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D.J., Rahm, McIlroy commit to CJ Cup, Zozo Championship

Field Level Media
29 Sep 2020, 11:05 GMT+10

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, No. 2 Jon Rahm and No. 4 Rory McIlroy will play in both The CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek and the Zozo Championship @ Sherwood, two upcoming PGA Tour events that have been moved from Asia to the Western United States due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The CJ Cup, played the past three years at The Club @ Nine Bridges on Jeju Island, just off the coast of South Korea, will be contested Oct. 15-18 at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas.

The following week, the Zozo Championship @ Sherwood will be held at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The first edition of the event was played last year at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Inzai, Japan.

Johnson enters the two events in sizzling form. He finished runner-up at the PGA Championship, won The Northern Trust, came in second at the BMW Championship and then captured the season-long FedEx Cup by winning the Tour Championship.

In his most recent outing, he tied for sixth place in the U.S. Open at Winged Foot.

Johnson, a 36-year-old South Carolina native, said in a statement, "My game has been really good recently, so I am excited to play both tournaments. I was excited to hear that The CJ Cup will be played at Shadow Creek, where I have played some good golf in the past with family and friends. It's a really good golf course and should be a great venue for the tournament.

"As a proud member at Sherwood Country Club, I am thrilled the club will be hosting the Zozo Championship. I have played countless rounds there and love the golf course, so I'm really looking forward to the tournament."

Rahm came in fourth at the Tour Championship after winning the Memorial and the BMW Championship this summer. The 25-year-old Spaniard tied for 23rd in the U.S. Open.

McIlory, a 31-year-old from Northern Ireland, tied for eighth in both the Tour Championship and the U.S. Open. They were his first top-10 finishes since play restarted after a three-month shutdown caused by the pandemic.

The field for The CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek also will include defending champion Justin Thomas as well as Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth and three top English players -- Tommy Fleetwood, Ian Poulter and Justin Rose.

Tiger Woods will defend his Zozo Championship title in a field that also will feature Phil Mickelson, Fleetwood, Fowler, Rose, Spieth and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama.

--Field Level Media

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