After the success of the 2016 Olympics, golf continues to work on expanding its reach globally. The PGA Tour Champions announced yesterday a new tournament to be held in Japan starting in 2017, the first PGA Tour-sanctioned event ever held in Japan. Tokyo is also the site of the 2020 summer Olympics, where golf will make its last guaranteed appearance in the games.
The new tournament will be sponsored by Japan Airlines and be played in Narita, a suburb of Tokyo, in September 2017. A $2.5 million purse will be on the line for 68 contenders.
Tom Watson was on hand to help celebrate the announcement in Japan. Watson explained the importance of reaching more young fans around the world. "It is important that we continue to develop the next generation of golfers – both in the United States and abroad – and I know first-hand that the passion and love for the game the Japanese fans inherently enjoy will help to make this a marquee stop on our schedule,” he said.