Sleeper Picks for the 2020 CJ Cup – Unveiling the Value in Vegas

| October 12, 2020 1:11 pm PDT

Do you know what each of the last three winners on the PGA Tour has in common?

None of them were even remotely close to being considered favorites at the start of the week in which they won. This doesn’t guarantee that a dark horse will follow in Martin Laird’s footsteps and emerge in Sin City, but the door is certainly open.

As for who could come bursting through, I’ve got four 2020 CJ Cup sleepers in mind.

Abraham Ancer +5000

Talk about a player who is knocking on the door to pick up his first victory on the PGA Tour, here’s how solid Abraham Ancer has been playing. He’s connected on 21 of his last 22 cuts – a couple of those being runner-up finishes – and has quietly risen to #21 in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR).

The 29-year-old “silent assassin” tallied a solo-4th last week at the Shriners thanks to gaining over 8 strokes on the field on the greens (2nd in SG: Putting). Known for being an excellent ball-striker, perhaps this is the week Ancer finally gets over the hump.

Gary Woodland +6600

I mainly worked on my setup and takeaway during my lesson with Nick at the Butch Harmon School of Golf on Saturday. Frankly, I was a little preoccupied thanks to having a front-row seat to Gary Woodland putting on a stripe show just a hundred or so yards away.

The 2019 US Open champ was peppering the flagstick as Butch looked on, so it’s only a matter of getting the flat-stick dialed in. Lurking at +6600 to win in Vegas at BetOnline, I almost feel obligated to roll the dice.

Joaquin Niemann +6600

With so many household names competing at the CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek, it’s easy to lose sight of Joaquin Niemann. However, studying his recent game log suggests that the Chilean warrants a serious look.

3rd at the BMW Championship solidified his first appearance at the TOUR Championship, and Joaquin has looked sharp in the early going of the “Super Season.” Nieman placed 23rd at Winged Foot and finished 13th last week at the Shriners.

7th in SG: Off-the-Tee and 4th in scrambling (last week at TPC Summerlin) hints that all facets of his game are in order.

Cameron Smith +10000

Searching a bit further down the betting sheet for CJ Cup sleepers, here’s one at +10000 whose game is finally rounding into form. His results dramatically tapered off following his victory at the Sony Open, but eight straight made cuts tell me that Cameron Smith has been revived.

Top-25s in four of his last five starts – including this past week – Smith’s silky golf swing and hot putter bode well for the layout at Shadow Creek. 23 birdies and an eagle at TPC Summerlin means more good golf is in store.

Picking a Winner at Shadow Creek

Do any of these CJ Cup sleeper picks pique your interest?

Those of you who would rather target one of the favorites, that’s exactly what I’ve done below.

Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for on football, basketball, and baseball.

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