Inzai Metropolis, Japan: With a discipline that features Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, the PGA Tour’s first event in Japan has loads of star energy.
The Zozo Championship, which begins on Thursday, can be held on the Accordia Golf Narashino Nation Membership, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) east of Tokyo in Inzai Metropolis.
It’s a part of three tournaments that make up the PGA Tour’s Asia Swing, together with the CJ Cup in South Korea gained final week by Justin Thomas and the HSBC Champions in Shanghai subsequent week.
The Japanese event, co-sanctioned with the Japan Golf Tour, is a 78-man, no-cut discipline with a $9.75 million purse.
The climate might show to be an element on the weekend. Japan is bracing for 2 extra storms heading its means every week after a hurricane devastated the nation’s central and northern areas. A forecast for an additional hurricane has been downgraded to a tropical storm.
Woods final performed in an official event in Japan in 2006 on the Dunlop Phoenix, the place he misplaced in a playoff to Padraig Harrington. He gained the Dunlop Phoenix the 2 earlier years.
“It should be a number of enjoyable to be again right here in entrance of followers that basically perceive and respect the sport of golf,” Woods mentioned in a pre-tournament interview. “The sport of golf is so sturdy right here in Japan, and to have seen it develop prefer it has over 20-some odd years that I have been taking part in may be very particular.”
The Masters champion is making his first begin in his 23rd season on the PGA Tour, needing one victory to succeed in 82 wins and tie the profession document held by Sam Snead.
Woods had arthroscopic surgical procedure on his left knee two months in the past — his fifth on the identical drawback spot.
He performed within the inaugural “The Problem: Japan Skins” sport on Monday on the similar course and didn’t look like in any discomfort.
Jason Day, who beat Woods within the Skins sport, can be a part of the sphere in addition to Japanese star Hideki Matsuyama and Thomas, whose win within the CJ Cup was his 11th PGA Tour occasion and his second in South Korea.
After his win in South Korea, Thomas now has two extra wins during the last three seasons in Asia than another participant on tour. “There’s one thing about Asia,” Thomas mentioned Wednesday. “I appear to do fairly effectively over right here. I do not actually know what it’s. It is at all times a great time of yr for me.”
McIlroy, who’s taking part in in Japan for the primary time in 11 years, mentioned he wasn’t involved about taking part in on an unfamiliar course.
“That is OK. I imply, I’ve gained majors earlier than by taking part in nine-hole follow rounds,” McIlroy mentioned. “Generally when you do not know a course, that is a greater factor. You do not know the place the difficulty is and it would not enter your thoughts.”
There may be an settlement in place to carry the Zozo Championship till not less than 2025.
The event sponsor has drawn an excessive amount of consideration within the comparatively conservative Japanese enterprise world.
Zozo chief government Yusaku Maezawa, proprietor of the web Japanese retailer, is thought for lavish spending on artworks, a Stradivarius violin and a future journey to the moon.
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