The CJ Cup at Shadow Creek: Tournament head to head picks

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 23: A general view of the 18th hole prior to The Match: Tiger vs Phil at Shadow Creek Golf Course on November 23, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for The Match)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 23: A general view of the 18th hole prior to The Match: Tiger vs Phil at Shadow Creek Golf Course on November 23, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for The Match) /

The exquisite Shadow Creek Golf Club in Las Vegas plays host to this year’s CJ Cup and features one of the strongest fields so far in the young 2021 PGA Schedule.

Shadow Creek Golf Club hosts its first-ever PGA event this week and one of the strongest fields in weeks will compete in the no-cut event. The 78 man field will be down two of the world’s best however as both Dustin Johnson and Tony Finau have withdrawn from the event in Las Vegas. For more information on the world number one’s withdrawal check out CJ Cup: Dustin Johnson tests positive for COVID-19.

The 2021 CJ Cup will play out on a Par 72 that stretches out at over 7500 yards on a course that has received glowing reviews from celebrities and athletes alike.  For a more in-depth preview of the course and my favorite bets for the week be sure to check out my article The CJ Cup: Picks and Preview.  The Action Network also has a fantastic preview that includes some of the key statistics you will want your picks to excel in this week.

Below I will highlight my favorite head to head tournament bets for this week at the CJ Cup, you can find all of the odds in this article on popular betting sites and The Action Network is a great resource on where to find some of the best sportsbooks available to you.

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Favorite CJ Cup Matchup Bets

Matthew Wolf -125 Over Colin Morikawa +105

One of these golfers comes into this event in scintillating form and the other has struggled for form in recent events.  I discussed my fondness this week for Matthew in my picks and preview article already, and I love him in this spot against the PGA champion as well.

Wolf comes into this event on the back of not one, but two consecutive 2nd place finishes and has four top 20 finishes in his last five starts on tour.  In addition, he rates out second best in my stats model for the week over his previous 24 rounds played.

Colin has really struggled to find the type of form that saw him win the PGA Championship back in August. Morikawa has missed his previous two cuts on tour and isn’t showing enough recently for me to consider backing him.  Should he show any signs of life this week however I could perhaps go back to the well with him in next week’s event at Sherwood Country Club in California.

Patrick Cantlay +110 Over Xander Schauffele -137

Both Cantlay and Schauffele come into this event in good form, but I will side with the man who seems to have a propensity for golf in Nevada at plus money. Patrick comes into this week on the back of a ninth-place finish at last week’s Shriners Open, an event that he was near the top of the leaderboard for most of the tournament.

Cantlay is no stranger when it comes to events played at altitude as well, this includes a superb history at the Shriners that features four top-ten finishes in his last four starts at the event and also a sixth at the WGC-Mexico back in 2019 on a course that is amongst the highest elevated courses on tour.

Xander has yet to compete since the U.S. Open last month and although he has a fantastic track record at no-cut events I will take the plus money with Patrick in this spot.

Sungjae Im -106 Over Tommy Fleetwood -114

I’ll finish things off by siding with Sunjae over Tommy this week at the CJ Cup.  The Korean comes into this event showing signs of life in his previous starts and was another I highlighted for this week in my previous article.

Sungjae has three top 25 finishes in his last four events and has gained in approach in all four of those starts. Im also rates out as fifth in my model this week over his previous twenty-four rounds of play.

Fleetwood returns from a 13th place finish in the United Kingdom at the BMW PGA Championship last week and looks to have regained some form over his past two starts, this also included a runner-up finish at the Scottish Open the week before. Although before these previous two starts,  Tommy was struggling for form having finished no better than 44th in the three starts prior, this includes losing strokes from approach in all three events.

Although he played well recently there is a bit of uncertainty around Fleetwood as he makes the return stateside this week and I’ll go with Sungjae in this spot instead.

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Best of luck with your CJ Cup head to head bets this week!