Fantasy PGA Preview: The CIMB Classic

The PGA Tour begins its two week Asia swing this week. The lads have said goodbye to United States soil and will compete in two non-cut events, the CIMB Classic and the WGC HSBC Championship. The latter being the more star studded event than the CIMB.

The McGladrey Classic Cecap

Friday

I am trying something different. I am writing my opinions about my selections after the Friday cut. Then I will do one after the event finishes. So far my picks are going good. Four of the six made the cut easily, and Brice Garnett squeaked through at even par. If he shoots another tidy three under par round tomorrow, he should be safe from the second cut.

Brendon de Jonge is leading the way for my picks at the moment. He is sitting at second place, while Bill Haas is in tenth. Brendon Todd (28th) and Charles Howell III (41st) are still in solid positions. Unfortunately Jonathan Byrd is done for this tournament.

Jonathan Byrd

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Post Event

The weekend went both north and south for my picks. Charles Howell III and Brice Garnett both failed to make the second cut while Brendon de Jonge surged ahead, making the three man playoff with Will MacKenzie and Robert Streb. MacKenzie was knocked out after the first playoff hole. In the end Streb stuck his tee shot within 4 feet of the hole and knocked home the putt to win the tournament.

Robert Streb

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The CIMB Classic

Onto Malaysia and the CIMB Classic. Last season was the first time the US PGA has recognized this event. 78 players will be teeing off Wednesday night. In fact this tournament has an NBA/MLB feel to it, in the sense that it kicks off at 7pm eastern time on Wednesday. Just like most of our regular DFS events.

The course it being held on is the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club. The event organisers switched up venues last season so when research past experience at this event only the 2013 results are a true indication of how players fair on this course. Just a heads up though, this has been the site of the Malaysian Open the last three years and we have a few in the field that have competed on this course.

Golfers

Charl Schwartzel $11,600
I like Charl this week because he might be flying under the radar as a top option. Charl is coming off two top 15 finishes in the last three starts (including last week in Australia). Also if you look back last season on events Charl played in without a cut, he has finished as follows: The BMW Championship (12th), Bridgestone (4th) and the WGC Cadillac (9th). Also in 2012, Charl played on this course for the Malaysian Open where he finished 4th.

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Lee Westwood $10,800
Sometimes all a golfer needs is something positive to get them back on track. Lee Westwood was apart of the European Team that won the Ryder Cup. His first tournament after the Ryder Cup was a 12th at the Frys.com. Westwood also was the winner of the Malaysian Open in 2014 which was played on this very same course. Hopefully Westwood can drum up some of that magic to finish strong this week.

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J.B. Holmes $7,200
Gary Woodland showed last season what big hitters can do on this course. Holmes is another big hitter on the PGA Tour and is playing his first tournament since the BMW Championship, where he finished 12th. One thing I look for in events without a cut is to look at past non-cut events. If they finish within the top half of that field then that is the same as a made cut. Last year in events without a full field, Holmes finished 12th (BMW Championship), 35th (Deutsche Bank), 26th (Bridgestone) and to a lesser extent 10th (Arnold Palmer).

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Will MacKenzie $6,500
I like both MacKenzie and de Jonge this week. Both are coming off a runner finish last week, but MacKenzie is much cheaper, $2.3K cheaper. MacKenzie had one tournament off US soil last season and that was a 12th-place finish at the Mayakoba. At last year’s CIMB Classic, seven of the top ten in greens in regulation ended up finishing inside the top ten of the tournament. MacKenzie led the McGladrey in greens in regulation last week.

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K.J. Choi $6,400
Choi is a gut play for me this week. Last season he finished 21st in a tournament he hosted in Korea two weeks prior to the CIMB Classic. He ended up finishing 14th last year. This year he finished fourth in the tournament he hosts. He has the ability to post a great finish—over the last 12 months Choi has posted some great finishes when playing in Asia. At 6.4K, he is a great value.

Sleeper

Prom Meesawat $6,000
Anyone wanna go to the Prom with me? Sure, he is a name I have not heard before, but his recent history is interesting. Four on his last five tournaments have been top 20 finishes or better (including a first and a second), though those have been on the Asia and Japan Tours. Form can carry over — just look at his fellow countryman Kiradech Aphibarnrat. Barnrat brought a fourth-place finish prior to last year’s CIMB Classic to finish third at the CIMB. Prom finished 24th at the Malaysian Open earlier this year.

So, there are my picks for this weeks CIMB Classic

Good luck to everyone

Cheers

Gibb

About the Author

  • Gibb Pollard (gibbathy)

  • Gibb Pollard has been a member of RotoGrinders since 2012. He is an example of the power of the RotoGrinders blog section, taking a little weekly PGA blog in 2012 and turning it into a two-time FSWA nominated column. In 2014 he took down the FSWA Golf Writer of the Year award. Originally hailing from Australia, he is a regular on our PGA GrindersLive shows, giving our cast of hosts some international flavor.

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