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Australian Marc Leishman notched his first win in just over a year at last week's CIMB Classic during the first leg of the PGA Tour's Asian Swing, dominating his way to a five-stroke victory in Malaysia. A stronger field will tee it up on Korea's Jeju Island, however, as Brooks Koepka, defending champ Justin Thomas and Jason Day highlight the list of notable entrants in the 78-man field. We'll take a look at several fantasy trends as the Tour heads to the highly rated Club at Nine Bridges.
Woodland has improved in every event since a T48 at the Northern Trust, collecting four top-25s in as many starts from the Dell Technologies Championship through the CIMB Classic. He held a share of the 54-hole lead with Leishman at TPC Kuala Lumpur before faltering down the stretch, but Woodland figures to maintain momentum after finishing top-25 in SG: Off-the-Tee, SG: Approach and SG: Tee-to-Green last season.
Cook will look to take advantage of weaker competition during the fall series after excelling throughout the early portion of the 2017-18 season as a rookie, which included a win at the RSM Classic. Cook has veteran caddie Kip Henley on his bag and the former has finished top-30 in each of his past two starts.
Holmes' underwhelming 2017-18 campaign was rescued by a pair of top-3s at the FedEx St. Jude Classic and Travelers Championship, having nearly tied his career high in missed cuts with 10