The CJ Cup 2020: Form guide for this week's event in Las Vegas

Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods during The Match at Shadow Creek in November 2018
Shadow Creek hosted the high-profile big money match between Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods in 2018

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.

World's best in action

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.

Remarkable record

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.

Tournament background

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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Last 10 Weeks

Position

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  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W41 W40 W39 W38 W37 W36 W35 W34 W33 W32
Dustin Johnson 6 3 2 1 2
Jon Rahm 23 6 1 6 13
Justin Thomas 8 3 25 49 37
Rory McIlroy 8 7 12 65 33
Collin Morikawa MC MC 7 20 MC 1
Xander Schauffele 5 1 25 25 10
Brooks Koepka MC 29
Daniel Berger 34 17 25 3 13
Patrick Cantlay 8 43 12 MC 43
Tommy Fleetwood 13 2 MC 3 44 59 29
Tyrrell Hatton 1 MC 5 16 25 MC
Tony Finau 8 14 5 MC 4
Louis Oosthuizen 19 3 25 13 33
Matthew Wolff 2 2 16 44 4
Hideki Matsuyama MC 17 17 3 29 22
Matthew Fitzpatrick 7 42 MC 6 MC MC
Paul Casey MC 17 16 49 31 2
Sung Jae Im 13 28 22 12 56 MC 9 MC
Justin Rose 37 MC 25 MC 9
Abraham Ancer 4 56 14 33 MC 43
Marc Leishman MC 28 69 MC MC
Gary Woodland MC 33 MC 58
Matt Kuchar 34 MC 59 18 MC
Viktor Hovland 13 14 40 18 33
Scottie Scheffler MC 37 2 20 4 4
Shane Lowry 13 MC 43 MC MC 23 66
Kevin Kisner MC 22 25 4 3 19
Billy Horschel 38 30 33 MC 2 43
Ryan Palmer 34 MC 25 40 8 43
Harris English MC 4 13 40 2 23 19
Kevin Na 43 MC 27 51 39 MC
Sergio Garcia 43 1 MC MC 66 MC
Jason Day MC 38 64 MC 4
Brendon Todd 23 21 8 64 MC 17
Rickie Fowler MC 49 49 MC
Kevin Streelman MC MC 3 51 61 58
Joaquin Niemann 13 23 28 3 MC 42 MC
Mackenzie Hughes 3 MC 7 10 13 58
Jason Kokrak MC 17 6 13 15 MC
Cameron Smith 24 38 22 20 18 43
Ian Poulter 5 6 MC 39 22
Byeong Hun An MC MC MC 12 MC 22
Bubba Watson 31 16 18 71
JT Poston 27 3 MC 59 39 MC 75
Adam Long MC 5 13 56 49 31 51
Joel Dahmen 58 MC 52 20 MC 10
Adam Hadwin 34 54 40 MC 58
Lanto Griffin MC 43 17 10 58 19
Corey Conners 17 MC MC 33 25 MC MC
Sung Kang 43 MC MC MC MC 79
Jordan Spieth MC MC MC 72 71
Sebastian Munoz 27 23 59 7 8 18 74 MC
Cameron Champ MC MC 22 65 MC 10
Max Homa MC MC 59 MC MC
Alexander Noren 17 40 8 22
Charles Howell 34 MC 30 48 44 MC
Keegan Bradley MC 4 MC MC 29 MC
Harry Higgs MC 2 56 11 MC
Brendan Steele MC 29 33 44 22
Jim Herman MC MC 40 MC 1 77
Si Woo Kim 8 37 MC 44 39 3 13
Brian Harman 13 37 38 12 11 27 58
Dylan Frittelli 34 MC 33 MC 20 33
Michael Thompson 48 59 MC MC
Danny Lee MC Wd 33 18 MC 71
Joo Hyung Kim 33 67 MC
Russell Henley 27 25 8 9 37
Nick Taylor MC MC 51 MC MC
Andrew Landry 27 68 67 42 MC
Richy Werenski MC 59 MC 20 68 MC
Mark Hubbard MC MC MC MC 51 29 15 51
Tom Hoge 24 28 29 65 MC 27 58
Tyler Duncan MC 34 MC 48 29 13 MC
Talor Gooch MC 37 MC 65 18 25 MC
Carlos Ortiz MC MC 46 25 MC MC MC
Robby Shelton 34 MC MC 59 13 MC
Maverick McNealy MC 17 MC 40 61 MC
Kyoung-Hoon Lee MC 46 MC MC 29 MC
Seong Hyeon Kim 40 4 58 33 37 1
Doc Redman MC 28 3 MC 3 29
Denny McCarthy 57 6 41 MC 49 9 58
Troy Merritt 43 MC 58 MC 29 59 MC
Henrik Norlander 58 4 MC MC MC 59
Charley Hoffman MC 6 14 56 13 MC

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