2018 CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges Betting Preview

2018 CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges Betting Preview

Written by on October 18, 2018

With the 2018-19 PGA Tour season still in its infancy, the march through Asia continues with the second event of a three-tournament swing through the continent. Defending champ Justin Thomas and reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year Brooks Koepka lead the 78-man field at Nine Bridges for the 2018 CJ Cup when it gets underway on October 17 at 6:45 PM ET. With four of the world’s top 10 players in the field, let’s find out which golfers are offering the best value against their stick golf odds, followed by my top three picks to win this event.

2018 CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges Betting Preview

Odds to Win 2018 CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges

  • Justin Thomas 6-1
  • Brooks Koepka 9-1
  • Jason Day 14-1
  • Hideki Matsuyama 14-1
  • Marc Leishman 14-1
  • Paul Casey 22-1
  • Tyrell Hatton 25-1
  • Billy Horschel 28-1
  • Cameron Smith 28-1
  • Gary Woodland 28-1
  • Xander Schauffele 33-1
  • Adam Scott 33-1
  • Louis Oosthuizen 33-1
  • Byeong Hun An 33-1
  • Sungjae Im 33-1
  • Alex Noren 40-1
  • Emiliano Grillo 40-1
  • Kyle Stanley 40-1
  • Ryan Moore 40-1

Marc Leishman 14-1

Not only did Marc Leishman win the CIMB Classic last week by five strokes over the nearest finisher, but he narrowly lost this event a year ago to Thomas in a playoff. Leishman had a pair of second place finishes a year ago, including in this event while finishing T7 at the Sentry tournament of Champions. Leishman finished the season with a half-dozen Top 10 finishes despite failing to get a win one year after winning twice. Still, after last week’s showing and his performance here a year ago, Leishman is my top pick to win for the second consecutive week!

“Getting off to such a good start to the year obviously here and up until probably the (AT&T) Byron Nelson I played really well and then I kind of cooled off a little bit, so that was a little frustrating,” he said of last season. “It was certainly a goal of mine to win this season and to win my first event of the year is great.”

Justin Thomas 6-1

Thomas sandwiched a second round 66 and third round 64 with an opening and closing 69 in Malaysia to finish T5 at 20-under par. Thomas won three times last season, including his win here while also recording 10 Top 10 finishes. Thomas also won three times in 2017 while recording 12 Top 10 finishes. All of that consistency, combined with his win here a year ago and good play last week, tells me he’s going to contend – before finishing second.

Jason Day 14-1

Day finished T11 here a year ago and he recorded two wins in 2018 at the Wells Fargo Championship and Farmers Insurance. Day fnished last season with five Top 10 finishes and 15 Top 25 finishes while finishing ninth in birdie average (4.18) and 11th in scoring (69.6) I see absolutely no reason why he can’t pull off the big win here!

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