The CJ Cup 2018: Form guide for this week's event in South Korea

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Andy Swales supplies the stats for The CJ Cup on Jeju Island, as the PGA Tour tees-up in Asia for a second straight week...

"Cameron Smith stood on the podium in 2017 and is moving ever closer to a first individual title on the PGA Tour."

The PGA Tour has journeyed more than 2,600 miles, from Malaysia to South Korea, for this week's CJ Cup at Nine Bridges.

The rolling fairways of this exquisite venue are located on Jeju Island, which sits around 80 miles south of the Korean Peninsula.

Opened in 2001, Nine Bridges made its PGA Tour debut last year having previously staged four tournaments on the ladies' equivalent.

This holiday resort is situated close to the centre of the volcanic island, around 600 metres up Mount Halla, and surrounded by a national park.

Nine Bridges is a lush, parkland venue, with beautifully contoured fairways, but is certainly no pushover.

Major Americans

Two top-10 Americans are teeing-up, with Brooks Koepka and defending champion Justin Thomas topping the bill.

Thomas will be chasing his fourth title on Asian soil, and remains in the Far East following last week's top-five finish in Kuala Lumpur.

Five of his last eight starts have yielded top-10s and he will probably begin this week's tournament as the bookies' favourite.

Hideki Matsuyama, who didn't play in last year's inaugural CJ Cup, should figure highly following a three-week break.

Japan's leading golfer registered a brace of top-five finishes during the FedEx Cup Play-Offs in the States.

Aussie Challenge

Marc Leishman, an impressive winner in Malaysia last week, was runner-up to Thomas in Korea 12 months ago.

Another Aussie, Cameron Smith, also stood on the podium in 2017 and is moving ever closer to a first individual title on the PGA Tour.

The 25-year-old, who won the Zurich-sponsored two-man team event in Louisiana last year, posted a brace of top-three finishes during this summer's FedEx Cup Play-Offs.

Mexico's Abraham Ancer continues to make steady progress on the world's top golf tour.

The 27-year-old Texas-born pro tied-fifth in Malaysia at the weekend, which was his fourth top-10 in nine starts, since the beginning of July.

American Kyle Stanley is starting to show a high level of consistency, following a handful of low-key seasons, and is now No 27 in the World Ranking - at the start of 2017 he was outside the top 250.

