Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas, Nevada, hosts the fourth running of the CJ Cup. This week’s edition will be the first held in North America but will again feature a select 78-man field. Below, we look at the 2020 CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek betting odds, and make our PGA Tour picks and best bets to win.
2020 CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek betting picks – Favorite
Justin Thomas (+1100)
Thomas will play an official event for the first time since a T-8 finish at the US Open. He won two of the first three runnings of this event at Nine Bridges Golf Club in South Korea and excels against top competition and in no-cut events.
His two 2020 victories to date came at the Sentry Tournament of Champions and the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, both of which saw every member of the stacked fields play all four rounds. Six of his 13 career PGA Tour victories have been with a winning score of minus-20 or better.
He’s the sixth-best player in this week’s field while ranked seventh in the Golfweek/Sagarin world rankings, but he’s tied for third by the betting odds to win.
2020 CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek betting picks – Contender
Daniel Berger (+3300)
Berger’s fifth by the Golfweek rankings and is the fifth-best player in the field by that measure, but he’s just 13th by the betting odds. He’s coming off a T-34 at US Open following a T-15 at the Tour Championship. He has one victory and six other top-10 finishes in 14 events in 2020, with each of those coming in strong fields.
Berger was eighth on Tour last season in Strokes Gained: Total per round, according to Data Golf. He was also eighth in Birdie or Better Percentage. He has two career co-runner-up finishes in WGC events and takes advantage of the guaranteed scoring opportunities.
2020 CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek betting picks – Long shot
Alex Noren (+8000)
Noren is back up to 36th in the Golfweek rankings amid a 2020 season that has seen him record three top-10 finishes in 16 events played. He ranks ninth on Tour with 1.88 strokes gained per round over the average PGA Tour pro across his last 20 rounds.
While he’s still looking for his first career PGA Tour win at the age of 38, he’s a 10-time winner on the European Tour with several of those victories coming against the top names in this field. He’s the top value in the elite field with a $10 bet returning a profit of $800.
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