Andy Swales supplies the stats for The CJ Cup, as Shadow Creek in Las Vegas makes its debut on the PGA Tour...
"Thomas is developing a reputation for playing well in high-quality tournaments that have limited-size fields and no 36-hole cut. Nine of his 13 PGA Tour victories have come in such events – and he has also lost a play-off in one other."
In what must be one of the shortest ever journeys made by the PGA Tour, the players travel just 18 miles from TPC Summerlin to Shadow Creek to contest this week's tournament in Nevada.
The fourth staging of The CJ Cup takes place at the stunning Shadow Creek complex, which makes its maiden appearance as an official PGA Tour event.
However, many might remember this venue when it hosted the much-heralded big money shoot-out between Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods in November 2018.
The Tom Fazio-designed course, which is located 10 miles north of downtown Las Vegas, was opened 30 years ago at a cost of $60m.
Water comes into play on eight holes, with hazards including a selection of ponds, as well as a creek which criss-crosses this extremely scenic golf course.
The CJ Cup had originally been scheduled to remain in South Korea, but with Covid-19 taking hold in many countries around the world, the PGA Tour decided to move the tournament to Nevada.
And although the event will now be played in the United States, this week's field will still include its usual sprinkling of top Korean talent.
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With 21 of the world's top 25 taking part, the field resembles that of a WGC event.
Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy and Xander Schauffele make their first starts since the US Open, while Brooks Koepka is back in competitive action for the first time since mid-August.
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The former world No 1 has been struggling with knee and hip injuries which led to his absence at Winged Foot.
A number of Europeans have travelled back across the Atlantic having played at Wentworth over the weekend - these include winner Tyrrell Hatton and Tommy Fleetwood.
In such a strong field, it is hard to see this week's champion coming from too far down the World Ranking.
World No 3 Justin Thomas is the defending champion who has twice lifted The CJ Cup at Nine Bridges Golf Club in Korea.
Thomas is developing a reputation for playing well in high-quality tournaments that have limited-size fields and no 36-hole cut.
Nine of his 13 PGA Tour victories have come in such events - and he has also lost a play-off in another.
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Dustin Johnson has also tasted success many times in these types of tournaments (10 out of 23 on the PGA Tour), while Xander Schauffele is another in the making.
Three of his four PGA Tour titles have been in tournaments without a 36-hole cut and although he wasn't crowned the winner of September's Tour Championship - which uses a strange handicap format - he still fired the lowest 72-hole total over four days at East Lake Golf Club.
The CJ Cup was created in 2017 with the intention of supporting the development of professional golf in Korea.
The first three instalments took place at Nine Bridges Golf Club on Jeju Island, which sits around 80 miles south of the Korean Peninsula.
This week's field of 78 has no cut and a total prize fund of $9.75m.
Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive
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