Woods to return to Japan at Zozo Championship

Woods to return to Japan at Zozo Championship

Tiger Woods's win earlier this month at the Masters was his first major victory since 2008.

Woods said on Twitter that he was excited to play the new tournament and described Japan as "one of my favorite countries".

Masters champion Tiger Woods is adding to his worldwide travels at the end of this year, announcing Wednesday night that he will compete in Japan for the first time in 13 years at the new Zozo Championship. "It's going to be a fun fall".

But his fairytale fifth green jacket has put Woods firmly back in pursuit of the all-time record of 18 major wins by Jack Nicklaus.

The Zozo Championship will be Oct 24-27 at Accordia Golf Chiba Narashino Country Club, about 50 miles east of Tokyo.

Woods was essentially off the PGA Tour in 2016 and 2017, but a fourth back surgery, involving a spinal fusion procedure, worked well enough that he had a surprisingly successful 2018 season.

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The event, which will be part of the PGA Tour's annual Asia swing for the next six years, will have a Japan-record purse of $9.75million (£7.5m).

The 43-year-old made his last appearance in Japan in 2006 when he lost a play-off to Padraig Harrington in the Dunlop Phoenix, having won the title the previous two years.

When the ZOZO Championship was announced in November, PGA officials expressed excitement at the opportunity to stage an event in Japan ahead of the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo.

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