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Your wedding day. Without a doubt, it's one of the most significant events you will ever experience - when you and the love of your life officially seal the deal and get married. On this day, your friends and family will gather to celebrate the next step in your life. Photographers will be running around snapping photos, catering plates delicious food for guests to enjoy, and the DJ sets the mood for a night of fun and libation. You've worked extra hard to make everything look perfect and run smoothly. You have examined every moving part down to the tiniest detail. At the center of all your effort is your wedding venue in Ridgeland, SC.

Your event space can mean the difference between an unforgettable event and an average occasion. Capturing your uniqueness as a couple is paramount to a memorable wedding. But, without the right venue location and staff, your unforgettable event can turn into a painfully average occasion. Fortunately, at Abney Hall, you won't ever have to worry about dingy reception spaces and crummy chow halls.

Constructed in Ridgeland, SC, in 1962, Abney Hall is 15,000 square feet and sits on 500 acres of land, making it a large wedding venue unlike any other. Abney Hall was originally the home of Mrs. Josephine Abney, a Ridgeland native who was a lifelong philanthropist. Mrs. Abney devoted much of her time and effort towards supporting charities, educational institutions, hospitals, and other noble efforts. Today, Abney Hall stands tall as a symbol of love, both in our community and for the couples who choose to get married here.

Abney Hall is an exclusive event experience unlike any other, surrounded by verdant forests and sparkling ponds. Our venue is a natural fit for several occasions, including:

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The Top Wedding Venue in Ridgeland, SC

The beginning of your life starts at Abney Hall. With our team by your side, we can create the fairy tale wedding you have dreamed about since childhood. Whether you have 100 guests or 1,000, our waterfront ceremony locations and French-inspired courtyard are perfect for your big day. Celebrate in luxurious style surrounded by shady magnolia trees, a private forest, large ponds, and the beauty of Mother Nature. While our venue location and aesthetic have been praised far and wide, so too have the practical aspects of Abney Hall. Looking for a relaxing, comfortable spot for your bridal party to get ready in? We offer an entire floor in the Abney Hall residence to get the bridal party ready. Want to make your groomsman feel extra-special too? We've got a private, plush house just feet from a sparkling pond that is a proper hangout spot for the guys in your group.

To make life easier on you, we also offer Abney Hall as your go-to spot for rehearsal dinners. Why book an expensive restaurant or travel to another location when unmatched beauty and convenience are right at your fingertips? Abney Hall is just the place for that very important dinner the night before your big day. We are also happy to host your bridal shower at Abney Hall. Our venue makes for one of Ridgeland's most unique bridal shower settings, where your family and friends can gather to give gifts and be merry before you walk down the aisle.

With such a large, magnificent house and a vast property, Abney Hall also makes for an unforgettable location for your bridal portraits and other wedding-related photography needs. Don't take our word for it - book a tour and see for yourself why so many new brides and grooms choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in Ridgeland.

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What Sets Abney Hall Apart from Other Wedding Venues in Ridgeland?

You've already found the person you want to spend the rest of your life beside. The next step? Finding the perfect wedding venue for your ceremony, reception, and celebration of your lifelong commitment to one another. Remember, the backdrop for photos, dancing, eating, and all other activities will be at your wedding venue. That's why we work so hard to set Abney Hall apart from our competitors - so you and your guests can focus on love and living your new life while we work with your vendors and photographers to make your magic night a reality.

Here are just a few reasons why guests choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in Ridgeland, SC, along with some helpful tips from our experienced wedding venue staff:

Venue Size

Choosing the appropriate-sied venue for your desired guest count is a critical decision. A venue's capacity affects the number of people you need to consider having at your ceremony and reception. As you're first starting out, we recommend having a guest count in mind as you're searching for the right venue. Try to stick with that number. You may fall in love with a particular venue, but if its max capacity can't accommodate your guest count, it may be time to cross them off your list.

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Abney Hall Pro Tip:

Keep in mind that this is your big day. You shouldn't feel obligated to invite the college roommate you shared a dorm with for one semester. At the end of the day, your wedding venue should be one that can accommodate those closest to you. Abney Hall is equipped for both small and large weddings, consisting of 500 acres of forest, ponds, and lush natural beauty. Whether you want an intimate wedding with only your best friends or a grand ceremony with hundreds of people, we have the right amount of room to make you comfortable.

