CJ Cup: PGA Tour makes debut in South Korea
The PGA Tour heads into the second leg of the Asian swing with a new tournament.
The Club at Nine Bridges will play host to the CJ Cup on Jeju Island in South Korea.
This is the first regular tour event held in the country. It will be a similar format to the CIMB Classic a week ago in Malaysia. The field is made up of 78 players with no cut. The first 60 are based on the FedEx Cup standings from the 2016-17 season. The rest of the field is made up of pros from the host country and sponsor exemptions.
Nine Bridges is a relative unknown to PGA Tour pros. The course plays at a little under 7,200 yards for a par 72. It’s also at a few thousand feet above sea level, so that yardage will play a little shorter.
The field is a little stronger than last week. Justin Thomas opens as the favorite at +700. Jason Day is also making an appearance and comes in at 12-1. Paul Casey (10-1) and Xander Schauffele (18-1) are the other players less than 20-1.
The only one of that quartet I’d consider is Jason Day, since 12-1 in a full event isn’t out of the norm for him. So getting him at that number with half the field size and most of the big names absent presents a little value if that’s how you want to play it.
I’ll be going with my standard card starting at 33-1 with Daniel Berger and play a few of the bigger number guys instead.
Will be adding Holmes as well just waiting to see if the number moves.
— Joshua Perry (@joshuaperry22) October 16, 2017
We’ll be back later in the week to break down all the plays.
Joshua has spent the last five years writing about sports and the last 10 years betting them, mostly on golf. He’s one of approximately five people who will watch the PGA over the NFL in November. Follow him on Twitter @JoshuaPerry22
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