2020 CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek Preview

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The PGA Tour remains in Nevada for another week as the Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas plays host to the CJ Cup. 

The tournament has been played in South Korea since its inception in 2017, but has since been moved to Shadow Creek due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

As a result, several of the world’s Top 30 names will be in attendance for a crack at the $9.5 million prize fund, including defending champ Justin Thomas, BMW Championship winner Jon Rahm and US Open runner-up, Matthew Wolff. 

Market favourite Dustin Johnson has been forced to withdraw due to a positive test, leaving the betting even more wide open. 

If you’re looking for some tips, be sure to read up on our 2020 CJ Cup strategy below!

2020 CJ Cup Best Bet

Matthew Wolff @ $19.00

Wolff continues to flirt with his second career win after coming up short to Bryson DeChambeau at the US Open and Martin Laird at the Shriners in a playoff last week.

The 21-year-old is easily one of the top ball-strikers going around at the moment and it would be very surprising to see him fall outside the Top 10 on a course that calls for a bit of everything.

Wolff currently ranks 12th in driving distance, third in strokes gained: tee-to-green and fifth in strokes gained: approach the green, so he appears to be one of the few complete packages heading to North Vegas.

The bookmakers are obviously taking him seriously at 21-1, and with five Top 20 finishes to his name since play resumed, we should all do the same.

2020 CJ Cup Best Value

Xander Schauffele @ $13.00

Schauffele comes in well-rested following an outright fifth at the US Open, his fourth Top 10 finish since play resumed.

The month-long break bodes well for the 26-year-old as he continues to hang with some of the top names on a weekly basis. 

Schauffele currently ranks third in scoring average, first in strokes gained: around the green and sixth in strokes gained: putting. If he can stay out of the rough this week and find some accuracy off the tee, he’s a very live chance to win his fourth Tour event. 

2020 CJ Cup Best Roughie

Bubba Watson @ $67.00

Experts suggest recent form can be thrown out the window when it comes to Shadow Creek, largely due to the fact that most of these guys have never played the course before. 

Bubba Watson falls into that category, but there’s a good chance we see the bigger name, more experienced guys handle these speedy greens over the weekend.


Watson was awful with the putter at the US Open, but it’s easy to forget he finished Top 20 at both The Northern Trust and the BMW Championship. 

2020 CJ Cup Top Asian Player

Sungjae Im @ $3.40 

Im endured a bit of a rough stretch after he won The Honda Classic missing the cut on four occasions. 

The Korean has since rebounded though with an outright 11th at the TOUR Championship and, most recently, a strong T13 last week at the Shriners that included a brilliant second round 63. 

Im’s short game has really improved over the last few weeks and he certainly has the long game to suit this course. The current odds on offer are great value. 

Tips, recommendations and commentary are for entertainment only. We provide no warranty about accuracy or completeness. You should make your own assessment before placing a bet.