Golf: Rory McIlroy joins Tiger Woods at Japan's first PGA Tour event

 Rory McIlroy's addition considerably brightens the star power at the US$9.75 million (S$13.4 million) Zozo Championship in October.
Rory McIlroy's addition considerably brightens the star power at the US$9.75 million (S$13.4 million) Zozo Championship in October.PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy will join 15-time Major winner Tiger Woods at Japan's first PGA Tour tournament later this year, organisers announced on Wednesday (July 31).

Woods had already confirmed his participation, but McIlroy's addition considerably brightens the star power at the US$9.75 million (S$13.4 million) Zozo Championship in October.

"It is wonderful we have the opportunity to compete in Japan this year and I'm truly excited to be heading to the tournament," the 30-year-old Northern Ireland star said in a press release.

McIlroy's commitment is "a fantastic addition", organisers of the Zozo Championship said.

"I know golf fans in Japan are very supportive and knowledgeable of the game and it'll be really cool and fun for the PGA Tour players to perform in front of them for the first time," McIlroy said.

"In my career, I've won all around the world and it'll be an achievement if I can register my first title in Japan."

McIlroy, the world No. 3, is currently ranked second on the FedExCup points list. The four-time Major winner was world No. 1 for 95 weeks between 2012 to 2015.

A total of 78 players, including the leading 60 players from the FedExCup points list, will compete at the Zozo Championship in Chiba, near Tokyo, from Oct 24-27.