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THE CJ CUP @ SHADOW CREEK
Shadow Creek Golf Course
Las Vegas, NV
The PGA Tour remains in Vegas and does not head to South Korea, as the CJ CUP – formerly played at Nine Bridges – takes up a temporary residence at Shadow Creek Golf Course. Once again we have a loaded field, and if it's anything like this past week...well, I guess that won't matter much, as the unheralded Martin Laird somehow emerged on top. Seriously though, there are tons of big names in the field, names like Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, and Dustin Johnson, to list a few. While that figures to make the tournament more fun, the move stateside takes away just about all of our course history. With any luck, though, the trend of a big name winning this event will continue. Thomas won it last year and in 2017 and Koepka claimed victory in between. There's no logical reason why that pattern would hold on a new course, but a guy can dream, right?
Dustin Johnson (9-1)
DJ was the hottest golfer on the planet about a month ago, but he failed to convert that momentum into his second major win at the U.S. Open. As I've said many times, though, you can't put too much stock into how someone performs at the U.S. Open because it's unlike anything else