2021 CJ Cup Betting Preview/Prop Plays
12 October 2021
Another week of excellent golf stays in Las Vegas, as the CJ Cup boasts top talent to contend. Many golfers are coming off of well-deserved rest, while others are returning after a solid few rounds after last week’s event.
One particular golfer to watch out for is Sungjae Im (-30.040), who stole the show at the Shriners Children’s Open. He will be among top-level talent and challenge golfers that have struggled recently.
Date: Oct 14–17, 2021
Course: The Summit Club
Watch on: GOLF
The limited field for this event happens to showcase many top-level golfers. For example, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, and even Louis Oosthuizen are here to make some noise.
The Summit Club will be hosting this event for the first time, so it will be interesting to see how golfers respond to this course instead of the one typically played in South Korea. As a Par 72 and 7,431 yards, golfers will need to capitalize on strong iron play and birdie putt opportunities.
Head to Head Matchup to Watch
Tony Finau (-25.659) and Rory McIlroy (-26.751) lead the way for the most interesting duo. However, Dustin Johnson could have a thing or two to say about it.
Finau is aiming to get back within the top five in the rankings, especially after dropping to 10th place. Furthermore, Mcllroy was once top five but now sits at 14th and is aiming at restoring this.
Dunkel Index For This Event
The Dunkel Index is showing these top 10 golfers that could win this event. The following ten are:
1 Tony Finau -25.659
2 Rory McIlroy -26.751
3 Cameron Smith -27.453
4 Louis Oosthuizen -28.076
5 Sam Burns -28.574
6 Jordan Spieth -29.654
7 Sungjae Im -30.040
8 Justin Thomas -30.394
9 Shane Lowry -31.448
10 Collin Morikawa -31.555
*index is subject to changes
Golfers That Could Win
Justin Thomas (-30.394) won this event back in 2019 and in 2017. However, this was at a different course in Vegas in 2019, and the one in 2017 was back in South Korea. Nonetheless, he competed well enough to win in two different locations, and he could do it once again here.
Sungjae Im (-30.040) is coming off a stellar victory at the Shriners Children’s Open, where he won with a -24 to lead by four strokes. He definitely has the best momentum coming into this event.
Potential Winning Pick
Collin Morikawa (-31.555), who happens to be a member of this particular club, enters this event with compelling odds. He also ranks third in the world golf rankings and is a top contender to take the number one spot at some point.
In addition, Morikawa landed a victory at the Open Championship and at the WGC-Workday Championship last season. He even put up an excellent debut at the Ryder Cup of 3-0-1, which could show up here against fellow rivals on the European team.
Top 20 Finish: Louis Oosthuizen (-125)
Last year was a season of what might have been for Oosthuizen as the South African finished second, second and third at the last three majors.
It otherwise overshadowed what was a huge year as he finished in the Top 25 in 11 of his 17 starts and did not miss a cut.
For those wondering if he could be as effective this season, he picked up where he left off with a tie for 14th in Vegas last week.
Rated No. 4 in this week’s Dunkel Index, we’ll take Oosty to stay on the leaderboard all weekend and finish in the Top 20.
Top 20 Finish: Rory McIlroy (-145)
As good as Oosthuizen was last year, it was a season to forget for McIlroy.
While he did finish in the Top 25 in 14 of the 21 events he played, he was not a real factor in any of the majors, including a missed cut at the Masters, tie for 49th at the PGA Championship and tie for 46th at the British Open.
He finished off the year with a disappointing performance at the Ryder Cup and tearfully reflected on how poorly he had played during Europe’s loss.
Certainly a new season brings a new opportunity and when the 32-year-old from Northern Ireland is right, there are few better.
Rated No. 2 in this week’s Dunkel Index, we’ll take McIlroy to get started on the right foot this season and finish in the Top 20 in Vegas.
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