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Japan Loses ZOZO Championship Tournament moves to Sherwood

The PGA Tour officially announced Monday night that this year's ZOZO Championship will not be held in Narashino Country Club, but instead will move to Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California, and be temporarily renamed 'The Zozo Championship @ Sherwood'. 

The official press release read:

As the effects of the coronavirus continue, we have been working hard towards hosting this year’s ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP. However, in light of the current circumstances of this global pandemic, and with many of the PGA TOUR’s premier players already competing in the US and all over the world, we have come to the conclusion that it is impossible to invite players to compete in Japan.
We had the option of canceling the tournament, however, we believe in the positive power of golf, and hope to spread this positivity to Japan and around the world, especially under these tough circumstances.
After much discussion with the PGA TOUR and the relevant organizations, we have decided to move this year’s tournament to a new venue, the Sherwood Country Club in California, USA - a location that will allow us to bring many of the top PGA TOUR players to compete. As of now, the tournament will be held without spectators.

Back in 2021

Last year Tiger woods tied Sam Sneed with 82nd wins on the PGA Tour, fans in Japan and around the world were eagerly anticipating Tiger' defense to happen in Japan, there were also rumors abound after the success of last year's event of big money Japanese sponsors coming onboard and a spate of supporting events.  

PGA Tour executive vice president Ty Votaw said “Following last year’s successful launch, our players will no doubt be disappointed to miss traveling to Japan to play in the Zozo. Championship this year, but we look forward to returning in 2021,".

As for Tiger Woods, he hosted his World Challenge event at Sherwood from 2000-2013, winning five times. But whatever the result at Sherwood we selfishly look forward to welcoming Tiger and the rest of the PGA Tour players to Japan in 2021. 

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