Zozo Championship

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Zozo Championship
Zozo Championship logo.png
Tournament information
LocationInzai, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
Established2019
Course(s)Narashino Country Club
Par70
Length7,041 yards (6,438 m)
Organized byZOZO Inc.
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Japan Golf Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fundUS$11,000,000
Month playedOctober
Tournament record score
Aggregate261 Tiger Woods (2019)
To par−23 Patrick Cantlay (2020)
Current champion
United States Keegan Bradley
Location Map
Narashino CC is located in Japan
Narashino CC
Narashino CC
Location in Japan
Narashino CC is located in Chiba Prefecture
Narashino CC
Narashino CC
Location in the Chiba Prefecture

The Zozo Championship (Japanese: ゾゾ・チャンピオンシップ) is a professional golf tournament in Inzai, Chiba Prefecture, which is located in the Greater Tokyo Area of Japan. It is co-sanctioned by the Japan Golf Tour and the PGA Tour and has been sponsored by ZOZO, a Japanese clothing brand, since the event's inception in 2019.

History[edit]

The tournament is the first event sanctioned by the PGA Tour in Japan, in a deal that will last until at least 2025. It would also be co-sanctioned by the Japan Golf Tour.[1][2] Tiger Woods won the inaugural event for his 82nd PGA Tour victory. This tied the all-time record set by Sam Snead.[3]

In 2020, the tournament was moved to Sherwood Country Club in Lake Sherwood, California in October, due to ongoing travel restrictions because of the COVID-19 pandemic.[4] Ultimately, the 2020 event became a sole-sanctioned PGA Tour event and had no involvement from the Japan Golf Tour.

The tournament returned to Japan in 2021 as well as being sanctioned by both the PGA Tour and the Japan Golf Tour. However, it was an unofficial money event on the Japan Golf Tour.[5] Hideki Matsuyama eagled the final hole to win in his home country by five shots ahead of Brendan Steele and Cameron Tringale.[6]

Field[edit]

The 78-player field consists of:[7]

  • Top 60 available PGA Tour players from the previous season's FedEx Cup standings.
  • Top 7 players in the current season Japan Golf Tour money list through the Bridgestone Open.
  • Top 3 players in the Bridgestone Open.
  • 8 sponsor exemptions.

Winners[edit]

Year Tour(s)[a] Winner Score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up Purse
($)
Winner's
share ($)
Venue
2022 JPN,[b] PGAT United States Keegan Bradley 265 −15 1 stroke United States Rickie Fowler
United States Andrew Putnam
11,000,000 1,980,000 Narashino, Japan
2021 JPN,[b] PGAT Japan Hideki Matsuyama 265 −15 5 strokes United States Brendan Steele
United States Cameron Tringale
9,950,000 1,791,000 Narashino, Japan
2020 JPN, PGAT[c] United States Patrick Cantlay 265 −23 1 stroke Spain Jon Rahm
United States Justin Thomas
8,000,000 1,440,000 Sherwood, U.S.
2019 JPN, PGAT United States Tiger Woods 261 −19 3 strokes Japan Hideki Matsuyama 9,750,000 1,755,000 Narashino, Japan

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ JPN − Japan Golf Tour; PGAT − PGA Tour.
  2. ^ a b Between 2021–2022 the event was sanctioned by the Japan Golf Tour, however it was an unofficial money event; therefore the win is considered unofficial on that tour.
  3. ^ Due to relocating to the United States because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Zozo Championship was a sole-sanctioned PGA Tour event in 2020.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "First official PGA Tour event in Japan to debut in 2019". PGA Tour. 20 November 2018. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Zozo Championship to become first Japan event on PGA Tour schedule starting in '19". GolfNewsNet.com. 20 November 2018. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Tiger Woods ties Sam Snead's record of 82 PGA Tour wins". USA Today. Associated Press. 28 October 2019. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  4. ^ Leonard, Tod (31 August 2020). "Tour moves Zozo Championship from Japan to site of six Tiger Woods wins, Sherwood CC". Golf Digest. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  5. ^ "PGA Tour and Zozo Inc. announce 2021 Zozo Championship will be contested in Japan". PGA Tour. 14 September 2021. Retrieved 11 October 2021.
  6. ^ Leonard, Tod (24 October 2021). "Hideki Matsuyama's Zozo win is very different from the Masters, but just as impressive". Golf Digest. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
  7. ^ "Tournament info". Zozo Championship. Retrieved 27 October 2019.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°48′47″N 140°08′38″E / 35.813°N 140.144°E / 35.813; 140.144