Tiger Woods commits to defend Zozo Championship title (but at new, familiar venue)

Tiger Woods wins the Zozo Championship.

Tiger Woods celebrates after winning the 2019 Zozo Championship in Japan.

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Tiger Woods won’t need to travel to Japan to defend his latest title. Woods has officially committed to the 2020 Zozo Championship, which due to travel logistics from the coronavirus pandemic has been moved to Sherwood Country Club in California.

The event is Oct. 22-25, 2020, and it will likely be Woods’ first start following his missed cut at the U.S. Open at Winged Foot.

“It is disappointing that we will not be able to play in Japan this year, but Sherwood Country Club will be a great backdrop for what I know will be a great championship,” Woods said in a release.

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By: Josh Berhow

Woods won the 2019 Zozo at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba, Japan, to tie Sam Snead’s record of 82 career PGA Tour victories. It remains his latest win on Tour.

The new Zozo venue is a familiar one for Woods, and others, though. Sherwood Country Club was the long-time home of Greg Norman’s Shark Shootout and hosted Woods’ Hero World Challenge from 2000 to 2013.

Woods missed the cut at Winged Foot last weekend, but he was busy in the days after. He headlined the Payne’s Valley Cup at Big Cedar Lodge in the Ozarks to unveil his first public design, Payne’s Valley.

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