Top 10 Fantasy Golfers For CIMB Classic
Tournament: CIMB Classic
Location: The MINES Resort & Golf Club, Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia
Date: October 25-28, 2012
Course Par: 71
Previous Winners: Bo Van Pelt (2011), Ben Crane (2010)
Hole To Watch: Hole #2 - There are several tough holes on this course, including three separate par-5s. However, there is one hole that is much trickier than the rest, and it is ironically a short par-3 on the front nine.
The second hole is a very tricky par-3 in which golfers much hit over a jungle filled ravine to a very deceiving green. Look for this hole to hurt more golfers than it helps this weekend.
The MINES course in Malaysia is one of the most beautiful courses in the entire world. It is surrounded with sparse jungles, exotic birds, and surprisingly a rather large lake within the 18-hole course.
This will be a huge fantasy event, as Tiger Woods is dusting off his golf bag and making the trip to Malaysia for the first time since 1999. He will be one of the biggest names in the field this weekend, so expect him to be a very popular pick this week.
Also returning champion, Bo Van Pelt is returning to the course he dominated in 2011. BVP is playing red-hot right now, so expect him to put up a similarly strong performance in 2012.
Even with the limited field, there will still be a heavy fantasy following for the event. To help you with your fantasy lineups this weekend, here are my top 10 fantasy golfers for the CIMB Classic this weekend:
10. Jeff Overton
Jeff Overton – The Indiana native has really picked up it over the last month. Overton has finished inside the top-13 in three of his last five tournaments, while averaging a score of 12 under. He can sink any put on the green, which will definitely come in handy on these crisp Malaysian greens.
9. Ben Crane
Ben Crane – Crane has finished all over the place in recent months. He finished second at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in February, but since then he amassed one top-10 finish and has missed the cut six times.
However, Crane did win here in 2010 and his past success alone will keep him in the discussion all week long as a possible winner.
8. Jimmy Walker
Jimmy Walker – Walker finished fourth at the Frys.com Open last week and finished tenth at the JT Shriners the week before that. He is averaging a very respectable 1.760 puts per green appearance, so expect Jimmy W to make a couple long puts this week.
7. Ryan Palmer
Ryan Palmer – Palmer actually shot a hole in one on the seventh hole last year, so expect him to be extra cocky this weekend. He is great with his putter and will certainly get the chances to use it on the handful of par-3s at the MINES.
6. Scott Piercy
Scott Piercy – Piercy has two top-15 finishes in a row and will be very confident this week. He will be a great veteran to keep an eye on at the MINES.
5. Brendon de Jonge
Brendon de Jonge – BDJ shot a ridiculous 22 under at the JT Shriners to take home second place. He followed it up by shooting an equally impressive 12 under at Seaside last weekend to finish in fourth place. De Jonge may be an obvious sleeper this weekend, but he is still a must start this week.
4. Nick Watney
Nick Watney – Watney finally got over his mid-fall slump by placing 10th at the JT Shriners two weeks ago. He loves to show up at the smaller events, so expect nothing less from him on the true east-coast.
3. Jason Dufner
Jason Dufner – In his last 16 events Dufner has seven top-10s, including two victories, and three top-20s. He is easily the hottest golfer on the tour right now and will be a heavy favorite this weekend. Expect the Duffman to easily crack the top-5 this week.
2. Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods - Woods has ten top-10 finishes in his last 20 worldwide tournaments in 2012, including three consecutive top-10 finishes. Woods can hit the ball out of the tee box with the best of them, so expect him to have plenty of chances to stay under par.
1. Bo Van Pelt
Bo Van Pelt – BVP won here last year after an utterly dominating performance. He shot an amazing 22 under, along with an eagle, 25 birdies, and only 4 bogeys. BVP will be the hands down favorite this week, so grab him without hesitation.
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