2022 CJ CUP Odds & Sleeper Picks: 5 Longshots to Bet, Including Sepp Straka and Tommy Fleetwood

2022 CJ CUP Odds & Sleeper Picks: 5 Longshots to Bet, Including Sepp Straka and Tommy Fleetwood article feature image

Via Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images. Pictured: Sepp Straka of Austria plays his shot from the 16th tee during the second round of the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club on August 26, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • THE CJ CUP has a stacked field with 15 of the top 20 players in the world playing this week.
  • With so many strong players, there's value to be found farther down the odds board.
  • Shane McNichol breaks down his top sleeper bets to win outright below.
Click arrow to expand 2022 THE CJ CUP odds via BetMGM
Player NameOdds
Rory McIlroy+700
Jon Rahm+900
Scottie Scheffler+1200
Justin Thomas+1600
Matt Fitzpatrick+2200
Sungjae Im+2200
Viktor Hovland+2200
Sam Burns+2500
Cameron Young+2800
Jordan Spieth+2800
Max Homa+2800
Tom Kim+2800
Collin Morikawa+3000
Shane Lowry+3000
Aaron Wise+4000
Hideki Matsuyama+4000
Keegan Bradley+4000
Tyrrell Hatton+4000
Billy Horschel+5000
Corey Conners+5000
Sahith Theegala+5000
Taylor Montgomery+5000
Tom Hoge+5000
Brian Harman+6600
Emiliano Grillo+6600
Jason Day+6600
Maverick McNealy+6600
Rickie Fowler+6600
Tommy Fleetwood+6600
Cam Davis+6600
Keith Mitchell+6600
Sepp Straka+6600
Adam Hadwin+8000
Alex Noren+8000
Christiaan Bezuidenhout+8000
Mito Pereira+8000
Russell Henley+8000
S.H. Kim+8000
Scott Stallings+8000
Si Woo Kim+8000
Andrew Putnam+10000
Davis Riley+10000
Denny McCarthy+10000
Harris English+10000
J.T. Poston+10000
K.H. Lee+10000
Kurt Kitayama+10000
Seamus Power+10000
Sebastian Munoz+10000
Taylor Moore+10000
Chris Kirk+12500
Gary Woodland+12500
J.J. Spaun+12500
Luke List+12500
Wyndham Clark+12500
Alex Smalley+15000
Brendan Steele+15000
Byeong Hun An+15000
Danny Willett+15000
Kevin Kisner+15000
Matt Kuchar+15000
Ryan Palmer+15000
Trey Mullinax+15000
Webb Simpson+15000
Brendon Todd+20000
Lee Hodges+20000
Justin Suh+25000
Troy Merritt+25000
Chez Reavie+30000
John Huh+30000
Lucas Glover+35000
Yoseop Seo+40000
Bio Kim+50000
Yeongsu Kim+50000
S. Shin+75000
Sanghyun Park+75000
Yongjun Bae+75000
Chanmin Jung+100000

Few areas of the PGA TOUR schedule look sillier on paper than the current stretch. Over a five-week stretch, the TOUR hosts events in Las Vegas, Japan, South Carolina, Bermuda, and Mexico.

Realistically, no player is expected to play each of those events, yet with key early FedEx Cup points available to those focused on keeping their card in the future, plenty of players will be racking up frequent flyer miles throughout the Fall.

This week’s event, THE CJ CUP, has had a chaotic short history, leading in large part to the illogical travel for the TOUR. The event was intended and originated as a second event in Asia, spending its first three years in South Korea. Pandemic complications moved the event stateside, where it will be played for its third straight year.

THE CJ CUP will take to Congaree Golf Club in South Carolina, which last hosted the 2021 Palmetto Championship. Perhaps thanks to its convenient location for many East Coast based pros, the event hosts the best field to date in the Fall series.

That could be troublesome for our chances to pick a longshot outright winner, yet it does leave plenty of capable, talented players with juicier odds than we’ve seen in the lesser fields recently.

This group of sleepers each has a chance to knock off the big names and collect a trophy Sunday:

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Christiaan Bezuidenhout +8000 (FanDuel)

The South African has built a nice little run for himself over the last half a year. Bezuidenhout has made nine straight cuts, including top-40 finishes in all three of his starts since we flipped to the 2023 season.

Much of his success has been due to a hot putter. He ranks fourth in Strokes Gained: Putting over the last six months, per DataGolf. That was apparent in his time helping the International Team at the Presidents Cup, where he was unbeaten in the two matches he played.

He’s yet to win on the PGA TOUR, but if he continues to putt the lights out, he’ll find his way to the winner’s circle sooner rather than later.

Tommy Fleetwood +8000 (DraftKings)

In the months and years since the COVID pause in 2020, Fleetwood has faded from the spotlight on the PGA TOUR a bit. That’s reflected in these odds, yet in 2022 he has played some really strong golf.

In 23 worldwide starts since January 1, Fleetwood has only two missed cuts, compared to 11 finishes in the top 20 and three in the top five (two of which came at major championships).

Though he only managed a T35 at Congaree in 2021, he’s just one of nine players who made the cut that week who is returning for this week’s CJ Cup. A few extra rounds of experience and a nice bit of momentum this year makes Fleetwood undervalued at this number.

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Sepp Straka +9000 (Parx)

You can count the number of golfers currently playing better golf than Sepp Straka on one hand. His last five starts prove that: solo 2nd, T28, T7, solo 2nd, T45.

He has been sniffing around leaderboards since late summer and is due to make good on one of these good weeks with a win. He’s seen his world ranking climb from 69th to the top 30 over that stretch. If he’s going to play at that level, he’s a steal at this price.

Sebastian Muñoz +10000 (DraftKings)

Muñoz can turn his game on quicker than most golfers, seemingly getting red hot out of nowhere every few weeks.

He’s made just one start since flashing as a weapon for the Internationals at the Presidents Cup, posting a T36 last week in Japan.

He also seems to get hot every fall. Last year, he had two top fives during the fall series. In the fall of 2020, he posted three straight top 20s, including the rescheduled Masters. In the fall of 2019, he was T7 or better three times in seven starts, including a win at the Sanderson Farms.

Harris English +12500 (BetMGM)

For a time not so long ago, Harris English was comfortably one of the 20 best golfers alive. Unfortunately for him, not long after that stretch, he was bitten by the injury-bug and hasn’t been the same player.

When he eventually rounds back into form, even if he never reaches the heights of his pre-Ryder Cup peak, he’ll be a factor on the PGA TOUR again.

I’d much rather take a few shots on him while he’s still paying out at odds better than 100-to-1 than see those odds creep lower and lower with each subsequent competitive week.

So far this season, he’s made three starts with a T9 in Napa, missed cut in Mississippi, and a T28 in Vegas. If those two decent weeks are even an inkling that better golf is to come, I’ll take my shot with him here at Congaree, where he was T14 in 2021, just up the road from where English lives in Georgia.

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