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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 228                                                       
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

In observance of the American Thanksgiving holiday, the Daily Pulse will not be published Thursday (Nov 22) or Friday (Nov 23). A happy and safe Thanksgiving to all Americans, especially to everyone traveling. Thank you to the many international readers for your patience during our absence. The Daily Pulse will resume publishing on Monday November 26, 2016.

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I'm going to play one tournament in 13 weeks. So I've got quite a lot of time off, which is really nice. Spend a lot of time in Florida working on the game, working on the new house. But yeah, that's really it. Going to go to Hawai'i and play that first event of the year, the Tournament of Champions and spend New Year's there. And that's really it. Yeah, from the middle of December, work hard on the game and get ready for next season.”

BRAIN TEASER: With the American Thanksgiving upon us once again, it is time to reflect and give thanks for what we have. In the spirit of that, which one of these players has the least amount of career earnings from the PGA TOUR: Chris Riley, Jon Rahm, Bryce Molder, Tom Watson, Bernhard Langer, Tom Kite or John Daly?

WORLD TOUR? The PGA TOUR and ZOZO, Inc., which operates the largest Japanese online fashion website “ZOZOTOWN,” announced a six-year agreement that establishes the first annual, official PGA TOUR tournament in Japan. The ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP, which will be co-sanctioned by the Japan Golf Tour Organization (JGTO), is set to debut at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club the week of October 21, 2019, during the opening segment of the 2019-20 PGA TOUR FedExCup Season.

The ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP, with a purse of US$9.75 million, will become part of the TOUR’s swing through Asia, joining THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES in Korea and World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in China. The CIMB Classic in Malaysia no longer will be on the PGA TOUR schedule, as CIMB is realigning its sponsorship with the TOUR.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring the first annual, official PGA TOUR event to Japan through our partnership with ZOZO, Inc.,” said Ty Votaw, PGA TOUR Executive Vice President, International.  “Japan’s passion for golf is widely recognized and something our stars have experienced first-hand through various events held here and the support of standout PGA TOUR players like champion Hideki Matsuyama. This announcement further strengthens our presence in Asia and certainly comes at an opportune time with golf set to follow its highly successful return to the Olympics in Rio when Tokyo hosts the 2020 Games.”

“I’ve been inspired by golf as a player and as a fan for nearly 10 years now. Opportunities such as going on rounds with my 73-year-old father, and practicing with my sons who are now in elementary school, all came from my love for golf,” said Yusaku Maezawa, ZOZO Inc. CEO. “ZOZO, Inc. has celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, and we have launched our private fashion brand ZOZO, which is designed, developed and distributed by us. The concept of the brand is to create the perfect fit for every unique body by using body measurement technology. Just like golf has the power to motivate and connect people all over the world, regardless of nationality, gender, age or body shape, we hope to grow our private brand ZOZO into a brand that is loved all over the world, regardless of big, small, tall or short. I am extremely grateful of this miracle of becoming a title sponsor of the historical and prestigious PGA TOUR for the very first Japan tournament, and to be able to hold this tournament in Chiba prefecture, where our roots are.”

The ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP field will consist of 78 professionals, including 60 available players from the previous season’s FedExCup points list, 10 designated by the JGTO and eight special exemptions. 

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ANSWERS:  “I'm going to play one tournament in 13 weeks. So I've got quite a lot of time off, which is really nice. Spend a lot of time in Florida working on the game, working on the new house. But yeah, that's really it. Going to go to Hawai'i and play that first event of the year, the Tournament of Champions and spend New Year's there. And that's really it. Yeah, from the middle of December, work hard on the game and get ready for next season.”--Rory McIlroy.

Chris Riley has $11,562,034 in PGA TOUR career earnings. He is followed by Jon Rahm ($11,206,460), Bryce Molder ($11,142,502), Tom Watson ($11,081,140), Tom Kite ($11,041,042) and Bernhard Langer ($10,643,244). John Daly has made the least from this list at $10,263,611.

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