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.
Page 1 is going to look at GolfChannel.com's fantasy game and also the PGATOUR.com's Fantasy Game.
Page 2 will have a look at One-and-Done options as well as Daily Fantasy Sports picks (FanDuel and DraftKings).
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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.
It was a good start to the new season with a Runner-up finish from Ryan Moore. Almost a win to open the season!
Let's start our search this week with a weighted look at course history at TPC Kuala Lumpur:
Anirban Lahiri (Two top 10s at CIMB; WIN and T10 at MMO)
Justin Thomas (WIN-WIN-17)
Keegan Bradley (Three top 10s in four tries)
Brendan Steele (Four top 30s including a THIRD)
Pat Perez (33-63-33-WIN)
Rafa Cabrera Bello (10-10 at CIMB; Two top 5s at MMO)
Paul Casey (37-24-21-7)
James Hahn (56-6-9-28)
Ryan Moore (WIN-WIN-10-17)
Kevin Na (2-3-29-44)
Cameron Smith (5-37-5)
Stewart Cink (11-56-17-13)
Xander Schauffele (3rd PLACE)
Peter Uihlein (One top 20 at MMO; One top 10 at CIMB)
Danny Lee (13-WD-51-7 at CIMB)
After history, we can look at baseline performance over the last few years. More recent results are weighted more heavily:
Rafa Cabrera Bello
Charles Howell III
JT is the obvious pick here but he's also a top-10 golfer in the world. My stance on that is that you want to save any top-10 golfers for at least a $9MM+ purse sized event.
Paul Casey stumbled down the summer stretch before having a good week at the Ryder Cup. I will hold off on reinvesting in OAD until he proves he's ready to roll in stroke play again.
Pat Perez really fell off the map at the middle and end of last season. I will pass.
Xander had a strong debut here but he was also quoted saying he didn't think the course would fit him. Maybe not one to go back to the well with.
Ryan Moore is a two-time champ and just had a close call in Napa. Love this pick but I used him last week. Doh.
Rafa Cabrera Bello has been out of action since the BMW but that was also the case last year and he posted a top 10. RCB has a long track record at TPC KL, dating back to the Malaysian Maybank Championship. I will run with that experience and choose Rafa Cabrera Bello this week. I have him ranked fourth best in this field from a long-term perspective but I also won't miss him down the road in bigger-pursed events.
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.
The idea is to provide you a list of names to consider. I would not recommend copying these teams, golfer for golfer. Duplicate teams are no fun and don't help anyone.
Ryan Moore ($11,600): Doesn't overpower courses so TPC Kuala Lumpur is perfect for him at just 7,005 yards. He is a two-time winner here so he'll have plenty of fond memories as he makes his way around.
Gary Woodland ($10,500): The big hitter might be a two-time winner here if it weren't for Moore. Woodland finished runner-up two him in 2013 and 2014.
Keegan Bradley ($10,600):Gained 14.65 strokes over the field here last year and beat the third-place finishers by three strokes. Combine that with a recent win and his confidence should still be soaring.
Billy Horschel ($10,400): Rattled off one of his patented hot streaks during the Playoffs (T3-WD-T3-RUNNERUP). He took the week off at Safeway but it's best we ride this hot streak until it ends.
Jason Kokrak ($8,400): Should be able to feast on these snack-sized par 5s. He's also showing a lot of touch around the greens recently which is usually his weak spot.
J.J. Spaun ($7,500): Has found his putting stroke recently but his (usually) elite iron play has slumped. If he syncs that back up then a top 5 is certainly in the cards.
Ryan Moore ($10,900): Top 20s in both visits to Silverado Resort and Spa.
Louis Oosthuizen ($8,800): A past champ at TPC KL, Oosthuizen won't show up on the CIMB history sheets but he knows the track and has plenty of upside.
Cameron Smith ($8,400): Owns a pair of top 5s at TPC KL. He cites his love of the climate here. That is a big plus as most can't stand this hot and sticky weather.
Thomas Pieters ($7,500): Rounded back into form over the summer, I like this big-hitting Belgian to demolish the par 5s this week.
Kevin Chappell ($7,300): His putter has not been cooperating but a little break between the seasons might do the trick. He's top tier when it comes to ball-striking.
J.J. Spaun ($6,700): Another elite ball-striker who often struggles with the putter. Luckily, we now head to bermudagrass greens which is where Spaun has done a lot of his damage, early in his career.