Tiger Woods will play in Japan this fall on the first official PGA Tour occasion within the nation.
Woods has introduced his intention to play the ZOZO championship on Wednesday and is anticipated to play an illustration match in Asia beneath a content material deal that he signed final 12 months with GolfTV.
The occasion, to be held October 24-27 on the Accordia Golf Narashino Nation Membership, outdoors of Tokyo, is a part of three tournaments of Asian tournaments, together with one in South Korea and one in China, which is a championship of the golf world.
So far, the PGA Tour has eleven official occasions as a part of the autumn program that begins in September and marks the beginning of the 2019-2020 season. Woods didn’t deal with fall occasions as a part of the general schedule that started in 2013-2014.
"I’m excited to take part within the first Zozo Championship in October and return to Japan, one among my favourite international locations," Woods stated in a press release. "Followers in Japan actually recognize, take pleasure in and perceive golf, and I'm wanting to take part."
The ZOZO Championship may have a $ 9.75 million purse, a 78-player area and no 36-hole cup. Woods competed for the final time at an official occasion in Japan at Dunlop Phoenix in 2006, when he misplaced to Padraig Harrington.
Mark Steinberg, Woods' agent, advised ESPN.com on the Masters two weeks in the past that Japan was a possible vacation spot for the exhibition matches as a part of the GolfTV deal , the place Woods may probably rent one other participant or invite a sequence of gamers for a contest day match, format to be decided. This is able to don’t have any affect on upcoming matches involving Phil Mickelson.
"We’re speaking rather a lot about this and Japan could be very best for the primary sport," Steinberg stated. It may not be a conventional match. It could possibly be one thing extra distinctive.
"We have no idea what the sector will seem like, how large would the sector be, what sort of format would they play, the precise date, we'd love to do it on the very first PGA Tour occasion in Japan." 39;
Woods, 43, has simply received a Masters victory, his 15th main title. He’s anticipated to play the Wells Fargo Championship subsequent week, however has not but formally entered the match.