The roster of CJ Cup players grows on the PGA Tour in the SC Championship

Jordan Spieth is among the newest PGA Tour players to commit to the CJ Cup in South Carolina.

Jordan Spieth is among the newest PGA Tour players to commit to the CJ Cup in South Carolina.

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Tournament director Andre Silva said no while promoting the CJ Cup in South Carolina, a PGA Tour event scheduled for October 20-23 at Congaree Golf Club in Jasper County.

“One of the highlights of the PGA Tour,” Silva told reporters in September.

The announcement of a commitment from Rory McIlroy, the world’s No. 2 player, to the competition put credibility in his description, and another partial list of others who will compete in the Congaree cements his position.

In fact, the tournament began to look at a major tournament.

In addition to McIlroy, the reigning CJ Cup holder with four major titles, multi-championship winners who have committed include Justin Thomas, Colin Morikawa and Jordan Spieth. Additionally, there is already 2021 US Open winner Jon Ram on the entry list.

Add Presidents Cup stars Se-Woo Kim and Max Homa as well as Sungjae Im, who is coming off his best season, rising star Tom Kim and invited sponsors Ricky Fowler and Jason Day.

Four of the top nine players in the golf world rankings have already been committed – McIlroy (2), Ram (6), Thomas (8) and Morikawa (9). Judging from last year’s field, Scotty Scheffler (1) and Xander Shaveli (5) are possibilities.

Si Woo Kim, whose PGA wins included the 2017 Players Championship, led the international team into the Presidents Cup with a 3-1 record that included one win over Thomas in the singles match. Twenty-year-old Tom Kim, the third youngest player to compete in the Presidents Cup, has two points with the internationals. He won his first PGA Tour event, the Wyndham Hotel, in August.

Morikawa, who had the record 2-1 for the victorious US President’s Cup team, finished runner-up to McIlroy in the 2021 CJ Cup, which was held in Las Vegas. His major titles include the 2020 PGA Championship and 2021 Open.

Thomas, 4-1 in the Presidents Cup, is also a two-time major champion – the 2017 and 2022 PGA Championships. He owns two CJ Cup titles and 15 Tour wins, including 2021 players.

Im, 19 in the world rankings, won one round and added three times last season. He fired the Final 65 in the Tour Championship and missed McIlroy’s FedEx Cup hunt by a single shot.

Spieth will seek to add a second championship trophy in South Carolina’s CJ Cup. He won the 2022 RBC Heritage race on Hilton Head Island, about an hour’s drive from Konjar. His 13 PGA Tour titles include three majors – the 2015 Masters, the US Open and the 2017 Open. He went 5-0-0 in the Presidents Cup.

Ram will make his debut in the 2022-23 season and will compete in his second CJ Cup. He has won at least once on the PGA Tour in six consecutive seasons.

Homma also starred in the President’s Cup, winning all four of his matches. And he’s already racked up a win in the 2022-23 campaign, winning the inaugural Fortinet Championship for the second year in a row. It is ranked 17th in the world.

Fowler, who has struggled the past two seasons, achieved his best result of 2021-22 in the CJ Cup a year ago. He had a two-shot lead after three rounds before sharing third place. Dai, the former No. 1 player in the world, has competed in every CJ Cup, and his career victories include the PGA and 2016 Players Championships.

The CJ Cup started in Korea in 2017 before moving to Las Vegas in the past two years due to COVID-19 restrictions. As the challenges of the pandemic continue in Korea, officials announced this summer that the 2022 tournament will be held in South Carolina.

The 78-player course will feature the top 60 players from the 2021-22 FedEx Cup roster and exemptions, as well as representatives from the Korea Professional Golf Association.

Daily stadium tickets are available at CJCUPSouthCarolina.coma maximum of two children aged 15 and under are allowed free entry per adult with a ticket.

The PGA Tour visited the Congaree in June 2021 with the Palmetto Championship in Congaree added to the schedule after coronavirus restrictions forced the cancellation of the RBC Canadian Open.

chip shots. Lea Venable (Simpsonville) beat Dawn Woodard (Greer) 5, 3 in the WSCGA’s State Match-Play Championship Finals at Southern Oaks GC in Easley. … Raymond Greer, who excelled in golf from 1972-76 in South Carolina, will be among nine inductees into the Bulldogs’ Sports Hall of Fame on October 21 … The South Carolina women’s team, ranked No. 4 nationally, placed first Second in a strong field at the Windy City Collegiate Classic in Highland Park, Illinois. American student Hannah Darling took second place in the individual competition. That performance, her seventh in 5th place in 13 stroke events, earned Darling the SEC Player of the Week award. …Luke Parsons (Sally, SC) earned a berth in the Drive and Chip and Putt National Finals for the second time in regional competition at Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Florida. He made it to the final in the Augusta National GC in 2018 and is now competing in the 14-15 year class.

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