Sergio Garcia heads to the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek just two weeks removed from a victory at the Sanderson Farms Championship. Garcia followed up the win with a ho-hum T43 at last week's Shriners Hospitals For Children Open, but the Spaniard's irons remained white hot at TPC Summerlin, as he gained over four strokes on approach. The veteran's elite ball striking will be a huge asset on this week's tough Shadow Creek layout, with his spotty putting ability being the only real concern. Garcia recently demonstrated that he still has legitimate fantasy upside, but it is often capped by his inconsistency with the flat stick.
Rickie Fowler's struggles of 2020 continued last week at the Shriners Hospitals For Children Open, as rounds of 67 and 74 left him short of the 36-hole cut line. The fan favorite has been undergoing some swing changes this year and the transition has resulted in inconsistent results. Fowler has notched three top-25 finishes since June, but has also missed five cuts. His volatility makes him tough to trust in DFS formats at the moment.
Harris English finds himself in unfamiliar territory this week as he heads to the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek on the heels of a missed cut at the Shriners Hospitals For Children Open. It was just his third missed cut in the past year. English has been one of the PGA Tour's most reliable players in 2020, posting 15 top-25 finishes over his last 22 starts. The 31-year-old will attempt to rebound this week on a Shadow Creek layout that should reward his strong all-around ability.
Matt Kuchar has been one of the most reliable golfers in the world for years, but the veteran has struggled this summer, logging just two top-25 finishes over his last nine starts. Kuchar heads to this week's CJ Cup at Shadow Creek off a decent T34 result in last week's Shriners Hospitals For Children Open, though the 42-year-old lost strokes both off-the-tee and on approach at TPC Summerlin. Kuchar's shaky form and spotty ball striking makes him a player worth fading in DFS tournaments this week.
Viktor Hovland is one of the PGA Tour's rising stars and is set to tee it up in the elite CJ Cup at Shadow Creek this week. Hovland scored his first win earlier this year in the Puerto Rico Open and has posted an impressive eight top-25 finishes since golf's return from the COVID-19 layoff. The 23-year-old is already an elite ball striker and finished 20th on the PGA Tour in strokes gained tee-to-green last season. His game should translate well to this week's lengthy Shadow Creek layout and he's a high-upside option in all fantasy golf formats.
Justin Rose is listed as in the field for this week's CJ Cup at Shadow Creek. Rose last teed it up at the U.S. Open, where he logged a missed cut. The Englishman has been terribly inconsistent throughout 2020, posting four top-25 finishes and five missed cuts since the restart. Once one of the most reliable DFS options on the PGA Tour, he's now nothing more than a risky GPP play. However, this week's no-cut format does offer a way to gamble on the 40-year-old's upside without risking an early exit from your fantasy rosters.
After a blistering start to the year, Rory McIlroy sputtered down the stretch of the PGA Tour's 2019-20 season. McIlroy is set to make his first start in nearly a month this week at the CJ Cup. The 31-year-old has been trending in the right direction in his most recent starts, with top-10 finishes in both the Tour Championship and the U.S. Open. His dynamite ability off the tee will give him a big advantage on this week's Shadow Creek layout that stretches over 7,500 yards. We don't often get a chance to catch him flying under the radar, but this spot gives fantasy gamers an opportunity to roster McIlroy at what should be reduced DFS ownership.
Jon Rahm is set to make his first start since a T23 outing at the U.S. Open this week in the CJ Cup. Rahm has had a spectacular year to this point, capturing victories at both the Memorial and the BMW Championship. The young Spaniard's power off the tee has always made him competitive, but it's an evolving short game that ranked 24th on the PGA Tour last season that's taking him to the next level. With Dustin Johnson forced to withdraw from the CJ Cup due to a positive COVID-19 test, Rahm is now the top DFS option at Shadow Creek.
Matthew Wolff might want to take the Celine Dion route and set up shop in Las Vegas if he plays well in this week's CJ Cup at Shadow Creek. The explosive 21-year-old narrowly missed out on a win in the Vegas-hosted Shriners Hospitals For Children Open last week, losing on the second playoff hole to a Martin Laird birdie. It was the second runner-up finish for Wolff in as many starts, as he also captured the silver medal at Winged Foot last month. He's an ultra-elite DFS option due to his current form and he leads this week's field in strokes gained tee-to-green over recent rounds.
Justin Thomas is set to defend his CJ Cup title this week at Shadow Creek Golf Course. It will be his first start since a top-10 finish at the U.S. Open last month. Thomas won last year's CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in South Korea, but the event has been relocated to the U.S. this year due to COVID-19. This will be the first PGA Tour event held at the legendary Las Vegas layout, but JT can be counted on for consistent excellence on any golf course. He should be considered an elite option in all fantasy formats.
After missing last week's Shriners Hospitals For Children Open due to a positive COVID-19 test, Tony Finau was originally expected to return for the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek. However, Finau has now withdrawn from this week's tournament as well, citing illness-related issues. The bomber was expected to be a strong DFS play at Shadow Creek, but fantasy players will have to wait at least another week to roster him.
It has been over three years since Hideki Matsuyama's last win of any kind, and it has turned into a head-scratching dilemma for the 28-year-old out of Japan. Matsuyama is one of the best players on tour, and we see that by him ranking inside the top-25 compared to the field in strokes gained off the tee, strokes gained approach, strokes gained around the green and long iron proximity. Unfortunately, things haven't been as ideal for the 19th-ranked player in the world once he finds himself having to putt, rating near the bottom on almost all surfaces. The five-time PGA Tour winner has been close to neutral on Bentgrass greens, providing us hope that he can turn it around this weekend in Vegas, but he will need an improvement to get himself back to where he belongs. With all that being said, we wouldn't put it past him. His upside is tantalizing.
It has been a ravishing past three years for Patrick Cantlay at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. The 28-year-old has put together an impressive streak of two seconds and a first since 2017, and he will try to keep the momentum rolling with another top-two result in 2020. However, despite the storied history in Vegas, Cantlay doesn't enter this contest with as much speed as in years past, failing to post a top-10 result in his last six tournaments. Will that hamper his performance in any way this season? Only you can decide if that will be the case.
When we talk about course fits for Webb Simpson, TPC Summerlin doesn't often get mentioned as one of his go-to locations. Sedgefield Country Club, TPC Scottsdale and Harbour Town are a few of the sites we tend to discuss when talking about Simpson's best spots, but Vegas has quietly been an area we have seen the seventh-ranked player in the world dominate at in the past. Four top-20 results are accompanied by a victory in 2013 over the last seven years, and the American enters the week trending in the right direction with four consecutive top-17 showings on tour.
Zach Johnson started the 2021 season in a strong way with a T8 finish at the U.S. Open and a T23 finish at Sanderson Farms. It is an encouraging start for Johnson considering he has not qualified for the Tour Championship since 2015. Through his first two starts, Johnson ranks 17th in strokes gained putting and 24th in total strokes gained. In three career appearances at TPC Summerlin, Johnson has finishes of T10, T40, and a missed cut. He is seeking his first win since 2015, and his recent play suggests he is in good enough form to compete this week at Shriners. He has an average DFS price of $8,300.