Location and Nearby Lodging

On your big day, you're likely to have friends and family traveling in from other parts of the state or country. These folks will need a place to stay during and even after your wedding. Accessibility and ease are important factors when it comes to choosing your wedding venue for both you and your guests.

Located in Ridgeland, SC, Abney Hall is situated in a memorable, natural setting, giving your wedding a private vibe in the midst of Mother Nature. While we pride ourselves on having a secluded wedding event space, our venue is within an easy driving distance of hotels and vacation rentals.

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Abney Hall Pro Tip:

When you contact us for a tour, make sure to speak with our experienced venue manager about nearby hotels and shuttle service options. We understand that your guest's comfort and convenience are important, and we're happy to work with you to figure out the best way to get your guests to Abney Hall.

Venue Staff

At Abney Hall, our staff has earned its reputation as one of the industry's most friendly, accessible teams. We will provide you with a purpose-minded point of contact that can help answer questions relating to timelines, preferred vendors, and every aspect of your wedding. When you tour our wedding venue in Ridgeland, SC, for the first time, we want you to feel like you have all the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision.

We would be happy to go over:
  • Venue Pricing
  • Ceremony Specifics
  • Reception Specifics
  • Catering Possibilities
  • Decorating Possibilities
  • Entertainment Options
  • Photography and Photo Opportunities
  • Venue Amenities
  • Bridal Party Needs
  • Groomsman Needs

At Abney Hall, our goal is to be your first resource when it comes to setting up and coordinating the details of your wedding day.

Decor

When it comes to your wedding's decor, you probably already have a few ideas in mind. We love it when our brides and grooms have a vision in mind because one of our greatest joys is turning that vision into a reality. At Abney Hall, our team is available to help you and your decorator fit, accent, and accommodate your fairy-tale wedding - whatever that may be.

Are you looking to dress up your wedding with decorations galore? Just want to add a few accents that tie into your preferred color palette? Abney Hall is versatile and ready to help however we are able.

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If you're thinking about bringing in your own greenery, lighting, floral pieces, and more, we recommend discussing your vision with us on your initial tour of our event space. That way, we can get a head start on making your big day exactly how you envision it.

Photo Opportunities

10 years from now, when you and your spouse are celebrating your anniversary, you will pull out photographs from your wedding and will reminisce about the unforgettable time you spent at Abney Hall. Your wedding photos will be with you forever, and as such, we work closely with you and your photographer to suggest extra-special photo op spots that you can only find on Abney Hall grounds.

From the grand staircase and French-inspired courtyard to our manicured gardens and lovely pond, there is no shortage of photo-op locations for your photographer to choose from. As one of the most popular wedding venues in Ridgeland, SC, we have worked with dozens of photographers over the years.

Our experience has allowed us to cultivate a list of preferred photographers - all of whom have the talent to take your pictures to the next level in a setting they're familiar with. We encourage you to check out our gallery to get a sense of the scope of our wedding venue and gain inspiration from other happy couples.

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Abney Hall Pro Tip

The gallery on our website is extensive but be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram pages as well. We keep our social pages updated with recent wedding photographs, giving you an incredible resource that you can use for your own photography purposes.

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The Premier Corporate Event Venue in Ridgeland, SC

Abney Hall is known across the United States for our stunning weddings, but we also play host to some of the largest corporate events in South Carolina. Why choose a bland, lifeless meeting space when you can enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature coupled with a professional atmosphere? If you have an important team-building event or corporate conference that you have to coordinate, look no further than Abney Hall.

The epitome of class and style, our corporate event space is large, lavish, and chock-full of onsite amenities for you and your co-workers to enjoy. If your team needs a morale boost, don't bring them to the local Olive Garden for a cheap lunch. Treat them to a refreshing experience in our main dining room, where we can work with you to incorporate your catering options with the goals of your event.

When the hard work is done, and your team needs a breather, what better way to relax than with a quick dip in our pool? To burn off a little steam, head over to our brand-new tennis court - the perfect place to get some exercise in an ultra-private setting while you enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Don't forget to bring your fishing poles for a couple of hours of fishing. There's even an opportunity to go hunting if you wish.

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If you're ready to learn more about Abney Hall as your wedding venue, don't hesitate to reach out. We would love to hear more about your plans, your vision, and your needs. We know that planning a wedding isn't easy. It takes time, attention to detail, and a whole lot of patience. Our goal is to help provide you with all the info you need to learn more about our venue. Once you decide on a date, we'll work closely with you and your vendors to craft a wedding experience that you will treasure for the rest of your life.

