The CJ Cup R2

Thomas takes two-shot lead. Koepka pulls out due to injury. Matt Every suspended

October 17-20
Nine Bridges, Jeju Island, Korea
$9,750,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


A nine-under-par round of 63 sent Justin Thomas to the top of the leaderboard at The CJ Cup in South Korea.

Thomas, the champion at Nine Bridges two years ago, had nine birdies, including four in the first four holes, and no dropped shots to move to 13 under after two rounds.

That left the American two shots ahead of first-round leader An Byeong-hun, who followed up a 64 with a 69.


“I played well,” former world number one Thomas said. “I didn’t do anything unbelievably. It just was a very stress-free day.

“Obviously playing well, that makes it stress free, but I just kind of kept the ball in play off the tee, hit some good irons.

“I think I hit every green and made a couple putts early. And then the back nine, I got a few close to the holes where those birdies came easier. So it just was a very easy 63 if you can somehow say that, but hopefully we’ll be able to keep some of that going for the weekend.”

Korean-born New Zealander Danny Lee is tied for second with An after a 66. It would have been one better but for a bogey at the par-five 18th.


American Jordan Spieth and Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo are two shots further back in a tie for fourth. Spieth was one of the big movers of the day thanks to a 65.

England’s Tyrell Hatton is in a tie for ninth place on seven under after shooting a 68 while a 73 dropped Australia’s Jason Day from third to a tie for 18th.



Defending champion Brooks Koepka has withdrawn with to a knee injury, the PGA Tour has announced.

The four-time major winner was level par at the midway part of the tournament on Jeju Island in Korea after carding rounds of 69 and 75.

Koepka revealed at the start of the month that he underwent stem cell treatment in his left knee shortly after the Tour Championship and the 29-year-old could undergo more during the off-season.

American professional Matt Every has been handed a three-month ban by the PGA Tour for violating its drug policy.

In a statement, the PGA said Every, who had back-to-back wins at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 2014 and 2015, will remain suspended until January 7.

The 35-year-old Every confirmed in a statement issued to The Golf Channel that the suspension is for cannabis, for which he claims to have a prescription on medical grounds.

Every said: “I have been prescribed cannabis for a mental health condition by my physician whom has managed my medical care for 30 years.

“For me, cannabis has proven to be, by far, the safest and most effective treatment.”

The statement from the PGA’s Commissioner’s Office said: “The PGA Tour announced today that Matt Every has been suspended for a period of 12 weeks for a violation of the PGA TOUR Conduct Policy for drugs of abuse.

“He will be eligible to return on January 7, 2020. The Tour will have no further comment on the suspension at this time.”


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DP World Tour Rankings

Golf Ranking
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Justin Thomas
USA
-13
68
63
131
T2
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
-11
64
69
133
T2
Danny Lee
NZL
-11
67
66
133
T4
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
-9
69
66
135
T4
Jordan Spieth
USA
-9
70
65
135
T6
Cameron Smith
AUS
-8
67
69
136
T6
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
-8
69
67
136
T6
Ryan Moore
USA
-8
69
67
136

T9
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
-7
69
68
137
T9
Charles Howell III
USA
-7
67
70
137
T9
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-7
69
68
137
T12
Jung-Gon Hwang
KOR
-6
67
71
138
T12
Kevin Streelman
USA
-6
69
69
138
T12
Viktor Hovland
NOR
-6
69
69
138
T12
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
-6
65
73
138
T12
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
-6
69
69
138
T12
Wyndham Clark
USA
-6
71
67
138
T18
Charley Hoffman
USA
-5
67
72
139
T18
Jason Day
AUS
-5
66
73
139
T18
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-5
69
70
139
T18
Ryan Palmer
USA
-5
70
69
139
T18
Graeme McDowell
NIR
-5
68
71
139
T23
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
-4
71
69
140
T23
Andrew Putnam
USA
-4
70
70
140
T23
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
-4
68
72
140
T23
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-4
70
70
140
T23
Kevin Na
USA
-4
72
68
140
T28
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-3
68
73
141
T28
Nate Lashley
USA
-3
72
69
141
T28
Marc Leishman
AUS
-3
72
69
141
T28
Ian Poulter
ENG
-3
69
72
141
T28
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-3
71
70
141
T33
Chase Koepka
USA
-2
70
72
142
T33
Gary Woodland
USA
-2
71
71
142
T33
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-2
68
74
142
T33
Kevin Tway
USA
-2
70
72
142
T33
Collin Morikawa
USA
-2
69
73
142
T33
Hyung-Joon Lee
KOR
-2
71
71
142
T33
Matt Jones
AUS
-2
72
70
142
T33
Branden Grace
RSA
-2
71
71
142
T33
Sang-Hyun Park
KOR
-2
74
68
142
T33
Corey Conners
CAN
-2
70
72
142
T33
Phil Mickelson
USA
-2
70
72
142
T33
Harold Varner III
USA
-2
71
71
142
T33
Pat Perez
USA
-2
73
69
142
T46
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
-1
73
70
143
T46
Lucas Glover
USA
-1
74
69
143
T46
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
-1
74
69
143
T46
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-1
73
70
143
T46
K. J. Choi
KOR
-1
69
74
143
T51
Brooks Koepka
USA
Par
69
75
144
T51
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
Par
72
72
144
T51
Scott Piercy
USA
Par
72
72
144
T54
Billy Horschel
USA
1
71
74
145
T54
Adam Schenk
USA
1
71
74
145
T54
Vaughn Taylor
USA
1
74
71
145
T54
Adam Long
USA
1
73
72
145
T54
Chez Reavie
USA
1
68
77
145
T54
Joel Dahmen
USA
1
74
71
145
T54
Luke List
USA
1
70
75
145
T61
Keith Mitchell
USA
2
74
72
146
T61
Troy Merritt
USA
2
74
72
146
T61
Jeong-Woo Ham
KOR
2
74
72
146
T61
Yi-Keun Chang
KOR
2
73
73
146
T65
Danny Willett
ENG
3
76
71
147
T65
Abraham Ancer
USA
3
73
74
147
T65
Won-Joon Lee
AUS
3
74
73
147
T65
J. B. Holmes
USA
3
70
77
147
T69
Jazz Janewattananond
THA
4
74
74
148
T69
Michael Kim
KOR
4
76
72
148
T69
Kyong-Jun Moon
CHN
4
76
72
148
T69
Brian Stuard
USA
4
72
76
148
73
Yong-Jun Bae
KOR
6
78
72
150
T74
Chesson Hadley
USA
7
75
76
151
T74
Matthew Wolff
USA
7
73
78
151
T74
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
7
76
75
151
T74
Max Homa
USA
7
69
82
151
T74
Taehee Lee
KOR
7
74
77
151
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