Zozo Championship R2

ZOZO is a no-go on Friday due to heavy rain in Japan

October 24-27
Accordia Golf Narashino CC, Chiba, Japan
$9,750,000
Round 1, Round 2 (Pt2), Round 3/4 (Pt1), Round 4 (Pt2)


Tiger Woods’ hopes of building on his impressive opening 18 holes at the inaugural ZOZO Championship were put on hold after the second round was postponed because of heavy rain in Japan.

Zozo Championship R2 - Tiger Woods’ hopes of building on his opening round were put on hold after the second was postponed because of heavy rain in Japan
Heavy rain has seen the second round of the ZOZO Championship postponed at the Narashino Country Club (Lee Jin-man/AP)

Officials made the decision due to poor forecasts throughout Friday, with up to five inches expected during the next 24 hours at Narashino Country Club.

Woods, attempting to join Sam Snead with a record 82 wins on the PGA Tour, is in a share of the lead with US Open champion Gary Woodland on six under and home favourite Hideki Matsuyama a shot behind following a 65.

Having started three over par after three holes, Woods played the remaining 15 in nine under par to card an impressive first-round 64.


However, because of forecasts of heavy rain throughout Friday, officials made the decision to instead start the second round on Saturday morning between 6.30am and 8.30am local time.

PGA Tour vice president of rules and competition Gary Young said: “The golf course has already taken on four tenths of an inch of rain, so it has actually reached the point of saturation and it’s become unplayable.

“With more rain in the forecast and three to five inches of rain for the day, we thought the right decision was to call play for the day,” Young said on the PGA Tour website.

England’s rugby team have also been impacted by the wet weather in Japan ahead of the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand on Saturday.

Zozo Championship R2 - Tiger Woods’ hopes of building on his opening round were put on hold after the second was postponed because of heavy rain in Japan
England saw Owen Farrell captain’s run in Yokohama hit by heavy rain (David Davies/PA)

Eddie Jones’ squad were delayed by 10 minutes in their 30-mile journey from the team hotel in Tokyo Bay to International Stadium Yokohama for Friday’s scheduled captain’s run because of heavy rain causing traffic problems.

England assistant coach Neal Hatley revealed that although the rain is expected to clear, the travel logistics will be re-examined ahead of the clash against the All Blacks, which kicks off at 5pm local time.


Speaking after Thursday’s opening round, Woods had accepted playing on through the conditions would be a test at the Narashino Country Club.

“It’s going to be sloppy and tough for us,” Woods told the PGA Tour’s official website.

“It’s going to be a grind on the weekend. Hopefully I can keep it going.”


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DP World Tour Rankings

Golf Ranking
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
Hole
Today
R1
R2
Total
T1
Gary Woodland
USA
-6
18
-70
64
64
T1
Tiger Woods
USA
-6
18
-70
64
64
3
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-5
18
-70
65
65
T4
Daniel Berger
USA
-3
18
-70
67
67
T4
Ryan Palmer
USA
-3
18
-70
67
67
T4
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
-3
18
-70
67
67
T7
Andrew Putnam
USA
-2
18
-70
68
68
T7
Billy Horschel
USA
-2
18
-70
68
68
T7
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
-2
18
-70
68
68
T7
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
-2
18
-70
68
68
T7
Rikuya Hoshino
JPN
-2
18
-70
68
68
T7
Ryo Ishikawa
JPN
-2
18
-70
68
68
T7
Xander Schauffele
USA
-2
18
-70
68
68
T14
Adam Schenk
USA
-1
18
-70
69
69
T14
Bubba Watson
USA
-1
18
-70
69
69
T14
Corey Conners
CAN
-1
18
-70
69
69
T14
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
-1
18
-70
69
69
T14
Keegan Bradley
USA
-1
18
-70
69
69
T14
Keith Mitchell
USA
-1
18
-70
69
69
T14
Kevin Tway
USA
-1
18
-70
69
69
T14
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-1
18
-70
69
69
T14
Matthew Wolff
USA
-1
18
-70
69
69
T14
Paul Casey
ENG
-1
18
-70
69
69
T14
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
-1
18
-70
69
69
T25
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
Par
18
-70
70
70
T25
Charles Howell III
USA
Par
18
-70
70
70
T25
Danny Lee
NZL
Par
18
-70
70
70
T25
J. T. Poston
USA
Par
18
-70
70
70
T25
Justin Thomas
USA
Par
18
-70
70
70
T25
Sergio Garcia
ESP
Par
18
-70
70
70
T25
Tomoharu Otsuki
JPN
Par
18
-70
70
70
T25
Vaughn Taylor
USA
Par
18
-70
70
70
T33
Adam Hadwin
CAN
1
18
-70
71
71
T33
Adam Long
USA
1
18
-70
71
71
T33
Chan Kim
USA
1
18
-70
71
71
T33
Collin Morikawa
USA
1
18
-70
71
71
T33
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
1
18
-70
71
71
T33
Ian Poulter
ENG
1
18
-70
71
71
T33
Kevin Na
USA
1
18
-70
71
71
T33
Max Homa
USA
1
18
-70
71
71
T33
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
1
18
-70
71
71
T33
Sang-Hyun Park
KOR
1
18
-70
71
71
T33
Shane Lowry
IRL
1
18
-70
71
71
T33
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
1
18
-70
71
71
T33
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
1
18
-70
71
71
T33
Troy Merritt
USA
1
18
-70
71
71
T47
Harold Varner III
USA
2
18
-70
72
72
T47
Joel Dahmen
USA
2
18
-70
72
72
T47
Lucas Glover
USA
2
18
-70
72
72
T47
Mikumu Horikawa
JPN
2
18
-70
72
72
T47
Pat Perez
USA
2
18
-70
72
72
T47
Patrick Reed
USA
2
18
-70
72
72
T47
Rory McIlroy
NIR
2
18
-70
72
72
T47
Ryan Moore
USA
2
18
-70
72
72
T47
Seung-Su Han
KOR
2
18
-70
72
72
T47
Tony Finau
USA
2
18
-70
72
72
T47
Yosuke Asaji
JPN
2
18
-70
72
72
T58
Adam Scott
AUS
3
18
-70
73
73
T58
Jason Day
AUS
3
18
-70
73
73
T58
Nate Lashley
USA
3
18
-70
73
73
T58
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
3
18
-70
73
73
T58
Shaun Norris
RSA
3
18
-70
73
73
T63
Abraham Ancer
USA
4
18
-70
74
74
T63
Jason Kokrak
USA
4
18
-70
74
74
T63
Jazz Janewattananond
THA
4
18
-70
74
74
T63
Jordan Spieth
USA
4
18
-70
74
74
T63
Shugo Imahira
JPN
4
18
-70
74
74
T63
Wyndham Clark
USA
4
18
-70
74
74
T69
Jinichiro Kozuma
JPN
5
18
-70
75
75
T69
Kevin Kisner
USA
5
18
-70
75
75
T69
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
5
18
-70
75
75
T69
Viktor Hovland
NOR
5
18
-70
75
75
T73
Marc Leishman
AUS
6
18
-70
76
76
T73
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
6
18
-70
76
76
75
Chez Reavie
USA
7
18
-70
77
77
T76
Kevin Streelman
USA
8
18
-70
78
78
T76
Scott Piercy
USA
8
18
-70
78
78
78
Graeme McDowell
NIR
11
18
-70
81
81
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