Our golf expert brings you his preview and predictions for this week's golf, The CJ Cup.
CJ Cup - Winner
We welcome a new course for this years renewal of the CJ Cup with most of the players not having far to travel from last weeks venue as we stay in Vegas and head to the Summit Club. Similar to last week we have a desert venue which should be picked apart quite easily by some of the worlds best. The field quality is ramped up and Dustin Johnson heads the market after his phenomenal display at the Ryder Cup. After winning in Saudi at the start of the year he went through a quiet spell but has certainly hit form once again with four top tens in his last six starts.
Collin Morikawa at 16/1
A lot has been made about Morikawa being a member here and I'm surprised his price has held all week. I wouldn't normally put too much emphasis on a player being a member somewhere, but when it is a new track that we haven't seen yet and coupled with the fact that the golfer in question is Morikawa, then I think he should be closer to the tournament favourite in the betting. He went unbeaten in the Ryder Cup and although I couldn't find the article that gave the scores for that week, I'm pretty certain he was in second place around the 16 under mark. It wouldn't be a tactic to play Morikawa on desert courses either as I think his talents best lie somewhere that demands a shade more strategy from tee to green but he already has a win in Nevada at the Barracuda and price alone suggests he is an auto bet in his home state.
2pts WIN C.Morikawa 16/1
Brooks Koepka at 28/1 (7 Places)
Brooks Koepka had some injury concerns heading into the Ryder Cup but looked to shake off those doubts as he landed 2 points from 4. There didn't appear to be any issues health wise and the 28/1 dangled by the layers looks fair. Even whilst fighting injury Koepka produced the goods in the majors once again finishing 2nd in the PGA, 4th at the US Open and 6th at the Open. Events since have been thin on the ground and unspectacular but his game certainly looked in good enough shape at the Ryder Cup. His last victory came in Scottsdale, a very similar looking desert layout. He won that off the back of two missed cuts also and given his driver was in decent shape off the tee last week at the Shriners I think we can expect an improvement in other parts of his game.
1pt each-way B.Koepka 28/1 (1/5 7)
Kyoung Hoon Lee at 125/1 (7 Places)
Granted this is a much stronger field than last week but we can be certain of a few Ryder Cup hangovers and some players winding down for a break. I backed Kyoung Hoon Lee last week at 150/1 and I'm happy to go in again at slightly shorter around the 125/1 mark given how he played. He gained strokes in all departments last week and boasts his desert form once again having finished second to Koepka at Phoenix earlier in the year. He likes low scoring contests having won the Byron Nelson at 25 under last season and can continue to ride this solid form that has him on the cusp of the worlds top 50.
1pt each-way KH Lee 125/1 (1/5 7)