Chiba, Japan, August 5: Former World No. 1 Jason Day of Australia and local hero Hideki Matsuyama are the latest big-name PGA TOUR stars to commit to the inaugural ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club from October 24 to 27, 2019.
The duo, who hold a combined 17 PGA TOUR wins, will join golf legend and 81-time PGA TOUR winner Tiger Woods and 2016 FedExCup winner Rory McIroy in Japan's first official.
Japan first official PGA TOUR tournament this fall which forms part of the early season events for the new 2019-20 PGA TOUR Season.
"The field for the inaugural ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP keeps getting stronger with Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama now officially committing to our tournament. Their star presence, coupled with the commitments made earlier by Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, will help ensure a successful launch for Japan's first ever PGA TOUR tournament. It'll be a memorable experience for sports fans in Japan and around Asia," said Travis Steiner, Executive Director, ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP.
Day, 31, is one of Australia's finest golf ambassadors, thanks largely to his 12 PGA TOUR victories which include one major title at the 2015 PGA Championship. The talented Aussie enjoyed a banner season in 2015 following five victories including two FedExCup Playoffs events and rose to World No. 1 that season.
The Australian also claimed a popular home win at the World Cup of Golf in 2013, teaming up with Adam Scott for the triumph and also picking up the individual honours. This season, Day, who is currently ranked 21st in the world, has enjoyed six top-10 finishes to date.
Day said: "As professional golfers, it is a privilege to visit and compete in Asian countries. The PGA TOUR is already in Korea and China and we've now got a new tournament in Japan which is exciting for the growth of the sport in Asia. A lot of people over there love golf and they don't get to see the top players all the time and I'm sure Japanese fans will come out in numbers to support us. It's also fun to experience new cultures and that's part of the perks as to why we play golf. Ultimately, I'll be heading to the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP with every intention to win the tournament against what looks like a very strong field."