PGA DFS Picks, CIMB Classic

DFS Golf Picks, CIMB Classic

So, last week was awful (read article here) no other way to put it. It took a late run for Fowler to make the cut and my other picks just whiffed completely.  Sometimes all the research just goes out the window, but onward we march to this week’s CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur. This event has been played here two other times but it has hosted other non PGA events that some of the field has taken part in.  Below are four picks I’ll be focusing on in GPP tournaments this week. Remember, there is NO CUT this week, AND it starts on WEDNESDAY — so I’ll be focusing on players that can rack up birdies, even if they’re inconsistent players.

Key Stats

Birdie or Better % (BoB%)
Strokes Gained – Tee to Green (SGTG)
Par 4 Scoring (P4Sc)

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1. Ryan Moore ($9,900)

Moore will be a popular pick considering the last two times he’s played here he’s won the tournament.  He’s proven he can score low here, he likes the course and at 9.9k his floor and ceiling are great.  Moore was ranked 20th in BoB% last season and after two tournies this season, he’s 35th.  He was 22nd in SGTG last season, and has consistently done well in this category throughout his career.  It’s a bit of a weaker field, he’s ranked 54th in the world and has great confidence playing here – put him in some of your lineups!

2. Anirban Lahiri ($9,800)

I’m not sure what Anirban’s ownership will be like because if people actually do some research they’ll see that they should play him, but he’s not a household name so he could be over looked.  He’s played here seven times in the last five years and he’s ranked 37th in the world. Earlier this year he won the Malaysian Open here, shooting -16. In his last seven tournaments he has four top 5 finishes.  Stats are hard to come by for Lahiri because he plays across many formats, but going off of recent form, past history and the fact he’s ranked 37th in the world should be enough to roster him in a weaker field this week.

3. Charles Howell III ($7,300)

If you’re going to be spending up you’ll need a couple cheap players as well; Charles Howell III deserves a look. He’s a streaky player but he’s been to this course before and shot -10.  He finshed 34th last season in BoB%, 6th in P4Sc, and 30th in SGTG.  The stats line up for the price and although there is no cut this week, he’s made eight straight which points to him playing well.

4. Daniel Summerhays ($7,800)

He’s not super cheap but will still allow you room to pay up for a couple of studs (or one really expensive player).  Daniel has played here once before (+3, ouch) but he’s been playing much better golf since then.  He’s shot -7 or lower in seven of his last nine events, showing he can go low and he won’t be battling a deep field.  In a short season he’s 11th in P4Sc, 32nd in SGTG, and 36th in BoB%. I think he’s quite underpriced this week and I’ll plug him in a couple of my LUs.

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