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TOKYO: Japan’s Zozo Championship, launched final one year and memorably obtained by Tiger Woods, has been moved to California on yarn of of coronavirus restrictions, successfully wiping out the 2020 US PGA Tour‘s $30 million ‘Asian Swing’, organisers launched Tuesday.
The match became as soon as scheduled to amass situation from October 22-25 nonetheless will now be held at Sherwood Country Membership in Thousand Oaks, California, on the the same dates nonetheless with out spectators.
With mixed purses of $29.75 million, the PGA Tour’s three-end Asian swing has been the highlight of Asia’s golf calendar in most modern seasons.
However South Korea’s CJ Cup on October 15-18 became as soon as final week moved from Jeju Island to Las Vegas and the WGC-HSBC Champions from October 29 to November 1 appears definite to be cancelled.
The $10.25 million Shanghai match has been in doubt since Chinese language authorities banned on the subject of all international sports actions events for the rest of the one year to guard in opposition to coronavirus outbreaks.
With leading gamers based fully within the US and the postponed Masters attributable to amass situation at Augusta in November, the PGA Tour “have technique to the conclusion that it is very no longer vulnerable to invite gamers to compete in Japan,” a assertion acknowledged.
Japan has if fact be told closed its borders to most foreigners in a nationwide force to decrease risks of coronavirus infections.
The pandemic has compelled a one-one year extend of the Tokyo Olympics nonetheless some legitimate sports actions in Japan much like baseball and football have began allowing diminutive numbers of spectators.
The nation has up to now detected about 68,000 coronavirus infections, and recorded roughly 1,300 deaths.
The Zozo Championship is Japan’s first US PGA Tour match and became as soon as launched final one year to great fanfare with Woods thrilling great crowds.
The 15-time foremost winner led from gun to tape to file a file-equalling victory, three strokes definite of local favourite Hideki Matsuyama, with Rory McIlroy third, at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Membership in Chiba, east of Tokyo.
The victory noticed Woods tie the all-time sign of 82 US PGA Tour victories held by the legendary Sam Snead.
“In the middle of this entertaining time, we watch ahead to dedicating this one year’s match no longer simply to the followers in Japan, nonetheless to followers around the field,” acknowledged Zozo President Kotaro Sawada in a assertion.
With a diminished purse in California, the whole manner down to $8 million from final one year’s £$9.5 million, the Zozo Championship will again be competed for by an elite area of 78.