Last Updated: 2017-10-10
A solid field is on hand for the exclusive CIMB Classic. This field is capped at 78 players, with the top 60 of the FedEx Cup points standings from this past season, the top 10 on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, and eight sponsors exemptions. Not all of the top players are on hand, with just 11 of the top 30 from the FedEx Cup list, but we still have a pretty good group of players at TPC Kuala Lumpur for the kickoff to this year’s Asian swing for the wraparound portion of the year.
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.
New to daily fantasy sports? Need to reload? DraftKings or FanDuel are the industry leaders in ease of use and safe, free transactions. Use these tips and the tips from BangTheBook Radio on Wednesdays with our resident golf betting expert Wes Reynolds, who outlines players to take a chance on for this weekend’s event. Also, we have golf previews for the PGA event each week.
Si Woo Kim ($7,500) – The Seoul, South Korea native played extremely well here last year with a top-10 finish at 13-under. He shot 70-66-73-66, so that third-round score was the only one that prevented him from possibly finishing in the top five. Kim already has two PGA Tour wins under his belt at 22 years of age, including the PLAYERS Championship. Kim played decent in the Presidents Cup and is now looking to kick off this Asian swing with a bang. Next week’s first event ever in Korea might be a bit of a look-ahead for Kim, but getting a little bit of momentum rolling would be good for his chances.
Hao-Tong Li ($7,300) – The infusion of talent from Asia has been really impressive to watch. Hideki Matsuyama is certainly the biggest name at this point, but Hao-Tong Li is an emerging name as well. The 22-year-old has a European Tour win in China, a playoff loss in China, and three PGA Tour China wins. Li finished third in the Open Championship last year, so we know that the young man can play. This is his first time playing this event, but he was seventh in the 2015 HSBC-Champions event coming up later this month, so we know that he can play in good fields and has had success in this part of the world.
Brendan Steele ($8,300) – Normally, I would look to stay away from guys off of a win. Brendan Steele won last week’s Safeway Open and then traveled across the Pacific for this event. But, Brendan Steele won last year’s Safeway Open and still played fairly well in Malaysia. He finished 26th, but shot 67-69-69 until a final-round 73 bumped him down the board. Steele was third in 2015 at this event, so he has had some really strong rounds here in the past.
Kevin Na ($8,200) – One of the things that gets Kevin Na in trouble is that he’s putting for birdies and pars instead of eagles. Na is the type of guy that can go on a run with the flatstick, but he’s usually hitting the green one shot after most of the players. This week, Na runs into a short par 72, so he can get some more greens in regulation than usual and that could make all the difference. Na finished in the top 30 last year with a 70-69-71-69 showing, but he was third in 2015 and second in 2014, so he has shown the ability to put some low numbers on the board at TPC Kuala Lumpur. As long as that putter is dialed in, and it was until the final round at the Safeway Open, he can make some noise this week.
Jhonattan Vegas ($7,000) – Jhonattan Vegas probably needed a little bit of a breather. With his newfound success, Vegas was participating in more events and playing out more weekends. He made 19 of 29 cuts and had four top-10 finishes. He was 30th at the TOUR Championship and had to enjoy a couple of weeks off during the Presidents Cup and Safeway Open. He finished 45th in his first crack at TPC Kuala Lumpur last year, including a third-round 68, so he has a little bit more familiarity with the course as he looks to conquer it this year.
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Many of golf’s best will be on display this week at the CIMB Classic at TPC Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. This event precedes the first WGC event of the wraparound PGA Tour season, the HSBC Championships at Sheshan in Shanghai, China, so a lot of top players made the trip to Asia a week early to play in this tournament. With a purse of $7 million and a limited field of 78 players, it makes sense to give it a go this week.
We’ll help you narrow down the field with some of the top values on the board. 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.
New to daily fantasy sports? Need to reload? DraftKings or FanDuel are the industry leaders in ease of use and safe, free transactions. Use these tips and the tips from BangTheBook Radio on Wednesdays with our resident golf betting expert Wes Reynolds, who outlines players to take a chance on for this weekend’s event. Also, we have golf previews for the PGA and the European Tour events each week.
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Jhonattan Vegas ($7,500) – It wasn’t a great start to the season in Napa Valley for Jhonattan Vegas, but that just means that he got started a little bit earlier on the trip to Malaysia than some of the other players. Vegas had his most successful season as a pro last year with nearly $2.5 million in earnings and five top-10 finishes. He didn’t play in Malaysia last year, but he was tied for 26th two years ago. After a first-round 74, likely due to the change of venue and maybe some jet lag, he went 71-70-67 the rest of the way. With no cuts in this small field, you can afford to gamble on some guys that might get hot later in the tournament.
Brian Harman ($7,200) – A bad showing at the Safeway Open last week shouldn’t scare you away from Brian Harman. Harman was eliminated after the BMW Championship in the FedEx Cup playoffs, but he was tied for 13th there and cracked the top 25 in both the Deutsche Bank and the Barclays. Harman played very well in this event last year. Unfortunately, he bookended his tournament with 70s, but he had a 63 and a 66 in between.
Keegan Bradley ($7,600) – Keegan Bradley has had some decent tournaments here in Malaysia in the past. He was tied for 47th last year, but that was still a respectable 7-under score. The field simply posted some crazy numbers last year. Back in 2013, Bradley finished 10th in this event, even with a third-round 76 that railroaded his chances of winning. He was 22nd last week at the Safeway Open, so he swung it pretty well and could be an under-the-radar guy this week.
Russell Knox ($8,200) – Russell Knox played well to finish up the season with three straight top-25 finishes in FedEx Cup playoffs events. He played well in the CIMB Classic last year, as he finished tied for 21st. It wasn’t a great showing, but he was 14-under and that counts for something at a price point like this. Knox isn’t a particularly long hitter, but he tends to hit a lot of fairways and that’s really important with all the fairway bunkers and the difficult greens at TPC Kuala Lumpur.
Marcus Fraser ($6,400) – There isn’t a ton to get excited about regarding the recent results from Marcus Fraser. Fraser finished fifth in the Olympics at Rio, but really struggled after that. He is a very solid player on the European Tour, though, and he’s worth a look here in this one. Fraser can get hot with the putter, which is very important in a tournament like this. In a field with a lot of unknowns after the top guys, it’s hard to narrow down the value players.
Players to Avoid:
Gary Woodland ($9,600) – Gary Woodland is a very solid player, but his putting isn’t always up to par. He did make the playoff to crown a champion in the 2013 CIMB Classic and finished second the following year, but his first-round 75 knocked him out of contention very quickly last year. There’s some risk attached to him and an inflated price tag based on what he did in 2013 and 2014 that you have to consider.
Brendan Steele ($8,800) – Brendan Steele has played extremely well in this past as events like this, but he’s coming off of a win and that’s usually a good spot to fade a guy. He had to battle back for that win with a 65 as well. With little time to celebrate, long travel, and a big time change, it’s hard to see Steele putting together a solid event here this weekend.
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