2021 CJ Cup Odds, Picks and Betting Preview

Once again, the CJ Cup has a different look due to COVID-19. The CJ Cup was one of the signature events on the PGA schedule known as the “PGA Asian Swing” but now is once again being shifted to Las Vegas. The event has quickly become one that is looked forward to by many players including some big names starting with three players riding the top of the odds list at +1200.

Heading into Thursday's play Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, and Xander Schauffele all top the list at +1200. There are plenty of other players trailing close behind, including Rory McIlroy at +1600, before things begin to spread out a bit. Thirteen big-time players are ranging between +2000 and +3500.

One of the things that make the CJ Cup exciting is that it is a limited-field no-cut event! And, it is packed with 78 of the best players from the PGA, Korean Tour, Asian Tour, along with winners of the GENESIS Championship and KPGA Championship, along with exemption players. There are also plenty of Ryder Cup players teeing off at the CJ Cup.

One big note if you are looking at course trends – you can toss past CJ Cup stats into the trash bin. The venue has changed once again! The first three CJ Cups were held at Nine Bridges in South Korea where Justin Thomas won two of three. Then, due to COVID travel restrictions, the tournament was held at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas. This year the event, while still in Vegas, heads over to the Summit Club.

Here are the favorites through +1600 to win the 2021 Las Vegas version of the CJ Cup at The Summit outright according to Intertops.

Dustin Johnson +1200

Justin Thomas +1200

Xander Schauffele +1200

Collin Morikawa +1600

Rory McIlroy +1600

2021 CJ Cup Preview

Where: Las Vegas, Nevada

Course: The Summit Club

Format: Stroke Play

Par: 72

Length: 7,431

When: Oct 15-17, 2021

Purse: $9.7 Million.

TV Coverage: Golf Channel

The Summit does not look like a typical dessert course – much more lush and packed with green than one might expect! The course was designed by Tom Fazio and it has all of the trappings that make his courses exciting.

There are plenty of well-placed bunkers protecting tricky greens with deceptive fronts. The fairways range from tight with quick roll-off areas to slightly open with targeted landing zones. Fazio seems to like players on his course to make use of as many clubs in the bag as possible.

That being said, there are plenty of scorable holes on the course – especially for PGA Tour players. Just ask Collin Morikawa (+1600) as he’s a member of the Summit and scored a 62 on the course.

One fun note about the layout, it sits near famed Red Rock Canyon, but the lure of the Vegas strip can be viewed in the distance from the No. 6 tee box. This joke is floating around… if things are going bad – a player may consider sliding on down to the strip to roll a few dice!

2021 CJ Cup Predictions

Xander Schauffele +1200

Xander Schauffele is coming off a great season that included winning the Gold at the Olympics. He followed with a T5 at East Lake and a 3-1-0 record at the Ryder Cup. This type of no-cut format lends itself to Schauffele who tends to zero in during these types of events.

Collin Morikawa +1600

I’m leaning towards Collin Morikawa at +1600 for the reason I mentioned above. He knows this course from being a member and he has carded a 65 here in the past. There is nothing wrong with taking the home course favorite. He’s had a few weeks off from being part of the winning Ryder Cup team for the USA and should be well rested from a busy summer.

Viktor Hovland +2800

Viktor Hovland has been on a run since the COVID-19 break last season. Since then, the former Oklahoma State player from Norway has only missed one cut. That’s an amazing stat. Plus, he’s won twice in his brief PGA career including the 2020 Purto Rican Open and the 2021 Mayakoba Golf Classic.

Others: Sungjae Im (+2500) won at TPC Summerlin and can zone in on courses similar to Summit. Jason Kokrak (+4500) is the defending CJ Cup winner, even though it was on a different course, his performance last year is worth taking a look.

2021 CJ Cup Betting Lines

Dustin Johnson +1200

Justin Thomas +1200

Xander Schauffele +1200

Collin Morikawa +1600

Rory McIlroy +1600

Jordan Spieth +2000

Tony Finau +2500

Sungjae Im +2500

Sam Burns +2500

Viktor Hovland +2800

Brooks Koepka +2800

Cameron Smith +2800

Louis Oosthuizen +3000

Scottie Scheffler +3000

Hideki Matsuyama +3300

Abraham Ancer +3300

Webb Simpson +3500

Harris English +3500

Tyrrell Hatton +4000

Tommy Fleetwood +4000

Shane Lowry +4000

Marc Leishman +4500

Paul Casey +4500

Jason Kokrak +4500

Justin Rose +5000

Sergio Garcia +5000

Patrick Reed +5000

Max Homa +5000

Si-Woo Kim +5000

Kevin Na +5500

Joaquin Niemann +5500

Adam Scott +5500

Aaron Wise +6000

Cameron Tringale +6000

Alex Noren +6600

Russell Henley +6600

Talor Gooch +6600

Harold Varner III +7000

Maverick McNealy +7000

Jason Day +8000

Charley Hoffman +9000

Erik Van Rooyen +10000

Brian Harman +10000

Branden Grace +10000

Kevin Streelman +11000

Gary Woodland +11000

Keegan Bradley +12500

Ian Poulter +12500

Rickie Fowler +12500

Cameron Davis +12500

Kyoung-Hoon Lee +12500

Emiliano Grillo +12500

Carlos Ortiz +12500

Patton Kizzire +14000

Jhonattan Vegas +14000

Kevin Kisner +15000

Mackenzie Hughes +15000

Stewart Cink +15000

Charl Schwartzel+15000

Chris Kirk +15000

Matt Jones +15000

Sebastian Munoz +15000

Rasmus Hojgaard +15000

Tom Hoge +20000

Harry Higgs +20000

Lucas Glover +20000

Sung Kang +25000

Keith Mitchell +25000

Joohyung Kim +25000

Byeong-Hun An +25000

Hudson Swafford +25000

Robert Streb +30000

Han Byeol Kim +35000

Seonghyeon Kim +40000

Yoseop Seo +50000

Minkyu Kim +50000

Sanghun Shin +50000

Jaekyeong Lee +50000

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