CHIBA – It took the PGA Tour a long time to officially touch down in Japan but now that it finally is here the organisation plans to put down roots and never leave, Commissioner Jay Monahan said on Wednesday.
Speaking on the eve of the inaugural Zozo Championship at Narashino Country Club, Monahan spoke glowingly of what he expects to be a shining moment for the U.S.-based tour.
Seventy-eight of the world's best players, including Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, will compete over 72 holes for a purse of nearly $10 million in front of sellout crowds at the course on the outskirts of Tokyo.
In a country starved of the chance to see world class golf regularly, the excitement is palpable, although a forecast for torrential rain on Friday could throw a spanner in the works.
“When we make a commitment to bring a new event to a market, that's a commitment that is permanent and our intention is never to leave Japan, to always have a PGA Tour event in Japan from this day forward,” Monahan said.