The PGA Tour Asian swing continues this week in South Korea for the CJ Cup.
Justin Thomas, last year’s champion, leads the betting but is faced with a strong field if he is to defend his title. With a lucrative prize purse of $9.5 million, there is plenty to play for!
We’re enjoying a very successful period with our golf tips. Tiger Woods won the Tour Championship at 14/1 and Francesco Molinari was Top European and Top Points Scorer in the Ryder Cup at 13/2 and 14/1 respectively.
If that wasn’t enough, we took our form to the European tour last week, tipping Eddie Pepperell at 28/1. The Englishman stormed to victory and I’m hoping to provide the goods again this week.
In terms of results, the Aussie has endured a quiet period. However, there are many factors could give Jason that edge over the field this week.
The grasses on the course are a North American Bentgrass; over the last decade, Day has won four times on Bentgrass which is more than any other player in that time frame.
Day has a high penetrating ball flight – this should be a weakness at this venue. However, the traditional high winds aren’t forecasted so he will be able to use his natural ball flight.
With his length off the tee and ability to approach with height and control, he will have plenty of looks at birdie. He is ranked 6th in putting average over the last eight weeks and if he can maintain this form, converting his chances, he will be a factor come Sunday.
Woodland is fresh off the back of a 5th finish. He led the field after 36 and 54 holes so he comes into this week very sharp.
The course seems to be tailor-made for Gary; it is very open and the high altitude will only add distance for the already enormous hitter.
There are a couple of driveable par 4’s which could yield easy birdies for the American. In addition, the par 5’s are all sub-600 yards. His ability to bomb it off the tee will help him avoid the fairway traps that will affect his competitors.
His short game stats have improved significantly in recent times. He is in the Top 20 in both GIR and putting average over the past eight tournaments. He has definitely found something to overcome his Achilles heel and will be a threat this week with all facets of his game firing.
The 24-year-old broke onto the global golf stage last year, winning the Tour Championship in his debut season on the PGA Tour.
The American has followed up his impressive Rookie season with a solid year. Although he has failed to win, he posted nine Top 10 finishes including two top tens in the majors. The 2019 season has begun and Xander is ready to win again.
Xander is deceptively long and is able to combine accuracy with distance. Playing from the fairway, he can be aggressive taking on the pins and he has proved he has the touch and bottle to hole the important putts.
In two of his last three starts, has finished in the Top 10. Finishing in the Top 25 last week was a good effort for the youngster as he had to adapt to a new style of golf course and grasses. He seems to be trending towards another win.