Tiger Woods set for Rory McIlroy and Jason Day battle in lucrative Japan skins tournament

Tiger Woods will return to action in a lucratvie skins match against Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama in Japan next month.

The 15-time major winner had an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee to repair minor cartilage damage.

Woods expressed his excitement at playing in Japan at the time and it has now been confirmed the Nike star will go head-to-head with McIlroy and the like in a blockbuster clash at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba.

The Challenge: Japan Skins, as the event goes, tees off at 6am UK time and unites four top players in the world from four different continents.

The skins format will see the prize money escalate on each hole and will finish under floodlights.

Speaking about the events, Woods said: “After discussing The Challenge with Discovery and GOLFTV, I wanted to be a part of it.

“I haven’t been back to Japan since 2006 and the golf fans there are some of the best in the world. It’s a unique format and a top field with Rory, Jason and Hideki. I can’t wait to play against them on a global stage.

“I haven’t played a skins format in quite some time, so it will be fun to try something a little different and add a few strategic elements as we compete.

“There has already been some friendly banter between us and that will continue until we get to the first tee.”

If a hole is tied, the money at stake will roll over to the following hole, ensuring aggressive attacking shots throughout.

FedEx Cup champion and PGA Tour Player of the Year McIlroy added: “There are so many fun elements to The Challenge that will have me wanting to take home that title: playing with Hideki on his home turf, Tiger coming back to Japan with a Green Jacket.

“The motivation is certainly there for me, and I’m a huge fan of the skins format. I love the way it rewards attacking play and think it suits my game quite well. Any time I can go directly at pins to try and make birdies and eagles, I think it puts me at an advantage.

“The other fun thing about skins is how you find yourself rooting for the other guys if you’re not in a position to win the hole.

You’re hoping they can tie with someone else so you can play for that skin on the next hole. With the skins format, you’re always in it until the end.”

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