THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES, Korea's first regular competition of PGA Tour will be held in Jeju
- The Jeju Special Self-Governing Provincial Government held an MOU signing ceremony pursuant to successfully hosting the PGA Tour
- Nine Bridges Golf Course gained a foothold to become one of the ‘world's top 100 golf clubs’ that is in harmony with nature, able to revitalize the local economy and grow into a global tourist attraction.
- THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES will take a bold leap forward as a sports and cultural platform, helping Korean golfers emerge on the world stage
THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES, the first regular season tournament of the US PGA golf tour in Korea will be held at Nine Bridges Golf Course on Jeju Island.
On April 13, the CJ Group (chairman Lee Jay-Hyun) announced the location and logo of the contest in the official agreement ceremony for the successful hosting of the PGA Tour and the tournament in Samda Hall of Jeju Special Self-governing Provincial Government Building. The event was attended by chairman Son Kyung-Sik of the CJ Group, governor Won Hee-Ryong of Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, and Jeff Monday, vice-president of PGA Tour Asia.
Nine Bridges Golf Course located in Seogwipo City of Jeju, which is the venue of the golf tournament, is CJ’s premium golf club which has previously hosted world-class golf competitions such as the CJ Nine Bridges Classic, Korea's first LPGA tournament, and the amateur World Club Championship (WCC). The golf course is acclaimed to have led the advancement and globalization of Korean golf clubs, attaining rank among the ‘world's top 100 golf clubs’ as the only Korean golf course. This event will make Nine Bridges the only golf course in Korea to have hosted both a PGA Tour event and an LPGA Tour regular season tournament.
"I am very pleased to hold the PGA Tour's first regular season tournament in Jeju," said Jeff Monday, vice president of the PGA Tour Asia. "I look forward to watching some of the best players in the world perform their best at Nine Bridges which is blended nicely with the beautiful nature of Jeju. We are here to pledge to do our best to make THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES become the best competition."
"I hope that THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES to be held in the nice natural environment of Jeju will grow into a world-class sports and cultural platform that will trigger the vitalization of the Jeju economy and facilitate a renaissance of the slumping Korean men's professional golf," said CJ Group chairman Son Kyung-Sik.
The official logo of the contest that was unveiled on the day highlights CJ Group's identity so that the logo can be differentiated for the event that will be held in the world-class golf course.
In addition, this competition will earn Jeju Special Self-Governing Province an opportunity to promote the beauty of Jeju Island to the whole world. On top of that, by supporting promotional efforts inside and outside the airport, major roads, and tourism promotion materials, the province plans to promote to and attract tourists to come to Jeju Island through the tournament. The Jeju Special Self-Governing Province will also organize specialized teams for administrative support such as policing, firefighting, and medical services as well as financial support for the successful hosting of the contest.
THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES, the first regular PGA competition in Korea, will be held in Korea for the next 10 years beginning with the 2017-2018 PGA Tour season. Its total prize pool is valued at USD 9.25 million which sits at the highest level of regular PGA Tour competitions. THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES will run from October 16 to 22, with a total of 78 athletes expected to excite golf fans with thrilling performances without a cut-off over four days.
CJ Group will provide Korean players with talent and an enterprising spirit with opportunities to compete in the event in accordance with the contest slogan of “Bridge to Realization,” which will provide an opportunity for Korean players to enter the world stage.