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CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES Preview

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


This week the PGA TOUR jumps ship and makes its way over to Jeju Island in South Korea for the first annual CJ Cup at Nine Bridges. 


The course opened in 2001 and is the only Korean course that ranks inside the top 100 golf courses in the world. Designed by David Dale and Ronald Fream, this beautifully manicured course actually features eight bridges with the ninth being a metaphorical link from the club to its members and guests.

 

Course

7,196 yards - Par 72 - Bentgrass Greens


Looking over this course layout, you notice how meticulously groomed the grass is everywhere. The length isn't too demanding. There are a few lengthy par 5s over 580 yards but the other two par 5s check-in between 550 and 570 yards. 


Looking at the slate of par 4s, five of them are 411 yards or shorter with only two of them eclipsing 450 yards. 


The fairways look wide and easy to hit, so distance off will be important in my eyes. The greens are surrounded by a plethora of sand traps of all shapes and sizes. While contending with the sand, water comes into play on this course n many of the holes as well, so there will definitely be penalties to pay if you stray off the fairways.


The CJ Group has signed off for 10 years of this event, so gamers should enjoy this year's edition while taking notes along the way for next year. 

 

Weather

The weather for Jeju Island looks to be similar to the East Coast as the early morning temps look to stay in the low 60s in the morning. The peak daytime temps are looking to reach in the high 60s almost getting to 70 all four days. We should have a solid week of weather without any interference from Mother Nature.

 

Stats

Since this is the first time the PGA TOUR is playing this course, we do not have any course history here to refer to. I went ahead and decided to use FantasyNational.com to look back at each player in the field from all courses for that past 50 rounds to see how they match up against each other. As always, Thanks to Fantasy National Golf Club for the stats.

  

Strokes Gained Total

Paul Casey

Marc Leishman

Jason Day

Patrick Reed

Justin Thomas

Tony Finau

Chez Reavie

Ian Poulter

Adam Scott

Xander Schauffele

 

Strokes Gained Putting

Rafa Cabrera Bello

Jonas Blixt

Patrick Reed

Graeme McDowell

Chez Reavie

Xander Schauffele

Brian Harman

Ernie Els

Jason Day

Stewart Cink

 

Birdies or Better

Jason Day

Justin Thomas

Grayson Murray

Paul Casey

Xander Schauffele

Marc Leishman

Tony Finau

Jamie Lovemark

Kevin Na

Danny Lee

 

Bogey Avoidance

Patrick Reed

Chez Reavie

Paul Casey

Lucas Glover

Brian Harman

Pat Perez

C.T. Pan

Branden Grace

Thomas Pieters

Adam Scott

 

Strokes Gained on Par 5s

Xander Schauffele

Tony Finau

Grayson Murray

Luke List

Marc Leishman

Jhonattan Vegas

Charl Schwartzel

Justin Thomas

Kevin Tway

Jamie Lovemark

 

Strokes Gained on Par 4s

Paul Casey

Chez Reavie

Justin Thomas

Marc Leishman

Ian Poulter

Xander Schauffele

Jason Day

Pat Perez

Daniel Berger

Keegan Bradley

 

 Strokes Gained Scrambling

Patrick Reed

Ian Poulter

Brian Harman

Branden Grace

Whee Kim

Chez Reavie

Pat Perez

Justin Thomas

Lucas Glover

Paul Casey

 

GIRs Gained

Gary Woodland

Paul Casey

Adam Scott

Chez Reavie

Xander Schauffele

Kyle Stanley

Marc Leishman

Graham DeLaet

Luke List

Stewart Cink

 

Driving Distance

Kevin Tway

Tony Finau

Luke List

Justin Thomas

Grayson Murray

Patrick Rodgers

Xander Schauffele

Adam Scott

Jamie Lovemark

Jason Day

 

 


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Macaulay Scott Renner has been playing ice hockey and golf for over 40 years while growing up on the beaches of the NJ shore. An avid Grateful Dead fan, he has been playing fantasy sports since 1999 and currently resides in Philadelphia. Macaulay can found on Twitter @msr427.



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