The CJ Cup Predictions 2022: 3 Picks

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Cameron Young hits from the eighth tee during the second round of the Memorial golf tournament Friday, June 3, 2022, in Dublin, Ohio.
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Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable Oct 18, 2022, 4:57 PM
  • Collin Morikawa at +3300 to win is tremendous value.
  • Jordan Spieth is worth a look following a strong Presidents Cup showing.
  • Harris English could be a sleeper play.

After an exciting finish last week at the ZOZO Championship, where Keegan Bradley earned his first win since 2018, the PGA Tour heads to South Carolina for The CJ Cup, which has a purse of $10.5 million.

Like the ZOZO Championship, it’s a no-cut event with 78 players in the field. But, the field is much stronger than it was in Japan as 15 top-20 players in the Official World Golf Rankings are teeing it up, including world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, No. 2 Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Jon Rahm.

This has the chance to be the best field of the fall.

Congaree Golf Club will host the event for the first time, but it is no stranger to hosting a PGA Tour event. The prestigious private course hosted the 2021 Palmetto Championship, where Garrick Higgo won with a score of 14-under.

In 2021, it ranked as the course with the widest fairways and playing over 7,500 yards, it’s one of the longest courses players will face all year.

I will target players with length off the tee and a history of putting well on Bermuda greens.

The CJ Cup Predictions 2022: 3 Picks

  • Cameron Young Win Outright +2800 (.5 Unit)
  • Collin Morikawa Win Outright +3300 (.5 Unit)
  • Jordan Spieth Top-10 Finish +200 (1 Unit)
  • Harris English Top-20 Finish +333 (1 Unit)

Young is nearing Will Zalatoris territory from a year ago, where he was a play virtually every week until he picked up his first career win. Specific to this week, it helps he was third in driving distance a year ago.

Morikawa is simply a value play. He’s too good of a player to be +3300 in a field with just 78 players.

Beyond Spieth being a great putter on Bermuda greens, he’s coming off a tremendous performance at the Presidents Cup, going 5-0-0. Tom Kim, another player who had a great week at Quail Hollow, won in his first tournament afterward, so Spieth can look to him for some good vibes.

English battled injuries a year ago but is off to a solid start this fall with two top-30 finishes in three starts. But he’s more so a play for his history at Congaree. Entering the back-9 on Sunday a year ago at the Palmetto Championship, English and Chesson Hadley were five shots clear of the field. Unfortunately, he finished with a final-round 74 and a T-13 finish.

But, aside from the poor finish, this seems like an excellent course fit and he’s worth a top-20 play.

Season Record: 3-8, -2.5 units (Last week: 2-1, +3 units)

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Ryan Hannable is a copy editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”

Ryan Hannable is a copy editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”