The CJ Cup Preview: Perez Aims for Upset
The CJ Cup Preview: Perez Aims for Upset

This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.

The PGA Tour heads to Korea this week as the international portion of the fall schedule gets underway. The next few weeks will see a few of the larger events on the fall schedule, which will  lead to better fields than we've been accustomed to the last month. 

A quick scan of the defending champs from this time last season shows names such as Koepka, Schauffele, Kuchar and Howell, which means the opportunity for a breakthrough win for some of the younger players on the PGA Tour is likely all but gone until 2020, with the exception of the opposite-field event in Bermuda next week. 

As for this week, we've got a small field of just 78 golfers and a majority has experience on this track as it's been used the two previous years.        

This Week: The CJ Cup at Nine Bridges – The Club at Nine Bridges, Jeju Island, South Korea  

Last Year: Brooks Koepka shot a final-round 64 on his way to a four-stroke victory over Gary Woodland.  

FAVORITES

Justin Thomas (7-1)

I'm a little surprised that Koepka, as the defending champ, is not listed as the favorite this week, but perhaps the oddsmakers and the public are catching on that he's just not reliable outside the majors, but more on that later. Thomas finished 36th here last year, but he won this event the year prior. It looks like JT is poised for a big season and likely will

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