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Collin Morikawa

Collin Morikawa

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The PGA TOUR sticks around in Las Vegas for another week as a limited field will turn their attention toward The Summit Club.

THE CJ CUP made its debut on the PGA TOUR schedule back in 2017 when Justin Thomas won while playing at Nine Bridges on Jeju Island. The event was moved from Korea to Las Vegas (Shadow Creek) last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and it will be played in Las Vegas again this year.

Only 78 golfers are qualified for this event with roughly 90 percent of the field coming from the PGA TOUR while the remainder of the field gets assigned to standout performers from the KPGA or Asian Tour.

Due to the small size of the field, there is no cutline to sweat, as all of the golfers will be guaranteed four rounds of action.


The Course

The Summit Club is hosting this week’s event.

The course is a Tom Fazio design that was built recently, in 2017. Fazio has his fingerprint on a lot of PGA TOUR events, especially in recent years. He’s played a role in design on notable courses like Shadow Creek, Caves Valley, Quail Hollow, Congaree, and Conway Farms.

For tournament play, this will set up as a par 72 that stretches out to 7,431 yards.

Looking at the hole-by-hole breakdown, three of the par 5s are beefy at 580 yards or longer. The par 3s are a good mix with one short (138 yards), one long (235 yards) and two in between. As for the par 4s, three of them stretch out past 480 yards while three of them are shorter than 380 yards. Again, a pretty good balance.

Water comes into play on seven holes and there are 62 bunkers littered across the grounds.

Diving into the turf, golfers will see bermuda that was overseeded with ryegrass just five weeks ago. It’s possible the ryegrass won’t be up to PGA TOUR standards just yet but that is better than playing on dying bermuda. Then when they reach the greens, it will be average sized greens (6,580 average square feet) that feature bentgrass turf.

It’s tough to know what to expect in terms of scoring conditions but we do know that the PGA TOUR likes to be cautious when it comes to a new course hosting an event. That usually leads to lots of birdies. If I had to guess, I would peg the winning score at 18-under or easier.

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Correlated Courses

It’s more guesswork than usual this week since we haven’t seen this course in tournament play. We can look at the location and course characteristics to see what other courses might be similar:

PGA West Rota
TPC Summerlin
TPC Scottsdale
Shadow Creek
Silverado Resort and Spa

The director of agronomy at The Summit Club use to be the superintendent at PGA WEST. Add in overseeded conditions out West and it becomes an easy comp to look at. TPC Summerlin is easy to add to the list, given the location and easy expected scoring conditions.

The Weather

Thursday: Sunny with a high of 71 degrees. Winds at 5 to 10 MPH.

Friday: Sunny with a high of 71 degrees. Winds at 5 to 10 MPH

The forecast is sunny but not scorching hot with calm winds and no precipitation on the docket. This should lead to prime scoring conditions.