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HISTORY #2017

HISTORY #2017

JOURNEY

2017
THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES,
A FERVENT JOURNEY

2017.10.19~10.22
The Club at Nine Bridges, Jeju

CHAMPION

JUSTIN THOMAS (USA),
2017 INAUGURAL CHAMPION
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Q How do you feel having won the tournament?
A I am glad to be able to stand tall as the inaugural winner of this tournament. The weather conditions for the last three days were not good due to strong winds, so I tried my best to be patient. I am particularly satisfied that I increased my GIR percentage on the 18th hole and hit two good shots. I plan to take a break for a while after this.
Q How do you like the trophy?
A The trophy strikes me as being really unique. I took a look at it with Adam Scott before the beginning of the week and thought it looked very special. My name on the trophy is gold-plated so it must be easily recognizable. I will learn how to write my name in Korean.
Q How was Jeju’s wind?
A I was told that if the wind is strong, the winning score would likely be 8- to 10-under par, and if not, 20-under par. In fact, in golf, when the wind is this strong, it is difficult to cut strokes.
Q Of all 7 wins you achieved, 3 were won in Asia.
A I don’t know why. I think I generally get lucky in Asia, and my games tend to go well here. Perhaps Asia’s energy has a positive effect on me.
Q What do you have to say about the Leishman's situation on the 1st hole of the playoff?
A At first, I was confused. I asked the chairman of the tournament about it to comprehend the situation. From where I was standing, I couldn't to see the ball, so I thought it was out of bounds. But when I saw it get dropped, I realized that it wasn’t out of bounds. I just asked the chairman about the rule that states that the ball can be saved because the stonewall isn’t a boundary but is part of the course.
Q How difficult was it to win the tournament by keeping the nine-under-par you scored in the first round?
A For the last two days, I played my game with difficulty. It was difficult because of the extremely feisty wind. It was also cold. My shots didn’t go as I intended, including the one I hit with the 7-iron at 120 yards. Putting was difficult when I couldn’t accurately get a feel for the wind.
Q Do you have specific goals set for this season?
A My specific goals for the season are only known to the team and myself. Since I started sharing specific goals of mine, others have asked me about them, and that is sometimes rather stressful and puts extra pressure on me.
Q Do you also plan to participate in the Asian series in the next season despite your tiring schedule?
A I am exhausted having attended many competitions. I’m excited that I can take a break after this tournament.
Q Do you think your aggressive play strategy has worked out?
A Because I'm a long hitter, I try to be on in one. I hit good wedge shots, but I am also a good putter. On the 8th hole, my performance was not as good as I wanted it to be throughout all four rounds. There was a problem after the driver. However, I am willing to attempt to be on in one with the driver any time.
Q Did you consider hitting a lay-up when Leishman’s ball had fallen into a hazard on the 2nd hole of the playoff?
A I didn’t consider hitting a lay-up. I didn’t want to be on in three having come all the way here. So I attempted to be on in two.
Q Tell us how you were able to overcome the pressure of the 18th hole when you were behind by one stroke?
A My situation on the 18th hole was frustrating and rather irritating. The situation was frustrating because I was falling behind on the 18th by one stroke due to the bogey I posted on the 17th hole. I hit my tee shot with my 3-wood, and that was the best shot I've hit in this tournament. A highlight of being a professional golfer is when you feel you've hit one of those shots.
2017 THE CJ CUP Trophy
2017 THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES TROPHY

The opportunities and dreams of many are connected through the 'BRIDGE TO REALIZATION' which is the concept of the tournament just as, Korea is represented through its K-Culture. The names of all the players in this tournament have been engraved in Korean, and the name of the winner will be accentuated in gold to commemorate their victory.

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Justin Thomas, United States

PLAYERS

A DREAM GOLF EVENT,
FEATURING PGA TOUR STARS
SUCH AS JASON DAY, ADAM SCOTT,
JUSTIN THOMAS, AND SI-WOO KIM

COMPANION

35,000 GALLERIES
AND OVER 800 VOLUNTEERS
BECAME ONE
THROUGH SHARED INTEREST AND PASSION

RESULTS

#RESULTS

SUMMARY

#SUMMARY

SCHEDULE / LOCATION
10.19 (THU) ~ 22 (SUN), 2017 / The Club at Nine Bridges, Jeju, Korea
TOURNAMENT MAIN SCHEDULE
  • 10.16 (MON)Monday PRO-AM (25 team / 75 people)
  • 10.17 (TUE)Official Practice Day / Gala Dinner (223 people)
  • 10.18 (WED)Official PRO-AM (44 team / 132 people)
  • 10.19 (THU)
    ~ 22 (SUN)
    Tournament (72-Hole stroke play / No Cut-off)
  • 10.23 (MON)THE CJ CUP Challenge (31 team / 124 people)
HOST / ORGANIZERS
CJ Group / PGA TOUR
TOTAL PRIZE MONEY
USD 9,250,000
CHAMPION
Justin Thomas (USA) / Winner’s Prize: USD 1,665,000
PLAYER FIELD
- 17 Korean players (including 1 amateur) - Participants ranked up to 96th in FedExCup points
(3 people in Top 10, 25 people in Top 50)
⇒ 9 players from the 2017 Presidents Cup International Team participated