Brooks Koepka is the No. 1-ranked golfer in the world. The first two rounds will also feature three-time major champion Jordan Spieth (25-1) competing side-by-side against Tommy Fleetwood (20-1) and fellow Masters victor Sergio Garcia (28-1).
Despite winning his first major, Woodland missed out on automatic selection for the Ryder Cup-style event that will pit Team USA against the Internationals in Melbourne in December. Before locking in your own PGA predictions, see the 2019 CJ Cup picks from SportsLine's advanced computer model. Pan improved on a T47 in 2018 with a T23 finish a year ago.
In 2019, as well as winning the US PGA, he finished tied second at the Masters, second at the U.S. Open and tied fourth at The Open Championship.
Fellow major champions Justin Thomas, the 2017 victor here, Jason Day, Patrick Reed, Graeme McDowell, Danny Willett and Gary Woodland are also among the world-class cast lifting the curtain on the three-week US$29.75 million (RM124.76 million) jaunt.
Competing for the first time since finishing 37th at the BMW Championship where he was eliminated from the FedExCup playoffs. In all, their advanced computer model has nailed a whopping six majors entering the weekend, and anyone who has followed it is way up. And although they are on four each, McIlroy has endured five blank years compared to Koepka netting his quartet in the past three seasons.
The No. 1 player in the world and defending CJ Cup at Nine Bridges champion was sensational last season.
McIlroy, the second-ranked golfer in the world, hasn't won a major since the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla, the fourth of his career.
Despite his dominant season, Koepka doesn't seem prepared to repeat as champion this week in South Korea.
Rory McIlroy's lack of majors over the past five years means world number one Brooks Koepka does not view him as a rival.
Was the runner-up to Koepka last season ahead of his US Open victory.
The Club at Nine Bridges on Jeju Island, South Korea measures 7,196 yards and will play as a par 72.
Thomas hit wedge to the green on the way to an eagle, completing a 29 on his first nine - the back - as he stormed out of the gate with a 63.
Joaquin Niemann, Chile - Less than a month from his 21st birthday, Niemann is fifth in the early FedEx Cup standings after claiming his first PGA Tour victory and sixth as a pro in A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier. He has five top-20 finishes in his last seven PGA starts, including a solo runner up at the Sanderson Farms.
And while his driving accuracy has been a problem at times, Niemann has all the tools needed to climb the 2019 CJ Cup leaderboard because he can shoot low scores.
Woods has 81 PGA Tour wins, the second-highest total of any player, behind only Sam Snead's 82.
Woods said in a statement from HarperCollins Publishers: "I've been in the spotlight for a long time, and because of that, there have been books and articles and TV shows about me, most filled with errors, speculative and wrong". Leishman lost to Justin Thomas in a playoff at the first CJ Cup at Nine Bridges and tied for 18th a year ago.