One might think the condensed field (78 players) at Shadow Creek would make it easier to narrow it down to your favorite CJ Cup DFS picks. Once you realize how many big names are teeing it up, the process becomes a bit more challenging.
You won’t be able to squeeze in all of the players you want, so be ready to make some concessions. Those firing lineups into the GPPs on DraftKings, keep these DFS picks for the CJ Cup in mind.
Xander Schauffele – $10,300
When you assess Xander Schauffele’s game and match it up with this event at this golf course, there’s a whole lot to like.
Big tournament with a top-tier field – no problem – that’s when Xander is at his best. Schauffele is the epitome of a “gamer” who thrives under pressure. You have to go back nearly four months to find the last time my CJ Cup pick to win finished outside of the top-25.
Tony Finau – $9,400
Don’t be afraid of his forced withdrawal last week at the Shriners. Tony is in good spirits, he’s feeling well, and he fully intends on teeing it up at Shadow Creek Golf Course.
Five top-8 finishes among his last eight starts alone thanks to a tee-to-green game that’s on point. Last time out, Tony gained a whopping 7.4 shots on his approach shots en route to a top-10 at Winged Foot. In the event that Finau is an early WD, pivoting to Matsuyama makes the most sense.
Viktor Hovland – $9,000
Eight top-25s and zero missed cuts in 12 appearances since the restart clues you in on this guy’s consistency. 7th in SG: Approach-the-Green in 2019-20 confirms that Viktor is an elite ball-striker, but I dug deeper into Hovland’s stats.
What I found was improved chipping and putting during the FedEx Cup Playoffs and the US Open. He appears to be on the verge of breaking the seal.
Gary Woodland – $7,700
Look for lots of club twirls from Gary Woodland this week.
$7,700 is awfully low for someone of his pedigree, especially one who seems to have found what he was looking for. As noted in my CJ Cup sleepers post, I had the pleasure of watching Gary put on a ball-striking clinic at the Butch Harmon School of Golf this past weekend. All signs are pointing toward a fruitful week at Shadow Creek.
Cameron Smith – $6,800
Here’s another one of my featured dark horses who I’m doubling down on in Vegas. And in fact, Cameron Smith makes even more sense as a DFS pick for the CJ Cup.
This 27-year-old Aussie won’t get a ton of traction down at $6,800, but he’s more than capable of paying off value. Being a “no-cut event” on Bentgrass greens, here’s a terrific opportunity to cash in on one of the best putters on tour.
Kevin Streelman – $6,500
A missed cut at the Shriners is the least of my concerns. First of all, Kevin shot 69-67 so it’s not like he was struggling. Secondly, Kevin posted a pair of runner-up finishes in 2020, and guess what they both had in common?
Each one came during the week that directly following a missed cut.
Streelman recently finished 3rd at the Safeway Open and shouldn’t feel any nerves playing for big bucks at Shadow Creek. He got his “Sin City jitters” out of the way 18 years ago at the Ultimate Game.
My 2020 CJ Cup DFS Lineup for GPPs
Xander Schauffele $10,300
Tony Finau $9,400
Viktor Hovland $9,000
Gary Woodland $7,700
Cameron Smith $6,800
Kevin Streelman $6,500
There’s nothing wrong with leaving a few bucks on the table when you lock in your CJ Cup DFS picks.
As much as I like the four-most expensive golfers on DraftKings, I love the value that Xander Schauffele represents. There are lots of ways to mix and match your lineup, but here is a key to remember.
All 78 golfers teeing it up are guaranteed to play 72 holes so long as they don’t withdraw. Think of that as your “green-light” to be a bit bold with your selections.
As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for GamblingSites.com on football, basketball, and baseball.
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