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CJ Cup: PGA Tour Expert Picks

Cameron Smith should be a solid play at Summit Club.

GOLF: OCT 06 PGA - Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Photo by Matthew Bolt/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Tournament Information

CJ Cup
Date: October 14th – 17th
Course: The Summit Club
Purse: $9.7mm ($1.8mm to winner)
2020 Winner: Jason Kokrak (-20)

Course: The Summit Club

Designed and opened in 2017 by Tom Fazio, The club lies about 10 miles away from the Vegas Strip. It is a par 72 running about 7,400 yards. It holds a rating of 75.7 and a slope rating of 143, putting it on the considerably difficult side. It runs rather flat, not utilizing a typical desert design but instead a lush parkland concept. There are some elevation lifts on greens and tee boxes but success will come here if a player can hit for distance and if they make the correct risk/reward shots, especially on the first and last few holes.

My Starting 4

Brooks Koepka (first selection this year) – This course is long and will require quite a drive. Koepka has the pedigree to deliver on that as he’s 29th in drive distance.

Cameron Smith (first selection this year) Cameron has a strong track record in Nevada courses, he’s finished an average of 12th in this state over the last two years. He’s 23rd in total strokes gained.

Scottie Scheffler (first selection this year) The Ryder Cup powerhouse has one of the longest drives on the tour. He should be a lock for a solid round here if he can keep his iron play strong.

Rickie Fowler (first selection this year) Rickie has one of the longest drives on tour. His lone start this year was a missed cut at Shriners last week but he has a decent track record with these Nevada courses.

My Bench 2

Matt Jones (first selection this year) Matt finished 27th last week at Shriners. He is 5th on the tour in drive distance and he is 14th on the tour in strokes gained tee to green.

Brian Harman (second selection this year) Doubling down on Brian, who missed the cut last week. He’s typically solid in Nevada, I think he could rebound this week. He might be harmed by a lack of distance on his drives, but he’s very accurate.

2021-2022 Stats

Start: Average Finish 67th (47th percent)
Bench: Average Finish 67th (47th percent)