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CJ Cup 2021 odds: Collin Morikawa’s huge advantage this week

October 11, 2021
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The final leg of the PGA Tour’s Vegas Swing is here with the CJ Cup heading to a new course—The Summit Club. After it opened in 2019, this Tom and Logan Fazio design earned runner-up honors in Golf Digest’s Best New private survey. Located in the Red Rocks area west of the Vegas Strip, Summit Club is part of the Discovery Land portfolio, a group of high-end courses built around luxurious residential communities (with lots owned by Tom Brady, Phil Knight and other big names around the world).

Built with playability in mind for its main constituents (the wealthy homeowner), The Summit Club’s defense comes around the greens—with width in the fairway and run-ups around these green complexes providing options for all levels. Of course, most golfers don’t play this par 72 from over 7,400 yards—but that’s what faces the elite field this week. In this no-cut, 78-man field comprises of seven of the top-10 players in the world (and 24 of the top 30).

Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele opened as co-favorites on Monday at BetMGM after their dominant showings at the Ryder Cup. Though DJ won in Saudi Arabia in February, he’s seeking his first win in the United States since the Masters in 2020. JT and Xander have proven to be dominant in no-cut, smaller field events: Nine of JT’s 14 victories have come in no-cut events (including two past CJ Cups) and three of Xander’s four triumphs are in the no-cut form.

Perhaps the most attention from the groups of favorites, however, should be paid to Collin Morikawa, who is a member at Summit Club, even sporting its logo on his staff bag. The Vegas resident uses the swanky Vegas jaunt as his home base, and given the unfamiliarity with most in the field with this venue, Morikawa has a huge-field advantage at the CJ Cup—as he seeks his sixth PGA Tour title. Maverick McNealy, by the way, also plays out of Summit Club, if you like that narrative.

Here are the opening odds from our friends at BetMGM for the 2021 CJ Cup at The Summit Club:

Dustin Johnson: 12-1

Justin Thomas: 12-1

Xander Schauffele: 12-1

Collin Morikawa: 18-1

Rory McIlroy: 18-1

Jordan Spieth: 20-1

Sam Burns: 25-1

Tony Finau: 25-1

Brooks Koepka: 28-1

Louis Oosthuizen: 28-1

Sungjae Im: 28-1

Viktor Hovland: 28-1

Cam Smith: 30-1

Hideki Matsuyama: 33-1

Scottie Scheffler: 33-1

Webb Simpson: 33-1

Abraham Ancer: 35-1

Harris English: 35-1

Shane Lowry: 35-1

Paul Casey: 40-1

Tyrrell Hatton: 40-1

Adam Scott: 40-1

Jason Kokrak: 40-1

Justin Rose: 40-1

Marc Leishman: 40-1

Max Homa: 40-1

Patrick Reed: 40-1

Sergio Garcia: 40-1

Tommy Fleetwood: 40-1

Joaquin Niemann: 50-1

Kevin Na: 50-1

Si-Woo Kim: 50-1

Talor Gooch: 50-1

Aaron Wise: 66-1

Cameron Tringale: 66-1

Russell Henley: 66-1

Harold Varner III: 80-1

Alex Noren: 80-1

Jason Day: 80-1

Maverick McNealy: 80-1

Brian Harman: 80-1

Charley Hoffman: 80-1

Ian Poulter: 80-1

Emiliano Grillo: 100-1

Erik Van Rooyen: 100-1

Gary Woodland: 100-1

Jhonattan Vegas: 100-1

Keegan Bradley: 100-1

Kevin Streelman: 100-1

Rickie Fowler: 100-1

Branden Grace: 100-1

Cameron Davis: 125-1

Carlos Ortiz: 125-1

Chris Kirk: 125-1

Kevin Kisner: 125-1

K.H. Lee: 125-1

Mackenzie Hughes: 125-1

Patton Kizzire: 125-1

Charl Schwartzel: 150-1

Matt Jones: 150-1

Rasmus Hojgaard: 150-1

Sebastian Munoz: 150-1

Stewart Cink: 150-1

Tom Hoge: 150-1

Byeong Hun An: 200-1

Harry Higgs: 200-1

Lucas Glover: 200-1

Sung Kang: 200-1

Hudson Swafford: 250-1

Joohyung Kim: 250-1

Keith Mitchell: 250-1

Robert Streb: 250-1

Hanbyeol Kim: 400-1

Jaekyeong Lee: 500-1

Minkyu Kim: 500-1

Sanghun Shin: 500-1

Seong-Hyeon Kim: 500-1

Yoseop Seo: 500-1