Hideki Matsuyama at the Zozo Championship

Tournament officials confirmed today that Japan favorite and reigning Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama has committed to play in the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba from Oct. 21-24, 2021. Joining Matsuyama in the field will also be Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 gold medallist Xander Schauffele, two-time major winner Collin Morikawa and fan favorites, Tommy Fleetwood and Rickie Fowler.

Travis Steiner, Executive Director of the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP, said: “We are excited to welcome five of the most exciting and recognisable stars from the PGA TOUR to our tournament next month. As we welcome the return of the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP to Japan this year after being played in the U.S. last year, their presence and star power will help deliver a week of world-class golf and put the spotlight on Japan’s only TOUR tournament. All five golfers have achieved so much success in their careers and I am confident they will put on a great show to entertain sports fans in Japan and around the world.”


The ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP, which features a $9.95 million purse, will showcase a 78-man field who will compete over four rounds with no cut. As Japan’s first official PGA TOUR event, the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP was successfully launched at Narashino in 2019 when Tiger Woods claimed the inaugural title with a three-shot victory over Matsuyama en route to equalling Sam Snead’s record of 82 PGA TOUR victories. In 2020, the event was moved to the United States due to the COVID-19 pandemic where Patrick Cantlay secured a one-shot win at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California for the first of four victories during a standout 2020-21 PGA TOUR season in which he won the TOUR’s ultimate prize, the FedExCup.

A new career as a mental coach, alongside some of the best golfers in the world to drag them to success and support them in times of difficulty. This is what Michael Phelps, the most decorated athlete in the history of the Olympics, seems to have undertaken (also in the name of friendship). A great golf enthusiast, many now define him as the “secret weapon” of green totems such as Jon Rahm, number one in the world ranking, and Jordan Spieth, the Texan who, after a long period of crisis, is back in 2021 to amaze.

“He’s a good guy, he’s been through a lot as a sportsman and he’s the greatest Olympian of all time with a lot of tricks up his sleeve. I’m not going to reveal what I asked him but I can say that he has helped me a lot in the last period. “. These are the revelations of the Spaniard Rahm. For the legendary swimmer, nicknamed ‘the Baltimore Shark’, important words also came from Spieth, today 12 / o in the world ranking. “The mental aspect is something I’ve worked on a lot with him lately. I’m really lucky to have him around. Besides, he’s a great lover of golf and having him now more and more in our world is an added value.” This is the opinion of Spieth who yesterday, alongside Phelps, played the Pro-Am of the BMW Championship, the second event of the Play-Offs of the Pga Tour starting today in Owing Mills (USA), Maryland.