And young Indian Shubhankar Sharma could be a decent shout to finish leading Asian golfer this week, and outshine some of the bigger names such as Byeong Hun An and Si Woo Kim who are teeing-up on home soil.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W41 W40 W39 W38 W37 W36 W35 W34 W33 W32 W31 W30
Brooks Koepka 7 26 19 12 8 1 5 MC
Justin Thomas 5 7 12 24 8 6 1
Jason Day 18 24 MC 20 19 10
Xander Schauffele 25 7 3 49 MC 35 68
Alexander Noren 24 43 MC MC 31
Paul Casey 13 11 Wd 21 60 MC 31 7
Hideki Matsuyama 4 15 4 15 11 35 39
Tyrrell Hatton 2 29 12 20 10 28
Marc Leishman 1 21 41 21 34 71 14
Kyle Stanley 13 15 45 12 28 MC 2
Rafa Cabrera-Bello 50 41 7 60 11 10 17
Cameron Smith 22 20 65 3 3 56 23
Ian Poulter 51 MC 48 31 10 12
Billy Horschel 33 2 3 Wd 3 11 35 MC
Louis Oosthuizen 5 32 58 31 28 24
Gary Woodland 5 11 12 24 48 6 17 22
Brian Harman 68 49 48 71 62
Adam Scott 50 51 49 5 3 57
Kevin Na 19 25 12 MC 15 19 31
Charley Hoffman 74 20 MC 53 29
Brandt Snedeker 66 2 67 31 1 42 8
Branden Grace 50 55 43 MC 27 63
Byeong Hun An 13 8 29 31 40 56 57 2
Satoshi Kodaira 43 17 MC MC MC 59 63
Pat Perez 63 55 Wd 40 35 63 MC
Si Woo Kim 10 41 35 76 MC MC 10 29
Russell Knox MC 43 MC 35 48
Adam Hadwin MC 19 21 11 MC MC
Ryan Moore 66 2 71 MC 6 59
Emiliano Grillo 2 41 61 7 48 31 66
Kevin Chappell 10 35 MC 65 39
Chez Reavie 43 33 38 MC 20 12 MC
Charl Schwartzel MC 40 8 MC 42 31 9
Peter Uihlein 69 MC 38 12 48 MC MC
Jason Dufner 43 MC MC MC 66 MC
Stewart Cink 13 62 MC 4 37
Jimmy Walker 39 71 71 42 29
Chesson Hadley 2 MC 61 MC 56 45 MC
Andrew Putnam 50 16 49 78 59 1 8
Charles Howell 5 24 58 MC 71
Andrew Landry 66 35 58 76 50 57
Beau Hossler 30 MC 33 35 60 MC
JB Holmes 13 9 49 MC MC 61
Kevin Tway 27 1 43 56 11 23 17
Patton Kizzire 21 61 71 60 MC 31
Sung Jae Im 4 43 16 51 1 42 43 21
Brendan Steele 54 53 64 MC MC MC MC 60
Jhonattan Vegas 53 MC 15 MC 59 53 29
Ted Potter 54 MC 35 66 40 71 48
CT Pan 30 38 4 60 2 11
Jason Kokrak 43 19 24 40 57 19 12
Ryan Palmer 33 65 MC 5 26 22
Austin Cook 13 29 62 60 50 53
Ryan Armour 33 51 35 78 8 MC MC
Brian Gay 69 45 62 70 6 79
Whee Kim 59 33 75 48 MC MC 2
Shubhankar Sharma 10 MC 42 MC MC MC 69
James Hahn 59 MC* 35 MC MC 50
Sang Hyun Park 50 30 9 4 1 42 MC 4
Danny Lee 33 10 49 34 24 6
Abraham Ancer 5 51 7 MC 24 5
Nick Watney 19 MC 62 11 MC 71 29
Jamie Lovemark 39 MC 76 34 24 MC 50
Ollie Schniederjans 74 MC MC MC 57 59 5 MC
Brice Garnett 39 35 12 MC 20 50
Keith Mitchell 22 45 20 MC 41 65
JJ Spaun 72 41 45 66 60 35 3 MC
Sung Kang MC* 75 53 MC
Joaquin Niemann MC* 33 71 37
Kelly Kraft 33 MC MC MC MC 50
Troy Merritt 54 4 MC MC MC 50
Scott Stallings 75 49 28 MC 22 45
Hyun-Woo Ryu 36 30 17 26 4 13 14 MC
Joel Dahmen 26 46 MC MC 54 8
Tom Hoge 63 17 66 MC 20 35 MC
Graeme McDowell MC 57 44 17
Michael Kim 62 73 MC MC MC
Scott Piercy 27 MC 45 Dq 48 45 MC
Brian Stuard 39 53 31 25 MC MC 37
Kyoung-Hoon Lee MC 60 MC 32 MC MC 14 49
Hyung-Joon Lee 19 6 13 3
Dong-Seop Maeng 27 62 21 24
Danny Willett MC MC 44 59 MC 18 MC
Minchel Choi 71 62 26 MC MC 26 45 MC
Do-Yeob Mun MC 12 4 26 12
Tae-Hee Lee 8 15 MC 29
Ernie Els 43 48 MC 3
Rod Pampling MC 58 77
Player 2017
Brooks Koepka
Justin Thomas 1
Jason Day 11
Xander Schauffele 72
Alexander Noren
Paul Casey 19
Hideki Matsuyama
Tyrrell Hatton
Marc Leishman 2
Kyle Stanley 19
Rafa Cabrera-Bello 11
Cameron Smith 3
Ian Poulter 15
Billy Horschel
Louis Oosthuizen
Gary Woodland 40
Brian Harman 5
Adam Scott 25
Kevin Na 47
Charley Hoffman
Brandt Snedeker
Branden Grace 15
Byeong Hun An 11
Satoshi Kodaira
Pat Perez 5
Si Woo Kim 44
Russell Knox
Adam Hadwin 47
Ryan Moore
Emiliano Grillo 40
Kevin Chappell
Chez Reavie 15
Charl Schwartzel 28
Peter Uihlein
Jason Dufner
Stewart Cink 33
Jimmy Walker
Chesson Hadley
Andrew Putnam
Charles Howell 19
Andrew Landry
Beau Hossler
JB Holmes 67
Kevin Tway 28
Patton Kizzire
Sung Jae Im
Brendan Steele
Jhonattan Vegas 54
Ted Potter
CT Pan 47
Jason Kokrak
Ryan Palmer
Austin Cook
Ryan Armour
Brian Gay
Whee Kim 4
Shubhankar Sharma
James Hahn 40
Sang Hyun Park
Danny Lee 71
Abraham Ancer
Nick Watney
Jamie Lovemark 5
Ollie Schniederjans 19
Brice Garnett
Keith Mitchell
JJ Spaun
Sung Kang 54
Joaquin Niemann
Kelly Kraft 44
Troy Merritt
Scott Stallings
Hyun-Woo Ryu
Joel Dahmen
Tom Hoge
Graeme McDowell 64
Michael Kim
Scott Piercy
Brian Stuard
Kyoung-Hoon Lee 47
Hyung-Joon Lee 60
Dong-Seop Maeng
Danny Willett
Minchel Choi
Do-Yeob Mun
Tae-Hee Lee
Ernie Els
Rod Pampling 61
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