The CJ Cup 2019: Form guide for this week's event in South Korea

The CJ Cup 2019 at Nine Bridges
The undulating final green at Nine Bridges

Andy Swales supplies the stats for The CJ Cup, as the PGA Tour tees-up in Asia for the first of three consecutive tournaments there...

"Tommy Fleetwood has played pretty well all year but has not lifted a trophy in 21 months. Since the Englishman last won in Abu Dhabi during January 2018, there have been 15 top-six finishes, so maybe his luck will finally change this autumn."

The PGA Tour has travelled to Asia for tournaments in Korea, Japan and China over the next few weeks.

First up is The CJ Cup at Nine Bridges Country Club on Jeju Island, which sits around 80 miles south of the Korean Peninsula.

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

This holiday resort is situated close to the centre of this volcanic island, around 1,900 feet up Mount Halla, and is surrounded by a national park.

Although it's name suggests there maybe nine bridges dotted around the course, the total is actually eight.

Podium Pack Returns

World No 1 Brooks Koepka defends his title having suffered a rare missed cut on his most recent outing in Las Vegas.

All of those who occupied podium positions in both previous tournaments staged at Nine Bridges, tee-up again this week.

These include Justin Thomas, winner from two years ago, and reigning US Open champion Gary Woodland.

Four of those taking part - Jason Day, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Pat Perez and Cameron Smith - posted top-12 finishes in both 2017 and 2018.

Good Current Form

As for those whose current form is strong, look no further than Thomas, who hasn't finished lower than 12th in his last seven starts.

However, the world No 5 has only competed once since the Tour Championship at the end of August, which may count against him.

Tommy Fleetwood has played pretty well all year but has not lifted a trophy in over 20 months.

Since the Englishman last won in Abu Dhabi during January 2018, there have been 15 top-six finishes, so maybe his luck will finally change this autumn.

Check out latest betting ahead of this week's CJ Cup in Korea

And if you fancy going for a home winner this week, then world No 44 Sung Jae Im might just be your man.

The 21-year-old Korean has made a big impression in the United States, since earning his PGA Tour card in September of last year.

He lost a play-off in Mississippi last month and warmed-up for this week's tournament on home soil by returning to Korea to win the Genesis Championship on Sunday.

Another young Asian golfer to keep an eye on is Jazz Janewattananond.

The 23-year-old from Thailand has won five times in Asia, including this year's Korea Open.

Nine Bridges

Nine Bridges is a lush, rolling parkland venue, with beautifully contoured fairways which are reasonably generous in width.

That said, it is not a course that will be torn apart by big hitters in this week's select 78-player field.

Accuracy is the key, with an emphasis on finding the best angle into the flag, in order to set up a potential birdie opportunity.

The large undulating greens will also require some attention, on a course that has many changes in elevation and is laid out within a heavily wooded landscape.

Water will need to be avoided on six holes, with a number of subtle doglegs and large bunkers ready to test every golfer's course management skills.

