Sobel’s 2019 CJ Cup Betting Guide: Target the Favorites at Nine Bridges?

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Justin Thomas is as high as 18-1 to win the 2020 Masters. Butch Dill, USA Today Sports.

Oct 15, 2019, 04:54 PM EDT

Put on an extra pot of coffee – and keep it going for the next three weeks.

The PGA Tour is about to embark on its annual Asia Swing, featuring events in South Korea, Japan and China. While the casual U.S. golf fan can lazily lounge through the broadcast of a Sunday afternoon back-nine, only the heartiest souls will set the alarms and, yes, pound a few cups of coffee to catch the proceedings from half-a-world away.

This three-week swing begins with the CJ Cup, which has already offered some big-name winners and big-time drama in just two years of existence.

The inaugural tournament saw Justin Thomas (+700 pre-tournament) survive a playoff with Marc Leishman, while last year’s event turned into a weekend coronation of Brooks Koepka (+1000 pre-tournament).

While it shouldn’t be shocking anytime elite players claim a title, the surprise here came in the overall discrepancies. Thomas and Leishman each finished at 9-under in tough conditions, while Koepka raced to a 21-under total, with 10 players posting scores of 65 or better in the final round alone.

This week’s weather calls for temperatures hovering around 70 degrees with a negligible light breeze throughout the four tournament rounds.

With that in mind, scores could be closer to what we saw last year than two years ago, so let’s give an extra bump to those who can make birdies in bunches.


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