CJ Cup Betting Tips
The CJ Cup Course
The Summit Club, Nevada, USA. Par 72, 7,403 Yards (3x Par 5s)
The CJ Cup has traditionally been held at the Nine Bridges course in South Korea before moving to Shadow Creek last year, and now down the road to Summit. It will likely return to Asia next year following Covid imposed restrictions.
This pristine Tom Fazio design is new onto the PGA Tour scene and with that we are a little unsure what to expect. What we do know is that this typical desert track is well-manicured, with Bermudagrass fairways and Bentgrass greens. Water lurks on seven holes, while natural desert hazards also wait to punish players who make mistakes. One footnote i will, however make is that although the appearance is desert like, and bunkering substantial, the hazards have not, it appears, been placed at lengths suitable to punish the bigger hitters, who might well be at an advantage; particularly given the length, albeit at altitude. I'm looking for bombers who can putt well on these immaculately manicured putting surfaces.
Open Champion Colin Morikawa is a member here, at a course where fees exceed $200,000 per year.
Last Two Winners
The Market Leaders
Dustin Johnson (10/1) returns from a six week tournament layoff to compete in Las Vegas for the first time at the CJ Cup (which has traditionally been held in Asia). Johnson had an excellent Ryder Cup, and has been in imperious form aside with top 10s in three of his last four starts, although he remains without a win since June - a long time in the World of DJ. This desert course should suit him perfectly with the forecast benign conditions allowing for attacking golf. The deciding factor will be how well Johnson's putter performs as he without a doubt has the long game to defeat the Summit course. If he returns in Ryder Cup form, that next win might not be far away.
Justin Thomas (12/1) has won this event twice at Nine Bridges on Jeju Island, and he will be keen to recapture that magic here in Vegas. With two fourth places in his last three starts, we can forget a largely lacklustre Ryder Cup showing from JT. That, however, isn't enough to persuade me of his credentials this week and he looks far too short to pick up a third CJ Cup.
Xander Schauffele (12/1) came second last year at Shadow Creek, and the Fedex Cup champion will be looking to return to the winners circle here. It is hard to distinguish Schauffele's game from his rivals here with his strengths being tougher courses with higher winning scores despite the strong return last year. Similarly to Thomas, i would want a much bigger price on Xander, and i will look past him this week.
Colin Morikawa (16/1) and Rory Mcilroy (16/1) both finished in the top 20 of this event last year and will enjoy the challenge.
Rob’s Golf Betting Tips
Headline Betting Tip
Harris English : 35/1
American Harris English has enjoyed a fantastic 2021. A year that saw him win again, finish in the top 10 of the Fedex Cup, and compete on the winning US Ryder Cup team could only have been a dream 12 months ago. The success has been deserved. His golf has been fantastic, and there are few players better suited to desert golf than Harris. His iron play has been sensational, and he is in the top ten for approaches between 150-175 yards which are right in the wheelhouse of what is needed at Summit. Last year English signalled his intent to return to the big time with a top 10 at Shadow Creek, and if the putter works I expect big things here. I have backed him with 3 Points e/w at 35/1
Other Betting Tips
Aussie Leishman is a similar player to English with his strengths lying in his mid to long iron play, and the 2017 CJ Cup runner up has been once more in excellent form with a runner up finish last week to go with his 4th place at the Fortinet Championship a week earlier. Leishman is another who loves golf in this part of the World with multiple wins in California, and I don't expect him to be far away. He looks a good bet with 2 Points e/w at 50/1.
Tom Hoge has continued to hover around the peripheries of contention over the past few weeks, and looked once again in good touch last week as he posted 14th at The Shriners just down the road. He played his first CJ Cup last year, finishing a respectable 38th, and he continues to be priced up amongst the also rans by the majority of bookmakers. Bet UK are offering top price, and i suggest that he is worth a small interest with 1 Point e/w at 250/1
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*All odds from Bet UK’s online betting markets correct at the time of writing.
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