It was yet another strong week in PGA Tour betting for Total Sports Picks followers last week. Our best bet of the weekend, Patrick Cantlay cruised home to a Top 20 finish at odds of +110 while three of the top four in our power rankings all finished in the top 20.
We’ll look to continue the run of hot form this week, as we head to the world famous Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas for the CJ Cup. See our full preview and betting picks for the CJ Cup below.
CJ Cup Betting Picks
This week was supposed to mark the start of the Asian swing, which usually sees the CJ Cup and the ZOZO Championship leading into the WGC event in China. However, due to COVID-19 restricting international travel, this week’s event will be held in Las Vegas instead. The event is still sponsored by Korean conglomerate the ‘CJ Group’, which means that the $9,750,000 purse is still up for grabs, and has attracted a very talented field to the City of Sin.
The field is without doubt the strongest since the U.S. Open, and features some of the best players in the world making their first start since the major at Winged Foot. Right at the top of that list is the No.1 player in the world, Dustin Johnson. Johnson has been in a rich vein of form since golf returned from the COVID-19 hiatus, and has risen all the way to the top spot in the world rankings because of it.
Alongside Johnson as some of the higher profile players who will be linging up this week is Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele, Matthew Wolff, Patrick Cantlay, Collin Morikawa, Brooks Koepka, Tony Finau and Hideki Matsuyama.
There will also be some high profile players who have been plying their trade on the European Tour over the last few weeks at the Scottish Open and BMW Championship who have made the trip over in the likes of Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Justin Rose and Shane Lowry.
Shadow Creek Golf Course is owned by MGM Resorts and it is one of the most inaccessible courses in the world. It is usually open to MGM Resorts VIP’s and at $500 a round, on the rare occasion when it is open to the public, it’s out of the price-range for the vast majority.
The course was designed by Tom Fazio and opened in 1989, it underwent a revamp in 2008 but the course has largely been kept under lock and key, that is until Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson played ‘The Match’ for $10,000,000 back in 2018. Golf fans got a rare glimpse of what Shadow Creek has to offer during that special event but they’ll get a deeper look at the course this week as it hosts its first PGA Tour event.
At just over 7,500 yards as a Par 72, the course will play into the hands of the long bombers. It features rolling mounds, creeks, waterfalls, peaks and valleys but at the end of the day, it’s a desert course and the rocky Nevadan mountains are always within sight to remind you of that.
1 – Dustin Johnson (+1000)
It’s always a dicey prospect betting on DJ coming off a break but his form over the past few months is absolutely undeniable. He has not finished lower than 6th place in his last five tournaments, a stretch that includes a win in the Tour Championship and a T6 at the U.S. Open just a few weeks ago. All of that, and the fact that he holds the course record at Shadow Creek (66) when the majority of the field will have likely never played there before has him No.1 in our rankings.
2 – Justin Thomas (+1200)
JT has won two of the three CJ Cup’s throughout the tournaments three year history. While those wins won’t really come into effect with the event being played on a different course this time around, there will certainly be an extra confidence boost that comes with being the defending champion. JT is coming off a few strong performances, including a 3rd place at the Tour Championship and a T8 at the U.S. Open.
3 – Matthew Wolff (+2000)
Wolff has been super unlucky not to have a few wins under his belt since the return of golf from the pandemic break. He finished 2nd to Bryson DeChambeau at the Rocket Mortgage Classic back in July, 4th in the PGA Championship, 2nd to Bryson once again in the U.S. Open before finishing 2nd yet again on the weekend at the Shriners. He hits the ball as far as anyone, which should hold him in good stead at Shadow Creek.
4 – Rory McIlroy (+1100)
It’s a bit of a shame that Rory took a few weeks off after the U.S. Open because the Northern Irishman really looked to be hitting his straps. He has just come off a strong finish at the Tour Champinship and backed it up with a T8 at the U.S. Open. Shadow Creeks looks to set up really well for the long hitter, and you have to be silly to count Rory out of any golf tournament, on any style of course, anywhere in the world.
5 – Patrick Cantlay (+2000)
Cantlay was sublime through three rounds at the Shriners before a final round 73 on Sunday threw him out of contention. The world No.13 was still able to scratch out a T8 and if he can put four rounds together he should go close at Shadow Creek. Loves playing in Las Vegas after finishing 1st, 2nd and 2nd in his three previous Shriners and leading after 54 holes on the weekend.
Give me all of Matthew Wolff this week. The youngster has been absolutely bombing it of late, which will really help on the long Shadow Creek course. More importantly, he has been scoring with the best of them. Wolff was one of just two players to shoot even par or better at the U.S. Open at Winged Foot and shot 68, 66, 61 and 66 at the Shriners on the weekend. Is great value to finish in the top 10, so we’ll have a large portion of our allocated funds on that as well as a sprinkle of win bets on our top five guys.
Ian Poulter (+6500) – There is a cohort of European players making the trip over after a few big weeks at the Scottish Open and BMW Championship, Poulter was arguably the best of them across the two tournaments with two top 10s.
Si-Woo Kim (+10000) – There is a bit of extra meaning in the CJ Cup for Si-Woo Kim, a tournament which would usually be in his home country of South Korea. Is coming off a few solid weeks with T37 at the Sanderson Farms and a T8 at the Shriners.
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