Fields loaded for relocated CJ Cup, Zozo Championship
Dustin Johnson leads the highest 5 gamers on this planet who’ve dedicated to play the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, the beginning of a two-week stretch of relocated Asia occasions that features Tiger Woods returning to California.
The CJ Cup usually is held in South Korea, adopted by the Zozo Championship in Japan. Each occasions have been moved to the western U.S. due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the fields have been anticipated to be stacked with the Masters simply two weeks after these occasions.
The CJ Cup is Oct. 15-18, with the Zozo Championship at Sherwood per week later.
Primarily based on the bulletins Monday night time, Woods is prone to play just one time earlier than lastly getting an opportunity to defending his Masters title on Nov. 12-15.
Woods is the defending champion at what this 12 months known as the Zozo Championship at Sherwood. He returns to Sherwood Nation Membership in Thousand Oaks, California, the place he received his unofficial World Problem 5 instances. Woods has not performed an official occasion in Las Vegas since 1997, when he returned to defend the primary of his 82 PGA Tour victories.
He performed Phil Mickelson in a $9 million made-for-TV match at Shadow Creek throughout Thanksgiving weekend in 2018.
Nonetheless to be decided is the sphere for the Shriners Hospitals for Youngsters Open in Las Vegas, which precedes the CJ Cup. The complete area for that occasion shouldn’t be set till Friday. U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau received the common Las Vegas occasion two years in the past. He has dedicated to the CJ Cup, however was not among the many early commitments to Sherwood.
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Johnson shall be joined at Shadow Creek by DeChambeau, defending champion Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy. Additionally scheduled to play the CJ Cup are Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Tommy Fleetwood and Ian Poulter. All of them wanted sponsor exemptions as a result of they failed to complete within the prime 70 within the FedEx Cup.
Disregarded of the CJ Cup announcement was Brooks Koepka, who loves taking part in in Las Vegas and is a previous champion of the CJ Cup. Koepka has not performed since Aug. 14 whereas he recovers from a knee harm.
Johnson, Rahm and McIlroy are also taking part in the Zozo Championship, together with Phil Mickelson, who additionally required a sponsor exemption. Johnson is a member at Sherwood, typically taking part in there along with his better half’s father, hockey nice Wayne Gretzky, additionally a Sherwood member.
Each tournaments characteristic 78-man fields with no reduce. The purse is $9.75 million for the CJ Cup, $eight million for the Zozo Championship. They are going to be televised on Golf Channel from 5 p.m. to eight p.m. ET.
Doug Ferguson is a golf author for The Related Press.