With five career PGA TOUR victories to his name, including two World Golf Championships wins, the 27-year-old Matsuyama has already established himself as Japan most successful golfer. The two-time Asian Amateur Championship winner has also triumphed eight times on the Japan Golf Tour, including the Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters in 2011 while he was still an amateur.
His participation in the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP is bound to attract strong local support from Japanese fans which Matsuyama is looking forward to reciprocating with a strong showing on home soil.
Matsuyama said: "I'm looking forward to competing in the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP. As it will be the first official PGA TOUR event in Japan, I can see the tournament playing an important role towards the growth and development of golf in our country. I believe the presence of many world-class golfers from the PGA TOUR will provide an inspiration to young Japanese fans to learn the game and then excel in this great sport. I'll be aiming to play my best golf in front of my fans and hopefully contend for the first ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP title."
The ZOZO Championship will feature an elite 78-man field, including the leading 60 players from the FedExCup points list, 10 designated by the Japan Golf Tour Organization (JGTO) and eight special exemptions. The event is co-sanctioned with the JGTO.
Tickets for the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP are now open for sale on www.zozochampionship.com.