CJ Cup Picks, Predictions & Betting Odds To Back This Week
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The CJ Cup is heading stateside. The tournament normally held in South Korea relocates to Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, and PGA Tour golf betting fans have plenty of big names in the field to consider.
The lavish desert course owned and operated by MGM Resorts has never hosted a PGA Tour stop, but it will look familiar to some viewers. Shadow Creek hosted Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson for “The Match,” a 2018 one-on-one exhibition with a prize purse of $9 million.
Neither Woods nor Mickelson will be in the field this week, but the tourney still drew a great field headlined by betting favorite Jon Rahm. A two-time winner already in 2020, Rahm tops the board at +900 in the latest CJ Cup odds.
Dustin Johnson had been the favorite at +850, but the reigning FedEx Cup champion withdrew Tuesday afternoon after testing positive for coronavirus. Defending CJ Cup champion Justin Thomas is next up at +1100 and Xander Schauffele is third at +1100.
Rory McIlroy (+1200) and Patrick Cantlay (+1400) round out the top five on the betting board.
2020 CJ Cup Best Bets
|Si Woo Kim Top Asian Player||+600|
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|Winner Will Par 72nd Hole||+175|
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|Matthew Wolff Over Xander Schauffele||+118|
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|Kevin Na Top-20 Finish||+300 |
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|Cameron Champ Over Jordan Spieth||-106|
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Si Woo Kim Top Asian Player (+600)
Hideki Matsuyama and Sungjae Im are the main competition here, with Matsuyama +175 and Im at +240. We like Kim’s chances this week because he’s rounding into form coming off of a tie for eighth at the Shriners and a T-38 two weeks ago at the Sanderson Farms. He also has finished inside the top 50 in his past nine non-major starts. We like the value on Kim here and think this is a better play than taking a top-10 finish at +550. Get these odds at BetMGM.
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Winner Will Par 72nd Hole (+175)
We’re getting good odds here because the 18th at Shadow Creek is a par-5. But it’s not an automatic birdie by a long shot, especially considering there’s water all down the right side and in front of the green, which a player would need to carry when going for it in two. If the eventual winner has a one or two-shot lead entering the last hole, we don’t expect them to take that approach. We were also in attendance when Woods and Mickelson needed extra holes and played No. 18 twice at the end of The Match. Both players made par each time. We’ll take the +175 odds here at Unibet.
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Matthew Wolff +118 Over Xander Schauffele
Schauffele has been outstanding lately, no doubt. But these odds seem a little out of whack considering Wolff has posted back-to-back runner-up finishes, including last week at the Shriners. He’s also been pounding the driver, which will serve him well here, and the irons look completely dialed in lately. We’ll take the underdog in this matchup and bank on another week in contention for Wolff. Bet on Wolff at FanDuel.
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Kevin Na To Finish Top-20
We had to dig pretty deep to confirm any players with past experience at this course. Na checks the box. He’s a Las Vegas resident and MGM Resorts ambassador, has played in pro-ams here and confirmed that he played it again last month. While most players are living out of suitcases for another week with back-to-back events in Las Vegas, Na gets to chill at home and has the upper hand on the field in terms of advance scouting. Roll with Na for a top-20 finish with DraftKings.
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Cameron Champ (-106) Over Jordan Spieth
Spieth is another guy who has at least had a look at this course — he played a round here while unveiling his new Under Armour golf shoe in January 2018. A lot has happened since then, not much of it good. Spieth has missed three consecutive cuts, finished outside the top 70 in five straight tournaments and has been absolutely awful with the driver lately. We don’t see any reason to stop fading Spieth at this rate. He’s down to No. 75 in the world rankings and still struggling. Champ hasn’t exactly been a world beater lately, but he was second in Strokes Gained: Off The Tee last season and should have a decent week here with those driving stats. We like Champ at -106 at DraftKings.