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Playing the Tips

Expert Picks: CIMB Classic

by Josh Culp
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Welcome to Playing the Tips! 

Each week this will be the one-stop resource to soak in all the picks from our fantasy staffers at Rotoworld.com. 

Yahoo and Golf Channel golf should both return in January. For now, we will look at One-and-Done as well as Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) on Page 1, then head overseas for the Fantasy Race to Dubai on Page 2.


Each week I will think out loud about my process in determining my One-and-Done selection. If you are new to the One-and-Done format, it is like an NFL survivor league. You pick one golfer per week, but you can't use them again all year. 

Last week I had it narrowed down to Kevin NaBrendan SteeleTony Finau, and Emiliano Grillo.... I went with NA (OOOOPS). Can't let that tilt me because it's a long season. Got to stick to the process and get back on track in Malaysia.

Let's start off with some course horses at TPC Kuala Lumpur (including results from Malaysian Open when TPC KL hosted):

Justin Thomas (WIN-WIN)
Hideki Matsuyama
Kevin Na (T29-T3-T2)
Charl Schwartzel (T19 plus T4-T6-T11 on Euro Tour)
Brendan Steele (T26-T3-T25)
Rafa Cabrera Bello (T10 plus T3-T4-T22-MC-MC on Euro Tour)
Scott Piercy (T10-T7)
Charles Howell III (T39-T10-T7)
Keegan Bradley (6-T47-10)
Gary Woodland (T56-T56-T2-2)

After that, let's look at a (weighted) baseline performance metric since the start of 2014. 


Hideki Matsuyama
Paul Casey
Justin Thomas
Charl Schwartzel
Thomas Pieters
Kevin Na
Brendan Steele
Branden Grace
Jason Dufner
Rafa Cabrera Bello

Looking at both lists, the overlapping names to consider are: Justin Thomas, Hideki Matsuyama, Charl Schwartzel, Brendan Steele, Kevin Na, and Rafa Cabrera Bello. 

This week's CIMB prize pool is a bit higher than last week's but it's nowhere near some of the big events that will come after the calendar flips to 2018. 

For that reason, I will avoid Thomas and Hideki, for now. Instead, I will go with someone I won't miss down the road.... Rafa Cabrera Bello

Daily Fantasy Sports [DFS]

I will be giving out selections for one team for each DFS site, per week. 

These lineups will be entered into a large-entry Guaranteed Prize Pool. That means we need to take a risk or two, in order to separate ourselves from the field. 

I would also advise you to change a roster spot or two if you are trying to enter this lineup yourself. Duplicate entries are no fun. 

FanDuel Picks:

Ian Poulter ($7,100) 
The Englishman would love to crack the top 50 in the world to earn a spot into next week's field. He's won in Singapore, Hong Kong, and China. Might as well add Malaysia onto his Asian resume. 

Scott Hend ($5,100):
One of the best boom-or-bust scoring talents in the world. He'll rack up birdies and eagles in bunches but he'll also throw in a double (or worse) with the best of them. With nine starts at the course, I like that experience. 

Hao Tong Li ($6,700): 
While Hend provides the course experience, Li provides the youth and talent. Picking based purely on pedigree, here. 

Peter Uihlein ($6,200):
 Missed the cut last week in Napa to kick off his rookie season. I expect a big rebound as he heads to Asia, a continent that was very kind to him during his time on the Euro Tour. That includes a T16 at TPC KL in 2015 (Malaysian Open). 

Anirban Lahiri ($5,600): Going back to course experience here. Lahiri is a past champ at TPC KL (2015 Malaysian Open) and also led the CIMB last year after 54 holes. 

Rafa Cabrera Bello ($8,500):  With pricing rather soft this week, RCB might be one of the exceptions. At $8,500, he may get overlooked as gamers opt for more known commodities in that range. Still searching for his PGA TOUR breakthrough win, why not happen at a course where he owns three top 10s already (two on Euro Tour)?

That leaves plenty of salary to round out the squad with any two golfers at the top. 

DraftKings Picks:

Justin Thomas ($12,300) Going for a three-peat, going to stick him in blindly as the anchor.

