April 25, 2019 / 3:44 AM / 3 months ago

Tiger to return to Japan at Zozo Championship in October

FILE PHOTO: Golf - Masters - Augusta National Golf Club - Augusta, Georgia, U.S. - April 14, 2019 - Tiger Woods of the U.S. celebrates on the 18th hole after winning the 2019 Masters. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

(Reuters) - Tiger Woods will return to Japan for the first time since 2006 to compete in the inaugural Zozo Championship in October, the Masters champion said on Wednesday.

Woods called Japan “one of my favourites countries” in a tweet announcing his decision to play the PGA Tour’s first official event in the Asian country.

“It’s going to be a fun fall.”

The 43-year-old American won his 15th major title when he came from behind to earn his fifth green jacket in Augusta earlier this month, ending an 11-year major title drought.

He last teed up in Japan 13 years ago at the Dunlop Phoenix, where he lost to Padraig Harrington in a playoff.

The Zozo Championship will be held at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club from Oct. 24-Oct. 27.

Reporting by Rory Carroll; editing by Sudipto Ganguly

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