Tiger Woods will be from this Thursday at the Sherwood Country Club, in California to defend the title of Zozo Championship, in a tournament that will have the Chilean presence Joaquin Niemann and the Colombian Sebastián Muñoz and that he can transform this week into a historic one for the PGA TOUR.
“I am excited to be able to defend the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP title, although unfortunately it will not be played in Japan this year, but it will be played at the Sherwood Country Club, which will still be a great setting for a great championship ”, said Tiger.
Almost a year ago, Tiger reached Sam Snead’s record of 82 wins on the PGA TOUR, following a three-stroke win in the inaugural ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP. which was played at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club, in Chiba, Japan.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, PGA TOUR and ZOZO Inc. announced that this year the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP will not be played in Japan and that is why it has moved to Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California.
Sherwood is a Jack Nicklaus Signature design that hosted Tiger’s Hero World Challenge from 2000 to 2013, and where Woods has an impressive record of five wins (2001, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2011). and five second places, making it a field that is poised for Tiger to reach victory number 83.
The ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP will have a field of 78 players, with the stellar presence of all those who were in the top-10 of the FEDEX Cup 2019/2020 and among them There will also be four Latinos: Niemann, Muñoz and the Mexicans Abraham Ancer and Carlos Ortiz.
In the previous edition only Niemann and Ancer were in the game. The Chilean finished in 33rd place and the Mexican in 41st position.
In addition to being a tournament, which is usually played in Japan, there will be eight players from this country, led by Hideki Matsuyama, who last year was second behind Tiger Woods. Another Japanese, Takumi Kanaya, who will play for the first time as a professional in the United States, after being number one in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, will also get much of the attention.
For Tiger Woods it will be the first of two consecutive appearances where he will defend the title, since after the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP, his next stop will be The Masters, from November 12 to 15, where he achieved his 81st victory and his best number in April 2019. fifteen.