Our available dates for your big day are going quick, especially during peak seasons like spring and fall. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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McIlroy says Norman needs to 'exit stage left' from LIV Golf

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, reacts to his drive off the 17th tee during the final round of the CJ Cup golf tournament Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022, in Ridgeland, S.C. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)Rory McIlroy remains hopeful that the fractured state of golf between established tours and Saudi-funded LIV Golf can heal. He said Tuesday that probably won’t happen until two lawsuits are decided and Greg Norman is no longer involved in LIV Golf.“I think Greg needs to go. I think he just needs to exit stage left,” Mc...

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, reacts to his drive off the 17th tee during the final round of the CJ Cup golf tournament Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022, in Ridgeland, S.C. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Rory McIlroy remains hopeful that the fractured state of golf between established tours and Saudi-funded LIV Golf can heal. He said Tuesday that probably won’t happen until two lawsuits are decided and Greg Norman is no longer involved in LIV Golf.

“I think Greg needs to go. I think he just needs to exit stage left,” McIlroy said at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. “He’s made his mark, but I think now is the right time to sort of say, ‘Look, you’ve got this thing off the ground, but no one is going to talk unless there’s an adult in the room that can actually try to mend fences.’

“But right now, it’s a stalemate because there can’t be any other way.”

The Daily Telegraph reported last week that Norman would be moving away from his role as commissioner and CEO and that LIV Golf was pursuing Mark King, who formerly ran TaylorMade and now is CEO of Taco Bell. Majed Al Sorour, CEO of the Saudi Golf Federation, denied the report.

LIV Golf is now the lead plaintiff in an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour, with a trial date scheduled for January 2024 if it goes that far. Courts in the United Kingdom are expected to rule in February whether the European tour can punish players for joining LIV Golf.

It was the latest barb McIlroy has tossed at Norman, dating to McIlroy gleefully pointing out in his TV interview in June after he won the Canadian Open that he had more career PGA Tour wins than Norman.

What might have prompted the latest remark was Norman’s interview in Australia on Monday, during which it was announced that LIV Golf would be playing in Adelaide next April.

Norman was talking about the value competition brings to business and sport when he mentioned how PGA Tour players are benefiting from LIV Golf, primarily through a $100 million “Player Impact Program” that has doubled in size in response to the LIV threat.

The PGA Tour also has 12 elevated events starting next year that average $20 million in prize money.

“Every PGA Tour player should be thanking LIV, including Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, because the PIP program wouldn’t have been increased without LIV,” Norman said. “Prize money wouldn’t have been increased without LIV, all these other things that have been introduced by the PGA Tour because of LIV. Competition is the best thing in life, in business and in sport. LIV is not going to go anywhere.”

McIlroy would beg to differ.

“I’ve said this a million times: Tiger is the reason that we are playing for as much as we are playing for,” McIlroy said. “Tiger is the reason that stature of our game is where it is. The generation of Tiger and the generation coming after Tiger have all benefited from him and his achievements and what he’s done for the game of golf.

“I don’t think Tiger should be thankful to anyone for anything. I think everyone else in the game should be thankful.”

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Attention Beaufort! Here is a hurricane update from the Sheriff

As Hurricane Dorian is expected to have impacts on Beaufort County today (Wednesday) and overnight into tomorrow (Thursday), we urge those residents and guest—who did not evacuate—to do so. There is still time to evacuate west and away from potential impacts, but conditions are expected to deteriorate as the day progresses.The hurricane shelter for Beaufort County residents and guests is located at the Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School, Jaguar Trail, Ridgeland, SC 29936, and there is room. It is a pet-friendly shelter, but...

As Hurricane Dorian is expected to have impacts on Beaufort County today (Wednesday) and overnight into tomorrow (Thursday), we urge those residents and guest—who did not evacuate—to do so. There is still time to evacuate west and away from potential impacts, but conditions are expected to deteriorate as the day progresses.

The hurricane shelter for Beaufort County residents and guests is located at the Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School, Jaguar Trail, Ridgeland, SC 29936, and there is room. It is a pet-friendly shelter, but pet owners must bring their own cages, pet foods and leashes.

After 2:00 p.m today (Wednesday), Palmetto Breeze will cease its public transportation to the Jasper County hurricane shelter.

