The CJ Cup Primer: History, TV, Field, Odds

Justin Thomas CJ Cup
Justin Thomas putts on the 18th hole during the final round of the CJ Cup tournament at Nine Bridges golf club in Jeju Island on October 20, 2019. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP) (Photo by JUNG YEON-JE/AFP via Getty Images)

Due to COVID concerns, The CJ Cup repositioned from Nine Bridges in South Korea to famed Shadow Creek Golf Course In Las Vegas, Nevada.

The 78-man field will be missing world No. 1 Dustin Johnson (due to a positive CV test) but still features a plethora of big-time names, including 15 of the top-20 ranked players in the world.

Some of the marquee headliners include Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm, Rory Milroy, Xander Schauffele, and newly-minted BMW PGA Champion Tyrrell Hatton.

As we do each week, we’ll look at the event’s history, the viewing schedule, the field, the odds, and whatnot.

The Skinny

Tournament: The CJ Cup
Dates: Oct. 15-18, 2020
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
Course: Shadow Creek GC
Distance: Par 72, 7527 yards
Architect: Tom Fazio (1990)
Format: 72 players, 72 holes, no cut, stroke
Purse: $9,750,000
Winning Share: $1,755,000
FedExCup/OWGR Points: 500/70
Defending Champion: Justin Thomas

How To Watch & Follow

Round 1, THU

12:45 pm – 8:00 pm (PGA TOUR LIVE)
05:00 pm – 8:00 pm (GOLF)

Round 2, FRI

12:45 pm – 8:00 pm (PGA TOUR LIVE)
05:00 pm – 8:00 pm (GOLF)

Round 3, SAT

12:45 pm – 8:00 pm (PGA TOUR LIVE)
05:00 pm – 8:00 pm (GOLF)

Round 4, SUN

12:45 pm – 8:00 pm (PGA TOUR LIVE)
05:00 pm – 8:00 pm (GOLF)

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History: The CJ CUP

Brooks Koepka Wins the 2018 CJ Cup
Brooks Koepka poses with the trophy after winning the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in Jeju Island, South Korea on October 21, 2018. Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

The three-year old CJ Cup may lack a deep history but its past champions are two of the game’s biggest stars with world No. 3 Justin Thomas bookending titles (2017 and 2019) between four-time major winner Brooks Koepka (2018).

The CJ Cup was initially inserted into the PGA Tour’s wrap-around portion of its 2017-18 schedule. For its first three editions it acted as the second stop of a three-week Asian swing, proceeded by the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, China.

Played annually on South Korea’s Jeju Island, THE CJ CUP will make a one-year move to the iconic Shadow Creek in Las Vegas before returning to Asia in 2021.

The Tom Fazio-designed Vegas masterpiece recently hosted the first made-for-TV match between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, giving golf fans a glance of the ultra-exclusive layout.

History: Winners

2019: Justin Thomas (-20)
2018: Brooks Koepka (-21)
2017: Justin Thomas (-9)

History: Records

72-Holes: 267, Brooks Koepka (2018)
18-Holes: 62, Ryan Palmer (2018, Rd 4)
Winning Margin: 4, Brooks Koepka (2018)

2 – Justin Thomas (2017, 2019)

Defending Champion

Justin Thomas Wins 2019 CJ Cup
Justin Thomas poses with the trophy after winning The CJ Cup @Nine Bridges on Oct 20, 2019 in Jeju, South Korea. Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

With a birdie on the final hole, Justin Thomas posted a final-round 67 to claim a two-stroke victory at the third-annual CJ Cup.

Thomas finished his final day at the Club at Nine Bridges with seven birdies against two bogeys to reach 20-under par, two better than Danny Lee (69).

The win was Thomas’ 11th of his career, and first of a three victories in 2019-20 season.

Final Top-5 Finishers

Pos-Player-To Par (Final Rd)
1. Justin Thomas -20 (-5)
2. Danny Lee -18 (-3)
3. Hideki Matsuyama -15 (-7)
3. Gary Woodland -15 (-5)
3. Cameron Smith -15 (-3)

Field: World Rank & Odds

Justin Thomas (left) and Rory McIlroy during the 2019 Tour Championship at East Lake GC in Atlanta, GA. Credit: Getty Images

Even with Dustin Johnson withdrawing due to a positive COVID test, the field in Las Vegas is stacked with 15 of the world’s top-20 ranked players, headlined by three of the top-5 in Jon Ram (No. 2), Justin Thomas (3), and Rory McIlroy (4).

Other top-10 ranked players in the field include reigning PGA Champion Collin Morikawa (6), Xander Schauffele (8), and Tyrrell Hatton, who enters off a big win at Wentworth.

Four-time major winner Brooks Koepka, who won the CJ Cup in 2018, is scheduled to make his return after a two-month layoff due to injury.

Several other former major winners will also be teeing it up in Vegas, including: Jordan Spieth (2015 Masters and U.S. Open, 2017 Open), Sergio Garcia (2017 Masters), Jason Day (2015 PGA), Keegan Bradley (2011 PGA), and Louis Oosthuizen (2010 Open).

Top-5 Betting Favorites

1. Jon Rahm (9-1)
2. Justin Thomas (11-1)
3. Rory McIlroy (12-1)
4. Xander Schauffele (12-1)
5. Matthew Wolff (18-1)

Field: Rank and Odds

The CJ Cup | Shadow Creek GC | Las Vegas, NV | Oct. 15-18, 2020

Field: Tee Times, Pairings

Marquee Pairings
  • Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka, Sungjae Im
  • Collin Morikawa, Viktor Hovland, Xander Schuaffele
  • Jon Rahm, Tyrrell Hatton, Matthew Wolff
  • Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy, Si Woo Kim


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