US Ryder Cup stars to light up CJ CUP

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Dustin Johnson, who is a 24-time PGA Tour winner and 2020 FedExCup champion, became only the fifth player in Ryder Cup history to go 5-0. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Dustin Johnson, who is a 24-time PGA Tour winner and 2020 FedExCup champion, became only the fifth player in Ryder Cup history to go 5-0. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Nine members of the victorious United States Ryder Cup Team will challenge Jason Kokrak for his title at THE CJ CUP @ SUMMIT in Las Vegas, Nevada from October 14-17.

Kokrak claimed his maiden PGA Tour victory when 2020 THE CJ CUP was played at Shadow Creek, also in Las Vegas, after the tournament moved from its traditional home in Korea to the United States due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Daniel Berger, Harris English, Tony Finau, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Collin Morikawa, Xander Schauffele, Scottie Scheffler and Justin Thomas, who were members of a dominant U.S. team which defeated Europe 19-9 at Whistling Straits last week, have committed to compete in 2021 THE CJ CUP @ SUMMIT which returns to the U.S. due to challenges related to the pandemic.

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Johnson, who is a 24-time PGA Tour winner and 2020 FedExCup champion, became only the fifth player in Ryder Cup history to go 5-0, joining Arnold Palmer (1967), Gardner Dickinson (1967), Larry Nelson (1979) and Francesco Molinari (2018) in the elite club with a perfect winning record.

 

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File photo of Justin Thomas from the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club. Photo: PGA Tour
File photo of Justin Thomas from the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club. Photo: PGA Tour

Seven members of the European Team – Paul Casey, Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia, Viktor Hovland, Shane Lowry, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood – will also compete in THE CJ CUP which will be played for the first time at the Summit Club’s Tom Fazio-designed golf course. Featuring in his 10th Ryder Cup appearance, Garcia became the all-time Ryder Cup leader in overall wins (24) and overall points (27.5) after massing a 3-1-0 record last week.

Other notable names in THE CJ CUP field include Australian stars Jason Day and Adam Scott, who hold a combined 26 PGA TOUR victories, 2019 U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland and 2018 FedExCup winner Justin Rose, who all accepted sponsor exemptions as with Poulter and Fleetwood.

Korea’s Sungjae Im and Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama will spearhead Asia’s challenge and seek to deliver the region’s first winner at THE CJ CUP, which was launched as Korea’s lone PGA TOUR tournament in 2017. Justin Thomas won the inaugural event at Jeju Island, Korea and repeated as champion in 2019 while Brooks Koepka was victorious in 2018.

Kevin Na (No. 3), Abraham Ancer (No. 9) and Billy Horschel (No. 9) are amongst 22 players from the top-30 of last season’s FedExCup standings also committed to the field.

With THE CJ CUP staged at the Summit Club, it delivers back-to-back weeks of PGA TOUR golf in Las Vegas, as the Shriners Children’s Open will be contested Oct. 4-10 at TPC Summerlin.

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