The PGA Tour Asian Swing kicks off with the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges which is the first of three 78-player field no-cut tournaments. As expected the field has a bunch of big names including Justin Thomas and Brooks Koepka which are the top two favorite players to win the CJ Cup outright. Thomas comes in at +650 according to Intertops Sportsbook Review with Koepka at +800.


Justin Thomas+650
Brooks Koepka+800
Hideki Matsuyama+1600


One thing that Top Rated Online Sportsbooks had to notice is that the top-two players listed above are both past winners of the event. In fact, this is only the third year of the tournament so there’s a great chance for one of these players to repeat!

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First Two Tournaments Have Been Close

The first two CJ Cup at Nine Bridges have been close tournaments. Marc Leishman and Thomas entered into a playoff to wind up the inaugural event. Thomas won going nine-under for the tournament. Koepka and Gary Woodland ran almost neck-to-neck for much of the final day before Koepka stretched out a four-stroke victory.


2019Brooks Koepka−214 stroke win over Gary Woodland 
2018Justin Thomas−9Playoff win over Marc Leishman


Leishman is slightly back on the favorites list, sporting a +2800, along with Billy Horschel. Gary Woodland comes in at +2500 along with Rafael Cabrera Bello, Sungjae Im, Jason Day, and Sergio Garcia. 

Predicting the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges

Rafael Cabrera Bello is wearing out stats such as Greens in Regulation and it seems his putter has picked up steam. His first two CJ Cup at Nine Bridges yielded him a T11 and a T3. Last week he scored a sole second-place finish on the European Tour. He has since craked the top-forty on the Official World Golf Rankings.

Justin Thomas and Marc Leishman both are coming in strong. Thomas finished last the Safeway Open T4 along with Zac Blair and Charles Howell III while Leishman finished in third by himself. Both are in command of their games at this early point of the season. Their short iron play may be the key to success at the CJ Cup.

Brook Koepka comes in as one of the favorites and he’s the defending CJ Cup Champion. There’s no cut this week so Koepka can tweak his game as needed which is something he seems to be able to do in a crunch. Over his last twelve events, he’s finished in the top four six times. Koepka will have to rely on a mixture of clubs as his powerful tee shots may be somewhat regulated due to the nature of Nine-Bridges.

It’s early in the new 2020 season, yes – the PGA’s new schedule already has us in 2020, so it’s a bit hard to nail down players on a roll. Top-Rated Online Sportsbooks are pointing towards Thomas and Koepka to win outright. But, the deciding factor on who wins the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges will come down to who beats a hillside course with tons of elevation changes and well-protected greens.  If so, consider Hideki Matsuyama. He could be the spoiler to Thomas and Koepka.

Odds to win the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges


Justin Thomas+650
Brooks Koepka+800
Hideki Matsuyama+1600
Tommy Fleetwood+2000
Viktor Hovland+2000
Collin Morikawa+2000
Jordan Spieth+2200
Rafael Cabrera Bello+2500
Sungjae Im+2500
Gary Woodland+2500
Jason Day+2500
Sergio Garcia+2500
Billy Horschel+2800
Marc Leishman+2800
Danny Willett+3300
Cameron Smith+3300
Matthew Wolff+4000
Joaquin Niemann+4000
Kevin Na+4000
Andrew Putnam+4000
Tyrrell Hatton+4000
Chez Reavie+4000
Byeong-Hun An+5000
Pat Perez+5000
Ian Poulter+5000
Ryan Moore+5000
Lucas Glover+5000
Rory Sabbatini+5000
Dylan Frittelli+6000
Abraham Ancer+6600
Phil Mickelson+6600
Charles Howell III+6600
Scott Piercy+6600
Corey Conners+6600
Ryan Palmer+6600
Graeme McDowell+8000
Emiliano Grillo+8000
Joel Dahmen+8000
Luke List+8000
Harold Varner III+8000
Si-Woo Kim+10000
Jazz Janewattananond+10000
Brian Stuard+10000
Kevin Tway+10000
Kevin Streelman+10000
Matt Jones+10000
Nate Lashley+12500
Sung Kang+12500
Chesson Hadley+12500
Kiradech Aphibarnrat+12500
C T Pan+12500
Adam Schenk+12500
J.B. Holmes+12500
Adam Long+12500
Charley Hoffman+12500
Vaughn Taylor+12500
Keith Mitchell+12500
Branden Grace+12500
Troy Merritt+15000
Jhonattan Vegas+15000
Danny Lee+20000
Wyndham Clark+20000
Max Homa+25000
Kyoung-Hoon Lee+25000
Soo Min Lee+25000
Sang-Hyun Park+30000
Whee Kim+30000
K J Choi+35000
Kyong-Jin Moon+40000
Hyung-Joon Lee+50000



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