Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. ( Associated Press) — The CJ Cup is getting underway again in America, moving nationwide this year from Las Vegas to South Carolina.
The PGA Tour said a limited-area CJ Cup, which left Jeju Island in South Korea when the COVID-19 pandemic restricted travel, was played this year at Kangri Golf Club, about an hour inland from Hilton Head Island. Will go
Kangri held the Palmetto Championships last year in place of the RBC Canadian Open, which was canceled due to travel restrictions. Garrick Higo won his first PGA Tour event.
The CJ Cup is scheduled for October 20-23 in South Carolina. The event typically attracts one of the strongest areas of the fall schedule.
After three years in South Korea, the CJ Cup moved to Shadow Creek north of Las Vegas in 2020, part of a move that brought the tour’s two Asia-based events to the West Coast. The Zozo Championship (Japan) was relocated to California. Last year, the CJ Cup halted at the Ultra Private Summit Club in Las Vegas, while the Zozo Championship returned to Japan.
South Korea-based CJ Group, unlike JoJo, has a marketing platform in the US through its Bibigo food brand.
The CJ Cup in South Carolina will feature a 78-man arena featuring five players nominated by the Korea PGA and the top three available Korean players from the world rankings. Much of the field is based on last year’s FedEx Cup standings on the PGA Tour.
Rory McIlroy won the CJ Cup at The Summit Club last year.
The move again gives South Carolina two PGA Tour events, along with RBC Heritage at Hilton Head Island a week after the Masters.
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