ZOZO Is In – CIMB Is Out!

The PGA Tour has swung right back after news got out that the long-running CIMB Classic in Malaysia was being canned starting with the TOUR’s 2019 season.

In its place, the giant American professional tour has teamed up with Japan’s ZOZO, Inc. – which operates the largest Japanese online fashion website “ZOZOTOWN”.

At a special press announcement held in Tokyo this morning, a six-year agreement that establishes the first annual, official PGA TOUR tournament in Japan.

The ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP, which will be co-sanctioned by the Japan Golf Tour Organization (JGTO), is set to debut at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club the week of October 21, 2019, during the opening segment of the 2019-20 PGA TOUR FedExCup Season.

The ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP, with a Japan-record purse of US$9.75 million, will become part of the TOUR’s swing through Asia, joining THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES in Korea and World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in China. The CIMB Classic in Malaysia no longer will be on the PGA TOUR schedule, as CIMB is realigning its sponsorship with the TOUR.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring the first annual, official PGA TOUR event to Japan through our partnership with ZOZO, Inc.,” said Ty Votaw, PGA TOUR Executive Vice President, International. Read the full report in the December edition of ASIAN GOLF.