CJ Cup: Three to play in the First Round Leader market

South Korean Byeong Hun An
Byeong Hun An can burst out of the traps
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Dave Tindall looks at the opening round of the CJ Cup and has three picks to make a fast start...

"He's been T9 or better after round one in five of his last 13 events."

Byeong Hun An each-way @ 40/1

Each-way terms: 1/5 odds, 6 places

Weather forecast for Jeju, Korea: Temperatures are modest in the mid-60s with a mix of sunshine and cloud. The main element to take note of though is the wind or relative lack of it. It really blew for the last three days in this event last year but the forecast suggests something around 10mph for most of the golfing day.

Tee-times: The 78-man field means there's just a two-hour gap between the first and last groups (two tees are used). Therefore, there's no morning/afternoon advantage. Play starts at 07:45 local.

An can make instant impact

With a strong recent record on Thursdays, I'm banking on Byeong Hun An to make a hot start when he returns to his homeland.

An's first-round scores starting at the Canadian Open read 66-68-70-71-69-65-69-66.

Those numbers helped him to R1 placings of T4 in Canada, T8 at the BMW Championship and T6 at last week's CIMB Classic.

Wind back a little further and he's been T9 or better after round one in five of his last 13 events.

The Korean, whose parents both won medals at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, was back on home turf only last month at the Shinhan Donghae Open. He sat second with 18 holes to play before taking T8.

A closing 66 gave him T13 in last week's CIMB Classic while he finished T11 in this event last year after piling up more birdies than anyone.

There are plenty of signs that An could make Thursday's closing headlines so take the 40/1.

Strong case for Paul

I've put up Paul Casey in my outright preview but, arguably, I like him even better for first-round leader at 30s.

The Englishman has played several times in Korea and made the top 20 in this event last year.

Thrilled by his part in Europe's Ryder Cup win, Casey has some pep in his step and he's got a fine record as a first-round starter.

That continued when he opened with 66 at last week's CIMB Classic and, for the third time in five events, Casey ended the first round inside the top eight.

Get him on board.

Piercy can pounce early

With form of 27-MC-45, it doesn't look as if Scott Piercy is doing much to catch the eye.

But, in terms of this market, he's doing plenty.

In last week's CIMB Classic, the American opened with a 65 and a couple of starts earlier at the BMW Championship he posted a 64 and a 65.

Okay, those latter scores were on Friday and Saturday but it shows that when Piercy gets on a roll he keeps it going.

In his last five starts he's been tied third after day one in Malaysia last Thursday and tied fifth with 18 holes played at The Northern Trust.

Back in June, Piercy shared the first-round lead at the US Open so 80/1 for FRL makes much more appeal than his outright odds.

Let's hope he can burn bright for the opening 18 once more.

Dave's 2018 R1 leader P/L (based on £5 ew per selection)

Staked: £840
Returned: £610.23
P/L: -£229.77

(After the British Masters)

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