By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy Insider
It's always challenging to know how a golf course new to the PGA TOUR will score. It's a dynamic that can send us into survivor mode, but the beauty of the CIMB Classic is that there is no cut. Therefore, suddenly and ironically, the options have multiplied at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club's West Course.
But before I review an appropriate short list, I'm going to eliminate Phil Mickelson, Keegan Bradley and Bill Haas. I'll reserve each for a tournament at a critical juncture on U.S. soil. Plus, all three will provide ample opportunities to piggyback success.
With Nos. 1, 3 and 4, respectively, from my Power Rankings crossed off, it's time again to renew our devotion for Hideki Matsuyama, who withdrew before the opening round of last week's stop in Nevada with an illness. And on that note, he provided the latest example of why it's imperative that you submit an alternate with your starter. One-and-doners should not accept DNPs. Tell your commissioner to plug in this provision if it isn't already.
Meanwhile, Matsuyama's poor health struck him at a time when rest may have been preferable anyway, especially with a intercontinental journey to Malaysia on deck. It's not quite a home game for the Japanese talent, but it's close.
David Lynn and Jeff Overton set up as investments in momentum. Lynn took last week off after winning in Portugal, while the new wraparound season seems to agree with the American given he's opened with a pair of top 20s. Because of the format of the CIMB Classic, their values are boosted.
I'm tempted by both but I'm going to ride Sergio Garcia. His current form passes the smell test and he's won three tournaments worldwide in the last two years after the conclusion of the FedExCup Playoffs. The most recent of that set occurred in Malaysia last December. I'd never lean on a trend like that as a clincher, but it sure doesn't hurt.
Shriners Hospitals for Children Open: Nick Watney; T48; $15,264.00; 21.000 FedExCup points
Overall Record: 2-for-2
FedExCup points: 154.750
Top 5s: 1
Top 10s: 1
Top 25s: 1
Missed Cuts: 0