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Sponsor invite and World No. 433 K.J. Choi is at The Club at Nine Bridges for the inaugural CJ CUP on Jeju Island, South Korea.

The 47-year-old is playing this season on a Top 25 Career Money List exemption. He finished a career-worst 177th in the FedExCup standings last season with three top 25s among 11 made cuts in 25 starts. The South Korean native recorded no top 10s for just a second time since joining the TOUR in 2000. He's an eight-time TOUR winner in 442 career events but not since the 2011 PLAYERS. Choi ended last season with T28 at the Wyndham and opened this season with a MC at the Safeway. In between, he MC'd the Genesis Championship on the Korean Tour four weeks ago.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Oct 18 - 2:58 PM

World No. 205 Whee Kim readies for the inaugural CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES on Jeju Island, Korea.

The South Korea native and resident's lone professional win came in 2012 on the Korean PGA Tour. He's a two-time Web.com Tour grad in 2014 and 2016, parlaying the latter into a career-best 89th-place finish in the FedExCup standings last season. The 25-year-old posted five top 25s among just 11 made cuts in 27 starts, two for top 10s, including a career-best T2 at the FedEx St. Jude back in June. In 10 starts since, he's not recorded a top 25, but did post a T12 four weeks ago on the Korean Tour. Kim's opened this season with T54 at the Safeway and T39 last week at the CIMB (68-75-71-68).
Source: PGATOUR.com
Oct 18 - 2:49 PM

World No. 152 Patrick Rodgers takes his talents to Jeju Island, Korea, for the inaugural CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES.

The 25-year-old heads out in the first tee time at 08:00 local off No. 1 tee. He's one of 24 players in the 78-man no-cut field that has teed it up in both of the season's first two events, posting a T43 at the Safeway and T23 at the CIMB (70-73-68-68). The Stanford product finished 78th last season in the FedExCup standings in his second campaign, chasing a 74th-place finish in 2016 as a Special Temporary Member. He's logged eight career top-10 finishes in 84 career events (81 pro), three last season in 27 starts, including a career-tying-best solo 2nd at the John Deere where he was the 54-hole leader by two. The Indiana native followed the Deere with three missed cuts and a T73 (of 79) at the Dell Tech.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Oct 18 - 2:25 PM

World No. 155 C.T. Pan is on Jeju Island, Korea, for the inaugural CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES.

The Taiwan native is on a quasi-run of six made cuts in a row, seven of his last eight, kicking off the run with T8 at the Travelers back in June. That's significant as he missed more cuts in last season's rookie campaign (15) than he made (14). In total, the 25-year-old posted four top 25s in 29 starts and three top 10s, highlighted by a career-best T2 at the Farmers in late-January. After exiting the Playoffs with T47 at the Dell Tech and an 88th-place ranking in the FedExCup standings, he opened this season with T17 at the CIMB (70-70-69-68). Pan, who won two times on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada in 2015, was a former No. 1-ranked amateur in the world in 2013. He won eight events while a University of Washington Husky.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Oct 18 - 2:12 PM

Making his season debut, World No. 23 Patrick Reed is at The Club at Nine Bridges for the inaugural CJ CUP on Jeju Island, Korea.

Two of the Texan's five career TOUR titles are at no-cut events, most recently at the 2015 Hyundai TOC. His latest capture was the 2016 Barclays 60 weeks ago in August, 2016. Five weeks after The Barclays, the Augusta University product went 3-1-0 in the Ryder Cup. This year, he finished T20 in his Barclays defense, now named THE NORTHERN TRUST, and five weeks later went 3-1-1 in the Presidents Cup. In between he posted T6 at the Dell, 65th (BMW), and T13 at the TOUR Championship. The East Lake visit was his fourth straight but his 22nd-place finish in the FedExCup standings was his worst since 54th in his rookie campaign in 2013. After 11 top 10s in 2016, the 27-year-old netted only four last season in 29 starts and went winless for the first time.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Oct 18 - 12:02 PM

World No. 69 James Hahn is on Jeju Island, Korea, for the inaugural CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES.

The American, who was born in Seoul, South Korea, is coming off a 68th-place finish in the FedExCup standings last season, his sixth consecutive TOUR campaign. His best FEC finish was 39th the season prior, buoyed by his most recent of two TOUR titles 76 weeks at the 2016 Wells Fargo, prevailing in extra time. The 35-year-old posted career bests last season in top-25 finishes (eight) and top 10s (four), highlighted by solo 3rd at the Byron Nelson back in May. He was the 54-hole leader (by one) at the Byron Nelson but closed with 1-over 71. The UC-Berkeley alum opened this season with T28 at the CIMB (72-71-68-69).
Source: PGATOUR.com
Oct 18 - 11:33 AM

World No. 137 Stewart Cink makes final preparation for THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES on Jeju Island, Korea.

The 44-year-old used his Top 25 Career Money List exemption last season to finish 53rd in the FedExCup standings. That was his best FEC finish since the 2010 season. The Georgia Tech alum had 10 top 25s among 20 cashes in 26 starts, three for top 10s, interestingly all T10s. His most recent was T10 at the FedEx St. Jude back in June where was a 54-hole co-leader but closed in 3-over 73. Dating to the beginning of last season, 40-somethings have won eight times, including Pat Perez twice, so Cink has to be eyeballing that. He's a six-time TOUR winner in 541 career starts but not since the 2009 Open. The Alabama native opened this season with a T13 last week in Malaysia (72-68-67-69), his second top 15 in his last eight starts (12th, Dell Tech).
Source: PGATOUR.com
Oct 18 - 11:20 AM

Alternate and World No. 163 Chris Kirk readies for the inaugural CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES.