We strongly urge those who did not evacuate to stay indoors and off of roads, especially bridges and causeways, as tropical storm conditions arrive. Roads, especially those in low lying areas, are expected to flood from storm surge and heavy rainfall, and bridges and causeways will become extremely dangerous to travel onto and over as the winds increase today. There have been reports that bridges and causeways have already become difficult to travel onto and over.

As of 12:00 p.m. today, Hurricane Dorian was located 95 miles east of St. Augustine, was moving north-northwest at 9 miles per hour, and had maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour.

Curfew in Effect

If you chose not to evacuate, please be safe and understand that a curfew will be in effect from 10:00 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, September 4) until 6:00 a.m. tomorrow—Thursday, September, 5. A curfew will also be in effect at 10:00 p.m. tomorrow night (Thursday, September 5) until 6:00 a.m. Friday (September 6), Anyone out and about in Beaufort County, including the Town of Bluffton, the City of Beaufort and the Town of Port Royal, will be confronted by law enforcement and investigated. The curfew was put in effect to protect the property of residents and business owners who evacuated ahead of Hurricane Dorian. .

Visit the National Hurricane Center

Until our next update, Beaufort County residents and guests are encouraged to monitor Hurricane Dorian through the National Hurricane Center https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#dorian

Link to Important Evacuation Resources

To assist Beaufort County residents and guests in their search for resources during Hurricane Dorian, the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office posted important information and links to resources on our website http://www.bcso.net/generalinfo

Go to Official Sources-Avoid Misinformation

Throughout Hurricane Dorian, please look to federal, state, county and municipal government officials, as well as trusted print, radio and television media, for information and instruction. We urge you to avoid information and advice spread through social media, unless it comes from one of the trusted sources.

If re-entry checkpoints/;roadblocks become necessary after impacts from Hurricane Dorian, we will advise when you can return to affected areas. Residents and guests who did not evacuate are asked to stay off of the roads to allow public utility crews and first responders to assess and address infrastructure issues: roads, hospitals, etc.

We appreciate our partnerships with the City of Beaufort, the Town of Bluffton, the Town of Hilton Head Island, the Town of Port Royal and the Town Yemassee, as well as state, county and municipal elected and appointed officials, in providing a unified message during Hurricane Dorian.

Small-town wonders can pack a big Top 100 Courses punch

GOLF released its latest Top 100 Courses in the U.S. ranking. You can check it out here, and you can subscribe to GOLF Magazine here.Search Valentine, Neb., on Google. Population: maybe 3,000. Here, livestock outnumber humans. Yet within a 30-minute drive, this sandy plain offers the public-access Prairie Club, featuring two f...

GOLF released its latest Top 100 Courses in the U.S. ranking. You can check it out here, and you can subscribe to GOLF Magazine here.

Search Valentine, Neb., on Google. Population: maybe 3,000. Here, livestock outnumber humans. Yet within a 30-minute drive, this sandy plain offers the public-access Prairie Club, featuring two fine 18-holers (the Dunes course is ranked No. 94), and the private CapRock Ranch, which makes its debut at No. 59, having just opened in 2021. CapRock epitomizes the burgeoning trend of playing in wonderful inland locations. Here, it’s akin to teeing it up in a national park. Eight of CapRock’s greens sit along or border the Snake River valley, and only the screech of an eagle will disrupt you from soaking up the grandeur of the place.

Small-town wonders don’t stop in Nebraska. Other courses built since Sand Hills near sub-5,000-person towns include Ohoopee Match Clubin Cobb town, Ga. (No. 39), Gamble Sands outside Brewster, Wash. (No. 82) and Congaree near Ridgeland, S.C. (No. 85). And let’s not forget Bandon Dunes. To say that Mike Keiser, the resort’s mastermind, took the “bouncing” ball and ran with it would be an understatement. Bandon Dunes (No. 46) opened in 1999, Pacific Dunes (No. 17) in 2001, Bandon Trails (No. 40) in 2005, Old Macdonald (No. 77) in 2010 and Sheep Ranch (No. 97) in 2020. That’s five courses in Oregon on our Top 100 today that didn’t even exist in 1995. Talk about good news for the rec golfer: In 1995, 13 of the Top 100 were open to the public. Now, it’s 21.

