What a way to start of the season with Brendan Steele coming on top with a solid score of 3 under par in the final to finish 3 clear of Tony Finau. I was impressed with Mr. Duncan who reminds me of someone between a Jim Furyk and a Paul Casey. I'll look for him when we play those traditional tree line courses that require you to hit the fairways and greens. On to the CIMB Classic!
We are headed to TPC Kuala Lumpur. It's a par 72 and it's under 7,200 yards. Justin Thomas is back to try and defend his title for a 3 peat. Look for him to be a popular pick this week, especially since he's the reigning Player of the Year. For the rest field, I will look into for those that can hit greens; make birdies; and scoring on par 4s in the last 12 rounds.
Paul Casey ($10,500) – Casey was very consistent in the summer. Consistently, finishing inside the top 15 in his last 7 of 8 events. In the last 12 rounds, he's 2nd in the field for making birdies; 8th in the field for SG: Par 4 scoring; and 12th in the field for SG: Approach the Green. With 3 solid finishes in the last 3 years, he'll be a nice option for cash this week.
Kevin Na ($8,200) – I'm going to the well of Kevin Na. He had a chance at the Safeway Open to finish well inside the top 10. However, he shot a 5 over par in the final round and finished t37. Even with his bad result, he is still one of the best in the field this week with the stats that I'm looking for. He's 2nd in the field for SG: Approach the Green; 4th in the field for making birdies; and he's 10th in the field for both SG: Par 4 scoring and SG: Around the Green. With 2 top 3 finishes in the last 3 years, he's a solid cash play option for this week.
Emiliano Grillo ($7,800) – Just like Na, Grillo had a solid week despite his final round of 5 over par and finishing t28. He finished inside the top 20 here last year and coming into this week, his stats are solid enough to consider playing him in cash. He's 13th in the field for SG: Around the Green; 15th in the field for SG: Par 4 scoring and 18th in the field for making birdies.
Thomas Pieters ($8,600) – Pieters has played well in these stronger field events in the past season. With the stats that I'm looking at this week, he's 6th in the field for making birdies; 8th in the field for SG: Approach the Green; and 20th in the field for SG: Par 4 scoring. With no history at this event, he should be a nice GPP option. He's my dark horse for this week.
Charles Howell III ($7,400) – Normally, we attack CH3 between January and March, I do like him here because of his course history. In his last 3 attempts here, he finished inside the top 10 twice and finished in the middle of the field last year. He'll be a nice flyer for this week, with his upside of finishing inside the top 10.
3 Entry Max GPPs: For these tournaments, I would recommend picking 2 or 3 players who you like the most and rotate them around your 3 lineups. I believe having around 8-10 players will be a nice pool for this type of gpp.
20 Max GPPs: For the tournaments that are $4 and less, you will have a max of 20 lineups at your disposal. In these GPPs, I recommend have a core of 3-5 players around 40-45%. Those are the players that you feel most comfortable with and want to be over-weight in regards to the public. For the rest of your pool, having about 15-18 players in total seems to be the right amount for this type of GPP.
Cash Games: For cash, I love to play mostly head to heads (h2hs) and double ups that have a smaller field (not the giant $5 double up). I usually will only make 1 or 2 lineups for cash which will give you the most leverage come the weekend, especially if you have 6/6.
This way, if your core hits, then you will have a really good chance of having a nice payday! Which, at the end, is what we're all trying to achieve!
Good luck everyone!