The 32-year-old was first alternate when the 78-man field was originally published. He's coming off a career-worst 92nd-place finish in the FedExCup standings in his seventh consecutive TOUR campaign. The Georgia alum, once ranked as high as 16th in OWGR in 2015, conjured a career-tying-low six top 25s in 28 starts with three top 10s and a season-best T2 at the opposite-field Sanderson Farms 51 weeks ago. His last top 10 was T7 at the OHL Classic last November and opened this season, with a T30 at the Safeway two weeks ago with new equipment. Kirk, who split with PXG, is now carrying a mixed bag ot TaylorMade, Ping and Mizuno.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Oct 18 - 10:55 AM

Robert Streb sets his eyes on The Club at Nine Bridges ahead of this week's inaugural CJ CUP on Jeju Island in South Korea.

Despite a disappointing (at times) season, Streb played his way to the third leg of the FedExCup Playoffs last season, finishing 63rd in the FedExCup race. It was the four straight season the K State product has cracked the Playoffs. He will look to pad those early-season FEC totals with a second straight small field, no-cut event in Asia. Last week he posted four rounds of 70 or worse to finish T69 at the CIMB Classic. He will look to right the ship this week as he preps for a brand new course in South Korea. Set to play around 3,500 feet above sea level, Streb is no stranger to success at somewhat similar altitude, finishing runner-up at this year's Greenbrier Classic.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Oct 18 - 10:20 AM

Charles Howell III heads to the Far East for a chance to peg it at the inaugural CJ CUP at NINE BRIDGES, hosted this week on Jeju Island in South Korea.

CH3 opened the 2017-18 campaign with a T51 at last week's CIMB Classic. That extends his current mini-slump to six straight events where he's finished outside the top 50. Gamers shouldn't hit the panic button quite yet, as most of his annual damage is done in January and February during the West Coast swing. If that success is partially due to his fondness of playing in cooler temperatures, he may be in the luck this week. The current forecast for Jeju Island calls for temperatures in the upper 60s all week. CH3 won't stay in a slump forever, so gamers should start looking for the ideal time to jump back in. This week is a possible candidate for that.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Oct 18 - 10:11 AM

Still looking for a conduit toward PGA TOUR status, Ryan Ruffels will take his talents to Jeju Island, South Korea, for this week's CJ CUP at NINE BRIDGES.

The 19-year-old Aussie received one (of 8) sponsor's exemptions this week for the inaugural CJ CUP. The talented youngster is spending his time on the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica circuit, currently 12th in the order of merit. He can try to trickle that success into a spot on the Web.com Tour or he could skip that step altogether with a strong finish or two on the PGA TOUR. This week provides a good opportunity to do so, with just 78 golfers in the field. Gamers should keep a very close eye on the progress of this prospect. In the short-term, he's proven to be in the learning stages, finishing outside the top 25 in all but one of his 15 PGA TOUR starts.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Oct 18 - 10:04 AM

Thanks to some pre-tournament withdraws, Jim Herman will take a crack at the inaugural CJ CUP at NINE BRIDGES, played this week on Jeju Island, South Korea.

Herman made it to the second leg of the FedExCup Playoffs last year and started the new season with a T61 at last week's CIMB Classic. He started this week as an alternate but remained in Asia and cracked the field thanks to some field changes that took place since last week. Herman is searching for some form as he's posted eight straight finishes outside the top 30. During that time he has positioned himself inside the top 10 after R1 on two occasions, so it wouldn't be shocking to see him jump out to a fast start this week at Nine Bridges. Herman remains steady from tee-to-green but his short game is always the wildcard.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Oct 18 - 9:56 AM

Sergio Garcia has plenty on his plate at this week's Andalucia Valderrama Masters but incredible course form at his home venue suggests a title challenge is likely.

In 11 appearances at the course, the Spaniard has 10 top 10s, including a victory in 2011. No wonder he describes it in glowing terms. "This is my favorite golf course ever and it’s the kind of golf course that even though it’s not long, it challenges you," he told europeantour.com. "It’s tight and it’s always asking you to hit good shots, all kinds of shots. They are small greens so your iron play has to be spot on and if you miss the greens it’s tricky. It’s just a great, solid golf course." The tournament is hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation and, as well as his off-course activities, he's also trying to close the gap on Tommy Fleetwood. The margin is substantial but second-placed Sergio has the chance to narrow it with Fleetwood sitting this one out. The Masters champion was only T30 in Italy but Valderrama is far more suited to his talents.
Oct 18 - 7:12 AM

Robert Rock will look to continue an impressive late-season push when he takes his talents to the Andalucia Valderrama Masters in Spain.

After no top 10s in his first 16 starts of the campaign, the Englishman has now picked up four in his last 10 and banked the biggest cheque of his season when T4 at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship two weeks ago. He didn't cash in Italy last week but hit over 80% of Greens In Regulation for the second tournament running. Rock is 2-for-3 at Valderrama with T21 in 2010 and T28 in 2011 so he's got some reasonable course form at a venue which traditionally plays as one of the very toughest on tour.
Oct 18 - 6:58 AM

Austin Connelly is 74th on the Race to Dubai going into this week's Andalucia Valderrama Masters in Spain.

The Canadian youngster will now be thinking about making the top 60 and the season closer in Dubai having done enough to secure his card and he showed more flashes of excellence in Italy last week with a pair of 65s (R2 and R4) taking him to T21. This will be the toughest track he'll have faced so far but Connelly ranked 1st for Driving Accuracy and 2nd for Greens In Regulation when runner-up at the KLM Open last month and is 15th and 30th respectively on those two stats for the season. He could be a sneaky pick this week for his first start in Spain.
Oct 18 - 6:45 AM


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