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The PGA Tour heads to Ridgeland, SC for the 6th edition of the CJ Cup. The tournament will be played at Congaree Golf Club for the first time – and the field is stacked. World number 2 and defending CJ Cup Champion Rory McIlroy returns to the field at +650 to defend his title. Two-time winner Justin Thomas (2017 & 2019) is also teeing it up in South Carolina and is priced at 14-1 to bring home his 3rd trophy at the event. Other top contenders by listed odds are Jon Rahm (+950), Scottie Scheffler (+1200) and Sungjae Im (+2200).
Sungjae Im (+2200) – Our two unit outright play on Sungjae at the ZOZO Championship did not go as planned. But there’s a reason for that. He was only 10-1. Now at 22-1, it’s written in the stars. With the exception of a mediocre performance in Japan, he’s put together an elite few months of golf. A victory is coming soon.
Tom Kim (+2600) – It’s pretty apparent that Tom Kim is going to be a force on Tour for a long time. With two early victories to start his career, and an impressive President’s Cup showing…. this field will not intimidate the 20 year old. The win at Wyndham and Shriners are nothing to downplay, but he needs a win in a stacked field – like this weeks.
Max Homa (+3100) – Already securing a victory this year when he defended his trophy at the Fortinet Championship, the rise to stardom for Homa has been fun to watch. He’s one of the best players in the world, and the breakout could come this year. I expect Homa to undoubtedly be in contention on Sunday. Can he outpace the firepower in this field?
Sahith Theegala (+4500) – There will be a day when Theegala learns to eliminate mistakes over the weekend. In his 3rd round last week in Japan, Theegala shot a 7-under 29 on the back 9 (his front 9 for the day) before hitting his tee shot into the water and carding a double bogey. He shot a 63. As we know, he comes to play in the biggest fields. Few bigger fields in the fall than the CJ Cup.
Top 5 Finishes
Scottie Scheffler (+250) – Regardless of how talented the field is – I’m not sure there is a safer bet in golf than Scottie to finish inside the Top 5. The world number 1 makes his first start of the 2022-2023 season this week as he tries to hold onto the top spot with Rory in pursuit.
Viktor Hovland (+490) – Hovland looked great in Japan, and had some impressive performances in Europe during this fall swing. Battling it out with the best in the world should have Hovland at the top of his game this week.
Top 10 Finishes
Rickie Fowler (+410) – Watching Rickie attempt to chase down his first victory since 2019 last week was really fun. Came up a bit short with a final round of 70 as Keegan Bradley shot 2-under to win in Japan. Fowler has made adjustments with his team including returning to coach Butch Harmon, and it seems to be paying off and then some. His iron play has been spectacular and he seems to have regained some confidence with his putting stroke. Looking for Rickie to keep the momentum going this week in South Carolina.
Sepp Straka (+650) – For whatever reason, Straka has yet to earn the respect of odds makers. I’m not complaining, because I’ll take full advantage until he does. Didn’t have his best stuff in Japan but was able to put together a solo 2nd finish at Sanderson Farms. Too good of a price for Sepp, yet again.
Top 20 Finishes
Tom Kim (+100) – Max play this week. 3 unit play for the 20 year old.
Trey Mullinax (+290) – The long ball hitter has yet to put together a solid performance this season, going 0/2 on cuts made so far. After taking the week off in Japan, look for Trey to get back to form at Congaree this week.