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Daily Fantasy Golf Helper: THE CJ CUP @ SUMMIT

With a new course awaiting this no-cut event, which golfers make for standout FanDuel plays this week on the PGA Tour?

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Let's take a look at some golfers to target this week.

Key Stats for THE CJ CUP @ SUMMIT at The Summit Club

- Strokes Gained: Approach
- Driving Distance
- Birdie or Better Rate
- Strokes Gained: Putting on Bentgrass

For a more detailed breakdown on the course, check out my course primer.

Daily Fantasy Golfer Picks for THE CJ CUP @ SUMMIT at The Summit Club

All stats cited below originate at FantasyNational. Strokes gained data includes stats from the past calendar year and is adjusted based on my field strength and recency tweaks. Putting surface splits also come from FantasyNational and include the past 50 rounds when possible -- unless noted. All ranks and percentile ranks are among the field.

Best of the Best

Xander Schauffele (FanDuel Salary: $11,800 | FanDuel Sportsbook Win Odds: +1200) - We can always bump up Schauffele at no-cut events, where some of his best finishes have come in his career. The Olympic gold medalist also fits from a distance (88th percentile) and bentgrass putting (86th percentile). There's a potential drawback in that he's admittedly not a fan of birdie-fests, but he still rates out in the 59th percentile in birdie or better rate and finished runner-up at Shadow Creek last year, another Tom Fazio design in Las Vegas, by shooting -18.

Viktor Hovland ($10,900 | +2600) - Hovland always can blend distance and accuracy, and we want him at birdie-friendly setups (97th percentile). Overall, Hovland is rating out as the second-best value among golfers in the $10,000 tier in my combo model, which combines long-term adjusted form, course stats, and hole-by-hole projections. He finished 12th at Shadow Creek in 2020.

Others to Consider:
Jordan Spieth ($11,600 | +1600) - Elite on bentgrass and at making birdies.
Tony Finau ($11,000 | +2700) - Has the distance and birdie potential to dominate the course. Good bentgrass putter.
Louis Oosthuizen ($10,300 | +3100) - A top-end value based on form and stats.

Mid-Range Picks

Cameron Smith ($9,800 | +3400) - I can't help but love Smith this week at a course with large greens, which can de-emphasize iron play a bit. He's the field leader in birdie-or-better rate gained over the past 50 rounds while also having 72nd-percentile bentgrass putting splits in that span. No golfer has a higher bump to his strokes gained average based on the hole-by-hole layout of The Summit. He finished 11th at Shadow Creek last year.

Paul Casey ($9,400 | +5000) - Casey could find himself without much popularity this week. He struggled at Shadow Creek last year and just missed the cut last week at the Shriners. His missed cut, though, came from a dreadful putting performance, which is always in the cards for him. What's also in the cards is a birdie-heavy performance (81st percentile in birdie or better rate over the past 50 rounds plus 94th-percentile adjusted strokes gained: tee to green over the past year).

Others to Consider:
Abraham Ancer ($10,000 | +3400) - Ancer lacks distance but makes a lot of birdies and putts well on bentgrass.
Jason Kokrak ($9,400 | +4500) - Winner of this tournament last year at a different course; gains distance and birdies.
Patrick Reed ($9,300 | +5000) - Could benefit from larger greens and rely on the short game.

Low-Salaried Picks

Joaquin Niemann ($9,000 | +5500) - Niemann very easily could wind up being chalky this week given the outlier win odds at the low salary, but the iffy results lately (no top-25s in his past four) could leave him a bit overlooked, too, so it's hard to tell. But with Niemann, he should pick up distance on the field (93rd percentile) and be a plus putter on bentgrass. Niemann finished sixth at Shadow Creek last year.

Charley Hoffman ($8,200 | +10000) - I'll always go after Hoffman at courses where he can just hit it far (87th percentile) and make birdies (96th percentile), so this track fits. He could lose a bit of value on the big greens because he excels with the irons (and he's in the 90th percentile there), yet the salary is too good to pass up anyway.

Others to Consider:
Cameron Tringale ($8,800 | +6500) - Good bentgrass putterand the best overall player below $9,000 in my model.
Talor Gooch ($8,800 | +6500) - Short win odds paired with plus bentgrass putting make for a good value profile.
Kevin Streelman ($8,200 | +12000) - Streelman ranks in the 93rd percentile in opportunities gained; just needs to make some putts.
Cameron Davis ($8,100 | +12000) - Distance (84th percentile) and bentgrass (87th percentile) specialist.