Team USA’s Dustin Johnson reacts to his putt on the 15th hole during a Ryder Cup singles match at the Whistling Straits Golf Course Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Sheboygan, Wis. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
- The CJ Cup at Summit from Las Vegas, NV tees off Thursday, October 14th
- Dustin Johnson is the slight +1000 favorite over Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele
- We’ve narrowed down the golfers with the best chance of emerging victorious and provided the best value bets below
One week after Sungjae Im picked up his second PGA Tour title, the world’s best head some 15 minutes down the road for the CJ Cup at Summit Club. The field is limited to just 78 golfers, with the top-60 from last season’s FedEx Cup points list and sponsor exemptions rounding out the competition. There is also no cut for the tournament.
There is tons of star power competing, with eight golfers from both the United States and European recent Ryder Cup team’s teeing it up, including betting favorite Dustin Johnson. He has the shortest odds to win over fellow teammates Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele. The top Euro in the eyes of oddsmakers is Rory McIlroy.
2021 CJ Cup at Summit Odds
Odds as of October 11th at DraftKings
The first three editions of this championship were in Jeju Island, South Korea, with last year’s event moving to Shadow Creek in Las Vegas due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tour opted to scrap plans for a return to South Korea, moving it to the Summit Club to complete a two-week Nevada swing.
Collin Morikawa is a Member at This Course
Though the ending of last season’s campaign was hardly what Collin Morikawa wanted, he still had a scintillating season, winning the Open Championship and the WGC-Workday Championship. He then showed his game was back up to par with a sensational 3-0-1 record in his Ryder Cup debut.
Collin Morikawa’s Strokes Gained Stats In Last 36 Rounds
He’s also a member at the Summit Club, and unsurprisingly has shot a 62 on the course. While he did limp to the finish line to end the season, it should come as no surprise that you can never question the youngsters prodigious talent and game, especially on a course he’s comfortable on. He also sports slightly better odds than the top-three players on the board, making him an attractive option against a limited field.
Last Four CJ Cup Winners
*All events were not contested at the Summit Club
2021 CJ Cup at Summit Best Value Picks
- Abraham Ancer (+3500): Abraham Ancer has posted five top-15’s in the last eight times teeing it up. Included in that was his first PGA Tour title at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. Very few weaknesses in his game, as he ranked 30th or better in five key ‘strokes gained’ categories last season. In his last 24 rounds, he’s ninth in SG: approach, 10th in putting and 11th in total strokes gained.
- Marc Leishman (+5000): Six-time PGA Tour winner Marc Leishman has been dynamite in his first two events of the 2021-22 wraparound season. He’s finished tied for third and T-4th those two weeks. In both instances, he ranked second in strokes gained: putting. He nearly won this event in the past, losing a playoff in 2017, albeit at a different track.
- Si Woo Kim (+6500): In his last six events, Si Woo Kim has posted four top-30 finishes, with three of those being inside the top-eleven. One of those was a runner-up result in a playoff at the Wyndham Championship. In his last twelve rounds, Kim is first in strokes gained tee-to-green, third in total strokes gained and seventh in ball striking.
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