The PGA Tour Zozo Championship will be held in Japan as scheduled next month, organizers said on Tuesday, fearing it could be moved for the second year in a row due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The inaugural edition of the first PGA Tour of Japan event in 2019 was memorably won by Tiger Woods, but last year’s tournament was moved to California due to the virus.
There had been speculation that he could be relocated again this year, after the other two PGA Tour “Asian Swing” tournaments fell victim to the pandemic.
The CJ Cup, starting Oct. 1 Oct. 14, has moved from South Korea to Las Vegas, while the Shanghai World Golf Championships – HSBC Champions, scheduled for October 14. 28-31, was canceled for the second year in a row.
But PGA Tour chiefs said on Tuesday that the Zozo Championship will go ahead as planned at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba, east of Tokyo, starting October 1. 21-24.
The decision on whether fans will attend has yet to be made.
“We are confident that our tournament will once again feature world-class golf,” PGA Tour International Executive Vice President Ty Votaw said in a statement.
The Zozo Championship kicked off with great fanfare in 2019, with Woods exciting huge crowds.
The 15-time major winner led from gun to gang to finish three shots behind local favorite Hideki Matsuyama, with Rory McIlroy third.
The victory saw Woods equal the record of 82 PGA Tour victories held by legendary Sam Snead.
This year’s tournament will offer a purse of $ 9.95 million, with an elite field of 78 participants, although player details have yet to be confirmed.
Last year’s winner at Sherwood Country Club, Thousand Oaks was Patrick Cantlay, who finished a stroke ahead of Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas.
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