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CJ Cup Betting Tips at Nine BridgesCJ Cup betting tips & predictions – the addition of The CJ Cup at Nine Bridges to the PGA Tour schedule last year marked the third official tournament that makes its home in Asia.

The tournament is played in the middle of the Asia swing, which starts with the CIMB Classic in Malaysia and ends with the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai.

The tournament sponsor, the CJ Group, is a South Korean conglomerate holding company headquartered in Seoul. It comprises numerous businesses in various industries of food and food service, pharmaceutics and biotechnology, entertainment and media, home shopping and logistics.

The venue for the CJ Cup is the Club at Nine Bridges. The course is located on Jeju Island, a volcanic island south of South Korea’s mainland. The club was developed by the CJ Group and offers only limited access to non-members.

The course was designed by Golf Plan and opened for play in 2001. The Par 72 can stretch to 7,309 yards and is a regular in Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 in the World” courses.

CJ Cup Betting Tips at Nine Bridges

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan has this to say about the tournament;

“The addition of The CJ Cup at Nine Bridges to our schedule gives us three strong tournaments in consecutive weeks in Asia and they will play a significant role in shaping the early part of the FedEx Cup season and the FedEx Cup chase overall”

The field for the CJ Cup will feature 78 players;

  • Top 60 available players from the previous season’s final FedEx Cup standings
  • Winners of the KPGA Championship and Genesis Championship on the Korean Tour
  • Top 3 available players from the Korean Tour order of merit as of October 2
  • Top available player from the Asian Tour order of merit as of October 9
  • Top available Korean player from the Asian Tour order of merit as of October 9
  • Top next 3 available Korean players from the Official World Golf Ranking as of October 9
  • 8 sponsor exemptions

CJ Cup Betting Tips at Nine Bridges

Nine Bridges is located 600 yards up Mount Halla and is surrounded by National Park. There are eight bridges built on the course, the ninth (as in the club’s name) is metaphorical and represents the club’s connection to its members and guests.

The layout begins with the lower-lying outward nine called the Creek holes. These holes are heavily treed and a volcanic rock-walled creek weaves through this section of the course. The inward half known as the Highlands leads to higher ground where patches of heather and bracken have been incorporated into the design.

The course has plenty dog-legs and there is a good mix of both short and long holes. Landing zones are generous by Tour standards, however the penalty for missing them can be severe. Water can come into play on half of the holes and there are over a hundred bunkers.

No two successive holes are played in the same direction. The wind on Jeju Island will be a factor and will ultimately dictate the scoring. In this regard the tournament will be very similar to the Sony Open in Hawaii which is played at Waialae Country Club. PGAgolfbets has used the past results in the Sony Open in conjunction with last year’s tournament as a guide in this week’s Event Form analysis.

The course has been designed to be a championship course on a large scale and on the face of it is a solid all-round test. However, with only last year’s tournament to go on it is hard to find an angle in to help profile a possible winner.

The ‘relative-unfamiliarity-factor’ will put a premium on good course management this week. Length off the tee will be a plus and the ability to capitalise with good scoring on the Par 5s will be important. As always, expect players in the mix this week to have a healthy percentage of greens in regulation with first class putting.

CJ Cup Betting Tips 2018

Cameron Smith golf betting tipsCameron Smith 28/1 (E/W) – sticking with Smith again this week. Finished solo 3rd in last year’s inaugural CJ Cup, finishing just one stroke back of making the playoff. Has not broke stride with the changeover into a new season. His T22 at the CIMB Classic is just a continuation of last season’s strong form which included 2 x Top 3 finishes in the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Around TPC Kuala Lumpur he was T20 for Driving Accuracy, T8 for Putts per GIR and T7 for Birdies shooting 25 in total. The talented Aussie has no standout statistic to his game but he does everything well and more importantly, consistently. Remains dangerous.
Gary Woodland golf betting tipsGary Woodland 35/1 (E/W) – played in last year’s tournament so sight-lines will be familiar. Dusted off the cobwebs nicely in last week’s CIMB Classic finishing T5 for the tournament. He squared only 4 x bogeys around TPC Kuala Lumpur and shot a bogey free 61 in the second round. A solid game tee-to-green puts him comfortably mid-table in this week’s Stats Analysis. Finished last season 9th in Par 5 Scoring Average and 7th for Driving Distance, two attributes that won’t go astray this week. Ticks a lot of boxes to make it win number four on Tour.

 

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