Choi, An and Bae to spear­head chal­lenge

The Star Malaysia - - Sport -

SOUTH Korean golf star K.J. Choi, ris­ing star Byeong Hun An and Sang­moon Bae, who re­cently com­pleted manda­tory mil­i­tary ser­vice, have con­firmed they will carry the lo­cal charge at the PGA Tour’s in­au­gu­ral CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges next month.

As the first of­fi­cial PGA Tour event in South Korea, the tour­na­ment will of­fer US $9.25mil in prize money, one of the largest in world golf, when a 78-man elite field gath­ers on the hol­i­day isle of Jeju from Oct 19 to 22.

World No. 4 Justin Thomas and the ninth-ranked Ja­son Day, who have com­bined to win 14 PGA Tour events in the last three sea­sons, have com­mit­ted to play in the tour­na­ment along with for­mer world No. 1 Adam Scott, Paul Casey, Rafa Cabr­era Bello and reign­ing Play­ers champion Si Woo Kim.

Choi, 47, is hailed as one of the na­tion’s golf­ing he­roes af­ter he won eight times on the PGA Tour, in­clud­ing the Play­ers Cham­pi­onship in 2011. The vet­eran star has also won nine times in Ja­pan, Europe and Asia, and is look­ing for­ward to fea­tur­ing in the CJ Cup

@ Nine Bridges.

“It’s a spe­cial feel­ing to par­tic­i­pate in the first PGA TOUR reg­u­lar sea­son event in my home coun­try. CJ is pro­vid­ing a won­der­ful tour­na­ment for all the golf fans in South Korea as well as young play­ers who have the op­por­tu­nity to play at a world­class level. Hope­fully the Korean play­ers will put on a great show for the fans. I look for­ward to play­ing in front of our home fans at Nine Bridges,” said Choi.

The pow­er­ful An en­joyed three top-10s on the PGA Tour this sea­son to safely re­tain his card for the 2017-18 cam­paign, while Bae, who is a two-time win­ner on the PGA Tour, will be con­tin­u­ing his come­back to the game af­ter spend­ing the past two years serv­ing in the South Korean mil­i­tary.

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