“It’s very reassuring knowing that I could hit those shots when I needed to the entire day when I felt like the heat was on the whole day.”– Justin Thomas
Location & Course Information
Jeju Island, South Korea
The Club at Nine Bridges
Located near the base of Hallasan Mt., Nine Bridges was designed by Ronald Fream and David Dale and opened in 2001. The architects incorporated natural features, with lakes, streams and rolling topography framed by forests.
Yardage: 7,241; par 72
Notable Course Features
The 568-yard 18th, which offers a potential shortcut off the tee, gave up 20 eagles in 2019, but with the green and surrounding bunkers situated on an island it also produced its share of trouble with eight double bogeys or worse.
Justin Thomas, U.S.
Field: 78 players
Format: 72 holes stroke play
Purse: $9,750,000 (2019)
Winner’s Share: $1,755,000 (2019)
FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner
Proceeds go to the CJ Welfare Foundation and CJ Cultural Foundation, supporting a wide range of projects. The CJ Welfare Foundation implements education subsidies for underprivileged youth and supports food banks and social voluntary services, while CJ Cultural Foundation supports the arts.
HOW JUSTIN THOMAS WON
Justin Thomas and Danny Lee pulled away from the field and staged a tight two-man battle on Sunday during the CJ Cup, Thomas ultimately prevailing by two strokes with a final-round 67. The 11th career victory for 26-year-old Thomas was his second in the event, having claimed the title in 2017. He shot a 63 in each of his victories.
Thomas birdied the first four holes in the second round on the way to a front-nine 31 and a 63.
Thomas ranked T3 in Greens in Regulation Percentage at 84.72.
Check This Out
Justin Thomas now has two victories in THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES, 2017 and 2019, in the three years the event has been played. Four of his 12 PGA TOUR victories have come in Asia, including the 2015 and 2016 CIMB Classic in Malaysia.
Thomas had a round of 63 in each of his two victories at the event. The tournament 18-hole record is a 62 by Ryan Palmer in the final round in 2018.
Gary Woodland has finished second (2018) and T3 (2019) in the last two years.