Paul Casey can finally convert an outstanding run of form into victory when the PGA Tour visits South Korea for the first time at this week’s CJ Cup, writes Dave Clark.
The Englishman has gone three years without winning but has 13 top-10 finishes from his last 28 events, including five top-fives from his last nine starts.
A tie for seventh in Malaysia last week could have been so much better but for an opening 73 which left him struggling to make the cut, and the 63 which followed to secure Casey’s place in the field for the weekend will have filled the 40-year-old with confidence.
A supreme ball striker, the Nine Bridges course on Jeju Island is likely to play to Casey’s strengths and he makes plenty of appeal as the first of our CJ Cup betting predictions at 10/1.
Another player who finished strongly at last week’s CIMB Classic was Cameron Smith, who snatched fourth place with a closing 64.
The Australian announced his talent with a top-five finish at the US Open two years ago but, despite amassing almost $4million in career earnings by the age of 24, Smith has struggled to get over the line, with his victory in New Orleans in May his sole professional win.
For that reason we are picking Smith to secure a top-10 finish at 4/1.
Spain’s Rafael Cabrera Bello has impressed since deciding to split his time between Europe and the US at the start of 2017, making it to the penultimate event of the FedEx Cup play-offs in America and winning a Rolex Series event in Scotland.
Tied for 10th in Malaysia last week, the Ryder Cup star can add to his six European Tour titles with a first on the PGA Tour. He can be backed at 28/1 in the CJ Cup betting odds.
Cabrera Bello is also one of only a handful of players in the field with some local form to support his claims, having finished fourth in a European Tour event on Jeju Island in 2009.
The last of our CJ cup betting tips is home favourite Seung Yul Noh at 150/1.
The 26-year-old has struggled for form on the PGA Tour since finishing tied for fifth at the Wells Fargo Championship in May, but has spent the last six weeks in Korea and warmed up for the event with a top-five finish at the Genesis Championship last month.
With five professional titles to his name already, Noh is more than capable of giving the locals something to cheer about on Sunday.
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