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PGA Tour hopes to ‘by no means leave Japan’

INZAI CITY, Japan (AP) – Joining forces with a celeb tycoon who desires of going to the moon, the PGA Tour is dedicated to being in Japan for the lengthy haul with its first event beginning Thursday.

With the assistance of businessman Yusaku Maezawa, recognized for taking possibilities, the game’s largest names hope to usher in a brand new period for golf-mad Japan on the Zozo Championship.

Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy are all right here on the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) east of Tokyo at Inzai City.

“When we make a commitment to bring a new event to a market, that’s a commitment that is permanent,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan mentioned Wednesday. “Our intention is to never leave Japan, to always have a PGA Tour event in Japan from this day forward.”

The Zozo Championship, co-sanctioned with the Japan Golf Tour, is one among three tournaments that make up the PGA Tour’s Asia Swing. The CJ Cup in South Korea was gained final week by Justin Thomas and the HSBC Champions takes place subsequent week in Shanghai.



Tournament sponsor Zozo Inc. has drawn an excessive amount of consideration within the comparatively conservative Japanese enterprise world.

Some in Japan have questioned the maverick strategy of Zozo chief govt Maezawa, proprietor of the net Japanese retailer. He is understood for lavish spending on artworks and shopping for a Stradivarius violin, and has even set his sights on a future journey to the moon. He performed a spherical with Woods on Wednesday, and Monahan praised his “immense contribution” to the event.

Yahoo Japan Corp. introduced final month it would put up a young supply, estimated at 400 billion yen ($3.7 billion), for Zozo Inc.

For now, the golf world couldn’t be happier. There’s an settlement in place to maintain the Zozo Championship till at the least 2025.

“For an event of this magnitude to take place, we’re very fortunate to have many passionate people who have helped make the Zozo Championship a reality,” Monahan mentioned.

Woods would be the event’s essential attraction. The Masters champion 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.

The timing is sweet for event organizers. Woods wants one victory to attain 82 wins and tie the profession document held by Sam Snead.

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