2019 CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges Preview, Betting Odds, and Prediction
by Kent Whitaker Scores & Statson
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.
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!
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.
4 stroke win over Gary Woodland
Playoff 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.