The PGA TOUR travels to South Korea for the third installment of The CJ Cup at Nine Bridges. The tournament was first introduced to the PGA TOUR’s schedule two years ago and will again host the top-60 ranked Fedex Cup players from last season along with a handful of Korean golfers making up the 78-player field this week. Nine Bridges will play as a par 72, be putt on bentgrass greens and measure 7,196 yards this week. Justin Thomas and Brooks Koepka were both heavy favorites the years they won, but we should be looking down the betting board for some value this week. Here are my favorite bets heading into the tournament.
Day 2 Best Bet
Rory Sabbatini: Top-5 Finishing Position +1400 | Top-10 +600The weather should be less than ideal, which bodes well for Sabbatini, who is eight strokes off the lead. Over his last 12 rounds in extremely windy conditions and difficult scoring relative to par, Sabbatini is top-30 opportunities gained, 27th in birdies or better gained and 29th in SG: Par-5. I’m not sure if he can win here, but he can definitely contend with his strong ball-striking of recent.
Tommy Fleetwood to Win +2000Fleetwood has the pedigree and the game to win on the biggest stage, yet he hasn’t put four rounds together in his short career on the PGA TOUR. He’s been close, however, finishing runner-up in major tournaments and other tough no-cut events like World Golf Championship (WGC). Fleetwood has no worse than a 19th place finish in his last three WGC events and ranks 17th in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green over his last three tournaments on the PGA TOUR. Fleetwood has also played well on the European Tour this season ranking sixth in stroke average and third in par-5 scoring.
Sergio Garcia to Win +3000Garcia didn’t have his best season last year, throwing temper tantrums every other week while also missing 30% of his cuts on the PGA TOUR. But with a no-cut event this week and his first tournament on the TOUR, Garcia’s value may be too good to pass up. He has solid finishes on a similar course layout at the WGC-Mexico Championship, another no-cut event, and just shot four rounds in the 60s earlier this month resulting in a T7 at the Mutuactivos Open de Espana.
Byeong Hun-An to Win +6600 | Top-5 +1000‘Benny’ An has missed his last two cuts and has lost over four strokes putting, the same amount off-the-tee in the aforementioned tournaments, which clearly is not good. With the strongest field we’ve seen all season and his recent struggles, An’s number has increased enough to be decent value for someone who finished just outside the top-10 here in 2017 and third a few weeks ago at The Sanderson Farms Championship. We all know An is a horrible putter, but he carded his third best putting performance at the Sanderson Farms this year, which is the same putting surface we’re going to see this week.
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