We’d be remiss not to mention other visionaries in the Keiser mold who have put their stamp on golf in America: Herb Kohler (who passed away at age 83 as we were tabulating the ballots) and Johnny Morris. Back in the ’80s, in Kohler, Wis. (pop: 2,500), Kohler reestablished the notion of pairing great accommodations with excellent golf. Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops, shaped his love of the wilderness as a place to gather and spend time with family to create Big Cedar Lodge outside Hollister, Mo. (pop: 5,000). The resort is exceptional and an exclamation point to the notion that golf in America’s midsection has never been stronger.

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The pioneering Dick Youngscap, Keiser, Kohler and Morris took chances, no mistake. Asking golfers to travel to remote areas is fraught with peril — if you get it wrong, people won’t show and you’re done. Kudos to their belief that compelling golf — no matter its locale — is what we want.

It’s a matter of enjoyment. When you visit Sand Hills, for example, the last thing on your mind is how many fairways or greens you hit. The worth of the course — any elite course — isn’t joined to a number. Rather, it’s tethered to the enjoyment derived by playing it. Indeed, when you unburden yourself from reducing the game to statistics and start thinking more holistically, golf at its highest form becomes a spiritual awakening. That’s true — and lasting — power. What a novel concept! Unfortunately, it’s one that course developers strayed from during the second half of the last century. Today’s reassertion of width, quirk, short grass and wild greens widens the sport’s appeal. Golf in America is back on track.

Column: Replenishing PGA Tour pipeline starts in college

Tiger Woods was one college kid who got everyone’s attention on the PGA Tour.Retired commissioner Tim Finchem recalls being in the players’ dining room at Firestone during the old World Series of Golf in 1996 when Woods, the NCAA champion at Stanford, was going after a third straight U.S. Amateur.“The television was on the U.S. Amateur and players were gathered around watching. That hasn’t happened since,” Finchem said in an interview 10 years later, and it still holds true. “Everybody wanted...

Tiger Woods was one college kid who got everyone’s attention on the PGA Tour.

Retired commissioner Tim Finchem recalls being in the players’ dining room at Firestone during the old World Series of Golf in 1996 when Woods, the NCAA champion at Stanford, was going after a third straight U.S. Amateur.

“The television was on the U.S. Amateur and players were gathered around watching. That hasn’t happened since,” Finchem said in an interview 10 years later, and it still holds true. “Everybody wanted to watch every move he made because they knew he was going to be good. The only question was how good.”

It didn’t take long to find out, but not without Woods having to prove it in Milwaukee, Canada, the Quad City Classic and the B.C. Open. It was his tie for third in the rain-shortened B.C. Open — now a PGA Tour Champions event — that gave Woods enough money for limited status and unlimited exemptions.

He won his next PGA Tour event, and then 81 more after that. He was good.

It’s easier now for the best in college to get a PGA Tour card immediately, and they have the threat of Saudi-funded LIV Golf to thank for that.

PGA Tour University was launched in the fall of 2020, back when “LIV” was only associated with the Super Bowl played that year. The program had been in the works for a few years. The carrot was access to the Korn Ferry Tour.

But then LIV Golf started picking off a few college kids — Eugenio Chacarra, David Puig, U.S. Amateur champion James Piot — along with Turk Pettit, an NCAA champion who was playing developmental tours.

And now the PGA Tour is paying a lot more attention to the pipeline, which it probably should have done years ago. And even now, it’s worth asking if the tour is doing enough.

For all the PGA Tour offers — money, history, tradition — it’s hard to compete against a rival league offering guaranteed riches ($120,000 for last place even without a signing bonus, against a 48-man field). Chacarra surely got everyone’s attention when he took home $4 million for winning a LIV event in Bangkok.

Would that have appealed to Woods in 1996? He was a different cat in so many ways, starting with that $40 million Nike contract — unheard of back then — that his late father, Earl, once referred to as chump change (he was right).

But now?

“I’m not going to lie. If you asked me in 2016 and offered me $50 million to play LIV, I don’t know if I could go to my dad and say, ‘We’re going to turn this down.’ I don’t know if I can tell you I wouldn’t have taken it,” Jon Rahm said. “And a lot of players are going to do the same thing when you have nothing and get offered that as a guarantee.”

Rahm’s advice to the PGA Tour was to “start looking at college players and offer them more than you do now.”

PGA Tour University offered the leading five college seniors Korn Ferry Tour cards from June until the end of the season, and the next 15 could go to Canada or Latin America.

