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After Sungjae Im’s victory at the Shriners Children’s Open, the PGA Tour heads just 10 minutes down the road to The Summit Club for the CJ Cup. Jason Kokrak is the defending champion, whose Sunday 64 cemented his two-shot victory over Xander Schauffele.

While the Shriners hosted a pretty decent field last week, despite several of the biggest names missing the cut, the CJ Cup is welcoming many of the best players on the planet.

World No. 2 Dustin Johnson is making his 2021-22 season debut, but if his play at the 43rd Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits is any indication, he should be right in the mix come Sunday afternoon. Johnson’s partner throughout much of the United States’ rout of Europe, Collin Morikawa, is actually a member at The Summit Club. Justin Thomas, like the aforementioned pair, is making his season debut. He’s a two-time CJ Cup champion, with both wins coming at Nine Bridges, a championship layout in South Korea.

The CJ Cup is once again state-side due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Golf course

The Summit Club
Par 72
7,431 yards
Tom Fazio design

Quick note: I wouldn’t read too much into its location. Despite the surrounding dirt and desert, this course will play more…


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