Best Matchups Bets for the 2020 CJ Cup

| October 13, 2020 11:27 am PDT

A top-drawer field at Shadow Creek has generated all sorts of juicy matchups. After poring over the selection, three stood out in particular.

Two of the three sit in the “plus-money” territory while the other points you toward a player (at reduced juice) who’s ready to catch fire.

Take a look at my best CJ Cup head-to-head picks.

Abraham Ancer vs. Paul Casey

Abraham Ancer+105
Paul Casey-125

Paul Casey missed the cut last week at the Shriners while Abraham Ancer was busy posting 25 birdies and an eagle, ultimately finishing solo-4th. However, the real reason I’m looking at Ancer in this CJ Cup matchup bet is the distinct advantage he holds over Casey on the greens.

Abraham ranked 41st in SG: Putting last season; Paul clocked in 165th.

Interestingly enough, Casey is listed at +5500 to win the tournament on MyBookie while Ancer is sitting at +5000. It’s pretty clear that one of my top CJ Cup sleeper picks is seeping with value in this spot.

  • Abraham Ancer

Rickie Fowler vs. Gary Woodland

Rickie Fowler-140
Gary Woodland+117

Pairing up with John Tillery hasn’t brought Rickie Fowler the consistency he was looking for. As Rickie continues to work on his new swing, his results resemble a player who is tinkering. Five missed cuts over his last 10 starts with nothing better than a T49 over his last four.

It’s no wonder we saw Fowler make a noticeable putter switch to try and strike up momentum at TPC Summerlin.

Meanwhile, during the same time Fowler was missing the cut by six strokes at the Shriners, Gary Woodland was tuning up at the pristine layout in North Las Vegas.

With Gary’s hip injury no longer factoring in, Fowler’s -140 price tag seems awfully aggressive.

  • Gary Woodland

Dustin Johnson vs. Rory McIlroy

Dustin Johnson-115
Rory McIlroy-105

Perhaps fading Dustin Johnson in the midst of him dismantling golf courses isn’t the wisest decision. Nonetheless, DJ is bound to cool off eventually, and the 25-day layoff could be enough to slow his putter down.

On the flip side, back-to-back top 10s in the two events since his daughter was born tell me a big weight has been lifted off of Rory McIlroy’s chest.

Rather than be late to the party and back “Rors” after he catches fire, this is a chance to target “world #4” on the cusp of his ascension.

  • Rory McIlroy

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Attacking the CJ Cup head-to-head matchup bets is a great place to get started. When you are ready to move on to picking a winner and/or playing DFS golf on DraftKings, check out the previews below.

Michael Wynn
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