Fantasy golf expert picks: 2017 CIMB Classic

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Fantasy golf expert picks: 2017 CIMB Classic

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Fantasy golf expert picks: 2017 CIMB Classic

Need help with your fantasy-golf lineups for this week’s CIMB Classic in Malaysia? Our fantasy-golf experts are here to help.

From picks to win to DraftKings bargains to players to avoid, here are some options for you to consider:

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Jeff Babineau

  • Projected champion: Justin Thomas. Eight rounds here, just one out of the 60s, two-time winner … can you really go against him?
  • Also like: Gary Woodland (two-time runner-up in Malaysia), Hideki Matsuyama (hopefully he is rested after a rough playoffs/Presidents Cup run), and Xander Schauffele (hot hand).
  • Sleeper: Ollie Schniederjans. He’s 108th in the OWGR, and looking to get off to a fast start in 2017-18.
  • DraftKings bargain: Keegan Bradley ($7,000). Owns two top 10s here, and eager to improve his current world ranking (98th).
  • Fade: Danny Chia. Five starts in Malaysia, and in last four, has not finished better than 43rd.

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Brentley Romine

  • Projected champion: Justin Thomas. Can you say three-peat? Thomas isn’t just a two-time winner at TPC Kuala Lumpur – in as many tries – but he also fits the profile for success on this course. He hits it far and makes lots of birdies.
  • Also like: Scott Piercy and Anirban Lahiri. Piercy returned from injury last week and tied for 17th. Now he gets a course that he absolutely loves. Liked what I saw out of Lahiri over the weekend at Liberty National, and he’s played this course four times previously.
  • Sleeper: Luke List. Have a good feeling about a guy who is long off the tee and can make birdies in bunches.
  • DraftKings bargain: Stewart Cink ($7,000). T-17 or better in two of three CIMB starts, and barely missed out on making it to East Lake last season.
  • Fade: Jason Dufner. Hasn’t shown enough here to warrant my pick.

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Kevin Casey

  • Projected champion: Hideki Matsuyama. Yes, the Japanese star has struggled of late. But at some point he’s going to snap out of it and the world-beater will return. Considering how well he played in singles at the Presidents Cup and his recent record here (fifth, runner-up in last two starts at CIMB), this seems to be a likely week for it to happen.
  • Also like: Justin Thomas and Kevin Na. I decided against picking Thomas as a winner, as it’s really tough to three-peat and he has to be a little exhausted, right? Regardless, he should still play well in Malaysia. I’m sticking with Na, too. I picked him to win last week and he had an outside chance through three rounds. He had a brutal Sunday, making his T-37 misleading. He also has a strong record here (a pair of top 3s), even if it doesn’t quite match JT’s CIMB resume.
  • Sleeper: Chez Reavie. He’s finished top 15 in three of his last four starts, and two of those were playoff events. He has a minimal record at the CIMB (made cut but nothing special in both starts), but that hot form cannot be ignored.
  • DraftKings bargain: Robert Streb ($6,900). He’s been inconsistent in recent months, but Streb has had it going in spurts. Those good times include a runner-up, another top 10 and a T-22 at the PGA Championship. He’s made the cut in both CIMB starts, have a feeling this is a week for another of his good spurts of play.
  • Fade: Russell Knox. He’s shown little form since a top 5 at Firestone in early August.


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