THIS WEEK: The CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges, Oct. 17-20.
Club at Nine Bridges, Jeju Island, South Korea (Par 72, 7,241 yards)
Purse: $9.75 million (Winner: $1.755M)
Defending champion: Brooks Koepka
FedEx Cup leader: Lanto Griffin
TV: Wednesday-Saturday (ending Sunday), 10 p.m.-2 a.m. ET (Golf Channel).
NOTES: The no-cut, 78-player event is the first of three events in the Asia swing. … Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth will make their event debuts. … Koepka carded a 7-under 29 on the back nine of the final round to cruise to a four-shot victory over Gary Woodland last year. With the win, he climbed to No. 1 in the world rankings for the first time. … The field includes 21 of the top 50 players in the world rankings. … Justin Thomas beat Marc Leishman on the second playoff hole to win the inaugural event in 2017.
BEST BETS: Justin Thomas (+650 by PointsBet) is the betting favorite entering the tournament for good reason. The winner two years ago, Thomas has finished no worse than T12 in his past seven worldwide events, including a victory at the BMW Championship. … Brooks Koepka (+850) dominated last year’s event, but has typically sporadic results over his past 10 events, including three top-4 finishes and five T50 or worse. … Viktor Hovland (+2000) is still seeking his maiden professional victory, but has already risen to No. 94 with eight consecutive top-16 finishes worldwide. … Sungjae Im (+2200) is a Jeju resident and one of 16 South Korean players in the field. He’s also the reigning PGA Tour rookie of the year and won the Genesis Championship for his first KPGA title last week. … Kevin Na (+4000) won his most recent start at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and has three victories in his past 30 events.
LAST TOURNAMENT: Houston Open (Lanto Griffin)
NEXT WEEK: The Challenge: Japan Skins; The ZOZO Championship, Chiba, Japan