The CJ Cup at Nine Bridge: Fantasy golf power rankings

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The CJ Cup at Nine Bridge: Fantasy golf power rankings

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The CJ Cup at Nine Bridge: Fantasy golf power rankings

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The PGA Tour starts a three-week swing through South Korea and Japan with The CJ Cup at Nine Bridges this week on Jeju Island, South Korea. The early 2019-20 trend of first-time Tour winners is all but sure to be bucked again this week with many of the world‘s best in attendance as part of the condensed 78-man field.

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The field is composed of the top-60 available golfers from last season’s FedExCup standings, eight sponsor exemptions and 10 of the best golfers from the Korean and Asian Tours. World No. 1 – and defending champion – Brooks Koepka leads the way in his defense. Justin Thomas, ranked fifth in the world, seeks his second title here after winning the inaugural event at the beginning of the 2018 PGA Tour season.

Fantasy Golf Rankings: Top 30

Here are my top-30 fantasy golf rankings for the 2019-20 CJ Cup at Nine Bridges.

30. Charles Howell III

One of 23 golfers in attendance to have played in each of the previous two runnings of this event. Tied for 19th in 2018 before a T61 last year.

29. Luke List

The only golfer in the field to have played all four rounds in the Houston Open last week. He participated in each of the last four events in North America before heading overseas.

28. Si Woo Kim

Three made cuts in three events to start his 2019-20 season. Hasn’t won since the 2017 Players Championship but had four top 5s last season, all in strong-field events.

27. Pat Perez

Followed up a T5 in 2018 with a T7 last year. Comes in off of a solo third at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open two weeks ago.

26. Ian Poulter

Another contender with two good showings in the young event with a T15 in 2018 and a T10 last season.

25. Danny Willett

Back inside the top 30 of the Official World Golf Ranking following his victory at the BMW PGA Championship. Still looking for his first PGA Tour win since the 2016 Masters.

24. Jordan Spieth

Competing for the first time since finishing 37th at the BMW Championship where he was eliminated from the FedExCup playoffs. Relied far too heavily on his putter last season, while averaging 0.452 strokes lost per round off the tee.

23. Collin Morikawa

Ranks sixth in the field in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green over everyone’s last 36 rounds on courses with Bentgrass greens, but he’s just 61st out of 78 golfers in SG: Around-the-Green.

22. Matthew Wolff

A better-balanced fit to the course with a low-rank of 48th in the field in Par 4 Efficiency: 400-450 Yards among my five-key stats for the week. Followed up a T10 at the Safeway Open with a T42 at the Shriners.

21. Byeong Hun An

Missed the cut in each of his last two events following a solo third at the Sanderson Farms Championship. Last won on the Korean Tour in 2015.

20. Lucas Glover

Tied for 15th in the inaugural running of the event in the fall of 2017. Ranks ninth in the field in Birdies or Better Gained and fifth in SG: Tee-to-Green over everyone’s last 36 rounds.

19. Viktor Hovland

Finished in a tie for 11th in the BMW PGA Championship in Europe before starting his PGA Tour season with a T10 at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier.

18. Billy Horschel

Ranks 10th in the field in SG: T2G and Par 4 Efficiency from the key distance.

17. Rory Sabbatini

Among the best in the field in Par 4 Scoring and Birdies or Better Gained on courses with Bentgrass greens.

16. Chez Reavie

The eighth-place finisher at last season’s Tour Championship has started his 2019-20 campaign with a T33 at the Safeway Open and a missed cut the Shriners but has two top 15s in this event.

15. C.T. Pan

Last year’s RBC Heritage champion returns to Jeju Island for the third consecutive year. Has started his season with two missed cuts but finished T23 here last season.

14. Kevin Na

One of five winners in the early-going of the season. His victory at the Shriners was the fourth of his PGA Tour career.

13. Dylan Frittelli

Started the year with a hot putter to pick up a T6 finish at the Sanderson Farms and a T7 at the Safeway Open before losing strokes on the greens en route to a missed cut at the Shriners. Can compete anywhere when the flat stick is on.

12. Cameron Smith

Gaining a reputation for performing well only on certain, familiar courses. Placed third in 2018 and T7 last season.

11. Jason Day

The former world No. 1 enters the week ranked 23rd, but he tied for fifth last year and 11th the year before.


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10. Tyrell Hatton

Coming off a T18 at the Italian Open last week. Tied for sixth at The Open Championship in July. He performs well in strong-field events.

9. Gary Woodland

Was the runner-up to Koepka last season ahead of his US Open victory. Also finished T40 in 2018. Ranks second in the field in Birdies or Better Gained.

8. Marc Leishman

The 2018 runner-up stumbled to T18 last season. Opened the current season with a withdrawal at The Greenbrier but rebounded for a solo third at the Safeway.

7. Rafa Cabrera Bello

Tied for third last year after tying for 11th in the debut of the event. Ranks eighth in Birdies or Better Gained.

6. Tommy Fleetwood

Had a bit of a disappointing year last season highlighted by his distant runner-up finish at The Open Championship. The four-time European Tour winner is still looking for his first PGA Tour victory.

5. Sungjae Im

The top-ranked South Korean national by the OWGR measure. Hasn’t missed a cut since The Open, a stretch of seven events.

4. Joaquin Niemann

Claimed his first-career PGA Tour victory at The Greenbrier to open the 2019-20 season. Ranks fifth by my model and leads the field in Par 4 Efficiency.

3. Brooks Koepka

The world No. 1 ran away with a four-stroke victory last season but is coming off a nearly inexplicable missed cut in a shallow field at the Shriners, in which he was bested by brother Chase.

2. Justin Thomas

Thomas followed his 2018 victory at Nine Bridges with a disappointing T36 last season. He enters the week leading the field in three of my key stats, Birdies or Better Gained, Proximity and SG: T2G.

1. Hideki Matsuyama

A two-time winner of no-cut World Golf Championships events, he excels in this format without needing to worry about one poor round knocking him from contention. He leads the field in SG: Around-the-Green and tops my stat model.

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