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The PGA TOUR and ZOZO, Inc. – which op­er­ates the largest Ja­panese on­line fash­ion web­site “ZOZOTOWN” – to­day an­nounced a six-year agree­ment that es­tab­lishes the first an­nual, of­fi­cial PGA TOUR tour­na­ment in Ja­pan. The ZOZO CHAM­PI­ONSHIP, which will be co-sanc­tioned by the Ja­pan Golf Tour Or­ga­ni­za­tion (JGTO), is set to de­but at Ac­cor­dia Golf Narashino Coun­try Club the week of Oc­to­ber 21, 2019, dur­ing the open­ing seg­ment of the 2019-20 PGA TOUR FedExCup Season.

The ZOZO CHAM­PI­ONSHIP, with a Ja­pan-record purse of US$9.75 mil­lion, will be­come part of the TOUR’s swing through Asia, join­ing THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES in Korea and World Golf Cham­pi­onships-HSBC Cham­pi­ons in China. The CIMB Clas­sic in Malaysia no longer will be on the PGA TOUR sched­ule, as CIMB is re­align­ing its spon­sor­ship with the TOUR.

thrilled to have the op­por­tu­nity to bring the first an­nual, of­fi­cial PGA TOUR event to Ja­pan through our part­ner­ship with ZOZO, Inc.,” said Ty Votaw, PGA TOUR Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent, In­ter­na­tional. “Ja­pan’s pas­sion for golf is widely rec­og­nized and some­thing our stars have ex­pe­ri­enced first-hand through var­i­ous events held here and the sup­port of stand­out PGA TOUR play­ers like cham­pion Hideki Mat­suyama. To­day’s an­nounce­ment fur­ther strength­ens our pres­ence in Asia and cer­tainly comes at an op­por­tune time with golf set to fol­low its highly suc­cess­ful re­turn to the Olympics in Rio when Tokyo hosts the 2020 Games.”

The ZOZO CHAM­PI­ONSHIP field will con­sist of 78 pro­fes­sion­als, in­clud­ing 60 avail­able play­ers from the pre­vi­ous season’s FedExCup points list, 10 des­ig­nated by the JGTO and eight spe­cial ex­emp­tions.

The PGA TOUR, which opened an of­fice in Tokyo in 2016, has a long his­tory in Ja­pan, start­ing with its in­volve­ment in the 1957 World Cup of Golf in Tokyo. Af­ter the first three edi­tions of the event took place in Canada and the United States, the tour­na­ment was held out­side North Amer­ica for the first time in 1957 when the Ka­sum­i­gaseki Club (which will host the 2020 Olympic golf com­pe­ti­tion) saw the U.S. team of Ben Ho­gan and Sam Snead take the ti­tle. Ja­pan sub­se­quently hosted the 1966 and 2001 World Cups.

(LTR) Ty Votaw, PGA TOUR Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent, In­ter­na­tional and Yusaku Maezawa, ZOZO Inc. CEO

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