2020 PGA CJ Cup picks

For the second week in a row, the PGA pros are in Las Vegas, this week at the Shadow Creek Golf Course where we will pick the winner in our PGA CJ Cup picks. Martin Laird took the victory last Sunday, winning a 3-way playoff.

My picks for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open had me excited. Matthew Wolff was my top pick, and was one of the 3 involved in the playoff. Wolff was on fire, shooting rounds of 68, 66, 61 and 66, but obviously came up short.

Some of my other picks were Patrick Cantlay (T8) and Webb Simpson (T13). You can check out my full analysis for Shriners Hospitals for Children Open picks.

It’s time to get a win this PGA season, and it starts this week at the CJ Cup. The CJ Cup originated in 2017, with the first 3 events being held in South Korea. Justin Thomas has won two of the 3 (2017 & 2019), with Brooks Koepka winning the other. Of course, those events took place at the Nine Bridges GC on Jeju Island, South Korea.

This will not be an easy event to handicap due to the fact that this is the fist PGA event ever played at Shadow Creek. We got a little glimpse of it once during the 2018 Tiger vs. Phil event.

 

 

The field for the CJ Cup includes 78 golfers, including the Top 60 available golfers from the previous season’s FedEx Cup standings, winners of 2 Korean Tour tournaments and other Asian Tour plauers. Here are the top-five favorites to win the 2020 PGA CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek outright at America’s Bookie.

John Rahm +800

Justin Thomas +900

Rory McIlroy +900

Xander Schauffele +950

Matthew Wolff +1550

 


2020 PGA CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek Info

Where: Las Vegas, Nevada

Course: Shadow Creek Golf Course

Par: 72

Length: 7,560 yards

When: Oct. 15th – 18th, 2020

Purse: $9.75M

Winner’s Share: $1.755M

Defending Champion: Justin Thomas

TV Coverage: Golf Channel


 

Top Picks to Win the 2020 PGA CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek

Matthew Wolff +1550

I am sticking with Matthew Wolff as my top pick this week to win the CJ Cup. If you remember my write up on Wolff last week, his all-around game right now is ripe for a win. He has finished 2nd in his last two events, the aforementioned Shriners and the US Open.

His play last week saw him jump from #18 on the OWGR to #12 on the strength of a 66.836 scoring average. Wolff is now 2nd on the FedExCup rankings.

If he can get his putting stoke dialed in (he is currently 44th in Strokes Gained; Putting – up from 66th last week), his game is too solid not to pick up a win this week.

I predict that Matthew Wolff puts it all together in Vegas this weekend. He is my top pick this weekend and is a 1.5-2 unit play.

Hideki Matsuyama +2300

I love Matsuyama’s value at +2300. Sure, he missed the CUT last week at the Shriners, but prior to that, his game was on point. He finished T17 at the US Open, and had 7 Top 30 finishes in 8 events prior.

He finished T3 at the BMW and T15 at the TOUR Championship. With a guaranteed 4 rounds this weekend, Matsuyama has proven to be a force in these type of events. Hideki always finishes well in the WGC events, as well as events such as the BMW.

I am backing Matsuyama as a 1 unit play this week.

Patrick Cantlay +1750

I had Cantlay as one of my others to win last week, but this week he gets a promotion in my PGA CJ Cup picks. Why am I including Patrick Cantlay in my PGA CJ Cup picks you ask? My answer is 2 fold.

First, Cantlay loves to play in Vegas. If it wasn’t for a closing round of 73 on Sunday at the Shriners, he would have joined some of the biggest names in golf as the only players to finish in the top 2 in the same event four years in a row.

Cantlay is as steady of a golfer as there is out there at the moment. For this reason, I like him as a 1 unit play.

Others I like to win the 2020 PGA CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek

Justin Thomas +900

Xander Schauffele +950

Picks by Joe Berra

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