McIlroy announces pre-Masters tournament plans

Rory McIlroy (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy will warm-up for another shot at the Career Grand Slam by tackling the PGA Tour’s CJ Cup and ZOZO Championship next month.

The four-time major winner will look to sharpen his game significantly after largely disappointing since the restart in time for a tilt at a unique November Masters.

The world number four will be joined by the game’s biggest stars, first at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas from October 15-18 after the tournament was moved from South Korea due to Covid, and then to Sherwood Country Club a week later for the ZOZO that last year attracted mega crowds in Japan.


“I’m looking forward to playing in The CJ Cup at Shadow Creek in October,” McIlroy said.

“I’ve watched how the tournament has become a success over the past few years and it’ll be exciting to have the opportunity to compete in it for the first time.

“I had a great time at the inaugural Zozo Championship and will be hoping to build on last year’s success when we play at Sherwood. I’ll miss playing in Japan this year but hopefully, we’ll get to return soon.”

The top-5 ranked players in the world will line out in Sin City while Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm will compete alongside McIlroy as Tiger Woods looks to defend his title at the ZOZO.

In a real return to golf after what seems like a minuscule pre-season, the likes of Tommy Fleetwood, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose and Jordan Spieth are all expected to feature in both events all in preparation for the final Major of the year, the Masters, from November 12-15.

“I was excited to hear that the CJ Cup will be played at Shadow Creek, where I have played some good golf in the past with family and friends,” Johnson said.

“It’s a really good golf course and should be a great venue for the tournament. As a proud member at Sherwood Country Club, I am thrilled the club will be hosting the Zozo Championship.

“I have played countless rounds there and love the golf course, so I’m really looking forward to the tournament.”


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