The world still feels topsy-turvy, with Team USA winning the morning foursomes by 3 matches to 1. Foursomes has been Europe’s specialty over the years, and has often led to a fast start in recent matches. If it weren’t for the dashing Spaniards, Europe would have found itself in a 0-4 hole. Not quite as big a hole as this one, but still a hole. Let’s have a look at the four morning matches.
— Ryder Cup USA (@RyderCupUSA) September 24, 2021
Match One: Rahm/García vs. Thomas/Spieth
Thomas and Spieth have been lobbying to play together since before Spieth’s resurgence. Well, Spieth took care of the resurgence, but Rahm and García had other ideas for this match. The Basque and the Valencian won seven holes on the day, including 15 and 17, to dispatch the USA power couple. It seemed that each time the Americans won a hole, the Euros won a pair. That type of trade-off is never a good one, and in the end, it was 3 & 1 in favor of the Iberian Peninsula.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) September 24, 2021
Match Two: Casey/Hovland vs. Johnson/Morikawa
Nearly the inverse of match one, the USA side stopped the European momentum in its tracks with a 3 & 2 victory. The long-hitting South Carolinian and the straight-driving Californian made an impressive partnership, winning six holes on the day. Casey and Ryder rookie Hovland had two birdies in the first four holes, which earned them the lead. The pair next won a hole at the 13th, which served only to delay the inevitable. Team USA cashed one final birdie on the 16th, and put the first red-side point on the board.
One hole. 1Up.
— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) September 24, 2021
Match Three: Westwood/Fitzpatrick vs. Koepka/Berger
Berger is such an underrated player, and his collegiate history with Koepka made this pairing a near shoo-in for victory over the English duo. Padraig Harrington took a chance on placing two serious veterans on his team this year, in Westwood and Poulter, and neither one delivered a point Friday morning. The Euros had a decent front side, with a trio of birdie keeping them square after the American’s hot start. No birdies on the inward half usually means a loss, and that was the fate of the English patients, as birdies at 10 and 11 for the Florida State duo were enough to front them a 2-hole lead, which ended at a 2 & 1 advantage.
— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) September 24, 2021
Match Four: McIlroy/Poulter vs. Cantlay/Schauffele
If any match was supposed to be a gimme for the Euros, it should have been this one … in July. Then, Schauffele won a gold medal. Then, Cantlay dominated the FedEx Cup. This California pair looked to be unstoppable, and they were. They opened birdie-par-birdie-par-birdie … and assumed a five-up lead after a quintet of holes. Mac and Poulty played the front side in three-over par, and were fortunate to be just five-down after nine. They rallied a bit on the inward half, but the American sawed them off with birdies at 12 and 13, preserving a three-up advantage. Two more birdies for the RWB at 14 and 15 ended the day early for both sides. Five-under for 15 holes, including birdies at the last four. Now that’s a statement.
— Ryder Cup (@rydercup) September 24, 2021
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Interesting photos from the 2021 CJ Cup (plus links to all WITB galleries)
GolfWRX has an assortment of photos from the 2021 CJ Cup at the Summit Club, including in-hand photos of equipment, shots from the range, exclusive looks at new shafts, 19 WITBs, and more.
With the 2022 season on the horizon, players are happy to experiment — and equipment reps are happy to assist. Perhaps, most notably, we spotted Justin Thomas with prototype 621.JT and Adam Scott with proto 681.AS irons in the bag.
You can check out links to the galleries, below, before with dig into a curation of some of the most interesting shots from Summit.
- Adam Scott – WITB – 2021 CJ Cup at The Summit Club
- Justin Rose – WITB – 2021 CJ Cup at The Summit Club
- Collin Morikawa – WITB – 2021 CJ Cup at The Summit Club
- Jason Day – WITB – 2021 CJ Cup at The Summit Club
- Justin Thomas – WITB – 2021 CJ Cup @ The Summit Club
- Erik Van Rooyen – WITB – 2021 CJ Cup @ The Summit Club
- Matt Jones – WITB – 2021 CJ Cup at The Summit Club
- Cam Davis – WITB – 2021 CJ Cup at The Summit Club
- Cam Smith – WITB – 2021 CJ Cup at The Summit Club
- Byeong Hun An – WITB – 2021 CJ Cup at The Summit Club
- Min Kyu – WITB – 2021 CJ Cup at The Summit Club
- Joohyung Kim – WITB – 2021 CJ Cup @ The Summit Club
- Tommy Fleetwood – WITB – 2021 CJ Cup @ The Summit Club
- Jordan Spieth – WITB – 2021 CJ Cup @ The Summit Club
- Lucas Glover – WITB – 2021 CJ Cup @ The Summit Club
- Keegan Bradley – WITB – 2021 CJ Cup @ The Summit Club
- Gary Woodland’s new Cameron putter – 2021 CJ Cup @ The Summit Club
- Kevin Na’s new Odyssey/Toulon putter – 2021 CJ Cup @ The Summit Club
- Jucie wedges & Proto irons – 2021 CJ Cup at The Summit Club
Tommy Fleetwood – WITB (more photos here)
Jucie Wedges & Irons (more photos here)
Cam Smith – WITB (more photos here)
Matt Jones – WITB (more photos here)
Gary Woodland — new putter (more photos here)
CJ Cup at Summit DraftKings Picks
The PGA Tour stays in Las Vegas, Nevada, this week for the CJ Cup. This tournament was played for the first time in October 2017 at the Nine Bridges Golf Club in Jeju Island, South Korea. In 2020, the event was moved to Shadow Creek Golf Club in Las Vegas, Nevada, due to the COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions.
