Koepka confirms title defence of THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES

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World No. 1 and defending champion Brooks Koepka has confirmed he will defend his title at THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES, the only PGA TOUR staged in South Korea, in October.

Tournament title sponsor, CJ Group, announced the American star, who is a six-time PGA TOUR winner, will tee up for the tournament’s third edition at The Club at Nine Bridges in Jeju island from October 17 to 20.

Koepka said: “I am excited to participate in THE CJ CUP once again. I was awed by the excellence of The Club at Nine Bridges golf course when I visited Jeju island last year. I will try my best to gain a second consecutive victory at the upcoming tournament.”

Last year, the 29-year-old, who arrived for the tournament as the PGA TOUR Player of the Year, carded a stunning back-nine 7-under 29 in the final round to earn his fifth career PGA TOUR victory with a score of 21-under 267. It enabled him to claim the No. 1 position on the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in his career.

Amongst his six PGA TOUR titles are four major championship victories. In May, Koepka won the PGA Championship and he has finished runner-up at the Masters Tournament and U.S. Open as well this season. With two wins and four top-10s in the 2018-19 PGA TOUR Season, he currently lies in second place on the FedExCup points list.

Koepka did not only showcase great golf last year during the week in Jeju island. He also showed off his fishing skills by catching a 51-centimeter yellow perch at the sea of Jeju before the tournament.

CJ Group is looking forward to welcoming Koepka back and said further announcements on the field will be made. It is also planning to greatly enhance the tournament experience for golf fans to experience world-class golf in South Korea.

With 100 days to go to THE CJ CUP, tickets will go on sale from today on its official website, www.thecjcup.com. Early bird ticket sales and promotions are also available at the CJ Mall, www.cjmall.com/THECJCUP.  Last year, more than 40,000 fans visited The Club at Nine Bridges during the second edition of THE CJ CUP.

Featuring a 78-man field, the CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES will provide Jeju Special Self-Governing Province an opportunity to promote the beauty of Jeju island to the world through the TOUR’s television broadcasts. CJ Corporation signed a 10-year agreement with the PGA TOUR in 2016 to stage the lucrative tournament which the prize fund is amongst the highest on the PGA TOUR. SBS, the PGA TOUR’s partner in Korea for over 10 years, will be the host broadcaster of the event.

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