Last Updated: 2017-10-17
This week’s CJ Cup at Nine Bridges is a challenging handicap and it’s also tough from a daily fantasy standpoint as well. This is a new event, which means a new course. Which means no course data or past event results. We’ll have to make some educated guesses this week when filling out our rosters. This is another event with a limited field, so there won’t be a cut and there will only be 78 players involved. At least that should help us out a little bit.
We’ll try to help you with your daily fantasy golf choices by looking for the top values. Everybody can take the top guys and hope for the best, but it’s often that low-cost missing piece that makes all the difference in your GPPs, 50/50s, or H2H matchups.
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Byeong-Hun An ($8,100) – There are a number of Korean players on the PGA Tour and you can bet that they are all extremely excited for this event. The 26-year-old Seoul native is still in search of his first career PGA Tour win and it would be so special for him to get it here. There probably aren’t a lot of players that have seen this course prior to this week and An should be one of them, since it is a top 100 course in the world. An had a really rough end to the PGA Tour season, but got back on track a bit in his last event at the Italian Open by finishing just outside the top 20. His price is inflated with an event in his home country, but he has a little extra incentive this week.
Adam Scott ($8,500) – We have to give Adam Scott a bit of a pass for how his PGA Tour season ended. His wife was giving birth towards the end of the schedule, so he had a lot of other things on his mind. Scott played well on the Asian swing last year with a 10th at the CIMB Classic and a 14th at the WGC-HSBC. He was second in the CIMB Classic two years ago. That would suggest that Scott can have success in this climate and it is those types of angles that we are trying to use to our advantage with an event like this with no course form data. Sometimes players get a “baby bump” on the PGA Tour and Scott could be one of them.
Emiliano Grillo ($7,300) – Emiliano Grillo set a pretty high bar with his run a couple years ago, but he hasn’t come close to replicating that success since. Last week at the CIMB Classic, he had 13 birdies against nine bogies, but only finished 2-under and only broke par once. That round came on Sunday, though, so maybe Grillo found something that worked. In the Safeway Open, Grillo was strong off the tee and on the green, but everything in between struggled. He’s just searching for consistency right now. Perhaps his final-round 67 will be the kickstart to a nice resurgence.
Scott Brown ($6,900) – Scott Brown is a safe play this week as he follows up his top-25 finish at the CIMB Classic. Brown fired a bogey-free 68 to wrap up a pretty solid 70-69-72-68 tournament in Malaysia. He ranked in the top 20 in driving accuracy and has three top-25 finishes in his last five starts. He’s not a guy that you should look for at the top of the board, but he is a guy that tends to play well enough to keep himself around at a lot of courses and safety and security are worth taking with a new course that we know very little about.
Kevin Na ($8,000) – We’ll try it again with Kevin Na this week. He showed some flashes of brilliance with an opening-round 66, but fell off the pace in the middle rounds with a 73 and a 75. He finished with a 69 to salvage the weekend, but it still wasn’t his best showing. Na was born in Seoul and moved to California when he was eight, so his recollections of his home country might be a little bit cloudy, but you can bet that he would love to show well here. Na can get on a roll with the putter and this is a course with some enormous greens and some two-tiered surfaces, so putting well is going to be a big separator this week. Hopefully Na can make some putts and finish well.