PGA Tour Cancels Asian Swing; The CJ Cup, ZOZO Championship Moving Stateside

Justin Thomas CJ Cup
Justin Thomas during the final round of the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in Jeju Island on Oct. 22, 2017. Photo by JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images

Due to COVID-19 precautions, The CJ Cup will not be contested this year at Nine Bridges on Jeju Island in South Korea.

According to the PGA Tour, the three-year old Korean tournament will play its fourth edition at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas, Nevada on Oct. 15-18 – the week following the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.

The newly-named CJ Cup at Shadow Creek, the second of a two-stop Vegas swing, will once again have a limited 78-man field.

Defending champion Justin Thomas, who also won the inaugural CJ Cup in 2017, said, “It’s unfortunate that we won’t be able to travel to Korea for this year’s event. But it is fantastic that we will still be able to shine a light on CJ Group through the tournament at a venue like Shadow Creek.”

“We are delighted to bring The CJ Cup to the U.S. and to the renowned Shadow Creek,” said Ethan Kim, Sports Marketing Director of CJ Group, in a Tour press release.

“It is unfortunate we will not be able to showcase the PGA Tour and the best players in the world on Jeju Island this year, but we look forward to having this tournament again in Korea in 2021.”

Shadow Creek was the host course of the original Match between Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods in 2018.

According to sources, the PGA Tour is also reportedly working on a U.S. venue for the second annual Zozo Championship, won by Tiger Woods in 2019. Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California is said to be the leading contender for the Japanese sponsored event.

The HSBC Champions, annually contested in Shanghai, China, is expected to be canceled altogether.

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