Anirban Lahiri ($00): 
He's a winner at the course (Malaysian Open) and also 54-hole leader here last year. He likes the layout.  

Rafa Cabrera Bello ($7,400): Posted a T10 in his CIMB debut, but it wasn't his first time seeing the course. He's also posted a pair of top 5s at the Malaysian Open.

Peter Uihlein ($7,700):
 Looking at Euro Tour performance on the Euro Tour (since 2015), nobody has gained more strokes against the field than Peter Uihlein. That's enough for me to take a shot. 

Hao Tong Li ($7,300): Trying to play his way onto the big stage, Li is very likely to be the third Chinese-born golfer to earn a PGA TOUR card (after Marty Dou and Xinjun Zhang did it this year). Might as well get on board with the talented youngster. 

Scott Hend ($7,100): Has pegged it at TPC KL in 9 events, posting top 30s in five of them. That includes a T7 at last year's CIMB. 



Fantasy Race to Dubai

Dave Tindall is our main man in Europe. In addition to his weekly previews of European Tour events on Mondays, he’ll share his selections and analysis for the Fantasy Race to Dubai at EuropeanTour.com.


Format: Pick 6 golfers. Players accumulate points based on Race to Dubai (R2D) points earned. Captain’s points are doubled. Unlimited team changes can be made each week.


Team Tindall (Team name: YESSIR!)


Last week: Hatton win helped me rise 162 spots but lack of back-up (Wood and Ramsay WD) limited climb.

Pos: 2,425


Jon Rahm (captain): Didn’t finish worse than seventh in four FedExCup Playoff events. Popped over to home European soil earlier this year and won Irish Open with 24-under. He's higher in the world rankings than Rory.


Matthew Fitzpatrick: Has backed up last month’s win in Switzerland with pair of top 15s. Add in course form of 16-3 on a track that clearly suits and he’s the next cab off the rank after Rahm.


Francesco Molinari: A repeat of last year’s fairytale home win could be asking a bit much but Molinari is as reliable as they come. Runner-up at Wentworth and again in PGA Championship at Quail Hollow.


Shane Lowry: Pair of top sevens in last four worldwide starts and T25 at Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. I’ll keep following him for now as something big is brewing.


Alexander Levy: This birdie-fest should suit and theory played out when he held lead during third-round 63 last year. Returns to Milan on back of top 10 at Alfred Dunhill Links.


Tommy Fleetwood: Race to Dubai leader showed flash of brilliance with course-record 63 at Carnoustie last week. Now rust is off after absence, expect another big week. T7 last year after 66-64 on weekend.


Matt Cooper is part of our European team. He contributes to player news, and he’ll share his selections and analysis for the Fantasy Race to Dubai at EuropeanTour.com. He was the winner of the Ladies European Tour’s Fantasy League in 2011.
Team Cooper (Team name: NormanStanleyFletcher)

Last week: Made up exactly 100 places with Hatton on the team, but plenty of fluctuation possible in the next few weeks. Going with the big guns this week.
Position: 797th
Matthew Fitzpatrick: Nine of his last 50 starts on the European Tour (regular events, not including WGC and US majors) have reaped top three finishes with four wins. Nice form, course form (T3), can play with a big check on offer and happy in the trees.
Tommy Fleetwood: Closed with a 64 for T7 on the course last year, in wonderful nick this year, on a personal high. I expect a bit of volatility for a while post-birth, but a good finish entirely possible.
Sergio Garcia: Tight and tree-lined in Spain has worked for him, can it do so in Italy? Not entirely convinced his mind is completely focussed, but it only takes one day to change that.
Jon Rahm: Quality act and folly to leave him out in a regular European Tour field. Element of a lion playing with a bunch of pet cats about it.
Francesco Molinari: A machine from tee to green. Tempted to believe that it's asking too much that he should repeat his fine week on the greens of last year, but absolutely no reason to believe he won't be there or thereabouts.
Shane Lowry: Decent T13 on his only previous tournament start, but in general I like him on tree-lined tracks (think Wentworth, Woburn, Firestone).




Josh Culp
Josh Culp joined Rotoworld in 2014. The DFS enthusiast from Iowa State can be found on Twitter @futureoffantasy.