The PGA Tour stays in Vegas for prestigious CJ Cup
The CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek is set for Oct. 15-18 at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas, Nevada. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help.
Here's what our best CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Dustin Johnson ($11,100)
Each of the top 5 players in the World Golf Ranking will be on hand at Shadow Creek Golf Course for the limited-field, invitation-only CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek, leaving us with a tough decision to make in choosing our Vegas ace. Justin Thomas is the defending champion and a two-time winner of the event, but both of those wins came in South Korea. So we'll go with the Shadow Creek course record holder (post-2008 restoration), Dustin Johnson. In his last six outings, DJ has gone T12, T2, 1, 2, T3 and T6. The only worry is rust; Johnson hasn't teed it up since the U.S. Open, but when bikini romps with Paulina are an option, can you blame him?
Patrick Cantlay ($9,800)
Cantlay is more at home in Vegas than Elvis, finishing 1-2-2-T8 in his last four Shriners, so the tournament's move from Asia to the American desert plays in his favor this week. He gets it done with a flawless tee-to-green game — he ranked 12th in SG: Tee-to-Green and 10th in SG: Total last season and has picked up where he left off. This past weekend at the Shriners, only a final-round stumble kept him from joining Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Tiger Woods as the only players to finish in the top 2 in the same Tour event in four consecutive years.
Sergio Garcia ($8,400)
Are we in the midst of a Sergio resurgence? He followed up his win at the Sanderson Farms by opening 66-64 at the Shriners before fading on Sunday. No doubt that the Spaniard is already thinking about Ryder Cup 2021, where he could be a huge asset for captain Padraig Harrington, but first things first — he has a Masters to tune up for.
Bubba Watson ($7,300)
It's been a long, strange trip for Bubba, who can't seem to string four solid rounds together. But as The Masters approaches, look for him to try to harness his prodigious gifts for another run at a jacket. He's a 12-time winner whose victory drought now extends to two-plus years. He's overdue.
Kevin Na ($6,700)
You might have noticed that we like playing the hot hand on occasion. Na qualified for that distinction until a final-round 76 at the Shriners. Na said recently that he felt like The Masters was the major that suited him best, so look for him to be focused and strategic in one of the final tuneups for that unprecedented November gathering at Augusta.
Joo-Hyung Kim ($6,400)
The 18-year-old phenom has to be disappointed that this event was yanked from his home country and moved to the States, but no worries — his game translates, no matter the continent. He already has a win on the Asian Tour and three other professional wins to his credit, and he made the cut in his first two PGA Tour outings.