The PGA Tour continues its Asian swing as it heads to Inzai, Japan’s Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club for the ZOZO Championship, running from Oct. 23-27. The tournament marks the first time the PGA Tour has hosted an event in Japan and Tiger Woods’ first 2019-2020 PGA Tour event. Also in the field will be Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama, and Jason Day fresh from their skins game with Woods, called MGM Resorts The Challenge: Japan Skins that was also held at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club. Day, the winner of the skins match, will look to bring that winning mentality to claim his first PGA Tour win since May 2018. The field is a condensed 78-player field without a cut, featuring the top-60 available PGA Tour players from the previous season's FedEx Cup standings, the top 7 players in the current Japan Golf Tour money list through the Bridgestone Open, the top 3 players in the Bridgestone Open, and 8 sponsor exemptions.
Jason Day wins MGM Resorts The Challenge: Japan Skins. Getty Images
The Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club was founded in 1965 and is hosting the inaugural ZOZO Championship. The course is just over 7,000 yards and is a par-70, with five par-3s and three par-5s adding variety to the course. The course will demand accuracy from the tee as fairways are generally narrow and lined with trees. However, water is minimal, only coming into play on 5 holes and only 3 of those off the tee. One thing that will be new to most Western viewers is the Japanese use of double greens on each hole. The reasoning for this is to allow a green more suited for the warmer months and another green with a hardier grass suited for cold weather. In this way, Japanese courses maintain pristines putting surfaces year round. There are plans for some holes to alternate greens, though on which holes hasn't been announced yet.
The only American coverage of the event is through the Golf Channel. Coverage begins on Wednesday night on the East Coast, with coverage running from 11pm-3am ET on Wednesday and Thursday, and 10:30pm-2:30am ET, ending on Sunday morning. There will be no radio coverage or streaming coverage from PGA Tour Live.