The ZOZO Championship will be held next month in Japan, as scheduled, organizers announced on Tuesday, following fears that the event of the PGA Tour American was transferred from headquarters because of the pandemic.
The tournament, which was won by Tiger Woods In 2019, when it appeared on the calendar as the first event co-hosted by the PGA Tour in Japan, it was moved to California in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
There had been talk of moving it again this year, after the other two tournaments on the PGA Tour’s Asian tour fell victim to the pandemic. The CJ Cup, which was to be held in South Korea, moved to Las Vegas (USA) from October 14 to 17, while the WGC-HSBC Champions, which was to be played in China from October 28 to 31, was canceled.
However, those responsible for the PGA Tour said on Tuesday that the ZOZO Championship would go ahead as planned at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba, east of Tokyo, October 21-24. A decision on spectator attendance has yet to be made.
The ZOZO Championship went live with fanfare in 2019, with Woods wowing huge crowds at the time. The 15-time major winner led from start to finish to finish three strokes clear of the home favorite Hideki Matsuyama, with Rory McIlroy third.
The victory allowed Woods to equal the record for victories on the PGA Tour, 82, held by the legendary Sam snead.
This year’s tournament will offer a prize pool of $ 9.95 million (€ 8.4 million), with 78 players, whose names have yet to be confirmed.
The winner last year in Thousand Oaks (Californbia) was Patrick Cantlay, which recently won the FedEx Cup. The American finished the 2020 edition with a stroke of advantage over Jon rahm and Justin thomas.