The CJ Cup is the second of two consecutive PGA Tour events to be held in Las Vegas, following last week’s Shriners Children’s Open held at TPC Summerlin and won by Sungjae Im for his second Tour victory.
This week’s event is hosted by the Summit Club after being held last year at Shadow Creek in the same city, with the tournament taking place for two years in the United States before moving back to Asia for 2022 after relocating due to Covid-19.
Last year’s CJ Cup was won by Jason Kokrak, who won by two shots over Xander Scheuffele after closing with an eight-under-par 64 for a total score of 20 under par 268. It was Kokrak’s first win after over nine years on the PGA Tour, and he followed it up with a second victory later in the 2021 season at the Charles Schwab Challenge.
The Summit Club was designed by Tom Fazio and plays at 7,431 yards and is a par 72 layout that affords the players views of the Las Vegas Strip to the east.
Despite its desert location to the west of Sin City, the course is more of a typical Fazio design that would be expected in a lush, farmland environment, and most of the Tour players will be seeing it competitively for the first time.
With 78 players in the field, the CJ Cup will not have a 36 hole cut and is limited to the top 60 players in the 2021 FedEx Cup standings, ten qualifiers from the Asian and South Korean Tours, and eight sponsor’s exemptions, who include Rickie Fowler, Jason Day and Justin Rose.
Thirty of the top 50 players on the Official World Golf Rankings are on hand, led by 16 of the 24 participants in the recent Ryder Cup competition.
Betting Odds for the CJ Cup
The leader on the odds list is Dustin Johnson at +1000, who, despite a less than sizzling end to the 2021 season, shined at the Ryder Cup and is looking for his 25th Tour win to extend his streak of at least one victory every year he has been on Tour.
Last year’s runner-up at Shadow Creek, Xander Schauffele, and two-time CJ Cup winner in Asia Justin Thomas are next with odds of +1200.
Four-time major champion and European Ryder Cup member Rory McIlroy is at +1600, followed by The Summit Club member Collin Morikawa and three-time major winner Jordan Spieth at +2000.
Sam Burns, who picked up his second PGA Tour win earlier in the young season at the Sanderson Farms Championship, is joined at odds of +2200 by South African Louis Oosthuizen, who, even though he had a solid 2021, is still in search of his first Tour win in the United States.
Tony Finau, who collected his second Tour victory in 2021, has odds of +2500, and at +2800 are four more Ryder Cup players, led by 2019 CJ Cup champion Brooks Koepka as well as Scottie Scheffler, Shane Lowry, and Viktor Hovland.
Other players of note include last week’s winner Im with odds of +3000, defending champion Kokrak at +5000, Las Vegas resident Kevin Na at +5500, and Rickie Fowler, who is looking to snap out of a two-year slump could be a bargain pick with odds of +15000.