ($8,200/$9,100)
Value Tier Picks
- Pat Perez ($7,500/$8,900) – The WD last week citing a wrist injury should not be a concern. His short game and putting have been magnificent lately. He is the CJ on a sponsor’s exemption after T5 and T7 finishes in the first two editions.
- Ryan Palmer ($7,200/$8,500) – Finished 3rd at Nine Bridges last year. Did not have a great finish in his only start of the season so far (37th at Shriner’s) but he did score 90.5 fantasy points in DraftKings. Solid wind player hailing from Texas.
- Jazz Janewattananond ($7,000/$8,100) – It sure is a mouthful but it’s also the name of the leader of The Asian Tous’s order of merit. Very comfortable in the South Korea setting and has an incredible 17 top-6 finishes worldwide in the last 12 months. Very interesting to see how he stacks up against some of the world’s finest players.
Other Options: Joel Dahmen ($7,100/$8,200), Luke List ($7,000/$8,300)
These aren’t just value picks, these are guys that could make a run and finish high on the leader board.
- Danny Willett ($8,900/$9,700)
- Charles Howell III ($7,600/$8,700)
- Phil Mickelson ($7,300/$8,600)
- Harold Varner III ($7,100/$8,200)
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