Rickie Fowler Has Exciting News for Golf Fans

Published 10/03/2021, 5:30 PM EDT
Jun 3, 2021; Dublin, Ohio, USA; Rickie Fowler hits his tee shot on the 15th hole during the first round of the Memorial Tournament golf tourney. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports


Rickie Fowler has some great news for the golf world. After a long absence, we will finally witness him in action at the upcoming Zozo Championship, which will be held in Japan from the 21st-24th of October.

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He recently released a small clip of him on Twitter, where he broke the news. The veteran golfer seemed very excited about visiting the Asian country. Moreover, did you know Fowler is, in fact, part Japanese?

Yes! His full name is Rickie Yutaka Fowler and his maternal grandfather, Yutaka Tanaka, hailed from Japan. Perhaps this is the reason the 32-year-old is as excited as he is.

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Rickie Fowler is ‘heading to japan’ to play the Zozo Championship

The five-time winner on the PGA tour addressed Japan and revealed that he’ll be playing at the Zozo Championship later this month. He said that while he had participated in the previous edition at Sherwood in 2020; it did not turn out the same as it did in Japan. Fowler ended his short monologue by thanking Japan and the Zozo committee in Japanese.

He said, “Konnichiwa Japan! This is Rickie Fowler. I’m really excited to be heading to Japan to finally play the Zozo championship.”

“I loved playing the ZoZo at Sherwood last year, but it’s not the same as Japan, as I love the country, the food, the culture, everything about it. I can’t wait to play in front of the Japanese fans. Arigato Japan and arigato Zozo!”

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What is the Zozo Championship, and when was it introduced?

The Zozo Championship was Japan’s first official PGA Tour event, and its first edition was played in 2019. Tiger Woods took the first-ever title to his name by securing a three-stroke victory over local favorite Hideki Matsuyama.

This victory led him towards creating history and he tied with Sam Snead for the most PGA Tour titles, 82.

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However, they played the 2020 edition at Sherwood Country Club in California due to the covid-19 pandemic restrictions. American Patrick Cantlay won with a single-stroke lead over Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas.

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ACCORDIA Golf Narashino Country Club will host this year’s edition of the championship. The playing field will comprise 78 players and a purse worth US$9.95m will be at stake.

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Do you think Fowler will succeed in putting on a show in a country that means so much to him?

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Ishita Bhargava

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Ishita Bhargava is a golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.

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