CJ Cup 2022 picks, predictions, best bets, odds, props: PGA golf expert says back Rory McIlroy, fade Tom Kim

by Catherine



Several of the PGA Tour’s top stars return to action this week at the 2022 CJ Cup in South Carolina, which tees off Thursday at Congaree Golf Club. The CJ Cup 2022 field includes 15 of the top 20 golfers in the world, led by No. 1 Scottie Scheffler and reigning FedEx Cup champion Rory McIlroy. Fellow major champions like Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth, Collin Morikawa and Justin Thomas – a two-time winner of this event – also are among the scheduled competitors. McIlroy is the defending champion of the nomadic tournament, which was played in Las Vegas the past two seasons after debuting at Nine Bridges in South Korea in 2017. McIlroy went 25 under at The Summit Club last year to edge Morikawa by one stroke. The Northern Irishman rallied from six strokes down to defeat Scheffler in last year’s Tour Championship and has his eye on returning to world No. 1 for the first time in two years. Sungjae Im and Tom Kim lead a strong South Korean contingent set to play in the CJ Cup, which has been prevented from returning to that country because of COVID restrictions.          

Caesars Sportsbook lists McIlroy as the 13-2 favorite in its latest 2022 CJ Cup odds. Rahm (9-1), Scheffler (12-1) and Thomas (14-1) are the only other golfers shorter than 20-1. Im (22-1), Spieth (28-1), Kim (30-1) and Morikawa (30-1) are among many players who are slightly longer shots in the 2022 CJ Cup field. Before you lock in any 2022 CJ Cup picks or bets, be sure you check out the PGA Tour predictions, best bets and sleepers from golf insider Patrick McDonald.

After spending time at FanSided and NBC Sports EDGE, McDonald joined CBS Sports as a golf writer in the spring of 2022. Now covering the sport from a broader perspective, McDonald still likes to dip his toes into the betting pools on a weekly basis on the PGA Tour. 

He takes a measured approach to his outright selections and finished the 2021-22 season up 42 units on those plays, having hit Cameron Smith (22-1) at the Tournament of Champions, Hudson Swafford (250-1) at The American Express, Joaquin Niemann (70-1) at the Genesis Invitational and Justin Thomas (66-1) live at the PGA Championship.

At the Zozo Championship, McDonald nailed a first-round leader, backing 80-1 Brendan Steele before he closed with four consecutive birdies to lead by one stroke after Thursday’s round. The expert also hit two of his three matchup plays, including tournament winner Keegan Bradley over Corey Conners, one of the pre-tournament favorites. Anyone who followed McDonald’s advice cashed in huge.

Now, McDonald has studied the 2022 CJ Cup field and is locking in his best bets, top sleepers and favorites to avoid. You can head to SportsLine now to see all his PGA picks and predictions

Top 2022 CJ Cup expert picks

One surprise from McDonald: The expert is fading Kim, even though the young South Korean star won a tournament just two weeks ago. The 20-year-old already ranks 15th in the world, and he went 24 under to win the Shriners by three strokes on Oct. 9. He is the first player since Tiger Woods to win twice before age 21. Yet this course might not be in the young star’s wheelhouse. Kim hits the ball straight – almost always – but he doesn’t hit it a long way. He ranks 192nd in driving distance (287 yards), and McDonald thinks he’ll have trouble keeping pace at Congaree.   

Meanwhile, the expert has seen McIlroy tearing up the DP World Tour recently and doesn’t expect him to slow down. The 33-year-old is making his tour debut for the fall, but he has finished in the top five in three straight events in Europe. McIlroy has excelled on Tom Fazio designs, including his win at The Summit Club and two at Quail Hollow. That’s partly because he has plenty of power off the tee – he ranked second in driving distance last season (321 yards). He led the tour in scoring average (68.67) and averaged more than 4.5 birdies per round (fourth). See who else to pick here.     

How to make 2022 CJ Cup golf picks

Before this week’s PGA Tour event near Hilton Head, McDonald has locked in his best bets for the 2022 CJ Cup. He has several outright plays, including a monster longshot that would bring a massive payout of 150-1. You can find out who it is, and see all of the expert’s PGA picks, at SportsLine.

So which 2022 CJ Cup picks should you target? Which golfer priced at 150-1 could pull off a stunning victory this week at CJ Cup 2022? Check out the odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Patrick McDonald’s top prop picks for CJ Cup 2022, all from the expert who ended last season up 42 units on outright plays, and find out.

2022 CJ Cup odds, field, top contenders

See full CJ Cup 2022 picks, best bets, and predictions here

Rory McIlroy +650
Jon Rahm +900
Scottie Scheffler +1100
Max Homa +1600
Justin Thomas +1600
Sungjae Im +1800
Matt Fitzpatrick +1800
Shane Lowry +2200
Jordan Spieth +2200
Viktor Hovland +2800
Tom Kim +2800
Sam Burns +2800
Collin Morikawa +2800
Tyrrell Hatton +3500
Cameron Young +3500
Hideki Matsuyama +4000
Taylor Montgomery +4500
Keegan Bradley +4500
Billy Horschel +4500
Aaron Wise +4500
Maverick McNealy +6500
Corey Conners +6500
Brian Harman +6500
Andrew Putnam +6500
Christiaan Bezuidenhout +6500
Tom Hoge +7000
Russell Henley +7000
Mito Pereira +7000
Keith Mitchell +7000
Emiliano Grillo +7000
Cam Davis +7000
Tommy Fleetwood +8000
Si Woo Kim +8000
Scott Stallings +8000
Sahith Theegala +8000
Rickie Fowler +8000
Jason Day +8000
J.T. Poston +8000
Alex Noren +8000
Adam Hadwin +8000
Taylor Moore +10000
Sebastian Munoz +10000
Seamus Power +10000
Matt Kuchar +10000
Harris English +10000
Denny McCarthy +10000
Davis Riley +10000
Kurt Kitayama +13000
K.H. Lee +13000
J.J. Spaun +13000
Webb Simpson +15000
Wyndham Clark +15000
Sepp Straka +15000
S.H. Kim +15000
Ryan Palmer +15000
Luke List +15000
Kevin Kisner +15000
Chris Kirk +15000
Alex Smalley +15000
Trey Mullinax +18000
Gary Woodland +18000
Brendon Todd +18000
Lee Hodges +20000
Byeong Hun An +20000
Brendan Steele +20000
Troy Merritt +25000
Justin Suh +25000
Danny Willett +30000
Chez Reavie +30000
Lucas Glover +40000
John Huh +40000
Yoseop Seo +50000
Yongjun Bae +100000
Sanghyun Park +100000
Sanghun Shin +100000
Chanmin Jung  +100000
Yeongsu Kim +100000

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