The PGA Tour’s push for world domination continues its Asian initiative this week.
The site is the volcanic island of Jeju off the South Korean coast, the venue is the ultra-posh, crazy rich Koreans only Club at Nine Bridges.
The course was created by a greedy group of developers — the C.J. Group and they built an expensive, rich-members only course that is manicured and pampered with no blade of grass neglected.
So with the fat initiation fees and expensive monthly dues, it’s no problem for the C.J. Group to put up the money for what is naturally called The C.J. Cup.
It’s another limited, no-cut field but they’ve managed to get some decent names. They’ve got Justin Thomas, fresh off the sweat-fest in Malaysia along with CIMB winner Marc Leishman. But we’ve got some new faces getting their passports stamped — mainly Player Of The Year Brooks Koepka and Aussie Jason Day. Paul Casey’s there and they’re hoping that Hideki Matsuyama has recovered from what’s been ailing him, perhaps that test wrist injury.
Anyway, those guy are going to find out that The Club At Nine Bridges only has eight bridges. The C.J. Group hired some South Korean advertising geniuses to throw in the “ninth bridge” which is basically the C.J. Group reaching across it to empty the wallets of the members, who basically have enough money so their wallets can stand the drain.
J.T. is the defending champion and if he can win again, he can take that No. 1 world ranking away from Dustin Johnson. Same scenario for Koepka. If Brooksy can win, he will become No. 1 and that’s something that he and D.J can scuffle about next time they run into each other.
In the meantime, it’s play on, cross all eight bridges, hope for good weather and go as low as you can.