Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day given Japanese lessons by Hideki Matsuyama | Golf | Sport


Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day have been learning Japanese ahead of The Challenge: Japan Skins event later this month.

The catch is that the teacher was the fourth opponent from the match – Hideki Matsuyama – who wasn’t easy on his pupils.

“Do we really need to do this class?” asked McIlroy as Matsuyama appeared to start the lesson.

And the trio went through some golfing terms they may come across on the course when they face off against one another in the big money event.

Woods, who is also playing the ZOZO event following the match, was quick to poke fun at the teacher.

When Day asked if they thought Matsuyama had finished school, Woods responded with: “No way, he was a childhood prodigy, right?”

Only for the Japanese star to interrupt with: “I can speak English, guys.”

Matsuyama then cracks on with the lesson with a repeat after me exercise going through the Japanese words for ‘Albatross’, ‘Hole in one’ and ‘Three putt’.

Aussie Day then asks: “What’s the phrase for, ‘I just outdrove you by 20 yards?”

Before McIlroy and Woods also ask questions only for Matsuyama to teach them slightly different responses.

Matsuyama then teases the trio when he goes on to discuss the levels of respect and professionalism shown in Japan by showing them clips of club throwing and aggression on the course.

Woods then gets a final dig at McIlroy, who appears to be sleeping for the final part of the lesson, when he asks him, in Japanese: “Rory, you’re going to lose, right?”

And the Northern Irishman wakes and says: “Yeah, sure.”

The four players will face off in the Skins challenge event later this month as the PGA Tour heads to Japan.

It will be the first time Woods has played since the BMW Championship in the middle of August.

Woods is currently mulling over his team for the Presidents Cup in December when the USA head to Melbourne to take on the International side at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

As captain Woods could pick himself but would then need to take three from the likes of Tony Finau, Gary Woodland, Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, Chez Reavie, Kevin Na and Phil Mickelson.



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