Challenge Japan Skins 2019: Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama and Jason Day will go head-to-head in MGM Resorts The Challenge: Japan Skins, a high-profile, live competition presented by GOLF TV Online Coverage World. The ZOZO also will be held at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club.
When word leaked out this summer that the PGA Tour had applied for a new logo for an old event, the Skins Game, some people in the Coachella Valley were naturally excited.
After all, the Skins Game had been a fixture on Thanksgiving weekend in the desert – played at six different courses — from 1986 through the last event in 2008. Nationally televised with big-name players and what at the time was a lot of money riding on each of the 18 holes for the weekend, the Skins Game was a massive ratings hit for years before it drifted into becoming just another postseason event that struggled to attract top stars.
And now fans know the Skins Game isn’t coming back to the desert, anyway. Instead, “The Challenge: Japan Skins” has now been announced and will be played in October in Japan with Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama. The match will be shown in the United States on Golf Channel.
There is no better golf format than skins.
You can keep your two-dollar Nassau with auto presses or your handicap-weighted Stableford points games that require way too much post-round math. And don’t even mention silly dot games that actually reward missing greens with sandies – isn’t the point to avoid the bunkers?
Skins games are all about birdies. Unless the game has dozens of players who are accustomed to circling numbers on their scorecards, because then it might be all about eagles. Pars usually only matter when almost everybody hits foul balls.
Anything past par? Pick it up. Nobody wants to watch their opponent plumb-bob a putt for double. A skins game nullifies that anguish.
Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama will showcase (hopefully, at least) what everybody wants to watch on TV – birdies by the bunches – in “The Challenge: Japan Skins” on Oct. 21 (Oct. 20 ET) at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba. The event should be interesting because bad shots won’t matter, allowing the PGA Tour foursome to play aggressive golf.