Tiger commits to play Tour’s first occasion in Japan – ESPN


Tiger Woods might be taking part in in Japan this fall on the PGA Tour’s first official occasion within the nation.

Woods introduced his intention to play the ZOZO Championship on Wednesday and is anticipated to play an exhibition match in Asia as a part of a content material settlement he signed final yr with GolfTV.

The occasion, Oct. 24-27 at Accordia Golf Narashino Nation Membership exterior of Tokyo, is a part of a three-tournament swing of Asian occasions that embody one in South Korea and one other in China, which is a World Golf Championship occasion.

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The PGA Tour thus far has 11 official occasions scheduled as a part of the autumn schedule that begins in September and makes up the start of the 2019-20 season. Woods has not performed any fall occasions as a part of the wrap-around schedule that started in 2013-14.

“I am excited to play within the inaugural Zozo Championship in October and return to Japan, one in every of my favourite international locations,” Woods stated in an announcement. “The followers in Japan actually take pleasure in, recognize and perceive golf, and I am trying ahead to competing there.”

The ZOZO Championship can have a $9.75 million purse, with a area of 78 gamers and no 36-hole lower. Woods final appeared in an official occasion in Japan on the 2006 Dunlop Phoenix, wherein he misplaced in a playoff to Padraig Harrington.

Mark Steinberg, Woods’ agent, advised ESPN.com in the course of the Masters two weeks in the past seemingly vacation spot for exhibition matches as a part of the GolfTV deal was Japan, the place Woods might tackle one other participant or invite a sequence of gamers for a one-day competitors, format to be decided. That will not have any affect on future matches that contain Phil Mickelson.

“We’re in fairly deep discussions about doing that, and Japan could be supreme to do the primary one,” Steinberg stated. “It won’t be a conventional head-to-head match. It is perhaps one thing extra distinctive.

“We’ve not put collectively what the sphere will appear to be. How huge would the sphere be? What kind of format would they play? The precise date? We would love to do it across the first-ever PGA Tour occasion in Japan.”

Woods, 43, is coming off a victory on the Masters, his 15th main title. He’s anticipated to play subsequent week’s Wells Fargo Championship however has but to formally enter the event.

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