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Tiger Woods plans to go to Asia in October

Tiger Woods plans to go to Asia in October

Tiger Woods - the owner of 15 majors will go to Japan to attend the Zozo Championship - one of three PGA Tour events taking place in Asia.

The information came up two months ago, before being confirmed by PGA Tour. "Super Tiger" will attend the first PGA Tour in Japan, taking place October 24-27.

"I am very excited about the first Zozo Championship event," Tiger Woods told 6.5 million Twitter followers about being in the tournament in Chiba Prefecture. "It's great to be back in Japan, one of my favorite countries. This fall will be very interesting. "

Zozo Championship, replacing CIMB Classic, is one of three PGA Tour events taking place in Asia, along with CJ Cup in Korea and WGC-HSBC Champions in China. The total prize money for the three "Asian Swing" awards is nearly $ 30 million.

Woods will be returning to Asia for the first time since 2012. The last time a 15 major owner came to Asia was when "Super Tiger" attended CIMB Classic in 2012. Woods also did not come to Japan since the 2006 Dunlop Phoenix tournament - the "Super Tiger" event, finishing second when losing in the play-off. In 2001, American golfer attended World Cup Golf in the land of the rising sun.

The presence of Woods in October promises to create an unprecedented atmosphere in Japanese golf village in particular, as well as Asia in general. The organizers of the PGA Tour also expect this to be a more popular golf assault on the continent. In recent months, Asian golfer has improved constantly on the Tour. CT Pan of Taiwan and Kang Sung of Korea even won the PGA Tour events.

2019 is also a memorable year for Woods. After the major thirst ended 11 years with the title in Masters 2019, "Super Tiger" became the fourth golfer to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, after Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Charlie Sifford.

Zozo Championship, with the presence of Woods, is expected to succeed as CJ Cup - the tournament is less than two years old. The phrase "Asian Swing" is gradually becoming a favorite destination for the world's top golfers.

46 golfers in the top 50 registered in the Far East. World No. 2 Dustin Johnson is a WGC-HSBC Champions patron in China, following the 2013 championship. Other golfers who won this prestigious event are Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Bubba Watson, Ian Poulter and Japanese golf player Hideki Matsuyama.

In Korea, the number of golfers participating in the PGA Tour increases year by year. CJ Cup, despite its young age, significantly boosts the golf movement in Asia. The tournament on Jeju Island is rated the highest Korea.

The CJ Cup reputation also spread when the two former entrants were the best golfers of the year. Justin Thomas won the championship in 2017 just weeks after winning the FedEx Cup, while Brooks Koepka was crowned in Korea to confirm the best level of golf in 2018.

"I like Asia, this is one of my favorite travel destinations," Koepka, golfers beat 29 strokes in nine holes at the end of 2018, sharing. "I like the culture here, people are very hospitable. The CJ Cup championship is a special experience, a great way to start the 2018-2019 season ".

The ZOZO Championship event in October also brings significant motivation for golfers: to get early scores to create an advantage on the new FedEx Cup season scoreboard. "Asian tournaments are great," said Adam Scott, golfer number 17 in the world. "We have a good chance to earn FedEx Cup points and reduce pressure for the rest of the season. More and more people will come to Asian tournaments, which will help the competition get bigger and bigger ”.