Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CJ Cup and the Zozo Championship are moving to the United States, a move that is paying off for both events.
It was recently announced that the CJ Cup and the Zozo Championship, two fall events on the PGA Tour, would move from Asia to the United States due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Whatever the reason, the move seems to have worked, as both events are now drawing big-time fields for their events.
The CJ Cup, which has been held in South Korea, will be moved to Shadow Creek in Las Vegas this season. The event, which is scheduled for Oct. 15-18, features a stellar field, now that the move to the U.S. has been announced.
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Most recently, Dustin Johnson, the defending FedEx Cup champion, joined the list of luminaries who will be playing in the event in two weeks. He joins U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau, defending champion Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm. The 78-player field will compete for $9.5 million at Shadow Creek.
The following week, the Zozo Championship will be held at Sherwood Country Club in California. Sherwood has traditionally been a favorite site for Tiger Woods, who has held his World Challenge there on 14 occasions, including five times when he was the winner.
Woods is the defending champion at the Zozo Championship, where he won his record-tying 82nd PGA Tour title last season. Woods has not officially announced whether he will play in the Zozo or not, but he is expected to play one more time before the Masters, which is Nov. 12-15. Playing at Sherwood would seem to make a lot of sense for the Big Cat.
Johnson, McIlroy and Rahm will also be in the Zozo Championship, where the 78-man field will compete for an $8 million purse. And this year, the tournament will get a lot more attention, especially in the United States because it will be played in primetime rather than in the morning, like it was last year when it was in Japan.
No matter how, or why, it happened, the move to the United States is paying off for both of these events. Not only will the television ratings be better, but the fields have gone from good to great since the change was made.