Fantasy Golf Picks for CJ CUP

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The PGA Tour will travel to McKinney, Texas (just North of Dallas) this week for the CJ Cup Byron Nelson. This is a tough spot for the CJ Cup to sit on the schedule. The PGA Tour has a signature event next week at the Wells Fargo, followed by the PGA Championship. That means all of the top players will be playing the two events after the CJ Cup. There are no golfers ranked inside the top-20 of the World Golf Rankings in the field this week and only four golfers who rank in the top-30 will be teeing it up in Texas. The CJ Cup is not the best tournament on the tour, but it should be a good chance to win some cash this weekend.

 

COURSE BREAKDOWN

TPC Craig Ranch is a Tom Weiskopf designed course which plays as a par 72 and 7,468 yards in length. The course served as the Qualifying School for the Korn Ferry Tour and hosted many Korn Ferry Tournaments. Some of the golfers who came to the PGA Tour through that tour should know the course well.

TPC Craig Ranch is the easiest course on the tour. The fairways are wide open, with Zoysia grass that props the ball up like it is on a tee. The course is not long, so driving distance and driving accuracy will not be very important this week. The greens are a bit larger than average and easy to hit. The CJ Cup turned into a putting contest last year and I expect the same this week. The golfers who rank highly in Shots Gained Putting will be in many of my lineups.

Click here to see the course: TPC Craig Ranch

 

 

KEY STATS FOR CJ CUP

– Shots Gained Total (Combines off-the-tee, approach, putting and scrambling)

– Shots Gained Approach

– Strokes Gained Putting (Bent Grass)

– Birdie or Better % (We need golfers who can score this week)

 

Here is the recent form and course history for each golfer this week: History and Form

 

 

TOP 30 GOLFERS

 

 

CORE GOLFERS FOR CJ CUP

 

CJ CUP STRATEGY

I typically do not fade the $10K+ price range, but I will this week. I absolutely love the golfers in the $9K price range and I think they will have a better chance of winning then Jordan Spieth and Jason Day. My strategy in the Cash Contests and Tournament Contests will be the same this week. I want to fit two or three golfers from the $9K price range and pair them with three golfers from the $7K price range who have upside this week.

 

 

DRAFTKINGS CASH CONTEST

ALEX NOREN ($9,500): I want golfers who are good at making the cut and have the upside to play well this week. Few golfers in the field check those boxes as well as Noren. He has made every cut on the PGA Tour (9/9) and 17 cuts in a row dating back to last year. He is also 2/2 in cuts made at the CJ Cup. Noren is a good golfer to start your Cash Contest with this week.

TOM HOGE ($9,100): Hoge is my pick to win the CJ Cup, so of course he is going to be in my Cash Contest lineup. Hoge has made 10 cuts in a row and 16/17 cuts made dating back to last year. Hoge ranks No. 13 in SG Tee-to-Green and No. 1 in SG Approach. Hoge finished 17th at the CJ Cup in 2022. His form is much better heading into this week’s tournament.

TOM KIM ($9,000): Kim is typically more of a Tournament Contest play because he is usually really good and pretty bad, but I have to play him at only $9K this week. He finished 30th at the Masters and 18th at the RBC Heritage. Kim has played this tournament twice and finished 17th (2022) and 34th (2023). Kim has the upside to win Sunday if he brings his “A-Game” to the course.  

MARK HUBABARD ($8,000): Hubbarb has been the golfer I have played the most in my Cash Contest lineups this year and he has never let me down. Hubbard has made every cut this year (11/11) and his price is always way too cheap. He has never missed the cut at the CJ Cup (2/2) and he ranks 19th in the key stats this week. Hubbard is a safe golfer with the upside to finish in the top-10 Sunday.

JUSTIN LOWER ($7,500): There are a lot of decent choices in the mid-$7K price range to use in this spot, but I will go with Lower. Lower has made his last four cuts on the PGA Tour and he has never missed at cut at CJ Cup (2/2). Lower ranks No. 28 in the key stats and No. 18 on the comparable courses. I played Lower in my Cash Contest last week and I will do it again in Texas.

BRICE GARNETT ($6,800): I do not like to dip down into the $6K price range in my Cash Contest lineups, but there really is no difference between Garnett and most of the golfers priced in the lower $7K price range. Garnett has been playing some good golf. He won the Puerto Rico Open and finished 18th in his last tournament (RBC Heritage). He has also never missed a cut at the CJ Cup (3/3). That includes a 15th-place finish here in 2022. I trust Garnett this week to simply make the cut and help this lineup reach the pay line in my Cash Contest.

