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Woods to defend Zozo Championship title next month

FILE PHOTO: Sep 18, 2020; Mamaroneck, New York, USA; Tiger Woods plays his shot from the fourth fairway during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Winged Foot Golf Club - West. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) - Tiger Woods will defend his Zozo Championship title next month at Sherwood Country Club in California, the PGA Tour said on Wednesday.

The 78-player tournament, which will be held Oct. 22-25, was relocated to California this year from Japan due to logistical issues caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

“It is disappointing that we will not be able to play in Japan this year, but Sherwood Country Club will be a great backdrop for what I know will be a great championship,” Woods said in a PGA Tour news release.

Woods, who missed the cut at last week’s U.S. Open, enjoyed a wire-to-wire win at last year’s Zozo Championship in October to match Sam Snead’s record of 82 PGA Tour victories.

Since his three-shot triumph over Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, Woods has competed in seven official PGA Tour events, with his best finish a share on ninth place at last January’s Farmers Insurance Open.

Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Himani Sarkar

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