To recap the week: A guy that admittedly doesn’t work out or eat well, won on the PGA Tour. And a guy that works out TOO much and eats TOO well?He is allowed to swing a golf club again…..Mhm
Pat Perez cruised to a win on Sunday at the CIMB Classic, topping Keegan Bradley by Four strokes and hardly breaking a sweat (Metaphorically of course, he was actually sweating his bag off. It was HOT.). Xander Schauffele and Sung Kang split Third place.
But later that day, the REAL golf story came down the pipe:
Tiger Woods hitting a Driver, in a Red Shirt, on a Sunday
We weren’t done there though!
Tuesday Afternoon: “He (Tiger) got a nice report and is allowed to proceed,” Woods’s agent, Mark Steinberg, told ESPN. “He can do as much as he needs to do.”
Yes! Tiger Woods has received clearance from his doctor to resume “full golf activity with no restrictions.”
Okay. So. There are two ways to see this.
- A grown-ass man that’s arguably the G.O.A.T, is allowed to swing a golf club again… Woop Dee Doo…… OR
- TIGER WOODS is COMIN’ BACK BABY!
And of course, the truth is somewhere in the middle. Tiger may be back in time for the Masters, he may not. He may win a tournament again, or 10, or he may never tee it up in another. But that’s not the point right now.
Less than Six months ago, we were seeing a Tiger that could hardly stand, was in intense pain, was getting arrested, was making comments about retiring from golf etc, etc.
And now he’s at least going to be able to pursue his golf career again. If nothing else, what this will do for him mentally can’t really be underestimated. Golf is the only thing he has loved for his ENTIRE life, and not being able to do what you love is tough. So, good for him, I wish him the best. Make Sundays Great Again
CJ Cup at Nine Bridges
Now on to the matter at hand.
This week we’ve got a new PGA Tour event: The CJ Cup at Nine Bridges.
This being a new event, on a new course to the PGA Tour, there is zero history to pull from this week. We’re gonna have to go off Recent Performance and Stats more than usual, but that’s just how it is. That being said, here is the little amount of course info we DO have.
- The Club at Nine Bridges, 7,196 yards, par 72. Nine Bridges opened in 2001 and is the only Korean course ranked among the world’s top 10
- The tournament is a NO CUT event and thus the players will have four guaranteed rounds
- The course has a few doglegs, elevation changes and both short and long par threes, fours, and fives.
So based off that and some internet sleuthing, here are the Stats I’ll be using. I’ll be doing so over the period of The field’s last 24 Rounds
Main Stats: Birdies, Greens in Regulation, DK Pts, Par-5 Performance
Correlating Stats: Strokes Gained: Approach, Strokes Gained: Tee to Green, Good Drives
With those and looking at Recent Performance, here is my updated spreadsheet. I removed players that either didn’t have enough info, or had poor enough recent performance that I didn’t deem them worthy. It is broken into
Double Digits – Over $9999 – 4 Players
2nd Tier – $9000 – $9999 – 7 Players
3rd Tier – $7500 – $8999 – 18 of 23 Players Analyzed
Bargains – Under $7499 – 14 of 44 Players Analyzed
To make that a little easier, here are my favourites by category:
Tier 1: Paul Casey and Tony Finau
Tier 2: Xander Schauffele, Pat Perez, Keegan Bradley
Tier 3: Ollie Schniederjans, Sung Kang, Chez Reavie, Lucas Glover, Luke List & Graham DeLaet
Tier 4: Stewart Cink, Nick Taylor, Danny Lee, Harold Varner, Kyle Stanley
And my Optimal Lineup would be:
- Stewart Cink $7400
- Nick Taylor $7400
- Xander Schauffele $9800
- Chez Reavie $7900
- Lucas Glover $7800
- Keegan Bradley $9100
Total $49, 400
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