Star-studded featured groups line-up for ZOZO Championship

Defending champion Tiger Woods plays alongside two of the brightest young talents in golf for the first two rounds of the ZOZO Championship.

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Wed, 21 Oct 2020

Golf fans will be treated to a star-studded featured groups line-up for the first two days of the ZOZO Championship at Sherwood Country Club this week.

The event was moved from Japan to California due to travel restrictions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and Tiger Woods will be making his first start since the US Open.

Woods will be playing alongside two of the brightest young talents in the sport, in Matthew Wolff and Xander Schauffele.

The 82-time PGA Tour winner will be looking to make history at Sherwood Country Club, a course where he has won five times throughout his career.

Wolff, who has started the season in excellent form, is relishing the opportunity to play at Sherwood, having went to high school just seven miles away.

“I’ve played (Sherwood) 1,000 times,” Wolff said. “I have a bunch of friends that were members there growing up, and I was fortunate enough that they brought me out. I’m really looking forward to going home and seeing some family and friends and playing pretty much a home course for me.”

Schauffele also goes into the ZOZO Championship in a rich vein of form, with back-to-back top five finishes to start his season and will be eager to find another victory, having finished 2nd at the CJ Cup last week.

Collin Morikawa who grew up just an hour away from this week's venue will be grouped with World No.3 Justin Thomas and Race to Dubai leader Patrick Reed.

Rory McIlroy is still without a victory this calendar year, but showed some form during the CJ Cup. The Northern Irishman will be playing alongside Webb Simpson and Phil Mickelson, who recently claimed his second Champions Tour title in as many starts.

The final featured group sees World No.2 Jon Rahm in a three-ball with Justin Rose, who is without a win since the 2019 Farmers Insurance Open and Hideki Matsuyama.

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