CJ Cup History: The PGA TOUR’s hottest event takes place in South Carolina, fourth course in six years

The sixth iteration of the PGA TOUR CJ Cup kicks off this week at Congaree Golf Club in Gillisonville, South Carolina, which will be the fourth course and third city to host the tournament. The CJ Cup started in 2017 on Jeju Island in South Korea, where it remained for the first three years it was contested. Meanwhile, Brooks Koepka has won once and Justin Thomas has won the trophy twice.

But in 2020, the CJ Cup moved to Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, Nevada due to COVID-19 restrictions. While the tournament was originally set to return to South Korea, they ended up just moving across town in 2021, playing at Summit Club in Summerlin, Nevada. Rory McIlroy, favorite to win the 2022 CJ Cup, beat Collin Morikawa by one stroke to win last year.

Now in 2022, they’ve traveled across the country to Congaree Golf Club in South Carolina, where the tournament will take place Thursday, October 20 through Sunday, October 23. Congaree opened in 2017 and has hosted just one PGA TOUR event: The 2021 Palmetto Championship, a one-time tournament intended to replace the RBC Canadian Open which was canceled during the pandemic.

Gillisonville could be considered a middle of nowhere in the Lowcountry. It’s actually not even a town – it’s listed as a census-designated place, and wasn’t even listed as such until the 2020 census, which found a population of 183. It is located in Jasper County, which has long been one of the poorest counties in South Carolina, although the poverty rate fell from 25% to 18% between 2011 and 2020.

Congaree was built – in part by late Houston Texans owner Bob McNair – as an outreach program for underserved high schoolers who had an interest in golf but may not have had the resources to apply and Enter university. Rather than members, Congaree has ambassadors who raise funds and donate to the club’s mission.

The PGA TOUR has not announced whether the CJ Club has found a permanent home in Congaree, but the national stage will be a huge boost for their philanthropic endeavor.

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