Twitter: Andy Swales @GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W41 W40 W39 W38 W37 W36 W35 W34 W33 W32
Brooks Koepka MC 4 24 30
Justin Thomas 4 9 1 12
Tommy Fleetwood 5 60 8 13 11 43
Gary Woodland 55 15 31 52
Marc Leishman 3 Wd 20 19 MC
Kevin Na 1 MC 14 77
Jason Day 52 MC
Hideki Matsuyama 16 MC 12 3 30
Danny Willett 18 26 1 MC 24
Chez Reavie MC 33 5 57 38
Billy Horschel 4 37 21
Rafa Cabrera-Bello 2 MC 6 63
Sergio Garcia 7 1 23 MC
Jordan Spieth 37 6
Ian Poulter MC 60 31 10
Abraham Ancer MC MC 26 28 2
Andrew Putnam 18 21 43 12
Phil Mickelson 61 MC 48 71
Sung Jae Im 1 49 2 19 15 11 38
Byeong Hun An MC MC 3 47 28 38
Cameron Smith 13 MC 24 59
Tyrrell Hatton 18 15 MC 59
CT Pan MC MC 31 24
Joaquin Niemann MC 54 1 31 30
Charles Howell 68 4 23 37 MC
Jazz Janewattananond 4 4 32 57 6 36 6
Lucas Glover 9 MC MC 29 7 43
JB Holmes MC 65 52
Corey Conners 13 MC 23 7 21
Collin Morikawa 42 10 48 52
Si Woo Kim 55 49 61 28 84
Kyle Stanley 21 48 MC MC 71
Sung Kang 29 MC 4 47 63 MC
Kiradech Aphibarnrat MC MC 51 71
Rory Sabbatini 10 MC 46 63 16 43
Emiliano Grillo MC MC 39 31 MC
Scott Piercy MC 67 19 37 67
Keith Mitchell MC 52 64
Ryan Moore 13 MC 37 18
Ryan Palmer 37 43 77
Nate Lashley 62 MC 3 69 MC
Viktor Hovland 11 10 2 11
Joel Dahmen 9 MC 36 24 67
Dylan Frittelli MC 7 6 52 43
Luke List 28 13 MC MC 77
Branden Grace MC MC 60 MC 30
Kevin Tway 29 MC 11 24
Kevin Streelman MC MC 4 MC MC
Sanghyun Park 51 12 45 52 1 MC 9
Harold Varner 48 17 19 68 3
Matthew Wolff 18 71
Graeme McDowell 15 MC 57 MC
Max Homa MC 62 61 38
Pat Perez 3 MC MC
Troy Merritt 63 MC 48 46 35 43 12
Vaughn Taylor 60 MC 16 30
Charley Hoffman 74 MC 23 77
Brian Stuard 4 17 28 MC 52
Adam Long 23 23 14 65 MC
Chesson Hadley 18 23 MC 43
Jhonattan Vegas MC MC 56 38
Nick Watney 28 MC 10 MC 59
Jung-Gon Hwang 26 MC MC 19 24 3 6
Danny Lee 71 MC 36 81
Andrew Landry MC MC 23 MC MC 30
Matt Jones Wd 29 Wd 10 30
Wyndham Clark MC MC MC 31 18
Brice Garnett 42 23 MC 36 MC
Ryan Armour 23 MC MC MC 43
Yikeun Chang 12 18 54 1 2 MC
Roger Sloan MC MC 13 MC 64
JJ Spaun 73 MC MC 36 57 MC
Talor Gooch 4 71 56 MC 71
Adam Schenk 18 MC 36 MC 24
Mackenzie Hughes 55 MC MC MC 67
Chris Stroud 61 48 MC Wd
Hyung Joon Lee 64 MC 29 9 50
Jeong Woo Ham 39 48 3 7 24 66
Won Joon Lee 41 32 MC 32 26 50 MC 52
Kyoung-Hoon Lee 9 MC MC MC MC MC
Soomin Lee 9 1 7 50 46 33 MC Dq
Tae Hee Lee 41 MC MC 27 MC 61 MC
Whee Kim 46 MC MC 53 MC 74
Kyong Jun Moon 2 18 12 59 MC 4 51
KJ Choi 44 3 MC
Michael Kim Wd MC MC Wd MC
Chase Koepka 67 MC MC
Yong Jun Bae
Player 2018 2017
Brooks Koepka 1
Justin Thomas 36 1
Tommy Fleetwood
Gary Woodland 2 40
Marc Leishman 18 2
Kevin Na 52 47
Jason Day 5 11
Hideki Matsuyama 18
Danny Willett 23
Chez Reavie 7 15
Billy Horschel 67
Rafa Cabrera-Bello 3 11
Sergio Garcia
Jordan Spieth
Ian Poulter 10 15
Abraham Ancer 73
Andrew Putnam 29
Phil Mickelson
Sung Jae Im 41
Byeong Hun An 41 11
Cameron Smith 7 3
Tyrrell Hatton 14
CT Pan 23 47
Joaquin Niemann 36
Charles Howell 61 19
Jazz Janewattananond
Lucas Glover 15
JB Holmes 23 67
Corey Conners
Collin Morikawa
Si Woo Kim 23 44
Kyle Stanley 66 19
Sung Kang 29 54
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Rory Sabbatini
Emiliano Grillo 55 40
Scott Piercy 5
Keith Mitchell 14
Ryan Moore 61
Ryan Palmer 3
Nate Lashley
Viktor Hovland
Joel Dahmen 29
Dylan Frittelli
Luke List 5
Branden Grace 48 15
Kevin Tway 52 28
Kevin Streelman
Sanghyun Park 67
Harold Varner 26
Matthew Wolff
Graeme McDowell 41 64
Max Homa
Pat Perez 7 5
Troy Merritt
Vaughn Taylor
Charley Hoffman 48
Brian Stuard 52
Adam Long
Chesson Hadley 73
Jhonattan Vegas 54
Nick Watney 48
Jung-Gon Hwang 44
Danny Lee 71
Andrew Landry
Matt Jones
Wyndham Clark
Brice Garnett 41
Ryan Armour 29
Yikeun Chang
Roger Sloan
JJ Spaun 10
Talor Gooch
Adam Schenk
Mackenzie Hughes
Chris Stroud 47
Hyung Joon Lee 73 60
Jeong Woo Ham
Won Joon Lee
Kyoung-Hoon Lee 61 47
Soomin Lee
Tae Hee Lee 55
Whee Kim 72 4
Kyong Jun Moon
KJ Choi 67
Michael Kim 76
Chase Koepka
Yong Jun Bae

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