The CJ Cup Predictions, Odds & Picks
- The world’s top four players head to Las Vegas
- The tournament relocated from the usual venue in Korea
- Brooks Koepka returns to action
The CJ Cup Odds
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The CJ Cup Picks and Predictions
Vegas specialist Patrick Cantlay is the outright pick at +2500 with bet365.
Alex Noren’s strong form hints that he can grab another top 20 at +225 with DraftKings Sportsbook.
Take Brendon Todd to win his DraftKings match-bet with Abraham Ancer at +110 DraftKings Sportsbook.
Patrick Cantlay outright +2500 at bet365
Alex Noren to finish in the top 20 +225 at DraftKings Sportsbook
Brendon Todd to beat Abraham Ancer in a match-bet +110 at DraftKings Sportsbook
How to Watch The CJ Cup
|CJ Cup Information|
|What||The CJ Cup|
|Where||Shadow Creek GC, Las Vegas|
|When||Thursday October 15 – Sunday October 18|
|How to watch||Thursday 12.30pm, 5pm & 9pm ET (Golf Channel), Friday 5pm & 9pm ET (Golf Channel), Saturday & Sunday 5pm & 9pm ET (Golf Channel). All four days on Sky Sports.|
The CJ Cup Profile
After three editions held at Nine Bridges GC on Jeju Island in South Korea, The CJ Cup has been forced to make the switch to Shadow Creek GC in Las Vegas this year. The elite field format remains (indeed, each of the world’s top four players will tee it up) and we can expect another high-class winner to follow Justin Thomas’ brace of wins which bookended a triumph for Brooks Koepka.
The latter also returns to tour action after the injury problems which forced him to miss nearly two months and which has also contributed to a win drought that extends back to July last year. World numbers one and two, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm, head the betting, closely followed by the two men ranked third and fourth, Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy.
Johnson is the most satisfied of that quartet currently, after his victory in the FedExCup Playoffs.
Rahm and Thomas have both claimed wins in the calendar year but remain hungry, whilst McIlroy is the most in need of a title and even a bit of form. He started 2020 with four top-five finishes, but since the return to action post-lockdown, he hasn’t managed one in ten attempts.
Cantlay Stays in Vegas
Unsurprisingly in such a high-quality field, the top of the market is very crowded with six players priced +2000 or lower and another four +2500 or lower. Among the latter four are the returning Koepka, the rising star Collin Morikawa and also Englishman Tyrrell Hatton who arrives in Nevada state as the newly crowned BMW PGA Championship winner after his triumph last week at Wentworth.
It is, however, the fourth player who earns the outright pick this week – 28-year-old Californian Patrick Cantlay. He is completing a fortnight in Vegas after spending most of last week contending at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin, a second highly-promising effort from him in his last three starts and a real hint that his best golf is not too far away.
That first sign came in the BMW Championship at the end of August when he tied the halfway lead on his way to T12th, he then made the cut at Winged Foot in the US Open, before last week’s genuine bounce back to form.
He continued to make progress with his Strokes Gained Approach numbers, completing his best effort in that category since this time last year and his putting stats were also among his top three for 2020.
He’s played in Vegas four times and never been out of the top ten, plus he’s a gun performer at Muirfield Village and believe it or not that layout isn’t entirely unlike Shadow Creek.
Both are par-72s with bent grass greens, big yardages (7,527 this week, roughly one hundred less at Muirfield Village) and the visuals aren’t too dissimilar either.
Noren Can Hit the Heights
Las Vegas is not exceptionally high but, at around 600 meters above sea level, altitude will be a factor of sorts this week. The very thought of that aspect of the game proving influential brings Sweden’s Alex Noren into the conversation because he’s a three-time winner in Switzerland, twice at the very high Crans-sur-Sierre in the European Masters.
He also has a win on the high veldt in South Africa at the Nedbank Challenge and even on the PGA Tour he has emphasized his ability to adjust to the demands of extra length, finishing ninth in this year’s Barracuda Championship in the Sierra Nevada mountains and twice in the top 20 in Mexico.
Without any sort of form, this head for heights would be rather moot, but Noren has enjoyed the last few weeks on tour. He’s reaped four top 20 finishes in his last six starts and was only one shot away from making it five from six when T22nd at the PGA Championship.
Moreover, like Cantlay, he recorded excellent Strokes Gained numbers last time out – his best Approach stats of the year and his second-best for putting.
He’s a tempting +225 at DraftKings Sportsbook to land another top 20.
Take Todd to Find the Ancer
Ace putter Brendon Todd was undoubtedly one of the most unlikely stars of the 2019-20 season and last time out in the US Open he hinted that he’s not finished yet.
The 35-year-old claimed two wins this time last year to kickstart his 2019-20 campaign and he then spent this summer threatening to land a huge title.
He had 54-hole solo leads in the Travelers Championship and the WGC St Jude Invitational, plus a share of the first-round lead in the PGA Championship.
He also banged in-contention during his last three starts in the BMW Championship, Tour Championship, and US Open.
Mexican Ancer has been far from poor himself during this period, but since the return from lockdown, Todd leads their head-to-hand count 5-3 even though he lost the first two.
He can maintain his recent dominance and is value as the +110 outsider with DraftKings Sportsbook.
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Matt Cooper has been a sports journalist since 2009 with his work appearing at ESPN, Sky Sports, NBC, Sporting Life and the Planet Sport Network among many others, in addition to guest appearances on the BBC and CNN. Although a specialist in golf, who has traveled the world to cover the sport, Matt has also covered rugby, cricket, football and the Olympics.