Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy will both play in the "The Challenge: Japan Skins" golf event set for Monday, October 21. Woods and McIlroy will join Hideki Matsuyama and Jason Day in Chiba, Japan, according to Golf Channel.
Woods hasn't played in Japan in 2006, but the 43-year-old said "it will be fun to try something a little different and add a few strategic elements as we compete."
Meanwhile, McIlroy is already targeting success: "There are so many fun elements to The Challenge that will have me wanting to take home that title."
The presence of McIlroy and Woods adds some true star power to what is essentially an exhibition event.
GolfDigest.com's Joel Beall provided further details on a format he described as somewhat mirroring PGA Tour offseason event "The Skins Game."
Beall also noted how some holes will feature challenges to be revealed amid play during the live broadcast. There are rewards for the players involved, with the purse totalling $350,000.
Each hole is set to increase in value as Woods, McIlroy and Co. progress over the course at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club.
The skins format means all four players engage in matchplay over each hole. Whoever scores lowest on the hole takes the value assigned or "skin."
"I'm a huge fan of the skins format," McIlroy said, per Beall. "I love the way it rewards attacking play and think it suits my game quite well. Any time I can go directly at pins to try and make birdies and eagles, I think it puts me at an advantage."
Woods and McIlroy will be expected to assert themselves against Day and Matsuyama, who are ranked 23rd and 27th respectively, according to the PGA Tour.
McIlroy was given a welcome surprise recently when he received the Jack Nicklaus award from the man himself as the PGA's Player of the Year:
Jack Nicklaus @jacknicklaus
This might have been some of my better acting! Don’t think I’ll getan Oscar or Emmy anytime soon, but it was fun to give a VERY surprised @McIlroyRory his 3rd Nicklaus Award as @PGATOUR Player of the Year! Congrats Rory! And sorry for ruining our lunch date at The Bear’s Club! 😉 https://t.co/HCqRyNqM7N
It was a deserved accolade after the Irishman won the Tour and Players Championship during this calendar year. Meanwhile, Woods turned the clock back to claim the Masters by one stroke.