Final-Round Odds: No Doubting Thomas at CJ Cup

The online sport books think Justin Thomas (-9) will close the deal on Sunday (Saturday night in the States) and win PGA Tour title No. 7 at the CJ Cup.

The ‘live’ books at Bovada have the reigning PGA Champion, and 54-hole co-leader, now listed at 12-1, and no one else is really even close.

Journeyman Scott Brown (-9), who is tied with Thomas for the 54-hole lead, is next at 55-1.

Marc Leishman (-7) has odds of 65-1, while Anirban Lahiri (-7) is listed at 90-1. No one else in the field has better than 100-1 odds.

ANALYSIS

Looking at the field, in terms of past performance, other than Marc Leishman, there is no player within 5 shots who has a history even winning, never mind closing on Sunday.

Co-leader Brown, 34, is a one-time winner of an opposite-field event (Puerto Rico, 2013), and currently ranked 125 in the world.

Lahiri, who is tied with Leishman at 7-under, is still seeking career win No. 1 on the big tour.

The group of three tied at 6-under, includes Cameron Smith, who won the team-event at the Zurich Classic but is winless in stroke play; Lucas Glover, who is in search of his first win in six years, and Whee Kim, world No. 202.

Meanwhile, Thomas is coming off a season in which he won five times; captured the FedExCup title; and was named PGA Tour Player of the Year.

And how’s this for past performance? Thomas’ record when holding the 54-hole lead/co-lead:

No Doubting Thomas

2015 CareerBuilder Challenge T7
2015 CIMB Classic 1
2017 Sentry Tournament of Champions 1
2017 Sony Open in Hawaii 1
2017 WGC-Mexico Championship T5
2017 Dell Technologies Championship 1

As Jordan Spieth said after the Dell Technologies Championship in Boston, where Thomas pulled away from his buddy to win by three: “Obviously he’s become a tremendous closer. What he did today, it’s tough when you’ve got somebody that’s that good and hot and can close, and he’s two shots ahead of you starting the day.”


CJ CUP ODDS – AFTER 54 HOLES

Justin Thomas (-9) 12-1
Scott Brown (-9) 55-1
Marc Leishman (-7) 65-1
Anirban Lahiri (-7) 90-1
Cameron Smith (-6) 160-1
Lucas Glover (-6) 200-1
Whee Kim (-6) 250-1
Byeonghun AN (-5) 280-1
Luke List (-5) 330-1
Paul Casey (-4) 350-1
Jason Day (-3) 500-1
Kyle Stanley (-4) 660-1
Chez Reavie (-4) 660-1
Jamie Lovemark (-4) 800-1
Nick Taylor (-4) 800-1
Branden Grace (-3) 800-1
Brian Harman (-4) 800-1
Patrick Reed (-2) 1,000-1
Rafael Cabrera Bello (-3) 1,000-1
Ollie Schniederjans (-1) 2,000-1
Thomas Pieters (-2) 2,000-1
Morgan Hoffmann (-3) 2,500-1
Harold Varner III (-2) 3,000-1
Pat Perez (-1) 3,000-1
Ian Poulter (-1) 4,000-1
Robert Streb (-2) 5,000-1
K T Kim (+2) 5,000-1
Hudson Swafford (-1) 5,000-1
Tony Finau (+1) 10,000
Adam Scott (+1) 10,000-1
Stewart Cink ((+2) 10,000-1
Seung Yul Noh (+2) 10,000-1
Charles Howell III (+1) 10,000-1
Charl Schwartzel (+2) 10,000-1
Patrick Rodgers (+1) 10,000-1
Jhonattan Vegas (+3) 10,000-1
Si-Woo Kim (+3) 10,000-1
Wesley Bryan (+1) 10,000-1
Kevin Tway (+1) 10,000-1
Kelly Kraft (+4) 20,000-1
Young-Han Song (+4) 20,000-1
Camilo Villegas (+5) 20,000-1
Keegan Bradley (+4) 20,000-1
Daniel Berger (+5) 20,000-1
Jin-Ho Choi (+2) 20,000-1
Bud Cauley (+5) 20,000-1
Emiliano Grillo (+4) 20,000-1
Chad Campbell (+5) 20,000-1
Kevin Na (+5) 20,000-1


Source: Bovada Sports Book


Jeff Smith

Jeff is a Producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is producing a digital documentary on the 2016-17 PGA Tour season.

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