PGA Tour to play of­fi­cial event in South Korea next year

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

The PGA Tour ex­panded its Asia swing to three tour­na­ments yes­ter­day by adding a new event in South Korea with a lim­ited field and a $9.25 mil­lion purse.

The size of the purse for the 78man field at The CJ Cup would trail only The Play­ers Cham­pi­onship, the ma­jors, and the World Golf Cham­pi­onships. The field would be com­prised of the top 60 play­ers avail­able from the pre­vi­ous year’s FedEx Cup. The other 18 will be de­ter­mined by ex­emp­tion to be de­cided later.

The CJ Cup is sched­uled for 1922 Oc­to­ber at Nine Bridges, lo­cated on Jeju Is­land off South Korea’s south­ern coast.

The tour­na­ment will be in the mid­dle of the Asia swing, which starts with the CIMB Clas­sic in Malaysia (Oc­to­ber 12-15) and ends with the WGC-HSBC Cham­pi­ons in Shang­hai on Oc­to­ber 26-29.

The PGA Tour first went to South Korea a year ago for the Pres­i­dents Cup at the Jack Nick­laus Golf Club Korea in In­cheon.

“We had such a phe­nom­e­nal ex­pe­ri­ence in Korea last year at the Pres­i­dents Cup, and we hoped an of­fi­cial, per­ma­nent event in this great coun­try would be the re­sult of that suc­cess,” said Jay Mon­a­han, the PGA Tour’s deputy com­mis­sioner.

Ti­tle spon­sor CJ Cor­po­ra­tion agreed to a 10-year deal.The PGA Tour has 12 play­ers from South Korea on its in­ter­na­tional ros­ter this year, sec­ond only to the 15 from Aus­tralia among coun­tries out­side the United States. Last year there were 20 South Kore­ans who were mem­bers of ei­ther the PGA Tour or the Tour.

“Part­ner­ing with a re­spected busi­ness leader like the CJ Cor­po­ra­tion means this tour­na­ment will be on the Korean sports land­scape for years to come,” Mon­a­han said. “We have a tremen­dous pop­u­la­tion of Korean golfers on the PGA Tour, and we an­tic­i­pate that will con­tinue as The CJ Cup ... in­spires a new gen­er­a­tion of play­ers, not only in Korea, but also around the world.”

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