Woods commits to defend ZOZO Championship

The ZOZO Championship will always hold a special place in the heart of Tiger Woods after equalling Sam Snead’s all-time PGA Tour title record of 82 with his three-shot win in Japan late last year.

And now he’ll get a chance to break that record with his commitment to defend the title at California’s Sherwood Country Club in late October.

Tiger Woods Tiger Woods (Credit: PGA Tour)

“I am excited to defend my title at the ZOZO Championship. It is disappointing that we will not be able to play in Japan this year, but Sherwood Country Club will be a great backdrop for what I know will be a great championship,” tweeted Woods.

Earlier this month, the PGA Tour announced that the ZOZO Championship would be moving to the US due to ongoing logistical issues caused by the worldwide pandemic. The tournament was part of an early season “Asian Swing” that included China’s HSBC Champions and South Korea’s CJ Cup, won by Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas respectively in 2019.

Of course, Woods will be more than happy about the move to the Jack Nicklaus-designed layout. As the previous home of his own Hero World Challenge from 2000 to 2013, the 44-year-old has won at this course five times (2001, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2011) and finished runner-up on another five occasions.

If his game and health hold up, things are looking good for win No. 83.

The $8 million tournament, officially known as ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP @ SHERWOOD, features just 78 players chosen from the leading players on the 2019-20 FedExCup point list along with a hand-picked selection of players from the Japan Golf Tour and sponsor exemptions.

Woods went wire-to-wire last year at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club to defeat local hero Hideki Matsuyama while Rory McIlroy shared third place in Japan’s first official PGA Tour event.