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CJ Cup power rankings: Rory McIlroy defending and No. 1

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The CJ Cup continues to play and this week will be played in its fourth place in as many years as the Congaree Golf Club in Ridgeland, SC hosts a limited-entry event.

Rory McIlroy is the reigning champion, but that doesn’t mean much since he won the title at the Summit Club in Las Vegas. Garrick Higgo, who won the only PGA Tour event held in Kongari last year, did not qualify for the CJ Cup this week.

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There is one thing in common between the last two receiving grounds (and in fact the last three): they are designed by Tom Fazio. But that’s where the similarity ends. Congaree adds another course to the Tour calendar with Bermuda greens, and par 71 and 7655 yards are the longer side in terms of Tour layouts. The fourth par-5 hole is 645 yards and both par-3 holes at the back are listed at 205+. However, it is worth noting that the final round of last year’s Congaree tournament was played closer to 7,300 yards.

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Like last week, driving and length matter a lot, but I also appreciate players who play well on more difficult courses (Higgo only won 11 last year and Kongari finished eighth among non-primary courses in the 2020- 21). .

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PGA Tour Power Rating: McIlroy and Fitzpatrick lead

PGA Tour Power Rating: McIlroy and Fitzpatrick lead

On the field, we have the best result of the fall: world No. 1 Scotty Sheffler, No. 2 McIlroy and seven other players from the top 13 in the Official World Golf Rankings.

Looking back at last week’s Zozo Power Rankings, 4th-placed Keegan Bradley won the tournament even though it was an otherwise weak week with only one player making it into the top 10. 59th.

But back to business. Here are this week’s top 10 power ratings for the CJ Cup, as well as sleeper:

1. Rory McIlroy: It doesn’t matter that he won the other course last year; five consecutive top 8 finishes, including a win, is a great argument for being the favorite no matter where you play. World-class driver and feast on difficult tracks. He will love this place and will play in it.

2. Matt Fitzpatrick: Closed at 66 and draw at 10th here in 2021. Last season he greatly improved his overall driving by adding length and now as a top champion he can win on such a pitch with more confidence. He also finished second in Italy a few weeks ago, so he has a lot of chances to compete in Kongari.

3. John Ram: Returning to the USA after a hot DPWT-T-2 race in a BMW, winning the Spanish Open. We know what he can do off the tee as he led the Tour in terms of hits taken off the tee. It just so happens that when he’s on the air, he’s elite in everything else.

4. Sungjae Im: If the T-29 on Zozo is your worst result since The Open, then you are a good golfer. However, I played excellent golf, finishing second three times during that time. He has past experience in Kongari (T-35) and is one of the best riders on the Tour (eighth in number of strikes taken this fall, 11th last season).

5. Sam Burns: Bermuda Burns is back, but not only is he a great player on this grass, he’s also a great dribbler (fifth on the Tour this fall in tee hits). Four finishes in a row between T-19 and T-30; it’s time for him to argue again.

6. Keegan Bradley: Riding a hot hand, or should I say striker. Top 10 this fall in tee shots, and that’s not even counting ShotLink-less Zozo, which Bradley won with a shot on Sunday. Last week his stick also looked normal.

7. Scotty Sheffler: Someone may be left out because of his performance at the Presidents Cup, but this golf course suits him. The perfect time to buy at a low price.

8. Emiliano Grillo: He keeps knocking on the door. Finished fourth in Zozo solo, his second in the top 5 in his last three starts, then said he didn’t like the course. If he can generate a little more positivity between his ears, his game is good enough to win. He was in the top 20 last season in teeing.

9. Tyrrell Hatton: Lost some momentum in Japan (T-45) after two consecutive top 8 finishes at DPWT, but he was T-2 at Kongari in 2021. He didn’t manage it very well last season, but he may have gotten back on track. a lucky shot (the first time in shots won here from the tee to the green in 2021) will help him again.

10. Max Homa: Popular names like Justin Thomas, Colleen Morikawa, or Jordan Spieth could be used here. Settled on Homa, who plays well on difficult courses (eg Bay Hill, Muirfield Village, Riviera) and is in great shape since Napa wins and Vegas T-20s to start his downfall.

Sleeping: Tom Hoge. He may not be completely asleep at #34 in the world rankings, but it’s a limited field with a few top 10 guys. The T-9 on Zozo was his fourth consecutive top 12 finish. Top 35 this fall in teeing and putting hits, along with elite iron play.


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