2018 CIMB Classic Fantasy Sleeper Report
The wind. It’s a golfer’s nightmare, and even the best players in the world are occasionally afflicted by the yips in a breeze.
On Sunday, we saw not one but two supremely gifted golfers throw away titles in a gale that could knock the eyebrows off you if you turned your head too quickly.
Tyrell Hatton, an under-the-radar star of the European Ryder Cup team, threw away his chance of a historic three-peat at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship – he led by four shots at one point, and Brandt Snedeker failed to capitalize on a similarly healthy lead at the Safeway Open.
It was breezy, to say the least, in Napa, but that’s no excuse really for an experienced campaigner like Snedeker to struggle so badly. Maybe he lacked the necessary power to hit through the wind – his two fellow play-off protagonists, Kevin Tway and Ryan Moore, are certainly not lacking for length off the tee.
It was Tway who would eventually get the job done on the third extra hole, and that victory adds another surname to the list of father-and-son champions on the PGA TOUR.
The players head off on a three-week jaunt to Asia this week, with the CIMB Classic from the very wet TPC Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. The, it’s the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in Korea next week followed by the final WGC event of the year in China at the HSBC Champions.
Many of the players in Malaysia have shared photos on social media of the weather conditions in the Far East. It’s monsoon season out there – good idea hosting a golf event there then! – and lo and behold the downpours have arrived.
The spectre of lift and clean and a Monday finish will rear their head, although a reduced field of just 78 players should hopefully help to minimize delays.
At a TPC Kuala Lumpur layout that is easy enough to handle at the best of times, with the last three winning scores being -24, -23 and -26 here, the likelihood is that the CIMB Classic will descend into a pin-seeking shootout on such soft greens.
So who are the sleepers best placed to take advantage of such a set-up in Malaysia?
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Sleeper Report Predictions This Season (2018-2019)
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