Throughout its company history, ZOZO Inc.’s corporate philosophy has remained the same, “Make the world a better place, bring smiles to the world”. Now, with its current sponsorship of the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP, ZOZO strives to continue delivering excitement and hope to the world through the positive power of golf, a game that is loved by people of all ages, genders, and nationalities.
This year, in a time of many uncertainties throughout the world, golf has endured, steadfast and consistent, and despite a temporary change in venue for the 2020 playing, ZOZO was able to successfully stage the 2nd annual ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP at the prestigious Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California.
Through hosting the "ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP @ SHERWOOD", ZOZO was able to implement a number of charity initiatives, the main efforts of which aided measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections in Japan via the Public Resource Foundation that operates the Corona Benefit Donation Project. Donations were also made to the First Tee of Japan in support of youth education through golf, and to the local Thousand Oaks community through Sherwood Cares, the official charity partner of Sherwood Country Club.
Donations included a portion of the proceeds from official tournament merchandise sold on ZOZOTOWN (zozo.jp) and from popular brand name golf goods and fashion items purchased on specialty zone ZOZOGOLF (zozo.jp/zozogolf/). A charity auction hosted on ZOZOTOWN was also held where participants could enter a lottery to purchase player autographed items and other tournament-used memorabilia. A subsequent memorabilia auction is scheduled to take place in California at a later date with all proceeds being given back to Sherwood Cares.
The 2020 ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP @ SHERWOOD was held from October 22nd to October 25th. The tournament was broadcast in 212 countries and territories in 23 languages around the world. Headlined by a field of world-class players that included Tiger Woods, Patrick Cantlay shot a final round 65, carding 9 birdies and 2 bogies for a come-from-behind victory finishing -23 under par for the tournament.