This year, the CJ Cup will remain in Las Vegas, albeit at a different venue, the Summit Club. The CJ Cup only features a field of 78 players, but what the event lacks in quantity, it makes up for in quality, as 23 of the world’s top 30 players will be in attendance this week.
Sitting in the Summerlin suburb of Las Vegas, the Summit Club is a beautiful and lush parkland layout masquerading as a desert course. The club was designed in 2017 by Tom Fazio and commissioned by the Discovery Land Company. The Summit Club plays as a stock par 72, measuring 7,459 yards on the scorecard. It draws an obvious comparison to last year’s venue, Shadow Creek. A few weeks ago at the BMW Championship, we were in a similar position. Both Caves Valley and the Summit Club are Tom Fazio courses that had previously never seen PGA Tour competition.
With that being said, we can still develop an understanding of this course based on some images and what we already know about Tom Fazio as a designer. Fazio’s PGA Tour body of work also includes Congaree, Quail Hollow (re-design), Kasumigaseki, Conway Farms, and Shadow Creek. Fazio is known for intricate bunkering and large elevated greens.
His courses tend to favor long and accurate drivers of the ball, and it is no coincidence that players such as Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele, and Jason Day have experienced success on his layouts. For this reason, I will be homing in on dominant off-the-tee players and those who are comfortable in easy scoring conditions.
Let’s dig into my DraftKings picks.
Dustin Johnson, $11,300 (16.32%)
I was hoping to bet Dustin Johnson outright, but 12/1 is far too hefty of a price to pay, even for the 24-time PGA Tour winner. I’ll gladly settle for exposure to him in DraftKings. At $11,300, Johnson is the most expensive golfer on the DraftKings slate as well, but this is clearly reflected in his ownership. I have no problem paying up for Johnson as a clear pivot from Xander Schauffele, Collin Morikawa, and Justin Thomas, who are all garnering more ownership. Lastly, I find the $6K range to be abnormally strong this week, giving us some more wiggle room at the top.
Brooks Koepka, $9,700 (7.36%)
I understand that Brooks Koepka is a risky play given that he has a tendency to mentally eject from tournaments if he is not in contention, but I am expecting a massive week from the four-time major champion. For cash games, I have no problem pivoting to Louis Oosthuizen, who provides a far more reliable floor, but I will gladly take my chances on a sub-eight percent Brooks Koepka in large-scale GPP contests.
Adam Scott, $8,100 (5.63%)
Adam Scott and Paul Casey sit right next to each other on the DraftKings slate, yet Casey is garnering over three times the ownership of Scott. I have no issue with Paul Casey this week, in fact, I think he is a suitable play in cash games, but is he three times more likely to outscore Adam Scott this week? That’s where I have to draw the line. While the Australian has certainly experienced his fair share of ups and downs last season, it finally feels like his game is rounding into form. The 14-time PGA Tour winner has gained over 4.5 strokes on approach in two of his last three starts. The Summit Club is also extremely forgiving off the tee, which should mask some of his recent struggles with the driver.
Sergio Garcia, $7,500 (9.11%)
There are loads of excellent pivots in the $7,000 range. I could have easily written up a 4% Justin Rose, but let’s roll with Sergio Garcia this week. The Spaniard boasts an impressive resume on Fazio designs, with a fourth and a 16th at Quail Hollow, a sixth at Caves Valley, and a 21st at Shadow Creek. As one of the best drivers of the ball in the world who also pounds greens in regulation, Garcia possesses the prototypical Fazio skill-set.
Hudson Swafford, $6,000 (1.22%)
Hudson Swafford is one of the most appealing minimum-priced players in recent memory. Over his last 36 rounds, the two-time PGA Tour winner ranks above average in opportunities gained, greens in regulation gained, driving distance, birdies or better gained, strokes gained off the tee, and sand saves. While the University of Georgia product is most certainly a poor-man’s version of some of the players I have mentioned above (Johnson, Koepka, Garcia), he does the exact same things well. It does not come as a surprise that his last two Fazio appearances have resulted in a runner-up and 17th-place finish. Swafford is an excellent salary filler that will allow fantasy managers to splurge on elite talent at the top.
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