The CJ Cup Golf Betting Tips
Bet UK's golf betting expert Luke Tredget is back with his latest round of golf betting tips for the CJ Cup.
The PGA Tour travels to Korea this week and this will be the second year Nine Bridges on Jeju Island has hosted the event. Last year blustery winds dominated the event and whilst the wind looks set to be not as strong this time around it still looks likely to play some part. There is plenty of water in-play around the course and the greens are tricky and undulating. This is a limited field event and there is no halfway cut.
Our main selection for this event is the man widely known as ‘’Benny.’’ Byeong Hun An returns to his country of birth with an excellent chance to gain his first PGA tour win and rates a good bet at Bet UK’s 30/1*. Whilst Benny is still looking for his first PGA victory he did win the flagship European Tour event (The BMW PGA Championship) in 2015, he also has a victory in his homeland on his C.V. as he won a Korean Tour event in that year too. Byeong Hun An comes into this event in rock solid form having made his last eleven cuts and finished a respectable 13th in Malaysia last week. In last year’s CJ Cup the Korean finished 11th and led the field in birdies made, if he can cut out the occasional costly error then we should see Benny go very close this week.
The Big Names at the CJ Cup
Heading the market at 21/4* with Bet UK is defending champion Justin Thomas. Bet UK have the right man as favourite, Thomas is now an established superstar of the game and bar some minor injury worries a couple of weeks ago it’s tough to pick flaws in his credentials this week. There is however quite a lot of quality at the top end of this field and there’s probably not quite enough juice in the 21/4* to warrant an investment. Next in the betting is fellow American Brooks Koepka, and he did well to finish 7th when last seen in the cold weather of Scotland’s Dunhill Links. Unlike many in the field Koepka has yet to get a sighting of Nine Bridges and he makes limited appeal at the prices. For our second bet we’ll side with Jason Day who coincidentally tied 11th with headline selection Byeong Hun An last year. The forecast breeze will play into Day’s hands as, like most Aussies, Day is more than adept in the wind. He comes into the event well rested after close to a month off and whilst his consistency has not been turned into wins there remain few weaknesses in Day’s golf game and it’s hard to envisage him having a bad week at Nine Bridges. The other two players Bet UK rate at less than 14/1* are Hideki Matsuyama and Marc Leishman. Matsuyama withdrew from last weeks Malaysian event with an injury so can’t be backed with any confidence. Leishman on the other hand arrives in a completely different mindset after romping to victory last week. Combine that with a second place finish here last year (losing to Thomas in a play off) and Leishman seems likely to play well again. Like fellow Australian Jason Day any wind will be of no concern to Leishman, but whilst he is greatly respected he just missed out on being included in the staking plan.
English duo Paul Casey and Tyrell Hatton will both have their supporters this week, both arrive in decent form, with Hatton narrowly missing out on a magnificent Dunhill Links treble two weeks ago. PGA rookie Sungjae Im is an interesting contender having grown up on Jeju Island and Nine Bridges is his home course. That course knowledge is sure to be of huge assistance, but Bet UK are fully aware of this and have taken that into consideration by pricing him at 40/1*. He’d be more than double that price if the event was elsewhere, so we can leave him alone and just watch him with interest. Gary Woodland continues to post very good finishes on an almost weekly basis and the power packed ball striker can be expected to go well once again.
Those who watched Louis Oosthuizen at the CIMB Classic week will be keen to keep him on side at Nine Bridges and he is our next selection. The South African has a picture perfect golf swing and his long game was working like clockwork last week where he ended up tied 5th, and if he can putt just a little better this week then the South African should be in contention once again. Bet UK have him at 29/1* and there’s a few players shorter in the betting who arguably shouldn’t be. The only negative is that this will be Oosthuizen’s first look at Nine Bridges, but hopefully it’s an obstacle he’ll be able to overcome.
Our final selection is Kyle Stanley at Bet UK’s 48/1*. Like Oosthuizen, Stanley appeared to have the ball on a string from tee to green for most of last week and the 30 year old American can be expected to go close to gaining his third PGA win this week. Stanley ended up 13th in Malaysia despite an average performance on the greens and that solid finish combined with a more than adequate 19th in this event last year means Stanley completes the CJ Cup staking plan.
Outsiders to Note
Kevin Tway was victorious just two weeks ago and despite a respectable finish last week is still as big as 70/1* with Bet UK for the Nine Bridges event and warrants consideration at that price. Whilst the big hitting Jamie Lovemark remains filed in the ‘winner in waiting’ cabinet and went well here last year when finishing 5th, any three figure prices for Lovemark should not be readily dismissed.
Bet UK’s CJ Cup Tips
*All odds from Bet UK’s online sportsbook correct at the time of writing
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