Tiger Woods to return to Japan for PGA Tour event

TOKYO (AFP) – Newly crowned Masters champion Tiger Woods announced yesterday he will return to Japan for the first time in more than a decade to play in a new US PGA Tour event in October.

“I’m excited to play in the inaugural ZOZO Championship in October, and return to Japan, one of my favourite countries. It’s going to be a fun fall,” tweeted the 43-year-old American.

Woods stunned the sporting world earlier this month by completing an epic comeback from spinal fusion surgery to win his 15th major at Augusta National and his first since the 2008 US Open.

His fairytale fifth green jacket has put Woods firmly back in pursuit of the all-time record of 18 major wins by Jack Nicklaus.

The ZOZO Championship will be held from October 24-27 at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club near Tokyo.

It will offer a purse of USD9.75 million.