2022 CJ CUP Odds & Expert Picks: Sungjae Im, Maverick McNealy & Mito Pereira Highlight Top Plays

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Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images. Pictured: Sungjae Im.

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

The PGA TOUR's trek to Japan ended with a Keegan Bradley win at the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP. He seemed like a popular pick and fit for that place. He's not Tiger  Woods or Hideki Matsuyama, but we know his iron game can be among the world's best, and that's been the focus there so far.

Now, we head to South Carolina and back to Congaree for a second event, this time at THE CJ CUP.

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The Course

The Tom Fazio design can stretch out to over 7,700 yards for a par 71. The course has basically no rough. It’s mostly sand, marshland or trees waiting if players get wild off the tee.

Fazio has a couple of designs we’ve seen in the past, including Quail Hollow, Corales and Shadow Creek, but none of those courses really seem like what we’ll encounter this week. Garrick Higgo won the Palmetto here last year at 11-under par, so it can play fairly difficult.

If the bombers can keep it in play, they’ll definitely have the edge this week. But they won’t be able to just spray it widely, or they could find tree or water troubles. Higgo is fairly long and a good putter, but behind him was a mix of skill sets, making this a tough place to project.

I’ll instead keep my focus on guys who are more likely to stay out of trouble and tend to catch hot putters on Bermuda.

The Favorites

This may end up being our strongest field of the fall, headlined by Rory McIlroy at +650 and Jon Rahm at +900. Most of the top players skipped this course ahead of the U.S. Open in 2021, so it will be a new stop for many of the elites. McIlroy and Rahm are coming off productive trips in Europe and enter this week with their games dialed in, so I'm a little more nervous than normal diving in against them this week.

Justin Thomas and Scottie Scheffler are next in line at +1400. The Presidents Cup has been their only action since the end of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, so I'm not really too interested in them given those lack of reps recently and the trip to a new course.

We see a large group make up the +2000s including Jordan Spieth, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Shane Lowry, Max Homa, Sungjae Im, Sam Burns and Viktor Hovland. Of the group, Hovland has probably been on the best run of late with two top 5s in the last three starts. Fitzpatrick is one of the few who played here last year, finishing 10th.

My card will start here with Sungjae Im, though, at +2600 on FanDuel. Im is well rounded from tee to green and usually putts his best on Bermuda. He made the cut on this course a year ago and hit the irons pretty well that week. His struggles came off the tee, but he entered that event in a bad run of form. His tee ball is in better shape at the moment as is his game overall.

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The Mid-Tier

I'm going to go with Maverick McNealy at +6600 on BetRivers. McNealy has finished 12th and 10th the past two weeks so the game is in good shape. He's long off the tee and is an elite putter so this could be a good fit for him. With many of the big names here, this is a larger number than we've been seeing on him lately. But I'll take the shot with the course being unknown to many of those players ahead of him.

I'll also go back to Mito Pereira at +7000 on DraftKings. Pereira started well in Japan but had a disastrous second round that ended his chances. Tee to green, he should fit at Congaree. He's long, and the irons have been solid for awhile now. I'm going to take another chance on him here on a course that should fit his game.

The CJ Cup Card

  • Sungjae Im +2600 (1.27 units)
  • Maverick McNealy +6600 (.5 units)
  • Mito Pereira +7000 (.47 units)

Total Stake 2.24 units

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