Mickelson brings star power to South Korea’s CJ Cup

There’s nothing like a big name – or a clash of giants to fire up the interest in a golf event.

And the addition of American hero Phil Mickelson to the field for the $US9.75m CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in South Korea certainly adds some star appeal to the event.

Phil Mickelson Phil Mickelson (Credit: USGA)

Current world No 1 and defending champion Brooks Koepka will be there waiting for Mickelson and the appearance of these two giants of the game is bound to have the South Korean golf fans in a frenzy when the event tees off in Jeju.

Mickelson has a massive following in that country and rightly so given he has won five major championships and even at the age of 49 remains a solid force whenever he competes and is an acknowledged legend of the game.

An elite 78-man field will contest the event and “Fabulous Phil’ cannot wait for a crack at them.

“I’m so excited to be coming back to Korea to compete in one of the premier events in all the world, The CJ Cup,” he said.

“I first had the chance to play and compete in Korea four years ago in the Presidents Cup and so loved the passion the people of Korea have for this great game.”