We last saw Tiger Woods over a month ago in a missed cut at the U.S. Open. Woods will come out of hibernation this week to defend his ZOZO Championship title. This event has been relocated from Japan to Sherwood Country Club due to the global pandemic. Woods has won five times on the California layout and hosted his World Challenge charity event on the course from 2000 to 2013. We haven't seen many positives from the legend in 2020, but he's in serious DFS consideration this week due to his track record at Sherwood.
Matthew Wolff looks to rebound from a shockingly bad performance at the CJ Cup this week at the ZOZO Championship. Wolff shot an opening-round 80 at Shadow Creek and never recovered, finishing in 73rd place in the 78-man field. The 21-year-old grew up just seven miles from this week's host course, Sherwood Country Club, so this does provide an intriguing bounce-back spot. Many DFS players were burned by the young bomber's dud last week, though going right back to Wolff might be a sharp move in GPP formats.
Brendan Steele will attempt to get back on track at the CJ Cup after missing the cut in last week's Shriners Hospitals For Children Open. Despite rounds of 67 and 69 at TPC Summerlin, Steele failed to make the weekend for the first time since June. The veteran's consistent results can be attributed to his steady iron play. He's impressively gained strokes on approach in eight consecutive starts. In addition to the fancy blade work, his distance will be an advantage this week on a very long Shadow Creek layout. Steele profiles as an excellent value option in DFS tournaments.
Joaquin Niemann is set to play in the upcoming CJ Cup at Shadow Creek. Niemann comes in fresh off a solid T13 performance in last week's Shriners Hospitals For Children Open. It was the youngster's third top-25 result in his last four starts. His sharp ball-striking ability should give him a leg up on the field this week on a Shadow Creek course that's expected to be difficult. The concern with Niemann is his shaky putting, though there's been some recent improvement in that area, as he's gained strokes on the greens in each of his last two starts. His legitimate tournament-winning upside makes him one of the most intriguing value plays on the slate.
Jason Kokrak failed to make the cut last week despite posting two rounds of 68 in the Shriners Hospitals For Children Open. It was his first missed cut in two months. Kokrak has a great chance to rebound in the upcoming CJ Cup at Shadow Creek. The lengthy Vegas layout is a much better fit for his game than last week's birdie-friendly TPC Summerlin track. The veteran ranked seventh on the PGA Tour in driving distance last season and has historically played well on long golf courses. He's a sharp GPP option this week.
Cameron Smith heads to this week's CJ Cup on a roll. Smith has made eight consecutive cuts on the PGA Tour with top-25 finishes in three of his last four starts. The Aussie's strong results can be linked to his newfound consistency with his irons. While usually spotty with the blades, Smith has managed to gain strokes on approach the last six times he's teed it up. The 27-year-old will look to keep the great results coming this week at Shadow Creek and he's a sneaky-good value across the DFS industry.
Shadow Creek Golf Course will host its first PGA Tour event this week. There are lots of unknowns surrounding the legendary Las Vegas layout, but we do know that it will play very long and cards out at over 7,500 yards. Kevin Na ranks just 71st in this CJ Cup field in driving distance and will have a hard time dealing with the length of this week's layout. Na is a player that should be targeted on shorter courses that require precision. The veteran's distance deficiency makes him a very risky DFS play at Shadow Creek.
Louis Oosthuizen will make his second consecutive start at the CJ Cup and will look for his fifth straight top-25 finish. Oosthuizen currently ranks in the top-35 in strokes gained approaching the green, strokes gained around the green, strokes gained putting, and strokes gained tee to green. He has just one career start at the CJ Cup where he finished T29. He is not one of the elite players in this field, but his momentum could make him a good DFS choice at a price of $8,500.
Abraham Ancer will make his second consecutive start after a fourth-place finish at Shriners. He ranked second in the field in strokes gained in putting and 15th in driving-accuracy percentage last week. There is a bit of concern for Ancer this week based on his past performances at Nine Bridges. In two career appearances at the CJ Cup, Ancer's best finish is a T57 in 2020. If he can continue to putt well, he should have a good chance at competing this week. It is a competitive field, so his DFS price is set at just $8,200.
Gary Woodland will make his second start of the 2021 season this week at the CJ Cup. He has been very good at Nine Bridges over the past two appearances with T3 and second place finishes in 2020 and 2019, respectively. He has not had a top-20 finish since June, but this is a good tournament for Woodland try and regain form. He closed with two sub-70 rounds last year at the CJ Cup, and doing that again would give him a good chance at his third consecutive top-five finish at this tournament. He should be a good value pick at a DFS price of $7,700 this week.
Matthew Fitzpatrick will make his second start of the season after missing the cut at the U.S. Open. Fitzpatrick has struggled to find consistency over his last several starts. He has three top-10 finishes over his last six starts, but he has also missed three cuts. Fitzpatrick was good with his putter in the 2020 season, ranking second in strokes gained. He is also precise with his driver, ranking 38th in driving accuracy percentage in 2020. Positioning the ball in the fairway will give him a good opportunity to attack greens this week. His inconsistency as of late makes him a volatile DFS play at $8,900.
Paul Casey will make his third start of the 2021 season after missing the cut at Shriners. Casey enters the week with past success at the CJ Cup, finishing inside the top 20 in both of his career starts. Through six rounds this season, Casey ranks 30th in strokes gained off the tee and 47th in total strokes gained. However, he has not been great around the green or with his putter. Based on past performances at this tournament, Casey could be a good DFS play at $8,000.
Tommy Fleetwood will make his second start of the season this week at the CJ Cup. He is coming off a missed cut at the U.S. Open. Fleetwood struggled with almost every aspect of his game at the U.S. Open, but he ranked 20th in strokes gained around the green. He played in the CJ Cup last season and finished T20. Fleetwood is one of the biggest names on Tour that has yet to win a PGA Tour event. It is strange that a player of his caliber has not won yet, so he will look for that this week. DraftKings has him priced at $9,100 this week. It is unreasonable to expect him to win, but could get hot and be a good DFS play.
Brooks Koepka will make his first start on the PGA Tour since missing the cut at the Wyndham Championship in August. Koepka battled knee issues all through the 2020 season, and his play was not what we have become accustomed to seeing from the four-time major champion. He comes into the week saying that he feels "a million times better" than he did for the majority of the 2020 season. Koepka won the CJ Cup in 2019 and is seeking his first win on tour since the 2019 St. Jude Invitational. It is exciting to see Koepka back in action, and he should be able to put together a good week if he feels as good as he said he does.
Collin Morikawa is looking to regain form this week at the CJ Cup. He is coming off two straight missed cuts to start the 2021 season. He is struggling with his putting, ranking 210th in strokes gained and 305th in scrambling. He played in his first CJ Cup last season and finished T36. There is not a whole lot of reason to be concerned about Morikawa's performance. He has been incredibly consistent since coming on the PGA Tour, and his last two starts are definitely the exception rather than the rule. DraftKings isn't sleeping on him, putting his DFS price at $9,500. Morikawa should continue to be a good DFS play unless his missed cuts start to become a trend.