PGA TOUR returns to the Palmetto State in October for THE CJ CUP in South Carolina

20 July 2022

Columbia, S.C.July 19, 2022
As golf is surging in popularity around the USA, state and industry leaders are pleased to welcome the PGA TOUR to Congaree Golf Club in Ridgeland for THE CJ CUP in South Carolina the week of October 17-23, 2022.

This will be the tournament’s first Southeast appearance after launching in Korea in 2017 and spending the last two years in Las Vegas. THE CJ CUP in South Carolina will be the second PGA TOUR event ever hosted at the esteemed Congaree Golf Club following the 2021 Palmetto Championship.

“Last year, South Carolina made the strategic decision to host the historic Palmetto Championship at Congaree, and the regional economy and statewide golf industry benefited tremendously,” Gov. Henry McMaster said. “This year, we have another unique opportunity to show viewers around the world what makes South Carolina special, and we look forward to doing that alongside the CJ Group, the PGA TOUR, and Congaree in October.”

2021 was a banner year for South Carolina’s robust golf industry. In addition to hosting the Palmetto Championship at Congaree that replaced the canceled RBC Canadian Open, South Carolina also hosted the PGA Championship in Kiawah, the annual RBC Heritage on Hilton Head Island, and the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation in Greenville.

According to data available through May 2022, the Palmetto State is currently leading the nation in year-to-date growth in golf rounds.

“In 2021, golf had a $3.3 billion impact on the Palmetto State,” said South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism (SCPRT) Director Duane Parrish. “In South Carolina, fall is just a cooler kind of summer, making October a fantastic time to host this tournament and showcase our state. Golfers can tee off year-round on our more than 300 courses from the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains to beaches of the Atlantic coast, making golf a critical component of our state’s robust tourism industry. We’re thrilled to welcome the PGA TOUR back to Congaree, and we look forward to sharing the course’s iconic Lowcountry views, ancient oaks, and challenging sandy expanses with viewers around the world.”

While the CJ Group is the title sponsor of the tournament, South Carolina will serve as the tournament’s presenting sponsor thanks to the $5 million lawmakers added to SCPRT’s FY23 budget for this purpose. The investment is expected to yield a nearly $54 million media value, with 32 Discover South Carolina ad spots playing throughout the broadcast, and have an estimated $80 million economic impact on the region. The tournament will spotlight South Carolina as a travel destination and the Congaree Foundation’s commitment to giving back through the game of golf.

Designed by renowned architect Tom Fazio and ranked No. 39 in Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses, Congaree is a unique course with a philanthropic mission at its heart. Driven by the vision of founders Dan Friedkin and the late Bob McNair, the club works to positively impact the lives of young people through golf. The club’s Ambassadors and the Congaree Foundation provide resources for educational, mentorship, and vocational opportunities to underserved and ambitious youths locally and around the world through a shared passion for the game.

Tickets, volunteer opportunities, and additional tournament news regarding THE CJ CUP in South Carolina will be released soon. For more information on the event, please visit


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