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Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy both attended the first 2019 PGA Tour in Japan

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy both attended the first 2019 PGA Tour in Japan

The Zozo Championship organizing committee confirmed that the two former world athletes Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy agreed to attend the PGA Tour event in October.

"It's great that we have a chance to compete in Japan this year," Rory McIlroy said in an interview on July 31th. "I am very excited. I know how passionate and knowledgeable Japanese fans are. It is great that the PGA Tour golfers have their first time playing in front of them."

Zozo Championship is the first PGA Tour event to take place in the land of the rising sun. The tournament was added to the PGA Tour calendar after CIMB Classic in Malaysia withdrew. With a total reward of $ 9.75 million, Zozo Championship gathered 78 golfers, including 60 people leading the FedEx Cup scorecard.

The tournament takes place from October 24th-27th, at Accordia Golf Narashino, in Chiba Prefecture, about 40 km from Tokyo. The golfers will play 72 holes in four days and there is no cut.

"I have won many places in the world and will be a memorable milestone if I get my first title in Japan", McIlroy said confidently. According to the organizers' announcement, the Zozo Championship champion will pocket the $ 1.75 million bonus.

With Tiger Woods, this will be the first time "Super Tiger" returns to Asia after seven years. The last 15 major employer to the Far East was at CIMB Classic in 2012. Woods did not come to Japan since the Dunlop Phoenix in 2006 - the US golfer event came in second in losing play-offs. In 2001, Woods attended the World Cup Golf in the land of the rising sun.

The PGA Tour 2019-2020 will open September 12th by the event of A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, West Virginia, USA. Zozo Championship is the seventh event, taking place immediately after CJ Cup in Korea.