photo courtesy the PGA Tour
The PGA Tour takes its first trip abroad this year as The CJ Cup returns to South Korea’s Jeju Island and the 9 Bridges Golf Course. The reduced field of 78 golfers include 12 Korean players, including PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Sungjae Im, and some of the best golfers in the world including Justin Thomas, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed and defending champion Brooks Koepka. The tournament marks the beginning of the PGA Tour's 3 week swing through East Asia, including next week's ZOZO Championship in Japan and the WGC-HSBC Champions in China.
The CJ Cup, stylized as CJ Cup @Nine Bridges, is a recent edition to the PGA Tour. Founded in 2017, the CJ Cup is played in Jeju Island off the southern tip of South Korea. The island is referred to as “Korea’s Hawaii” by locals and tourists alike and is one of Asia’s most beautiful tourist destinations. The CJ Cup is unique in that it has a limited format of 78 players and provides exposure for Korean Tour and Asian Tour players. The tournament invites the top 60 available golfers from last year’s FedEx Cup before filling out the remaining 18 spots with top Korean and Asian Tour golfers as well as sponsor exemptions. In its two years on the Tour, the tournament has been won by Justin Thomas in 2017 and Brooks Koepka in 2018.
Brooks Koepka. photo courtesy the PGA Tour
Television coverage is available from the Golf Channel starting on Wednesday night and wrapping up on Sunday morning. Coverage is available from 10pm - 2am ET each night starting on Wednesday. There is no PGA Tour Live coverage of this event, nor is their any PGA Tour Radio coverage.