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Justin Thomas, nicknamed the Icon of the CJ Cup, starts new season with new caddie Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay

Justin Thomas, nicknamed the Icon of the CJ Cup, starts new season with new caddie Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay

LAS VEGAS – Justin Thomas is naturally called JT.

But he learned on Tuesday he has another handle halfway around the world.

Turns out he’s known in South Korea as the Icon of the CJ Cup.

“That’s a cool nickname, I didn’t know that,” Thomas said.

It’s a fitting moniker. The world No. 6 won the CJ Cup two of the first three years it was contested, in 2017 and 2019. Those tournaments were held at the Nine Bridges Golf Club on Jeju Island, South Korea.

Because of the global coronavirus pandemic, however, the tournament was moved stateside, with Jason Kokrak winning last year at nearby Shadow Creek.

Thomas, who tied for 12th last year, hopes to live up to his nickname this week at The Summit Club, a stunning setting with views of the Las Vegas Strip, desert mountains and Red Rock Canyon just 10 miles from Shadow Creek.

“I wish 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,” Thomas said. “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 it’s a great tournament and it’s…

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