The CJ Cup is going to be held, not at Nine Bridges in South Korea, but at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas.
As you go through this week’s selections, you will see an overwhelming favorite stand out to win the CJ Cup.
Now, this usually leads to two things. Those who didn’t pick him end up feeling foolish for having missed such an obvious pick, and kick themselves for missing it.
The other option, and the one that seems to happen more often, is that the player struggles, leading all the pundits to wonder what happened. Personally, I’m in that boat, and you’ll see that I haven’t picked the staff favorite. Over half of our group picked him this week, so let’s get to it.
Here are the staff picks to win the CJ Cup this week.
West Valentine – He’s been off since the US Open and I’m hoping he’s just refining his game and unwinding a bit. The Masters is soon and he wants momentum going in. He’ll have a good week…I think.
Hans Geevers – The 21-year-old has two consecutive second-place finishes on the PGA Tour, including a runner up finish at the U.S. Open.
Jay Wilhelm III
Mike Randleman – In an excerpt from the weekly power rankings…
“The rising star took a couple of well-deserved weeks off before nearly winning again at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Wolff reached a three-man playoff but was outdone by a medium length birdie putt rolled in by Martin Laird.”
Tim Letcher – winning in Las VegasHe has finished second in both starts this season, but he takes the next step this week, for his second career victory.
Bill Felber – I think Shadow Creek will play as a bomber’s course, and he’s about as big a bomber as there is.
Doug Hoff – Having finished 2ndin his last two starts, arguably no one is playing better golf than Matthew Wolff right now. Strokes gained approach will be a key stat this week, and if you watched the Shriners this past weekend, then you saw the clinic that Wolff was putting on. He was either holing out from the fairway or sticking it within a couple of feet. The field is absolutely stacked, but the no-cut should benefit the young Wolff as he tends to go ultra-low on moving day. This should be a fun tournament overall with most of the top players in the world competing at one of the most elite courses in the world.
Best of luck to everyone that is playing in Vegas this week at the CJ Cup. Stay safe!