Hello Playmakers! PGA DFS Golf is back with PGA Tour’s The CJ Cup at Shadow Creek this weekend! DPA Staff, Colin Lynch, here and excited to bring you my breakdown of this event!
The tournament features a 78 player field consisting mostly of PGA tour regulars and greats. These players will tee off against one another starting Thursday 12:45pm ET at Shadow Creek Golf Course, located in “Sin City” Las Vegas, Nevada. The course will play as a par 72 measuring over 7,500 yards with rolling hills, creeks, and countoured bent grass greens. The tournament is a no cut event and all 78 golfers will be guaranteed four rounds of golf.
Top Tier Targets
Rory Mcllroy ($10,600)
Mcllroy has finally busted out of his slump with two straight top 10 finishes. Rory comes into the event well rested off an 8th place finish at the U.S. Open where he gained ten plus strokes total on one of the toughest courses on tour. In his last three events Rory has finishes of 8th, 8th, and 12th respectively. I love targeting Rory at this discounted price point because he offers tremendous upside and projects to be one of the lowest owned golfers above $10K.
Xander Schauffele ($10,300)
Xander is a top 25 machine who loves no cut events. Schauffele has nine straight top 25 finishes (5th, 2nd, 25th, 25th, 10th, 6th, 13th, 14th, 20th) on tour and he has a history of playing big money cash games at this course whenever he’s in town. Xander is an elite talent who consistently gains strokes in all aspects of his game. This could be the week he finishes at the very top of the leader board.
Matthew Wolff ($10,000)
I was hesitant to write up Wolff again this week because he projects to carry decently high owenership, but I just couldn’t do it. Wolff has been on an absolute heater lately and there is argubably no other golfer in this field who is in greater current form. Matt is an elite ball striker who ranks tops in the field in strokes gained off the tee. Wolff is coming off back to back 2nd place finishes in his last two events. He drained eighteen birdies and four eagles last weekend and I love the chances of him following that up again this week with four more guaranteed rounds of golf (16 par 5s).
Daniel Berger ($9,300)
Berger has seven top 25’s in his last nine events (34th, 15th, 25th, 3rd, 13th, 2nd, 75th, 3rd, 1st) and he’s been one of the best golfers on tour since the restart. He got off to a sizzling start in June and has since cooled down some but he’s an elite ball striker and approach player who has no apparent weakness in his golf game. I can’t help but love berger this week and his price point/projected ownership offers safety with a ton of upside.
Mid Tier Targets
Harris English ($8,600)
English had been riding a hot streak of eight straight top 25 finishes before missing his first cut (on the number) since June last weekend. Harris is an elite all around golfer that consistently posts top end finishes ( in tough fields). It was only one month ago we saw him finish inside the top 5 at the U.S. Open. I love English’s chance to bounce back this week, as in my mind, he is still one of the most reliable players on tour.
Louis Oosthuizen ($8,500)
Oosty comes into The CJ Cup fresh off a top 20 finish at the Shriners Open last weekend. In his last six events Louis has finished no worse than 33rd (19th, 3rd, 25th, 13th, 33rd, 6th). He’s a well rounded golfer who’s been in great form and all aspects of his game have been working for him lately. Oosty is a golfer I love to target in WGC and strong field events and it doesn’t hurt that his preferred putting surface is bent grass.
Paul Casey ($8,000)
Casey is mispriced this week due to a missed cut last week at Shiners. I love the value Casey offers at this price point and I think he makes for a great leverage play this week. He is one of the better ball strikers in the field and I expect him to get many birdie opportunies given the nature of this no cut event. Casey is another golfer who favors bent grass putting surfaces.
Justin Rose ($7,800)
Rose is another leverage play that interests me a great deal in tournaments this week. Since we don’t have any course history at this venue, we can only make assumptions to how we think it might play. Many in the industry have said the course/set-up is reminiscent of Augusta National, a course where Rose ranks second overall in strokes gained. I love the value, upside, and low ownership we are getting with Rose in this no cut event.
Joaquin Niemann ($7,500)
Niemann is one of my favorite value plays on the board. Joaquin has been playing solid golf as of late coming off a 13th place finish last week at The Shriners Open. Niemann is top 20 in the field in strokes gained off the tee and on approach. He ranks first in the field on strokes gained total on bent grass which makes for a solid case in him making my main line up this week.
Russell Henley ($7,100)
Henley is a strong tee to green golfer who comes into this weeks event in great form. Russ has made six consecutive cuts and has a top 25, top 30, and two top 10 finishes in his last four events. Henley is the number 1 ranked golfer in the field in strokes gained approach and bogey avoidance. He has quietly gained strokes around the green in seven straight events and I love all the birdie look opportunities he brings to the table in this no cut event.
Jason Kokrak ($7,000)
Kokrak has been playing some fantastic steady golf recently highlighted by four top 20’s in his last five events. He is one of the better ball strikers and birdie makers in the field. He ranks top 15 in strokes gained off the tee and on approach. I love the upside and value he brings by rostering him at $7K.
Jon Rahm ($11,300)
Justin Thomas ($10,800)
Patrick Cantlay ($9,800)
Hideki Matsuyama ($9.200)
Brian Harman ($7,200)
Si Woo Kim ($7,100)
Matt Kuchar ($6,900)
*Cameron Smith ($6,800)
Adam Hadwin ($6,700)
Brendan Steele ($6,500)
Cameron Champ ($6,400)
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