That’s why when Rahm was asked what the tour offered, he replied, “Nothing.”

“There’s a lot of lost talent out there in Canada and Latin America,” he said. “Every other major sport has a direct path to the major leagues from college except golf.”

That’s about to change. The PGA Tour board is expected to give final approval Monday to a plan in which the top college senior will get a PGA Tour card after the NCAAs in June. He could play as many as eight events, and if he doesn’t make the postseason, as many as seven more in the fall.

This will be the first time a college player has a direct path to the PGA Tour, much like college stars going straight to the NFL or NBA.

That’s just for seniors. The tour also is planning an “accelerated” university program for top underclassmen who earn enough points through performance (college, tour, elite amateur events), awards and the world amateur ranking.

The idea is to create a path to the tour but keep the bar high enough to avoid getting someone who gets hot. Over the last decade or so, the tour figures players like Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Sam Burns — all among the top 12 in the world — would have been eligible.

The balancing act is providing the right amount of cards to college stars for a tour where it’s already tough to get into tournaments. A year ago, the tour had 201 members who played at least 15 times. The typical field in the summer is 156 players. And it’s about to get tighter in 2024.

But if the tour lost market shares when players defected to LIV Golf, and the best way to replenish them is through the college ranks, the tour should consider going further.

Only the top college senior gets a PGA Tour card. The next five can go to the Korn Ferry Tour, and the next 13 go to either Latin America or Canada.

Is there room to offer the top five college seniors a PGA Tour card without squeezing the membership? This is what the tour has to contemplate.

Perhaps one solution is to dedicate four sponsor exemptions to the previous year’s PGA Tour University ranking, instead of being for current PGA Tour members or unrestricted.

The Travelers Championship and John Deere Classic are among tournaments that were ahead of the curve in looking after college stars. That needs to be a stronger focus for the PGA Tour, and its “University” ranking system is a start.

It’s better than nothing.

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Rory McIlroy will defend CJ CUP title in Ridgeland

JASPER COUNTY, S.C. (WTOC) - Rory McIlroy will be hitting the links in the Lowcountry.The defending CJ CUP champion will defend his title in October at the Congaree Golf Club in Ridgeland, S.C.“So far, the commitments are really coming very nicely and we’re looking forward to having the best golfers in the world playing here. I’ll take the opportunity to say four-time major winner and FexEx Cup Champion for 2022 will be here,” CJ CUP Tournament Director Andre Silva said.The tournament was launched...

JASPER COUNTY, S.C. (WTOC) - Rory McIlroy will be hitting the links in the Lowcountry.

The defending CJ CUP champion will defend his title in October at the Congaree Golf Club in Ridgeland, S.C.

“So far, the commitments are really coming very nicely and we’re looking forward to having the best golfers in the world playing here. I’ll take the opportunity to say four-time major winner and FexEx Cup Champion for 2022 will be here,” CJ CUP Tournament Director Andre Silva said.

The tournament was launched as Korea’s first official PGA Tour tournament in 2017. It was relocated to the United States due to the challenges of COVID-19.

This will be the first time the CJ CUP will be played in the Southeast region of the U.S. following the staging of the tournament in Las Vegas, first at Shadow Creek Golf Course in 2020 and The Summit Club in 2021.

The field will be capped at 78 players so there won’t be a cut. The top 60 players in the FedEx standings will be invited to play.

Congaree Ambassador and TOUR Member JT Poston said it is a tough course, and should play differently than last summer given the time of year, but he says other players are excited to come to Ridgeland.

“It’ll present a challenge that most guys are not used to dealing with early on in the week trying to get ready for a tournament,” Poston said.

The tournament will be played the week of October 17-23.

After the success of the Palmetto Championship last summer, officials say that PGA TOUR players are excited to return to Jasper County for the CJ CUP next month. The golf club hosted the Palmetto Championship which replaced the RBC Canadian that year due to COVID.

South Carolina Director of Parks, Recreation and Tourism says that COVID has actually caused the financial impact of golf to grow. In the Palmetto State last year, the sport had a $3.3 billion economic impact.

This will be the third professional event in the state this year, including a Korn Ferry Tour event in the upstate and the RBC Heritage on Hilton Head Island.

To purchase tickets or parking passes, or to register for volunteer opportunities at THE CJ CUP in South Carolina, please visit CJCUPSouthCarolina.com.

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