The PGA Tour continues to travel the world as it moves from Malaysia to South Korea for the second renewal of the CJ Cup at the Nine Bridges Golf Club on Jeju Island.
The resort course is a par 72 layout and it played a lot tougher last year than many expected with Justin Thomas winning with a score of -9. The wind was a big factor last year as was the rough which certainly punished wayward shots and so accuracy off the tee and Greens and Regulations should be key this week.
Justin Thomas is back to defend his title and he heads the betting at 6/1 with fellow 2018 major winner, Brooks Koepka 23/2 and you can get 14/1 and better the balance
2017 – Justin Thomas -9*
Justin Thomas 6/1
Brooks Koepka 23/2
Jason Day 14/1
Hideki Matsuyama 14/1
Marc Leishman 16/1
Xander Schauffele 25/1
28/1 and better the balance, prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change
Justin Thomas win only at 6/1
Thomas took a while to get going last week in Malaysia but he did finish in the top 5 and he has only finished outside the top 12 once in his last 7 starts. He has defended titles on the PGA tour before while 6/1 may feel short by golf standards I think it is more than fair this week.
Tyrrell Hatton each way at 30/1
Hatton narrowly failed to win a third straight Alfred Dunhill a couple of weeks back and he took last week off. This will be his first appearance at this event and he has been picking up momentum as the season has worn on and looks a decent price.
Marc Leishman each way at 16/1
I am loading my staking plan towards the top of the betting boards because while there is plenty of quality at the top, there is not that much depth to the field and the way Leishman played when winning in Malaysia last week he simply has to be a big runner especially given he was runner-up to Thomas here in 2017.
Whee Kim each way at 125/1
Kim managed a top 5 here last year but his big price is due to some relatively ordinary form and he hasn’t finished inside the top 30 in his last 4 starts. At a triple figure price I am willing to give him a nod based purely on course form.
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