The CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges will move venues and will now be staged at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 15-18, and will consequently be known as The CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek.
Since 2017, the event has been played annually at The Club @ Nine Bridges on Jeju Island, Korea, with Justin Thomas securing a playoff victory over Marc Leishman in the inaugural event and winning again last year. Brooks Koepka was victorious by four shots in 2018.
“The PGA Tour is truly appreciative of CJ Group’s commitment to bring The CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek to the United States this October,” said Ty Votaw, PGA Tour executive vice president, international. “While our players have always looked forward to visiting Korea, the current circumstances provided this new opportunity to bring the event to Las Vegas which will also provide brand exposure and awareness to the viewing audience in the United States and around the globe. We are thankful for the partnership and support that CJ Group and the Korean PGA have shown in view of the circumstances. We are confident this year’s event will showcase a stellar field while bringing the CJ Group’s brand values to a new time zone.”
Ethan Kim, Sports Marketing Director of CJ Group, said: “We are delighted to bring The CJ Cup to the U.S. and to the renowned Shadow Creek. It is unfortunate we will not be able to showcase the PGA Tour and the best players in the world on Jeju Island this year, but we look forward to having this tournament again in Korea in 2021. We are excited to bring our Korean culture and flavor of bibigo to show the players and American audience through coverage of The CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek.”
As part of the early events on the 2020-21 PGA Tour Season, The CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek is slated to be played a week after the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek will once again feature a 78-man field comprising of the highest-ranked player of Korean nationality from the Asian Tour Order of Merit, up to five players designated by the Korean PGA and the top-3 available players of Korean nationality from the Official World Golf Ranking as part of CJ Group’s vision to support the development of professional golf in Korea. The remainder of the field will be made up of the leading players from the 2019-20 FedExCup points list and sponsor exemptions.
Shadow Creek, built in 1989 by renowned golf architect Tom Fazio, played host to The Match: Tiger vs Phil in 2018, which was a winner-take-all shootout between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. The exclusive course, owned by MGM Resorts International, is available only to guests of the company’s properties.