DraftKings Preview for The 2021 CJ cup @ summit
The CJ Cup @ Summit Unviels a Las Vegas Hidden Gem
Another week of glorious golf from fabulous Las Vegas. With Covid-19 still very much a worldwide concern, the CJ Cup will once again be played in the Nevada desert. It will also feature a brand new course on the PGA Tour. The CJ Cup @ Summit gets underway on Thursday at the The Summit Club. Let's get you set to see some green screens on DraftKings this weekend.
What's up golf addicts! AC here, checking in week to week to provide a quick preview of the upcoming PGA Tour event. I’ll give you the lowdown on the course, the players, some key stats, and our favorite DraftKings picks for the week.
The second leg of the Las Vegas swing is on deck after Sungjae Im tamed the field and TPC Summerlin last week at the Shriners Children's Open. Congrats to Pat on the Im call and scoring his first outright of the season. The event was full of drama with Sam Burns giving it a run for back to back wins and one of our favorite plays last week, Matthew Wolff, finding himself with a second runner-up finish in back to back years. Once again some young studs made a mark as Vegas local Harry Hall and Hayden Buckley both scored a top 10.
The Field and Tournament Details for the CJ Cup @ Summit
There will be a lot of talk this week about Collin Morikawa and Maverick McNealy who are members at the Summit Club. In fact, both have traded the course record recently with McNealy firing a 61 to take the top spot. The field is made up of the top 60 finishers in last season's FedEx Cup rankings and filled out with guests. The guests include some of the top Korean players and sponsor invites which include some veteran tour pros in need of one.
Coming in hot off his dominant performance at the Ryder Cup, Dustin Johnson headlines and tops the DraftKings pricing. Justin Thomas, Morikawa, Xander Schauffele, Jordan Spieth, and Rory McIlroy fill out the $10k and above. The likes of Viktor Hovland, Burns, Brooks Koepka, Tony Finau, Im, Hideki Matsuyma, Oosthuizen, Cameron Smith, Abraham Ancer, and Scottie Scheffler round out the $9ks.
Though the CJ Cup has previously been played in South Korea, Justin Thomas (2019 & 2017), Brooks Koepka (2018), and last year's champion, Jason Kokrak who prevailed at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, make up the list of past champions.
the summit club key stats & Course Breakdown
Golf fans, along with the majority of the field, will see The Summit Club (TSC) for the first time this week. TSC will play as a 7,431 yard par 72 when the action kicks off Thursday morning and is designed by legendary architect, Tom Fazio. Fazio is most known for designing world renown courses such as last year's CJ Cup host, Shadow Creek. Fazio also has a hand in regular PGA Tour stops including Quail Hollow Country Club, Conway Farms Golf Club, the Seaside Course at Sea Island, Monterey Peninsula at Pebble Beach and Corrales Golf Course.
The players will face large and undulated Bentgrass greens, wide fairways, and lots of deep bunkers. Amazing course layout with stunning views of the Las Vegas strip. Prepare to be impressed. Plays at elevation like last week. In fact its just down the road from TPC Summerlin.
Like Summerlin, the fairways and rough are Bermudagrass but at TSC, everything has been overseeded with ryegrass which should makes things softer. The rough will be a bit thicker than what we saw last week as well. The main defense for the course will be the bunkers, greens, and water which will be in play on seven holes.
It is important to note that this course sits in a very wealthy part of the city and membership costs a couple hundred grand. The course was not made for hosting PGA Tour events in mind. Some books have the winning score odds at -21 but if the weather stays calm all week, the boys might creep up closer to -30 by Sunday night.
Key Stats for The Summit Club
With the width of the fairways and general ease of the track, the bombers have to have an advantage this week. Several holes will be drivable and there are four potentially reachable par 5s. The elevation should help the shorter knockers keep up but it also gives an edge to the more accurate blasters of the ball. With every new course we generally fall to the default stats.
Ball striking and strokes gained tee to green are staples for me every week but tend to carry more weight when historic data is not available. With the likelihood of a wild west shootout, give me all the scoring stats too! Fantasy National's oops gained stat is key for me paired with birdies or better % and dk scoring. Par 5 scoring is huge once again and will rely a bit on par 4 scoring as well. With such large and tricky greens I'm also looking at scrambling and strokes gained putting on bentgrass greens.
