The 2019 CJ Cup - Field Preview

By Ryan Watson

The PGA Tour heads to South Korea’s Jeju Island for the third annual CJ Cup. The event is one of the few invitational events on the tour, and a smaller field of 78 golfers contest the tournament. The field will include the top-60 available players from last season’s FedEx Cup final standings, as well as the top 3 players from the Korean Tour, the top Asian Tour player and the top Korean player on the Asian Tour. The rest will be filled out by sponsor exemptions, the top-3 available Korean golfers according to their OWGR and the top Korean amateur. Brooks Koepka looks to become the first repeat winner at the tournament as he tries to repeat last year’s performance. 

 

2018 Champion Brooks Koepka

The 2018 CJ Cup became something of a shootout in the final round as multiple golfers put in excellent performances. Brooks Koepka entered the final round of the tournament with a strong lead and it looked like his win was a foregone conclusion. Instead, the round saw a blistering course-record 62 shot by Ryan Palmer which shot him up to 3rd and then Gary Woodland would close the gap on Koepka after going -6 on the first 7 holes. Koepka shot a modest -1 on the front 9 and knew he would need some magic on the back 9 as Woodland finished the round with an 8 under par score 63. Koepka showed his talent to finish -7 on the final 9 holes and a 64 overall, including an impressive eagle on the par-5 18th. Koepka’s abilities on the back 9 allowed him a comfortable 4 stroke victory for the first of his 3 wins of the year. 

 

Field Preview

Koepka returns to headline a strong field at South Korea’s Nine Bridges Golf Course, including his brother Chase playing on a sponsor exemption. The event will be the first for Jordan Spieth in the 2019-2020 PGA Tour season as he looks to build on a strong 2019. Joining him in making their season debut will be Patrick Reed, fresh off finishing 9th in the final FedEx Cup standings. Phil Mickelson will be playing in his 3rd event of the year as he looks to build momentum heading into the season’s first World Golf Championship event in 3 weeks. Justin Thomas also brings experience to the field while rookie Viktor Hovland chases his first PGA Tour win after several close calls. Sungjae Im, reigning PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, will be a local favorite as he leads a contingent of 12 Korean golfers looking for glory on home soil.

 

Media Coverage

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. 

 

 


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About The Author

Ryan Watson is a freelance sportswriter and history professor. He has been an avid fan of golf since his father signed him up for golf camp as a young child. Ryan enjoys following the professional game and learning about new equipment and gadgets.

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