2017 INAUGURAL CHAMPION
- 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.
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.
A DREAM GOLF EVENT,
FEATURING PGA TOUR STARS
SUCH AS JASON DAY, ADAM SCOTT,
JUSTIN THOMAS, AND SI-WOO KIM
AND OVER 800 VOLUNTEERS
THROUGH SHARED INTEREST AND PASSION
- 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
- 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