2018 CJ Cup at Nine Bridges expert picks, rankings, fantasy golf and betting tips
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2018 CJ Cup at Nine Bridges expert picks, rankings, fantasy golf and betting tips


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The PGA Tour remains in Asia for several weeks running, continuing with the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges on Jeju Island in South Korea. Justin Thomas and Marc Leishman had an underrated battle last year in the event's first year. This is a course potentially subject to a lot of wind, and there are a lot of demands for players who want to score, needing to either play solid mid- and long irons or try to cut off a lot of potential trouble.

This is a 78-player field, headed by Justin Thomas, Marc Leishman, Brooks Koepka, Paul Casey and more. It's a strong field with a big purse on a golf course which seemingly rewards ball striking above all else.

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2018 CJ Cup at Nine Bridges rankings: Top 10 picks

1. Justin Thomas -- JT nearly put it together again in Malaysia, and you can pretty much bank on him being highly ranked there for eternity. He got it done here last year in the first year of the event with some tough scoring conditions.

2. Marc Leishman -- Leishman was dominant in Malaysia, and he never flinched for a second at TPC Kuala Lumpur. Have to like his chances to keep it going.

3. Brooks Koepka -- Koepka can take over on pretty much any golf course at any time. His big ball should be helpful here, and we know he can handle wind.

4. Paul Casey -- Casey seems to do particularly well in Asian events, and perhaps it's because he takes advantage of the no-cut nature of the tournament. Either way, he was T-18 here last year and T-13 last week.

5. Jason Day -- It's almost too easy to overlook Jason Day right now, despite him posting top-20 finishes in four of his last five PGA Tour starts dating back to the PGA Championship.

6. Hideki Matsuyama -- Matsuyama has been in the top 15 in his last five worldwide starts, and he's been T-4 in two of his last three.

7. Kyle Stanley -- Stanley continues to play consistent, high-caliber golf. He's been in the top 15 in three of his last four starts, including the playoffs.

8. Xander Schauffele -- It's pretty easy to get lost in a tournament where you gotta get to 25 under to win. The X Man finished 25th, which was fine, at the CIMB. Still class in the field.

9. Cameron Smith -- Smith isn't quite as hot as the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs, but he's playing solid golf and this should be a course he loves. He was third alone in the debut event.

10. Byeong-hun An -- An hasn't been as great since finishing T-2 at the Canadian Open, but he's a cut maker and has been showing some steady improvement in finishes. Good week in Malaysia.

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