Things are a bit different for the CJ Cup this year. The event, now in its fourth year, moves from the “PGA Asian Swing” due to COVID-19 to Las Vegas. Now joking called the “Vegas Swing” since this will be the second PGA Tour event in the city in two weeks.
The 2020 CJ Cup does have one thing similar to last year – some big-name players are in the field including eight of the top-ten players ranked in the Official World Golf Rankings. Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm come in at +1000 with a few tightly bunched players trailing slightly behind on the betting odds list.
One of those players is Justin Thomas who comes in at +1100. Thomas won the CJ Cup two of the three times the event has taken place. But those wins came at Nine Bridges GC in South Korea. The other winner of the CJ Cup is Brooks Koepka who comes in at +2500.
One note, the CJ Cup is a no-cut limited-field event. Value picks are everywhere! Here are the favorites to win the Las Vegas version of the 2020 CJ Cup outright according to Intertops.
Shadow Creek Golf Course is a green mecca located in Las Vegas, Nevada, and is owned by MGM Resorts International. The Tom Fazio designed course features gently rolling terrain, plenty of Bermuda grass, tree-lined fairways, well-placed bunkers, and even water features… in the desert.
The only “pro” event the course has hosted was the Tiger vs Mickelson event a couple years ago. This will be the first PGA Tour event held at the facility. The course is Bermuda with Bentgrass greens. 74 sand bunkers dot the course and water (eight water features in all) comes into play on half of the holes.
2020 CJ Cup PGA Picks
Dustin Johnson +1000
Dustin Johnson leads the PGA in these stats; Overall strokes gained, Birdies or Better gained, Strokes gained on Par-fives, Strokes gained on course over 7400 yards. That’s some heavy stats to have in your pocket. Johnson comes in as the No. 1 ranked player in the world and should exit the CJ Cup still holding that title.
Rory McIlroy +1100
Rory McIlroy has taken some time off since the U.S. Open – probably spent changing diapers as he became a father in September. But he does have a record to lean on. Rory seems to fare well in no-cut tournaments which the CJ Cup is. He’s also No. 4 on the OWGR with the ability to trim strokes on par-fives.
Patrick Cantlay +1200
Patrick Cantlay finished T8 last week at the Shriners and seems to have improved his fairway accuracy over the last few events. That will be key at Shadow Creek. While not the longest hitter on the PGA Tour, his second shot accuracy should help him reach several of the par-fives opening up chances for trimming strokes.
Tommy Fleetwood – Viktor Hovland: I’m looking at Tommy Fleetwood (+2800) as my value pick this week. Fleetwood needs one of his tight and concise games this week to be in the running on Sunday. Viktor Hovland (+3000) has shown that he can play at this level and carries an air of confidence not normally seen in a younger player. Coming to a new course shouldn’t make him blink.
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