Jason Day Wins the Challenge: Japan Skins 2019; Final Leaderboard, Prize Money

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistOctober 21, 2019

INZAI, JAPAN - OCTOBER 21: Tiger Woods of the United States, Jason Day of Australia, Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Hideki Matsuyama of Japan line up on the 1st tee during The Challenge: Japan Skins at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club on October 21, 2019 in Inzai, Chiba, Japan. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)
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Jason Day won The Challenge: Japan Skins 2019 on Monday, seeing off Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Hideki Matsuyama to take home $210,000.

Day won eight skins at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Japan, while Woods and McIlroy secured five and four skins, respectively, but both won $60,000.

Here's the final leaderboard:

  • 1. Jason Day, 8 skins, $210,000
  • T2. Tiger Woods, 5 skins, $60,000
  • T2. Rory McIlroy, 4 skins, $60,000
  • 4. Hideki Matsuyama, 1 skin, $20,000


The quartet were competing for a total purse of $350,000 (£281,572). Here's how the prize money broke down per hole:

  • Holes 1 to 6: $10,000 (£7,822) per skin 
  • Holes 7 to 12: $15,000 (£11,733) per skin 
  • Holes 13 to 17: $20,000 (£15,644) per skin 
  • Hole 18: $100,000 (£86,022) 


The prize money rolled over each time there was no outright winner of a hole.

Day was the first of the four to win a hole, picking up $30,000 for winning Hole 3 with a birdie after the first two had been halved:


3 skins and $30,000 for @JDayGolf. He takes the early lead. #TheChallengeJapanSkins https://t.co/SR8F5pLAHT

Woods and McIlroy halved the fourth for par, but—despite sending his tee-shot to the bunker—the former left himself a birdie putt from five feet to win the fifth:


Two skins and one big smile for @TigerWoods. He's in second place with $20,000. #TheChallengeJapanSkins https://t.co/K7wtZ2IFkC

Day, McIlroy and Matsuyama all managed birdies on the sixth, meaning the prize money rolled over once again.

Hole 7 saw the golfers team up with rugby legends in a scramble format in honour of the Rugby World Cup.

Woods and Mike Tindall failed to make the grade, but Matsuyama and Bryan Habana, Day and George Gregan and McIlroy and Brian O'Driscoll secured birdies, the latter thanks to a putt from the rugby half of the pairing.

Woods secured a further three skins at Hole 8:


A birdie for @TigerWoods from the rough. He's now won 5 skins and $60,000. Tiger leads #TheChallengeJapanSkins. https://t.co/9YNYC8Olge

McIlroy got in on the action at the 12th, recording a birdie after a fine shot from the tee that left him with a straightforward putt:


Reminder: @McIlroyRory is good at golf. One hole. Four skins. $60,000. He's tied for the lead with @TigerWoods. https://t.co/b98bD88qo6

Matsuyama joined him on the scoreboard on the following hole, converting his putt from eight feet while McIlroy lipped-out from six.

Day only needed a par to roar back into the lead at the 17th, adding $80,000 to his purse after three rollovers.

All four players remained in contention to win the day at the 18th, but a birdie from Day saw him almost double his purse and secure victory.


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