- October 16, 2018 at 11:34 am #71257
With the start of a new season, we get in the time on or around the continent of Asia. This week, the guys move from Thailand to South Korea and, once again, WE HAVE A NO-CUT EVENT. This is important for a variety of reasons, but I think the most important reasons are for anyone wanting to get into a GPP:
- Every player you pick is guaranteed 4 rounds (barring a WD or injury)
- Scoring should be higher (although it shouldn’t be as high as last week since The Club at Nine Bridges is NOT a birdie-bonanza course)
- Taking a shot on a lower priced guy makes a lot more sense since most of the time you’re afraid he’ll miss the Cut.
Similar courses: Kapalua, Pebble Beach, and Torrey Pines
Keys: Accuracy……and I also like Current Form (CF)
Past Winner: Justin Thomas (with Marc Leishman as runner-up)
Since this is a NO CUT event, we’ll keep it simple again.
Guys above $8000: Frankly, I don’t have a problem with any of the guys at the top of the pricing. However, getting more than two on your team will require some bottom-feeding. That being said, I like JT, Koepka, Day, Matsuyama, Leishman and Noren the most. JT is in great form and won here last year; Koepka is still playing well (7th at Dunhill Links with a stacked field); Day (11th here last year); Matsuyama (no worse than 15th in his last for events); Leishman (won last week and runner-up here last year); Noren (in great form).
Guys under $8000: This is where its loaded with opportunity. Ancer (5th last week); Tway (good follow up to first win); Howell III (always one of my favorites and played well in Thailand); Poulter (it’s Ian….what else is there to say except he never goes into a tournament with a “half-assed” approach); Sharma (he plays well on the Continent); Cink (the “old guys” still got it); Grillo; An; JB Holmes; and Rafa ($7900 ….. really?).
One of my favorites from last week was Sungjae Im. He’s new on Tour and I was pleasantly surprised that he finished T4 at CIMB. All the reports are that this guy has game and he showed it on the Web.com last year. He’s $8000 this week which is an increase in price, but I think he may be a guy that you need to get early in the year because I think his pricing could exceed $9000 by the end of the first quarter of the season. Of course, as it is with golf, I could be wrong and he could disappoint me……but I’ll take that chance.
Again, if you want to load the top guys, you can. But on DK, even if you take the last three guys with pricing above $10K (Day, Matsuyama and Leishman), you’re going all the way to the bottom to finish your lineup. If you want to go really contrarian…..there you go!
Good luck! As I said last week, while they are paying attention to NFL, let’s cash at PGA. Hopefully, this week, I heed my own advice.
- October 20, 2018 at 2:53 pm #72548
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