Woods, McIlroy, Matsuyama and Day to star in new Japan skins game

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy to headline high-stakes skins game ahead of ZOZO Championship next month.

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Tue, 10 Sep 2019

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama will compete in a high-stakes skins match prior to the start of the ZOZO Championship on October 20, according to the PGA Tour.

The match will likely form the first of a new series of skins games around the world, of which 15-time major champion Woods is likely going to be the star man in each of them.

Watch the hilarious promo video below as Matsuyama teaches Woods, McIlroy and Day how to speak Japanese...



The tournament will take place at Accordia Golf Narashin Country Club in Japan and will mark the first official PGA Tour event in Japan. 

The PGA Tour has revealed that the skins game between Woods, McIlroy, Day and Matsuyama will combine a number of surprises and challenges, with the match finishing in floodlights just like we saw in 'The Match' between Woods and Phil Mickelson in Las Vegas last year.

It will also see each hole rise in monetary value. 

“I haven’t played a skins format in quite some time, so it will be fun to try something a little different and add a few strategic elements as we compete,” Woods said in the release.

“There has already been some friendly banter between us and that will continue until we get to the first tee.”

In order to watch this skins game, viewers will need to purchase a monthly Golf TV pass. Woods this year signed a deal with Golf TV, which is powered by the PGA Tour. 

Woods recently underwent knee surgery after failing to make the season-ending Tour Championship. 

During the first FedEx Cup Playoff, The Northern Trust, Woods pulled out after the first round due to a minor strain to his oblique. The 2019 Masters Champion returned to action the following week for the second FedEx Cup Playoff event, the BMW Championship, but he failed to make much of an impact, finishing in T37.



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