7 of world’s top 10 will compete in Las Vegas event as PGA Tour prepares to wrap up its 2-week Desert Swing
Seven of the world’s top 10 golfers were scheduled to compete this week in the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek as the PGA Tour remains in Las Vegas for the second stop on its two-tournament Desert Swing.
The top four players in the Official World Golf Ranking – No. 1 Dustin Johnson, No. 2 Jon Rahm, No. 3 Justin Thomas, the defending CJ Cup champion, and No. 4 Rory McIlroy – will headline the strongest field since the U.S. Open four weeks ago. Also, No. 6 Collin Morikawa, the reigning PGA champion, No. 8 Xander Schauffele and No. 10 Tyrrell Hatton, who will make the transatlantic trek after winning the European Tour’s BMW PGA on Sunday, were entered. Among the top 10, only No. 5 Bryson DeChambeau, No. 7 Webb Simpson and No. 10 Patrick Reed were not part of the field.
Brooks Koepka, who slipped out of the OWGR’s top 10 this week, to No. 11, will make his first start since missing the cut at the Wyndham Championship on Aug. 14. Koepka, 30, a four-time major champion, has been struggling with a bothersome left knee for more than a year.
The 78-man, no-cut event will feature a $9.75 million purse, of which $1.755 million will go to the winner. The fourth-year event was moved from South Korea to the U.S. because of the coronavirus pandemic and follows last week's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.
Shadow Creek Golf Course, a 7,527-yard, par-72 layout designed by Tom Fazio, opened in 1990 for high rollers at hotel magnate Steve Wynn’s casinos. In recent years, the course’s layer of secrecy has been peeled back a bit. Shadow Creek played host to “The Match,” a $9 million, winner-take-all pay-per-view event pitting Tiger Woods against Phil Mickelson on Nov. 23, 2018. Mickelson won it on the 22nd hole.
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