Golf betting tips: Preview and tips for the 2021 CJ Cup @ Summit
The CJ Cup was added to the PGA Tour rota in 2017 as part of the three tournament Asia Swing. The event is normally played at the Nine Bridges club on Jeju Island, South Korea. However, as a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s tournament was relocated from South Korea to the Summit Club in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The other tournaments making up the Asia Swing include the ZOZO Championship and WGC-HSBC Champions. Next week’s ZOZO Championship is returning to Japan to the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club after its temporary move to Sherwood Country Club last year.
However, the WGC-HSBC Champions, which was scheduled to be played in China, is cancelled for the second consecutive year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The CJ Cup @ Summit will feature a field of 78 golfers comprising of the following;
- The highest ranked player of Korean nationality from the Asian Tour Order of Merit
- Up to five players designated by the KPGA
- The Top 3 available players of Korean nationality from the Official World Golf Ranking
- The remainder of the field will be made up of the leading players from the 2020-21 FedEx Cup points list and sponsor exemptions
Designed by Tom Fazio, the Summit golf course opened in 2017. The layout is part of a 555 acre, high-end residential development joint venture between California based Discovery Land Company and the Howard Hughes Corporation. The Par 72 course cost an estimated $40 million to build and measures 7,457 yards from the back pegs.
The Summit has fantastic elevation changes set amongst beautiful scenery. It is set against the spectacular backdrop of Red Rock Canyon to the west and the skyline and buildings of the Las Vegas Strip to the east.
Holes 1 through 7 have a canyon feel and once players take a tunnel to reach the 8th tee it opens up to a valley. While Fazio refers to the Summit as a championship course, difficulty was not an objective in creating it.
“If you’re Rory McIlroy, nothing is too difficult. If you’re Rory Smith, everything is difficult. Our goal is to always have a golf course that’s fun and enjoyable, spectacular, unique and one-of-a-kind. We want it to be one that everybody enjoys playing and can’t wait to go play again.”Tom Fazio
From the sculpted tee boxes to the dramatic green complexes, Fazio (much like with Shadow Creek) fashioned a ‘miracle‘ from the ground up on a desolate piece of land.
The fairways are wide and in a desert setting, the more wayward the shot, the more penal the result. The course plays to an average elevation of 3,000 feet, meaning the ball will fly further.
The Summit is more than generous by Tour standards off the tee with shot values increasing as you get closer to the green. Finding the right portion of the tricky undulating greens with approach shots will be crucial for scoring.
Like with all new courses entering the PGA Tour rota it is hard to find an angle in. With wide fairways, it looks like the challenge this week will be pronounced around the greens.
Hitting it stiff will be key, especially with players on a learning curve in reading new greens. Scoring this week will ultimately be decided by how fast the greens will run on the stimpmeter. Expect players in the mix to have top-notch putting and a low scoring average on the stock Par 5s.
With no cut, the mindset is simplified to perform over 72 holes, so a fast start will be important
CJ Cup Tips
Tony Finau 25/1 (E/W) – this is the season opener for the 32 year old from Utah. A stellar end to last season was capped with a win in the Northern Trust and a rock solid performance in the Ryder Cup. Statistically balanced, he places inside the Top 10 in this week’s Stats Analysis (based on last season’s statistics). Having plenty room off the tee fits right in the wheelhouse of the big hitter. In the last few months his game and mindset have scaled into unchartered territory. Zero reason to expect a letdown despite not having played for a number of weeks.
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