Thursday, October 18, 2018

(3rd of 46 events in the 2018-19 PGA TOUR Season)
Jeju Island, South Korea                                                            October 18-21, 2018                                                 Purse: $9,500,000
The Club at Nine Bridges                                                                                                                                                     Par/Yards: 36-36—72/7,196
First-Round Notes – Thursday, October 18, 2018
Weather: Mostly sunny and a high of 55F (13C). Wind NW 15-25 mph (25-40 km/h)
First-Round Leaderboard
Chez Reavie                              68 (-4)
Si Woo Kim                                69 (-3)
Danny Willett                           69 (-3)
Seven players tied                  70 (-2)
Six Things to Know
·       Chez Reavie grabbed sole possession of the first-round lead by one shot with a 4-under 68 after hitting 14/14 fairways and 15/18 greens. The 36-year-old is in search of his second career PGA TOUR victory and first since the 2008 RBC Canadian Open. It’s been 231 starts since his last victory on TOUR.
·       Reavie’s first round, 4-under 68 is the highest first-round lead both in score and relation to par since the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills, where Dustin Johnson, Russell Henley, Ian Poulter and Scott Piercy held a share of the first-round lead with 1-under 69s. There was not a single bogey-free round in the first round.
·       Defending champion Justin Thomas, the 2017 FedExCup Champion, opened with a 1-over 73.
·       Brooks Koepka, the 2017-18 PGA TOUR Player of the Year, opened with a 1-under 71 in his first start at THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES and is three shots back of the first-round lead.
·       Three of the four par-5s at The Club at Nine Bridges played to an over-par score during the first round. Only seven par-5s played to an over-par score during the entire 2017-18 Season, two of which were par-5s at The Club at Nine Bridges.
·       Sungjae Im, who is from Jeju Island, was named the 2018 Tour Player of the Year and 2018 Tour Rookie of the Year in a presentation after the first round. The 20-year-old is the first player in Tour history to lead the Tour money list wire-to-wire after winning twice.



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