Updated CJ Cup Odds: Jon Rahm the Favorite After Dustin Johnson’s Withdrawal
Jamie Squire/Getty Images. Pictured: Jon Rahm
We are still technically in the swing season, but the field for the 2020 CJ Cup reads more like a major championship. Sixteen of the top-20 golfers in the world are on the board this week and that should make for some drama, both on the course and at the betting window.
Before we jump into the odds, let’s discuss some logistics. The first three editions of the CJ Cup were played at Nine Bridges on Jeju Island in Korea as part of the PGA TOUR’s Asian Swing, but the pandemic has forced the tournament to find a temporary home at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas.
Editor’s Note: Dustin Johnson has withdrawn from the 2020 CJ Cup after testing positive for COVID-19. This story has been updated to reflect those changes.
Jon Rahm, who opened as the second-choice at +1000, is now the tournament favorite with Dustin Johnson out of the field. Rahm hasn’t played since the U.S. Open where he finished T23.
Expectedly, Justin Thomas (+1000), Xander Schauffele (+1100), and Rory McIlroy (+1200) have all seen their odds come down a tick with Johnson now out of the tournament.
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Patrick Cantlay (+1800) was tied for the 54-hole lead at last week’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, but a calamitous start on Sunday sunk his chances. He’s the last golfer under +2000 at Shadow Creek.
Speaking of the Shriners, Matthew Wolff came agonizingly close to his second career win on Sunday, but ultimately fell just short in a playoff to Scotland’s Martin Laird. Bookmakers expect Wolff to contend once again this week, opening him at +2200.
The CJ Cup also marks the return to action for Brooks Koepka. The four-time Major Champion has not played since missing the cut at the Wyndham Championship in August and he struggled to find his game all summer, but oddsmakers are still handling Koepka with care and have installed him at +2500 this week.
That said, it’s hard to envision Koepka’s odds getting any shorter than this, so if you want to bet him you could probably wait out the market to see if his number drifts.
Tyrrell Hatton also checks in at +2500 and is coming off a win at the 2020 BMW PGA Championship on the European Tour on Sunday.
Collin Morikawa (+2600) is right behind Koepka and Hatton, though it would not be surprising to see him take money and close at +2000 or shorter. Morikawa is followed by Hideki Matsuyama (+2800), Tony Finau (+3000), Daniel Berger (+3300) and Tommy Fleetwood (+3500).
Another young star, Viktor Hovland, kicks off the next range at +4000 before things get really crowded. There are a half-dozen players sitting at +4500:
- Abraham Ancer
- Harris English
- Matthew Fitzpatrick
- Louis Oosthuizen
- Scottie Scheffler
- Sungjae Im
And how about Brendon Todd? The 35-year-old Pittsburgh native was a mainstay in the triple-digits for the past two years but is now sitting at +5000 for the CJ Cup, well ahead of players like Jason Day (+6000), Gary Woodland (+7000), Rickie Fowler (+7000) and Jordan Spieth (+11000).
Check out the full betting odds for the 2020 CJ Cup below:
2020 CJ Cup Odds
|Si Woo Kim||+9000|
|Byeong Hun An||+13500|