Defending champion Justin Thomas has won 2 of 3 CJ Cups. With world No. 1 Dustin Johnson out, Thomas could be the man to beat
2: Number of times that American Justin Thomas has won the CJ Cup, in three editions. Is it too soon to change the name to the JT Cup? With the news Tuesday that world No. 1 Dustin Johnson has pulled out because of a positive COVID-19 test, Thomas emerges as perhaps the man to beat at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas. Thomas won the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in South Korea in 2017, and he won it for a second time last fall at Nine Bridges. The tournament was moved to the U.S. because of the global coronavirus pandemic, and the PGA Tour packaged the event with last week’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open for a two-stop fortnight in Las Vegas. Despite the absence of Johnson, six of the top 10 players in the world were scheduled to compete: No. 2 Jon Rahm, No. 3 Thomas, No. 4 Rory McIlroy, No. 6 Collin Morikawa, No. 8 Xander Schauffele and No. 10 Tyrrell Hatton. The 78-man, $9.75 million tournament begins Thursday (tee times).
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