20 August 2019
World No. 1 Confirms Title Defence in Korea
World No. 1 and defending champion Brooks Koepka has confirmed he will defend his title at The CJ Cup at Nine Bridges, the only PGA Tour event staged in South Ko-rea, in October. The news, announced by the title sponsor CJ Group, states that 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 on Jeju Island from October 17 to 20.
“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,” Koepka said in a PGA Tour release.
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. The victory enabled him to claim the No. 1 position on the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in his career.
CJ Corporation signed a 10-year agreement with the PGA Tour in 2016 to stage the lucrative tournament which has a prize fund that is amongst the highest on the PGA Tour.