One of those who follow the LIV golf tournament has noticed that Team Torquay GC has changed all the elements. A team composed entirely of Japanese players was formed in Portland and Bedminster: Yuki Inamori, Ryosuke Kinoshita, Jinichiro Kozuma and Hideto Tanihara.
All are professionals who play regularly on the Japan Tour and Asia Tour. Three of them (Inamori, Kinoshita, and Kozuma) are in the top 150 of the OWGR. Well, none of them took the field in Boston. The reason is apparently a communication sent by the PGA Tour to the organizers of the Japan Tour.
Pga visit, letter
Basically, the PGA Tour issued a warning to Japanese organizers: All Japanese tour operators who have participated in one or more events not sanctioned by the PGA Tour will be barred from participating in any event that culminates in a Tour Championship. the PGA Tour between now and the end of 2022 (basically the Zozo Championship and the Korn Boat Tour qualifiers); If Japanese tour operators refrain from participating in LIV Golf events during the 2022-2023 PGA Tour season, they will be eligible. They will participate in both the Sony Open and the 2023 Zozo Championship, so we are facing a “lighter” version of the ban on players who participated in league events led by Greg Norman on the GGA Tour.
Many players on the Japan Golf Tour do not have PGA Tour membership, and therefore have not signed the contract that requires permission to compete in tournaments on other tours. However, there is another problem on the horizon.
Several Japanese tours also play on the Asian Tour, which has formed a strong partnership with LIV Golf. So should we expect another “warning” from the PGA Tour? The Japan Golf Tour is one of the premier professional men’s golf tours.
In the year Founded in 1973, it offers the third largest prize pool (for regular players, not top players) after the PGA Tour and the European Tour. He didn’t go with the two major tours. Official Japan Golf Tour tournaments are worth points towards the Official World Golf Rankings and allow players with good tour scores to participate in Majors tournaments.
Most of the top players on the tour are Japanese, but athletes from other countries also participate. The tour is currently managed by the Japan Golf Tour Organization (Jejito), which was founded in 1999. JGTO also organizes a development tour called the Japan Challenge Tour.