CIMB Classic preview, picks + predictions, plus the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #LiveLateNightGolfOnTVBaby

Raise your hand if you watched the majority of the Shriners Open coverage over the weekend?  Ok, if you did, you’re a lonely goose.  I’m as big of a watching-golf-on-tv geek as they come, but let’s be honest- with Webb Simpson essentially closing the door on that tourney halfway through the weekend and with a feast of football on, it was a total snoozefest for all things golf this past weekend.  Sorry PGA Tour, but this Finchem cash grab to have 938 FedEx Cup events per season just isn’t working.  Case in point is when you have a TOTAL of 4 top 30 players in the OWGR who have played the first two “season opening” events….combined.  Yep, major ouch.

All that being said, I have always enjoyed these overseas tournaments late in the year, you know, the Australian Open, the Australian Masters and more particularly this week’s CIMB Classic.  The main reason?  Live late night coverage.  No football conflicts, no forgetting it’s on during the day, just you, a cold beverage and some late night golf fall overseas style.  And since now it’s an “official” regular season PGA Tour event, it’ll just be that much more fun to watch.

Also, this week’s tourney boasts at least a semi-decent field, with Phil Mickelson, Hideki Matsuyama, Bill Haas, Keegan Bradley, Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Nick Watney, Ryan Moore, Jimmy Walker and others in the mix.  Live late night coverage begins Wednesday at 10pm CST and runs every night Wed-Sat 10pm-2am.  Talk about some bleary-eyed awesomeness.

Now, let’s hop into some picks:

LOCKZILLAS (Zach t-40th, de Jonge MC)

Hideki Matsuyama
Hideki Matsuyama
– I’m slightly hesitant with Hideki this week, as last week’s illness that forced him to WD from the Shriners could halt some of the momentum he has on his side, but with 11 top 10s in 17 starts as a pro, including top 10s at both the British Open and PGA Championship.  Yep, nearly impossible not to have Hideki in any sort of fantasy lineup again this week.

Jimmy Walker
Jimmy Walker
– After finally breaking through for his first ever PGA Tour victory at the Frys.com Open two weeks ago, Jimmy followed it up with a solid t-12th last week in Vegas.  Going to keep riding the hot momentum here as Jimmy looks to extend his FedEx Cup Standings lead (with only 935 FedEx Cup tourneys to go this season!).

SEMI-FLIER (Hearn MC)

Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Kiradech Aphinbarnrat
– Anyone’s name that ends in “barnrat” has to make my picks list at some point or another, oh yeah, and given the fact that Kiradech won this year’s Malaysian Open, finished t-4th in South Korea two weeks ago = yep, I’m taking him and his barn-rattiness to contend this week.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Howell III t-5th)

Bubba Watson
Bubba Watson
– Sorry, but Bubba and Asia just don’t mix.  I can already see some random tweets complaining about the food, his accomodations, the humidity, his caddie (hopefully he doesn’t freak out at him on live tv right in front of the camera this time), etc…. stay away from his pissy American pants this week.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK (Levin t-53rd)

David Lynn
David Lynn
– One of golf’s biggest comedians (seriously, you have to follow him on Twitter) is finally a two-time European Tour winner, having captured the Portugal Masters a couple weeks back.  Typically I like to fade winners in their next couple of starts, but I have a feeling Lynn will be lurking around the leaderboard all weekend with his not flashy, but steady game.

#isitWednesdayat10pmyet

Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

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