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Golf Glance: Thomas, Jutanugarn, Langer try to defend titles

News and notes from the tournaments on all three major North American golf tours this week.

PGA TOUR

Justin Thomas
Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

LAST WEEK: CIMB Classic (Marc Leishman)
THIS WEEK: CJ Cup, Oct. 18-21
Nine Bridges, Jeju Island, South Korea (Par 72, 7,005 yards)
Purse: $9.5 million (Winner: $1.71M and 500 FedEx Cup points)
Defending champion: Justin Thomas
FedEx Cup leader: Kevin Tway
Television: Wednesday-Saturday, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. (All times on Golf Channel)
The 78-player no-cut event is open to players from top 60 in last season’s FedEx Cup standings, down to the 125th spot, along with five players designated from the KPGA, two players from the Asian Tour, the top three available players of Korean nationality from the world golf rankings and eight sponsor exemptions. … Thomas won last year’s inaugural event on the second playoff hole against Leishman. … This is the third of eight events during the PGA Tour’s fall wraparound schedule before a seven-week break. … Former World No. 1 Jason Day and Adam Scott of Australia and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama are among those making their first PGA Tour starts since last month’s Tour Championship.
NEXT WEEK: WGC-HSBC Championship, Shanghai, China; Sanderson Farms Championship, Jackson, Miss.

LPGA TOUR

Ariya Jutanugarn
Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

LAST WEEK: LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship (In Gee Chun)
THIS WEEK: Buick LPGA Shanghai, Oct. 18-21
Qizhong Garden Golf Club, China (Par 72, 6,729 yards)
Purse: $2.1 million (Winner: $315,000)
Defending champion: Inaugural event
Race to CME Globe leader: Ariya Jutanugarn
Television: Thursday, 12:30-4:30 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, 12:30-2:30 p.m. (All times on Golf Channel)
Thialand’s Jutanugarn continues to lead the official money list ($2.36 million) and leads the LPGA Tour in scoring average (69.384) this season…. The top 62 players in the LPGA Money List qualified for the event, followed by 15 players from the China Ladies Professional Golf Association (CLPGA) and four sponsors invites. … Shanshan Feng, who became the first player from China to claim the No. 1 spot in the Rolex Rankings last year, enters this week at No. 9. She is one of three Chinese players in the field (Xiyu Lin and LPGA Tour rookie Yu Liu). … Paul Creamer will play on a sponsor’s invite, as will three amateurs.
NEXT WEEK: Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan, Taipei

Champions Tour

Bernhard Langer
Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

LAST WEEK: SAS Championship (Bernhard Langer)
THIS WEEK: Dominion Energy Classic, Oct. 19-21
The Country Club of Virginia (James River Course), Richmond, Va. (Par 72, 7,025 yards)
Purse: $2 million (Winner: $305,000)
Defending Champion: Bernhard Langer
Charles Schwab Cup leader: Langer
Television: Friday-Sunday, 2:30-5 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)
This marks the start of the three-event Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, with each dollar earned worth two points in the standings. Players begin the playoffs with a point total equivalent to their money earnings during the season. The top 54 players after this week will advance to the Invesco QQQ Championship, with the top 36 players after that event qualifying for the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship. … Langer regained the No. 1 spot with his victory last week and is the Champions tour all-time leader with five wins at age 60 or older. … A tour-record seven players have led the Cup standings at some point this season. … Fifty-one players have qualified for the playoffs all three years.
NEXT WEEK: Invesco QQQ Championship, Thousand Oaks, Calif.

–Derek Harper, Field Level Media

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