2021 CJ Cup: Groups to Watch on Thursday, Friday

The PGA Tour stays in Las Vegas this week for the 2021 CJ Cup. The field of 78 is very strong and there are plenty of stars to keep an eye on. Here are the groups to watch on Thursday and Friday.

Brooks Koepka, Louis Oosthuizen, Jordan Spieth – Koepka did not finish well last week at the Shriners. He’ll be looking to bounce back this week. Oosthuizen will be trying to build on his T14 from last week, when he shot four rounds in the 60s. Spieth hopes to continue to build off a successful campaign last year, making his first start since the Ryder Cup.

Viktor Hovland, Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele – Hovland finished T44 last week at the Shriners after a poor third round. DJ will be making his first appearance since dominating at the Ryder Cup. Schauffele hopes to carry the momentum of last year (Olympic gold medal, Ryder Cup winner) into this season.

Sungjae Im, Hideki Matsuyama, Collin Morikawa – Im got his second PGA Tour victory last week at the Shriners after closing with a huge finish. Matsuyama is always a threat to win and will be in the hunt this week. Morikawa makes his season debut after a successful first time at the Ryder Cup.

Jason Kokrak, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas – The good news for Kokrak is that he’s the defending champion at this event. The bad news is, this year’s event is on a different course. McIlroy was disappointing at the Ryder Cup, and most of last season. Thomas will look to build on his Ryder Cup momentum this week.

Paul Casey, Harris English, Cameron Smith – Casey looks to continue his late-career surge after a disappointing Ryder Cup. English more than held his own at the Ryder Cup and looks to build on that momentum. Smith may not look like a typical golfer but don’t be fooled.