2021 CJ CUP Odds, Picks & Preview: 3 Players With Betting Value on PGA TOUR

2021 CJ CUP Odds, Picks & Preview: 3 Players With Betting Value on PGA TOUR article feature image

Luke Walker/Getty Images. Pictured: Viktor Hovland.

  • For the second straight year, Las Vegas plays host to THE CJ CUP on the PGA TOUR.
  • Originally held in Korea but moved because of the pandemic, some of the world's best golfers will be in action this week.
  • Joshua Perry picks out three that he sees value in, delivering his pre-tournament breakdown below.

The second of the PGA TOUR's two-week stay in Las Vegas gets going this week with the CJ CUP.

The event has found a temporary home here for a couple of seasons since the pandemic has made traveling to South Korea more difficult.

After Shadow Creek played host last year, we'll see a new stop for the TOUR at the Summit Club this time around.

Click here to see the full odds board, courtesy of DraftKings.
Dustin Johnson+1000
Xander Schauffele+1200
Justin Thomas+1200
Rory McIlroy+1600
Jordan Spieth+2000
Collin Morikawa+2000
Sam Burns+2200
Louis Oosthuizen+2200
Tony Finau+2500
Brooks Koepka+2800
Scottie Scheffler+2800
Viktor Hovland+2800
Shane Lowry+2800
Cameron Smith+2800
Sung-Jae Im+3000
Abraham Ancer+3500
Harris English+3500
Hideki Matsuyama+4000
Paul Casey+4500
Webb Simpson+4500
Jason Kokrak+5000
Marc Leishman+5000
Adam Scott+5000
Tyrrell Hatton+5000
Tommy Fleetwood+5000
Joaquin Niemann+5500
Kevin Na+5500
Alexander Noren+6000
Justin Rose+6000
Aaron Wise+6000
Sergio Garcia+6000
Charley Hoffman+6000
Russell Henley+6000
Cameron Tringale+6000
Max Homa+6000
Harold Varner III+6500
Patrick Reed+6500
Talor Gooch+6500
Si Woo Kim+6500
Maverick McNealy+8000
Jhonattan Vegas+8000
Ian Poulter+8000
Keegan Bradley+8000
Branden Grace+10000
Brian Harman+10000
Kevin Streelman+13000
Erik Van Rooyen+13000
Jason Day+13000
Gary Woodland+13000
Mackenzie Hughes+13000
Cameron Davis+13000
Carlos Ortiz+13000
Kyoung Hoon Lee+15000
Emiliano Grillo+15000
Chris Kirk+15000
Rickie Fowler+15000
Charl Schwartzel+15000
Rasmus Hojgaard+18000
Stewart Cink+18000
Patton Kizzire+18000
Sebastian Munoz+18000
Kevin Kisner+18000
Matt Jones+20000
Harry Higgs+25000
Lucas Glover+25000
Tom Hoge+25000
Keith Mitchell+25000
Sunghoon Kang+25000
Byeong Hun An+30000
Hudson Swafford+30000
Robert Streb+30000
Lee Jaekyeong+40000
Joohyung Kim+40000
Han Byeol Kim+40000
Sanghun Shin+50000
Seong Hyeon Kim+50000
Yoseop Seo+50000
Minkyu Kim+50000
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The Course

The Summit Club measures 7,431 yards for a par-72. There's water in play on seven holes, but there doesn't appear to be too much overall here that's going to keep these players from going low.

If the wind is down, we'll probably see a score in the 20-under par range be necessary again this week to claim the title.

The course was designed by Tom Fazio, who's also had a hand in courses like Shadow Creek, Firestone and Quail Hollow.

The Favorites

Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Justin Thomas all open around the +1200 range to top the board. It's the first start for each since the victorious week at the Ryder Cup three weeks ago. They've had a couple weeks to recover from their celebrations and should be ready to go this week.

Of the three, I'd probably keep my eye on Thomas, who has wins at Firestone and Quail Hollow.

Collin Morikawa and Rory McIlroy are next in line at around +1600 and like the aforementioned trio, are making their first appearance since the Ryder Cup. McIlroy is another guy who has had success on Fazio courses, winning at Quail Hollow this year.

We find guys like Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen in the +2000s range. I'm tempted to open up my card here for once, but instead, I'll go with Viktor Hovland at +2800 on BetMGM.

Hovland finished first last week in Strokes Gained: Ball Striking, gaining over 10 shots on the field but managed to lose nearly nine strokes around the green. He's had short game problems in the past, but even for him, that number is insanely high.

He's still looking for a win on Tour with the big guns present, so I'll take a chance on him here in a smaller field knowing that the driver and irons are dialed in where they need to be to contend this week.

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The Mid-Tier

I'll open this range with Tyrrell Hatton at +4200 on FanDuel. He's coming off a second-place finish a couple weeks back at the Alfred Dunhill Links in Scotland. That's been a good spot for him in his career, and I think he might be able to carry that good result forward for the rest of the year.

For whatever reason, this tends to be the part of the season when Hatton rounds into form in Europe. Five of his six career wins have been in October or November, so I'll take a chance he can continue that trend stateside.

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The Longshots

I'll take one shot in the dark here with Chris Kirk at 150/1 on DraftKings. Kirk doesn't have a high-end finish lately, but he's been playing solidly, gaining ground on approach pretty much every week.

The rest of the game has been spotty, but Kirk has had events during which he's been able gain ground elsewhere in recent months so it's another one of those spots where if he can line up the rest of the game with some solid approach numbers, he could sneak out a top-10 finish.

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The CJ CUP Card

  • Viktor Hovland +2800 (1.18 units)
  • Tyrrell Hatton +4200 (.79 units)
  • Chris Kirk +15000 (.22 units)

Total Stake: 2.19 units

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