Wednesday 18 September 2019

McIlroy can go big in Japan as Tokyo lands breakthrough tournament

McIlroy has committed to joining Tiger Woods in Japan’s first PGA Tour tournament this October. Photo: Christopher Hanewinckel - USA Today Sports
McIlroy has committed to joining Tiger Woods in Japan’s first PGA Tour tournament this October. Photo: Christopher Hanewinckel - USA Today Sports

Brian Keogh

Rory McIlroy will be big in Japan next year if he sticks to his plan to play for Ireland in the Olympics in Tokyo.

But fans there will have a chance to see him in action later this year after he committed to joining Tiger Woods in Japan's first PGA Tour tournament this October.

The world number three will tee it up the $9.75 million (€8.7 million) Zozo Championship in Chiba from October 24-27 - one of two new events on the 2019-20 schedule

"It is wonderful we have the opportunity to compete in Japan this year and I'm truly excited to be heading to the inaugural ZOZO Championship," McIlroy said.

"I know golf fans in Japan are very supportive and knowledgeable of the game and it'll be really cool and fun for the PGA Tour players to perform in front of them for the first time."

The Co Down man has not played an official event in the Land of the Rising Sun since he finished 30th in The Crowns in 2008.

Qualifying

The world No 3 will play the three FedExCup play-off events in the US this month, then tee it up in the Omega European Masters in Switzerland and the first Ryder Cup qualifying event, the BMW PGA at Wentworth.

Open champion Shane Lowry is preparing to return to action alongside McIlroy and Woods in the first FedExCup play-off event next week.

Woods missed the cut in The Open at Royal Portrush but broke with his usual routine yesterday, tweeting that he will play the Northern Trust in New Jersey next week and the following week's BMW Championship at Medinah Country Club in Chicago.

While second-ranked McIlroy will make the top 30 in the FedExCup standings who qualify for the Tour Championship at East Lake from August 22-25, 20th-ranked Lowry is close to securing his spot in Atlanta while 27th-ranked Woods still has work to do.

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