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The Picks & Fades
Each week we will give you some plays and a fade from each DraftKings salary range. For all of DB and Pat’s thoughts and picks make sure to check out and subscribe to the Tour Junkies Podcast.
To Play or Not to Play Brooks Koepka
Yes. If the books want to give me a 30-1 number on BK, im going to take it. Plus money on a top 20 is nice too. I'm optimistic he got all of his partying over with last week and with a much tougher field, will feel the fire to win a big one. BK will be super low owned once again and we all know what he is capable of.
$9K & Above
- DB: Play - Sam Burns | Fade - Collin Morikawa
- Pat: Play - Xander Schauffele | Fade - Brooks Koepka
- AC: Play - Jordan Spieth, Viktor Hovland, Louis Oosthuizen | Fade - Xander Schauffele
I wasn't immediately drawn to Speef but he is always on my radar. As the ownership starts to take form he is now quite interesting. We know he can putt with the best of them and any accuracy concerns are aided by the layout of the course. If any of you read my preview article for last week, Hovland was my fade. I had some reasons but it game down to the short game. Now he actually lost just under a stroke putting but the 9 strokes lost around the green is what did him in. I think we could see a really nice bounce back week from BDV. Oosty can be in contention in any event. The T14 last week at Shriners shows promise the game is where it needs to be. His par 4 and 5 scoring are near the top of the field and the ball striking is elite.
The highest owned guy is almost always a fade for me. Especially when they come from this range cause they are just not that much better then the lowest owned guy in this range. That appears to be Xander this week. He has won the Olympic gold meal and the Ryder Cup in recent months and really hasn't done much else.
- DB: Play - Harris English | Fade - Patrick Reed
- Pat: Play - Marc Leishman | Fade - Tommy Fleetwood
- AC: Play - Nobody | Fade - Everybody
I stared at this range for quite a while. I clicked too many tabs to not find something. If I was just going blindly off numbers or if I used FNGC's anti-bias mode, my two plays would be Shane Lowry and Paul Casey. But.. I don't really want to play either of them.
- DB: Play - Maverick McNealy| Fade - Joaquin Niemann
- Pat: Play - Sergio Garcia | Fade - Justin Rose
- AC: Play - Alex Noren, Cameron Tringale, Russell Henley | Fade - Kevin Na
Birdiefest. Bentgrass greens. Elevation benefits. Alex Noren. Noren is one of the best putters in the field, hits a nice ball, and has the ability to rack up birdies. Tringale has eight straight cuts with basically five top 20s in there. He's also one of the best Bentgrass putters and last year we saw Jason Kokrak crack a forever winless drought that Tringale may be able to overcome this week. I hopped on Henley last week and was rewarded with a T21 which included an eagle late in the day on Friday to make the cut. Henley finished T3 to Kokrak at last year's CJ Cup and The Summit Club should suit him.
Na was a WD last week citing a rib injury. He hasn't WD yet this week but I think he is likely to be outclassed this week even if he was healthy. He did just announce his wife is pregnant this week though...
- DB: Play - Keegan Bradley, Cameron Davis, Jhonny Vegas
- Pat: Play - Keegan Bradley, Jhonny Vegas, KH Lee
- AC: Play - Kevin Streelman, MacKenzie Hughes, Rasmus Hojgaard
Streelman has the ball striking I would want here. He may lack in the distance game but can make up for it with his irons. The T21 at Shadow Creek last year is promising as well. Like Streelman, Hughes will be low owned. He also has the ability to break a slate with his putter. With a course that accuracy off the tee might not be a priority, the Canadian could have a good showing. Gimmie four guaranteed rounds with Rasmus. has a chance to be severely low owned and obviously has game. He missed the cut on the number at the Shriners so should be settled and maybe got a few extra days of prep at Summit.
There ya go. No cut week. Ownership, ownership, ownership. Don't blow the roll. Max out your contests. You don't want to go up against a sharp player using half of the field in their player pool.
THE INS & OUTS
There have been no changes to the field at the time of publication.
*Field is set at 78 with no cut after 36 holes.