As we enter fall the less known/obscure golf tournaments begin to appear in the draft lobby that most casual fans probably aren’t aware exist or that golf is even still being played. The CIMB classic certainly fits that mold. In its 7th year of existence it’s the only official PGA TOUR event hosted in Southeast Asia. This will be the 4th consecutive year it’s hosted at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club in Malaysia. What does it all mean? It means I actually know something about Malaysia now.
Remember in DFS golf you need to get all your players past the cut to give yourself a chance at any high place finishes. Build your lineups by finding the lower priced bargains that have the ability to make to the weekend with some upside to drive your average price per player remaining up. Then go after the guys that offer the potential to win the tournament with floors of top 20 finishes. Now let’s get to it…
Long shots with a shot (Under $7k)
Marcus Fraser $6,400
The Aussie spends most of his weekends on the Asian Tour where he made his last 4 cuts including a top 5 finish at the International Men’s Golf Competition back in August that included a fully leaded field of PGA tour big dogs . The CIMB field doesn’t boast as many big names. Fraser has made 13/18 cuts with 1 win and 2 top 10s in 2016. He should be able to hold his own with an overall underwhelming field into the weekend and keep accumulating points for your lineup.
Shih-chang Chan $6,900
Who? Yeah I don’t know either but…. Along with Fraser Chan plays almost exclusively on the Asian Tour where he is enjoying a breakout first year and sits at 3rd overall on the tour’s Order of Merit (Asian Tour ranking system) right behind Fraser. The former Asian Development Tour (think web.com) star earned his tour card in 2016 and all he’s done is collect 2 victories including the King’s Cup–one of the tour’s most prestigious events and the Diamond Cup held in Japan where he smoothed out a ho-hum final round of 62.
What I like about these selections is not just the quality of player at the low price but the “unknown” factor that can really set you apart from other players given the chances they’re not likely to have them in their lineups.
Solid value plays to make the cut ($7-8k)
Aaron Baddeley $7,100
Known for solid putting Baddeley has made 7 of his last 8 cuts. His game isn’t where it was mid-summer but at that price he’s a nice high floor play at Kuala Lumpur. Baddeley also had a tie for 5th in the 2013 CIMB event’s first year at this location.
Marc Leishman $7,000
Like Baddeley, Leishman makes for another great high floor play that won’t crush your budget while getting you to the weekend to continue to accumulating points for your lineup–he’s made 20/25 cuts this year. Leishman also has had relative success at this venue the last 2 years finishing in a T39 in 2014 and a T29 last year.
Keegan Bradley $7,600
Outside of capturing that elusive first season win Bradley’s enjoying a rock solid 2016. He hasn’t missed a cut since the US Open and has 3 finishes inside the top 25 including last week’s 22nd overall at the Safeway Open.
Big Dogs that will be going into all lineups
Ryan Moore $10,600
Gee, I don’t know….he finished in a T10 last year after winning the whole thing in back to back years in 14’ and 13’. I think it’s safe to say he’s comfortable at this venue.
Kevin Na $9,900
Na played the last 2 years at Malaysia and enjoyed a T2 finish in 2014 followed by a T3 last year. He, like Moore, seems to have some sort of affinity for this venue and is playing great golf right now of his own charting 3 top 10 finishes in his last 6 tour events.
Don’t overthink these two. Maybe it’s the climate… Maybe they enjoy golfing in federal constitutional elective monarchies… Either way I think its best put by the great Crash Davis when he really honed in on what causes great streaks– “If you believe you’re playing well because you’re getting laid, or because you’re not getting laid, or because you wear women’s underwear, then you are! And you should know that!”
Good luck in Malaysia