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PGA Tour unveils inaugural Japan event for 2019

The PGA Tour will hold its first official tournament in Japan next year. Its main sponsor is billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, the founder of the Japanese fashion website Zozotown.

The Zozo Championship is part of the PGA Tour’s Asian swing, alongside stops in South Korea and China. The tournament, which will be on the schedule for six years, replaces one in Malaysia.

The event will be played at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba prefecture, just outside Tokyo, on Oct 24-27.

It will have a purse of $9.75m (€8.58m) with a field of 78 – plus 10 designated by the Japanese Tour and eight others with special exemptions.

The move coincides with golf’s participation in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and it is hoped the event will help the sport’s profile in the lead-up to the Games.