PGA Tour

Tiger confirmed for Japanese skins challenge

2019-09-19 10:12
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Tiger Woods is expected to go head to head with reigning FedEx Cup champion, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama in a live competition called The Challenge: Japan Skins.

The upcoming high-profile skins game is powered by GOLFTV and will kick off the ZOZO Championship - the first ever official PGA Tour event to be played in Japan.

Both events will be played at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba during the week of October 21.

The Challenge: Japan Skins marks the first in a series of annual Challenge events that are set to become a thrilling addition to the global golf calendar on October 21.

Alongside special in-match challenges and surprises, and finishing under floodlights, each hole will be assigned an increasing monetary value as the competition plays out.

Players need to win a hole outright to take a "skin" (tied holes result in a "push" of the skin to the next hole), so golf fans can expect to see aggressive play from start to finish.

The Challenge and the ZOZO Championship brings TWoods back to Japan for the first time in more than 13 years. It is also the first televised exhibition match of McIlroy, Day and Matsuyama's careers.

"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," said Woods.

"I haven't played a skins format in quite some time, so it will be fun to try something a little different and add a few strategic elements as we compete. There has already been some friendly banter between us and that will continue until we get to the first tee."

PGA Tour Player of the Year McIlroy commented: "There are so many fun elements to The Challenge that will have me wanting to take home that title - playing with Hideki on his home turf; Tiger coming back to Japan with a Green Jacket - the motivation is certainly there for me, and I'm a huge fan of the skins format. I love the way it rewards attacking play and think it suits my game quite well. Any time I can go directly at pins to try and make birdies and eagles, I think it puts me at an advantage.

"The other fun thing about skins is how you find yourself rooting for the other guys if you're not in a position to win the hole. You're hoping they can tie with someone else so you can play for that skin on the next hole. With the skins format, you're always in it until the end."

Compiled by Lynn Butler

 

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