2020 CJ Cup odds: Surprising PGA picks, predictions from model that nailed six majors

Brooks Koepka is set to make his first start on the PGA Tour since missing the cut at the Wyndham Championship in August. Koepka finished on top of the leaderboard at the CJ Cup in 2018, defeating runner-up Gary Woodland by four strokes. Koepka will have some stiff competition in the 2020 CJ Cup field with fellow major winners like Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy set to tee it up this week. 

Koepka, who’s recorded seven victories on the PGA Tour, is going off at 25-1 in the 2020 CJ Cup odds from William Hill. Other top 2020 CJ Cup contenders include Johnson (10-1), Thomas (12-1), Jon Rahm (11-1), McIlroy (14-1) and Xander Schauffele (14-1). Before locking in your 2020 CJ Cup picks or entering any PGA DFS tournaments on sites like DraftKings and FanDuel, be sure to see the golf predictions and projected leaderboard from the proven computer model at SportsLine.

SportsLine’s prediction model, built by DFS pro Mike McClure, has been on fire since the return of the PGA Tour in June. In fact, it’s up over $13,500 on its best bets since the restart, nailing tournament after tournament.

After nailing Sergio Garcia (+5500) finishing on top of the leaderboard at the Sanderson Farms Championship, McClure finished up over $6,200 yet again on his best bets two weeks ago. The model had him in the top five from the start and McClure’s best bets included Garcia winning outright. Those who followed that advice saw a massive +5500 return. 

He also finished profitable at the U.S. Open, nailing two of his best bets, including a +1100 top-five bet on Matthew Wolff. McClure hit a top-five bet (+1200) on Doc Redman at the Wyndham Championship, finishing up over $700 on his best bets. 

The model was all over Dustin Johnson (8-5) finishing on top of the leaderboard at the Tour Championship and Justin Thomas winning the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational at 12-1. And at the 3M Open, McClure’s best bets returned a whopping $1,100 as he nailed a top-five pick on Max Homa (+1200) and a top-20 pick on Talor Gooch (+400). Those are just some of his recent big returns. 

In all, the advanced computer model has also nailed a whopping six majors entering the weekend. Anyone who has followed its golf picks has seen massive returns. 

Now that the 2020 CJ Cup field is locked, SportsLine simulated the event 10,000 times, and the results were surprising. Head to SportsLine now to see the projected leaderboard.

The model’s top 2020 CJ Cup predictions 

One huge shocker the model is calling for at the CJ Cup 2020: Rory McIlroy, one of the top Vegas favorites at 14-1 according to William Hill, stumbles and doesn’t even crack the top five. McIlroy is coming off a strong showing at the U.S. Open, earning an eighth place finish at Winged Foot. However, McIlroy has been extremely inconsistent since the restart, finishing outside the top-30 six times in his last 10 starts on the PGA Tour. 

McIlroy’s inconsistent performances can be directly attributed to his inability to find the fairway off the tee. The 18-time PGA Tour champion finished last season ranked 155th in driving accuracy percentage (56.34), which doesn’t bode well for his chances to finish on top of the leaderboard this week. He’s not a strong pick to win it all and there are far better values in the CJ Cup 2020 field.

Another surprise: Patrick Cantlay, a 25-1 long shot, makes a strong run at the title. He’s a target for anyone looking for a huge payday. Cantlay earned a top-10 finish at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open last week after shooting three rounds of 65 or lower. Cantlay has proven he has what it takes to compete with the best players on the PGA Tour. In fact, the 28-year-old has recorded two victories on the PGA Tour to go along with 26 top-10 finishes. 

Cantlay finished the 2019-20 PGA Tour season ranked inside the top 20 in a number of important statistical categories, including birdie average (4.15), scoring average (69.764), putting average (1.723) and strokes gained: tee-to-green (1.097). Those impressive stats, plus his long odds, make him a strong play in 2020 CJ Cup bets.

How to make 2020 CJ Cup picks

Also, the model is targeting four other golfers with odds of 22-1 or higher to make a strong run at the title. Anyone who backs these underdogs could hit it big. You can only see them here.

So who wins the 2020 CJ Cup? And which long shots stun the golfing world? Check out the odds below and then visit SportsLine to see the projected 2020 CJ Cup leaderboard, all from the model that’s nailed six golf majors and is up over $13,500 since the restart, and find out. 

2020 CJ Cup odds (via William Hill)

Dustin Johnson 10-1
Jon Rahm 11-1
Justin Thomas 12-1
Rory McIlroy 14-1
Xander Schauffele 14-1
Matthew Wolff 22-1
Brooks Koepka 25-1
Patrick Cantlay 25-1
Tyrrell Hatton 25-1
Collin Morikawa 28-1
Tommy Fleetwood 28-1
Tony Finau 28-1
Hideki Matsuyama 28-1
Daniel Berger 28-1
Viktor Hovland 30-1
Sungjae Im 35-1
Matthew Fitzpatrick 35-1
Jason Day 40-1
Harris English 40-1
Sergio Garcia 40-1
Louis Oosthuizen 40-1
Scottie Scheffler 40-1
Paul Casey 50-1
Rickie Fowler 50-1
Justin Rose 50-1
Gary Woodland 50-1
Shane Lowry 50-1
Abraham Ancer 50-1
Brendon Todd 66-1
Joaquin Niemann 66-1
Kevin Kisner 66-1
Billy Horschel 66-1
Ian Poulter 66-1
Bubba Watson 70-1
Jordan Spieth 70-1
Alex Noren 80-1
Russell Henley 80-1
Sebastian Munoz 100-1
Mackenzie Hughes 100-1
Matt Kuchar 100-1
Corey Conners 100-1
Cameron Smith 100-1
Brian Harman 100-1
Jason Kokrak 100-1
Kevin Na 100-1
Kevin Streelman 100-1
Si-Woo Kim 100-1

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