The PGA Tour is still in the early stages of its 2021-2022 season, but this week’s CJ Cup boasts one of the most stacked fields that you’ll see during the fall/winter swing.
By the way, who doesn’t love fall golf? Everyone thinks of football or the World Series when they think of sports in the fall, but golf has my vote for the best one to play in the autumn months.
The CJ Cup will take place at the Summit Club in Las Vegas, and some of the biggest names in golf will be competing including Rory McIlroy, Collin Morikawa, Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth, and Justin Thomas.
Here’s a look at the top 20 odds at WynnBET to win the event
CJ Cup Odds
- Justin Thomas +1000
- Dustin Johnson +1200
- Xander Schauffele +1200
- Collin Morikawa +1600
- Rory McIlroy +1800
- Jordan Spieth +1800
- Viktor Hovland +2500
- Sungjae Im +2500
- Sam Burns +2500
- Tony Finau +2500
- Brooks Koepka +2800
- Scottie Scheffler +3000
- Louis Oosthuizen +3000
- Cameron Smith +3000
- Hideki Matsuyama +3300
- Webb Simpson +3300
- Abraham Ancer +3500
- Harris English +3500
- Tyrrell Hatton +3500
- Shane Lowry +4000
How to Handicap Summit Club
As all golf bettors know, the sport is unique in how you handicap it. It’s not golfer versus golfer, but golfer versus course, which means we need to take a look at where they’re playing and what type of player can succeed at this type of track.
When the PGA Tour hosts an event at a course that’s never held an event before, it makes that part of our handicapping that much more difficult. That’s exactly the situation we find ourselves in this week, as COVID-19 restrictions in Korea has forced the PGA Tour to host the CJ Cup in the United States for a second straight year.
What we do know, is that the course is designed by Tom Fazio. Fazio designed courses always demand great play from tee-to-green, so that’s what we’re going to focus on with our key stats this week.
Key Stats for the CJ Cup
- Strokes gained: Tee-to-Green
- Ball Striking
- Strokes gained: Approach the Green
- Birdie Average
- Strokes gained: Putting
CJ Cup Predictions and Picks
Dustin Johnson +1200
It’s extremely tough to measure things like “recent form” when its the start of a brand new season and most of the top golfers have yet to play in an event. One thing we might be able to look at is the Ryder Cup.
No player was golfer was better at the Ryder Cup than DJ, going 5-0 throughout the event and helping lead Team USA to its first win since 2016. Whatever idiot told you to fade him in the event looks pretty stupid now, doesn’t he?
When DJ is on, nobody is better. If the Ryder Cup is any indication, he could be hitting his stride right now.
Collin Morikawa +1600
When you’re talking about a golf course that isn’t going to particularly challenge anyone’s short game, but will reward great play from tee-to-green, it’s a pretty safe bet to go with the best iron player on Tour.
This will be Morikawa’s first event in the brand new season, but the 24-year old immediately established himself as a magician with an iron in his hands last season. He ranked first in strokes gained: approach the green, averaging 1.170 per round. I’ll bank on him continuing that success this season, starting at the CJ Cup.
Sam Burns +2500
It’s tough to give out a longshot in an event that has this stacked of a field, so I’m keeping my picks to guys who appear in the top 10 of the odds list.
While other golfers hae been enjoying their offseason, Sam Burns has been competing. He won the Sanderson Farms Championship two weeks ago and then followed it up with a T14 finish at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open last week.
He’s in great form and he’s leading the PGA Tour in strokes gained: tee-to-green so far this young season. At 25/1, I love betting on him to continue his stellar play this week.
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