Tiger Woods will defend his title at the Zozo Championship.
Woods announced Wednesday he committed to the Zozo Championship at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California.
“I am excited to defend my title at the (Zozo Championship,)” Woods wrote on Instagram. “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.”
The second annual tournament will not return to Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba, Japan, this season due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The event will still be played on its original dates, Oct. 22-25, despite the change in location.
The inaugural Zozo Championship in 2019 made history as Woods earned his 82nd PGA Tour win, tying Sam Snead’s record.
The 44-year-old’s 82nd win is also his most recent victory on Tour. Since that win, Woods competed in seven Tour events, finishing fourth at the Hero World Challenge, T-9 at the Farmers Insurance Open and 68th at the Genesis Invitational. After the Tour paused its season in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, Woods competed in four Tour events. His best finish was a T-37 at the PGA Championship. He missed the cut for the Tour Championship after finishing T-51 at the BMW Championship.
Last season, Woods also served as captain on the winning Presidents Cup team in December and defeated Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady in “The Match: Champions for Charity” alongside Peyton Manning.
The 15-time major champion most recently missed the cut at the U.S. Open after shooting rounds of 73-77 at Winged Foot.
The 2020 Zozo Championship is part of a three-event swing on the West Coast in October. The Zozo follows two events in Las Vegas: the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin, Oct. 8-11 and the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek, Oct. 15-18.
The Zozo Championship is expected to return to Japan in 2021.
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