Justin Thomas (12/1 The CJ Cup outright) is hoping to make a strong start as he prepares to tee up at his first event of the new PGA Tour season at this week’s CJ Cup.
World number six Thomas will be making his first competitive appearance since helping Team USA to Ryder Cup glory last month, and he returns to PGA Tour action in a tournament he knows well, as he is a two-time winner of the CJ Cup in 2017 and 2019 when the event was held on Jeju Island in South Korea.
The event has since moved stateside and will be contested at The Summit Club in Nevada this week, with 15 of the top 20 players in the world rankings set to be in attendance, including Thomas.
The 28-year-old will be playing alongside Rory McIlroy (18/1 The CJ Cup outright) and defending champion Jason Kokrak (40/1) for his opening two rounds of the event and he is hoping to make a strong start after enduring an underwhelming season last time out.
Thomas did claim one of the biggest victories of his career last term, winning The Players Championship, but that was one of only five top-10 finishes he secured during the season, although with two of those coming on his final three starts of the campaign, he hopes he is now trending in the right direction.
“Last year was an up‑and‑down year,” Thomas told reporters. “Wasn’t showing the consistency that I feel like I could or just kind of finishing off tournaments how I felt like I could.
“I was close to playing well for a while, but just wasn’t really able to get much result‑wise out of it.
“I really feel like I kind of found some good stuff there at the end of the season and into the playoffs to where I started playing a little bit better, and hopefully we’ll be able to take some of that into this fall and into the 2021‑22 season.”
On the European Tour this week, world number one Jon Rahm (3/1 Andalucia Masters outright) will be the star attraction for the Andalucia Masters at Real Club Valderrama.
Rahm, who failed to make it a hat-trick of successes at last week’s Open de Espana, finishing in a tie for 17th, will be hoping for an improved showing this week and he will be joined in the event by fellow Ryder Cup players Matthew Fitzpatrick (12/1 Andalucia Masters outright) and Bernd Wiesberger (18/1), as well as Rafa Cabrera-Bello (33/1), who was last week’s winner in Madrid.