VThe likes of Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, and Scottie Scheffler headline the CJ Cup in South Carolina this week.
After weeks of not seeing the best golfers in the world, bettors get a quality PGA Tour field and golf betting markets have value available.
McIlroy Eyes Top Spot
Defending CJ Cup champion McIlroy could secure the world’s top ranking with a win this week.
Much of the talk surrounding McIlroy has been about the LIV Tour rivalry, but the 2022 FedEx Cup champion is focused on the course and he’s putting himself in positions to win tournaments.
“I’ve no doubt in my mind if I keep playing the golf that I’m playing currently, I’ll have a lot more chances to win major championships,” McIlroy told BBC.com. “The more I put myself in position to win, the more comfortable I’m going to feel in that position and ultimately I’m going to step through the door and get another one.”
“At the end of the day, the world rankings are an algorithm that the computer throws out every Monday but if you play well enough, it all takes care of itself.”
He secured a lifetime PGA Tour membership with his 20th win in the CJ Cup last year, so he loves playing this tournament.
The sportsbook has McIlroy at +750 to win. He’s the slight favorite over Rahm, who is the only other golfer quoted lower than +1400.
- Pick: Rory McIlroy +750
Stick with Kim
As long as Tom Kim keeps being disrespected in betting markets, we’ll keep backing him.
He cashed for bettors in the Shriners Hospitals Open when scoring a three-shot victory. Patrick Cantlay triple-bogeyed the 18th hole to hand Kim his second PGA Tour win.
The South Korean didn’t fire at the Zozo Championship last week when he finished T25, but it was still a solid effort following a big win.
The 20-year-old is climbing the rankings, and although he meets a much harder field this time around, he showed his worth at the Presidents Cup and he can handle the likes of McIlroy and Scheffler.
“It’s really amazing. A few months ago I didn’t have any status in the U.S. and now being a two-time winner on tour, having that place with Tiger (Woods), it’s an unbelievable feeling for me,” Kim said.
“It’s an honor and definitely a dream come true. I’ve worked really hard. My team has worked really hard to this point and I’m just really grateful. I’m having fun playing on the PGA Tour.”
Golf odds have Kim at +2800 to win and that’s a price worth taking.
- Pick: Tom Kim +2800
Fleetwood Overdue Victory
Tommy Fleetwood is one of the best players in the world, but the Englishman has yet to win on the PGA Tour.
Despite five wins on the European Tour and five top-five finishes in majors, the 31-year-old hasn’t translated that success to the PGA Tour.
He didn’t show his best at the Zozo Championship, but he finished T4 at the Open Championship earlier in the year and a similar performance sees him going close at Congaree Golf Club.
Fleetwood’s odds are too good to pass up. He’s a +6000 chance to win the CJ Cup and we can’t turn down those odds. He is always a solid winning chance and we’re including him in selections.
- Pick: Tommy Fleetwood +6000