Justin Thomas is Embracing His New Nickname Ahead of the CJ Cup

Published 10/14/2021, 12:22 AM CDT
Mar 14, 2021; Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA; Justin Thomas celebrates with the trophy after winning The Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass – Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


The fifth edition of the CJ Cup is beginning tomorrow at the Summit Club, Summerlin. Big names are in attendance, including Dustin Johnson, Collin Morikawa, and Sung-jae Im. Justin Thomas, the two-time winner of the tournament, will also be playing.

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The cup, which is generally played at the Nine Bridges in Jeju Island, was postponed due to the pandemic travel restrictions. Hence, for two consecutive years now, since 2020, Vegas has hosted the PGA Tour event.

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Golf – The 2020 Ryder Cup – Whistling Straits, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S. – September 26, 2021 Team USA’s Justin Thomas sprays sparkling wine as he celebrates after winning The Ryder Cup REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Moreover, in a press conference prior to the first round, JT, as he is usually called, learned that he has another nickname. As revealed, the Korean audience calls him ‘The Icon’.

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The Korean fans have a new nickname for Justin Thomas

A day before the start of the competition, Thomas appeared at a press conference. “You’re making your fifth start at the CJ Cup, with two wins. I was just told that you have a nickname in Korea, that you are ‘The Icon’,” said a journalist. Unquestionably, it’s a fitting name for the 2017 and 2019 winner.

With a grin, JT replies “That’s a cool nickname! I didn’t know that.” Moreover, he was asked what this tournament meant to him. He went on to express his love, not only for the tournament but also for Jeju island, where the first three editions were hosted.

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“I mean, obviously I wish you know, we could be spending this time in Jeju island. I have a lot of great memories there. Developed a lot of great friendships and relationships. I mean it’s a cool place, and golf is so unique that we’re able to travel the world and go to different places,” he said.

Golf – Scottish Open – The Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland, Britain – July 11, 2021 Justin Thomas of the U.S. during the final round REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

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“It’s a great week. The golf course, the food, the hotel. Obviously, the travel’s a little bit easier this week; just coming to Vegas versus Jeju. But, yeah, it’s a great tournament, and it’s great to see a lot of familiar faces and hopefully, we can recreate some of the good memories here in Vegas.”

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In the list of top-ranked players who are playing this year, do you think JT will be able to bag another title?

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Ishita Bhargava

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Ishita Bhargava is a Golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.

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