 

 

DRAFTKINGS TOURNAMENT CONTEST LINEUP

ADAM SCOTT ($9,600): The $9K price range is going to be popular this week, but I think Scott could be one of the lower owned golfers from this range. Scott has made 8/9 cuts this year and 14/15 dating back to last season. He is also 2/2 in cuts made at the CJ Cup, and that includes an 8th-place finish last year. Scott ranks No. 1 in the field in SG Putting, so he should score well if his Tee-to-Green game holds up this week.

STEPHAN JAEGER ($9,200): Jaeger has been playing really good this year, but his price in DFS has not gone up. Jaeger won the Houston Open last month and he finished 18th in his last start at the RBC Heritage. Jaeger has never missed a cut at the CJ Cup (2/2) and that includes an 11th-place finish last year. Jaeger ranks 6th in the key stats this week. I doubt his ownership will be too high, so I love Jaeger for Tournament Contests this week.

KYEONG-HOON LEE ($8,300): Can K-H Lee do it again? He won this tournament in 2021and in 2022. He entered the CJ Cup in poor form in those tournaments, so I am not worried about his recent form. This play is all about course history and K-H Lee is the best in the field. I will take a chance with Lee and hope he can win his third CJ Cup in four years.

SEAMUS POWER ($7,900): Power started off slow this year, but he is starting to heat up now. Power has made 7 of his last 8 cuts on the PGA Tour and that includes a 12th-place finish in his last start (RBC Heritage). He has finished 9th, 17th and 19th in his three trips to TPC Craig Ranch, so he has good course history. Power ranks 19th in the key stats and 8th in comparable courses. Power has a lot of upside to finish in the top-10 this week.

CHAN KIM ($7,600): Si Woo Kim and Tom Kim will have a lot of ownership this week, but I doubt many people will be playing Chan Kim. That could be a mistake. C-Kim has made 8 cuts in a row on the PGA Tour and that includes a 6th-place finish in his last tournament (Corales Puntacana) and a 14th-place finish last month at the Valero Texas Open. He ranks No. 22 in the key stats this week, so his game should fit this course well. I will take my chances with a low owned C-Kim this week.

NATE LASHLEY ($7,300): Lashley is one of my favorite golfers from the lower $7K price range. His form has been up and down, but the key stats love Lashley this week. He ranks No. 8 in SG Tee-to-Green, No. 10 in SG Approach, No. 14 in Scrambling and No. 12 overall in the key stats. Lashley finished 23rd last year and 17th in 2022 at the CJ Cup. I will trust the numbers and play Lashley in my Tournament Contest lineup.

 

Here are my lineups for Multi-Entry Tournament Contest: (Multi Entry Lineups)

 

 

FANDUEL CASH CONTEST LINEUP

 

 

FANDUEL TOURNAMENT CONTEST LINEUP

 

 

PGATOUR.COM FANTASY PICKS

This is the seventh tournament in Segment 2. There are 11 tournaments in this segment (one more than usual). We still have a signature event (Wells Fargo) and the PGA Championship in this segment. We need to save some of our top golfers for those two tournaments.      

 

 

FANTASY GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP ONE & DONE PICK:  TOM HOGE (CJ CUP)

Players in Fantasy Golf Championship One & Done so far: Matthew Fitzpatrick (28th), Jon Rahm (45th), Hideki Matsuyama (7th), Will Zalatoris (74th), Maverick McNealy (45th), Justin Thomas (MC), Scottie Scheffler (Won), Russell Henley (41st), Tony Finau (13TH), Sahith Theegala (37th), Sam Burns (3rd), Max Homa (66th), Jason Day (MC), Taylor Montgomery (61st), Corey Conners (57th)

 

SEASON-LONG ONE & DONE PICK:  K.H. LEE (CJ CUP)

One & Done picks used so far this season: Adam Hadwin (10TH), Patrick Cantlay (3rd), Jon Rahm (45th), Corey Conners (25th), Keith Mitchell (MC), Sam Burns (MC), Shane Lowry (19th), Matthew Fitzpatrick (MC), Eric Cole (MC), Nicolai Hojgaard (52nd), Adam Scott (19th), J.T. Poston (MC), Jordan Spieth (39th), Keegan Bradley (43rd), Andrew Putnam (47th), Russell Henley (4th), Sungae Im (5th), Alex Noran (Won), Beau Hossler (15TH), Min Woo Lee (6th), Adam Schenk (MC), Eric Cole (35TH), Sahith Theegala (Won)

 

 

BEST BETS CJ CUP

MIN WOO LEE (25-1)

BYEONG HUN AN (25-1)

ALEX NOERN (25-1)

TOM HOGE (28-1)

SEAMUS POWER (55-1)

* I am going to bet a few of the golfers who I am not playing in DFS this week, just to give me more options to make some cash.

 

Good Luck This Week!!!!

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