Learn about this week’s PGA course for the CJ Cup Event and what types of golfers are likely to succeed on it for DFS.
Before jumping into the details of this week’s PGA Tour Event, I wanted to mention a timeline for all PGA DFS items that you can expect each and every week from Frank and myself:
- Monday: Course/Event Preview
- Tuesday: Cash article, GPP article, Cheat Sheet, PGA DFS Video w/ Frank and I
- Wednesday: Chat room (8pm EST) to answer lineup questions
Without further ado, let’s jump into this week’s event:
Event: CJ Cup
Dates: Thursday October 15th through Sunday October 18th
Course: Shadow Creek (replacement host as event held in Vegas instead of Korea this year)
Field: 78 players
Past Winners: New Course
- Thursday-Sunday: 5pm-8pm EST (Golf Channel) plus PGA Tour Live
- The CJ Cup is typically hosted in South Korea but due to COVID the event has moved to Las Vegas this year at Shadow Creek
- Shadow Creek is one of the most exclusive clubs in the country and was literally manufactured out of thin air in the middle of the desert just outside of Las Vegas. If you google the satellite images of the course, you can tell the topography is all man made with the elevation changes, lakes and trees being in the middle of a barren desert.
- Shadow Creek hasn’t hosted many events so it’s a bit of an unknown to most players. The last time we saw this course it was “The Match” between Tiger and Phil. It’s an absolute picturesque golf course that seems more like a course in the Carolinas than Vegas.
- Shadow Creek is a par 72, which measures beyond 7500 yards but plays shorter since it’s at elevation so it really plays closer to 7,200.
- Shadow Creek features 4 par 5s, 4 par 3s and 10 par 4s.
- Par 5s (581, 571, 622, 529)
- 529 par 5 18th will play much short due to the ability to take yardage off over the water so players can have mid irons into this hole
- Par 3s (202, 200, 257, 154)
- Par 4s: Varying yardages from drivable to 507 yards (4 par 4s over 480 yards)
- Par 5s (581, 571, 622, 529)
- Off the Tee:
- One big thing to note off the tee this week is that we are at elevation (about half a mile), which means that balls will travel about 3% further. This means that a 7,500 yard golf course will play more like a 7,200 yard course.
- The course has a lot of trees and hazards so players who miss the fairway by a wide margin will have lost balls or be stuck in evergreen trees or hazards.
- Approach Shots:
- As is true for any week, approach shots will be important. We should see approach shots of varying yardages.
- The greens this week are bent grass and Tour average speed (12 on stimpmeter) which means we should see a lot of putts made
- Around the Green:
- The greens here are slightly smaller than Tour average so we might see a small increase in greens missed which means slight increased importance on around the green game.
What type of player typically succeeds here?
- There are some unknowns in terms of how this course will play, but ball strikers should reign supreme. Target players who have a good combination of off the tee game and approach.
What areas of a player’s game will be tested the most this week?
- Largest emphasis:
- Strokes Gained Approach
- Strokes Gained Off the Tee
- Par 5 Scoring
- With 4 par 5s on the course and it being a no cut event, converting birdies on these holes will be key to racking up DK points.
- Birdies or Better
- With no cut, someone finishing 20th could have the same points as someone finishing 40th as long as they make a bunch of birdies
- Smaller emphasis:
- Strokes Gained Putting
- Strokes Gained around the green
Check back in on Tuesday for the Cash article, GPP article, Cheat Sheet and PGA DFS Video with Frank and I.