Japan’s first official PGA Tour event, the ZOZO Championship, will feature Tiger Woods for its debut.
The ZOZO Championship will be held at Accordia Golf Chiba Narashino Country Club on Oct. 24-27 outside Tokyo.
The event features a $9.75 million purse and will replace the CIMB Classic that was held in Malaysia. It is part of a three-tournament Asia swing in the fall that also features the CJ Cup in South Korea and the HSBC Champions World Golf Championship in China. The events all boast larger-than-normal Tour purses.
“I’m excited to play in the inaugural ZOZO Championship in October, and return to Japan, one of my favorite countries. It’s going to be a fun fall,” Woods posted on Twitter.
Woods will be the U.S. Presidents Cup captain when the event is held at Royal Melbourne in Australia on Dec. 12-15. His annual Hero World Challenge takes place the previous week in the Bahamas. And, there’s always the potential of a rematch of sorts with Phil Mickelson.
He last played in Japan in 2006 at the Dunlop Phoenix on the Japan Golf Tour, where Woods lost to Padraig Harrington in a playoff. It’s an event he won the previous two years. In 2001, he played the World Cup of Golf in Japan.
Woods last played in Asia at the 2012 CIMB Classic in Malaysia, where he tied for fourth after a final-round 63.
Woods is coming off his triumphant performance at the Masters two weeks ago. He has not publicly committed to any PGA Tour events between now and the PGA Championship, set for May 16-19 at Bethpage Black on Long Island in New York.
He has pared back his 2019 schedule and has been open about focusing on the majors. It’s widely believed Woods will play in the Wells Fargo Championship next week in Charlotte, N.C. Woods played in that event last year, finishing T55. The final stop on the PGA Tour before the PGA Championship is the AT&T Byron Nelson in Dallas, from May 9-12. Woods last played in that event in 2005.
ZOZO is a Japanese custom clothing company.