Keeping Score

Woods returns to Asia to headline Japan event in Olympic preview

Accordia Golf Narashino hosts PGA Tour as prelude to 2020 Tokyo Games

7: Number of years since American Tiger Woods has appeared in Asia. Woods is the headliner this week as the PGA Tour plays its inaugural Zozo Championship at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba, Japan. Woods, 43, needs one victory to tie Sam Snead for the all-time lead on the PGA Tour, at 82. Nine Japanese players, led by Hideki Matsuyama, who is No. 27 in the Official World Golf Ranking, were entered (scores). Accordia Golf Narashino will be the site of the Olympic golf competition next summer at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

8: Number of times that South Korea’s Hye-Jin Choi has won on the Korean LPGA since 2017, including four this year. Choi teed off today as one of the favorites at the LPGA’s inaugural BMW Ladies Championship at LPGA International in her hometown of Busan, South Korea (scores). A victory would mean LPGA tour membership for Choi, who opted not to seek membership via the LPGA Q-Series that is being held this week and next at Pinehurst, N.C. Choi burst onto the international women’s golf scene with a runner-up finish at the 2017 U.S. Women’s open as a 17-year-old amateur.

117: Number of players in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai standings who will retain their playing privileges for the 2019-20 season after this week’s Portugal Masters. Play begins today at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Club in Vilamoura, Portugal (tee times).

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