Golf stars Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama will compete in a new competition in Japan in October that is being organised and broadcast live around the world by GolfTV.
The event, titled “The Challenge: Japan Skins”, will be a skins game played on Monday, October 21, starting at 13:00 local time, at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba. The game will feature special in-match challenges and rules, including holes being assigned an increasing monetary value as the competition plays out.
GolfTV, the specialist golf digital media platform run by media group Discovery, is organising the event in partnership with New York-based talent agency Excel Sports Management and the PGA Tour. Viewers in most countries around the world will be able to watch live and on-demand streams of the event for free if they register with GolfTV. The UK and Ireland are exceptions where fans must buy a pass to watch the event due to existing rights agreements. GolfTV passes in the UK start at £4.99 per month. In the US, the event will be broadcast on pay-television channel the Golf Channel.
The coverage will be produced in Japanese and English, with dedicated presenters, commentators and on-course reporters.
GolfTV said The Challenge: Japan Skins will be the first in a series of annual challenge events it will organise around the world.
The event will kick off the inaugural Zozo Championship, the first-ever PGA Tour event to be played in Japan, which takes place at the same venue later in the week. Woods, McIlroy, Day and Matsuyama are also playing in the main tournament.
In the press release announcing the event, Alex Kaplan, president and general manager of Discovery Golf, said: “The Challenge: Japan Skins is a unique experience that no golf fan will want to miss and will be an exciting way to begin Zozo Championship week. GolfTV powered by PGA Tour is growing to become the one-stop-shop for all the best in golf, and The Challenge is another significant step in that direction.
“To be able to bring many of golf’s biggest names to GolfTV screens for our customers is hugely exciting for everyone involved. On October 21, fans will be able to see a totally new competition join the golf calendar, supporting some fantastic charities and showcasing the very best golf has to offer in the most fun, exhilarating and unpredictable way.”
Tiger Woods was also quoted, saying: “After discussing The Challenge with Discovery and GolfTV, I wanted to be a part of it. I haven’t been back to Japan since 2006 and the golf fans there are some of the best in the world. It’s a unique format and a top field with Rory, Jason and Hideki. I can’t wait to play against them on a global stage.”