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 14th through Sunday October 17th
Course: Summit Club
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 for the 2nd year in a row. Last year the event was hosted at Shadow Creek. This year the event will be held at the Summit Club which is an exclusive private club just outside the Las Vegas strip.
- This is the first event that Summit Club has hosted so we are flying in a little bit blind. The information on the course is a bit limited but we will do our best to determine what is needed to succeed at this course.
- One key item to note: Collin Morikawa is a member so home course edge for him will be huge this week.
- Summit Club is a par 72 which measures beyond 7400 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 (597, 614, 552, 579)
- Par 3s (194, 147, 245, 168)
- Par 4s (401, 433, 362, 485, 444, 512, 355, 484, 436, 451)
- Based on the scorecard and aerial flyovers, the course looks to have a great variation in distances in par 3s, par 4s and par 5s. This will require almost every club in a player’s bag to be used. There doesn’t look to be any certain approach distance that is more prevalent than any other in comparison to Tour averages.
What type of player typically succeeds here?
- There are some unknowns in terms of how this course will play, but ballstrikers should reign supreme. Target players who have a good combination of off the tee game and approach. There is ample room off the tee but if you stray super far off the fairway you can find some serious trouble.
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.