ZOZO Championship Odds, Field & Betting Picks

ZOZO Championship Odds, Field & Betting Picks

The Fall portion of the 2022-23 PGA Tour schedule heads so far west this week that it’s in the Far East. The ZOZO Championship, the tour’s lone stop in Asia, is here. In this year’s schedule, there is a week off following this event, so more of the top golfers are in this edition of the event. In total, nine of the top-40 golfers in the Official World Golf Ranking and 10 of the top-31 in FedEx Cup points are entered. Find the ZOZO Championship Odds here.

The event, which is co-sanctioned by the Japan Golf Tour, is in its fifth year, but the 2020 event was held in the United States due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tiger Woods won the inaugural event in 2019 in what could turn out to be his 82nd and final PGA Tour victory, and Keegan Bradley is the defending champion. 

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The Course

Narashino Country Club is located in Inzai, which is about an hour away from Japan’s capital of Tokyo. Despite the ZOZO Championship being a recent event, the course does have a rich history. International stars like Gary Player and Seve Ballesteros won at Narashino in the now-defunct Suntory Open, which was held from 1974-1997. 

The course itself is a par-70, 7,079-yard track. It mixes holes from both the Kings and Queens course at Narashino, leaving golfers to deal with five par-3 holes and just three par 5s. Woods set the course record with a 19-under 261. Bradley and Hideki Matsuyama, the 2021 winner, both finished at a 15-under 265. 

Schauffele Tops the List of Favorites With Asian Ties

Xander Schauffele (+700), who has Japanese grandparents and won the gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics two years ago, is the betting favorite. He was favored here last year and finished ninth, giving him back-to-back top-10 finishes at Narashino. Can he close it out this year? Despite not winning in over a year, Schauffele is coming off arguably his best season on the PGA Tour. After having to withdraw from the Sentry Tournament of Champions last January, Schauffele hasn’t missed a cut and his worst finish in that stretch is 39th. He was second to a red-hot Viktor Hovland at the PGA Tour Championship, and he has five other top-five finishes this year. 

Other Contenders

Next on the list is Collin Morikawa (+1200), who has made the cut here each time and was seventh as the betting favorite in 2021. Morikawa’s win drought is at over two years, but he’s been strong since missing the cut at The Open Championship. He fell in a playoff at the Rocket Mortgage Championship and was sixth at the PGA Tour Championship. 

We haven’t seen Hideki Matsuyama (+1600) since he withdrew from the BMW Championship after one round of play in August. The 2021 winner here hasn’t logged a top-10 finish since The Players Championship in March, but he hasn’t been far off, logging nine finishes in the top 30 since. A bit of a break and being the native favorite for this event could give him a boost, but there are a lot of unanswered questions about his health. 

We haven’t heard much of Sungjae Im (+1400) as of late, but he’s been dominating in Asia. The South Korean won a gold medal at the Asian Games with Si-Woo Kim and reached a playoff in an event in his home country last week. Im was third here in the inaugural 2019 edition. 

Rickie Fowler (+1500) burst back onto the scene around this time last year with top-fives at the Shriners Children’s Open and a runner-up finish at the 2022 ZOZO. He’s since returned to the winner’s circle and was on the U.S. Ryder Cup team, so he comes here expecting to perform well. 

Min Woo Lee (+1800), an Australian who makes his home on the DP World Tour, is coming off a win on the Asian Tour last week in Macao and has some nice results in big events this year—Lee was sixth at The Players Championship and could’ve been better if it wasn’t for a final-round 76, and he scored a top-five finish at the U.S. Open.

Sahith Theegala (+2000) claimed his long-awaited first victory when we saw him last, lapping the field at the Fortinet Championship last month. Expect him to play with more confidence now that he’s locked into all of the big events next year, and last year’s fifth-place finish doesn’t hurt either.

Cameron Davis (+2500) was safely in the top 50 in the FedEx Cup standings, so his place in 2024’s big events is secure. Like Theegala a few weeks ago, he’s itching to get his first win, and he’s coming into this event having made six consecutive weekends and owning four finishes in the top 10 in that span. 

Keegan Bradley (+2500) snapped a six-year winless streak with his victory here a year ago. It didn’t take nearly as long for him to win again, as he scored another win at the Travelers Championship and finished ninth in the FedEx Cup standings. He was a bit rankled over not making the Ryder Cup team, so expect that snub to fuel him this week, where he placed seventh in 2021 in the year preceding his victory. 

Longshots

Eric Cole (+3500) could be the hottest golfer in the field, as he has two top-five finishes while playing in all three fall events so far. The Rookie of the Year front-runner is looking to cap his incredible year with a win—or at the very least, his fifth top-five finish. 

Ryo Hisatsune (+4000) is just 21 but could surpass Matsuyama as Japan’s best hope for a win here. Hisatsune, who was 12th here last year in his debut, has been tearing it up on the DP World Tour. He won a few weeks ago in France and is in line for a 2024 PGA Tour card by finishing in the top 10 in the DP World Tour season-long standings. 

2023 ZOZO Championship Odds

We’re not sold on Matsuyama or Morikawa, and Fowler has been a bit off since his win over the summer. But we do like Schauffele and Im among the favorites. Theegala, Bradley to repeat, and Hisatsune are our picks that carry some value. 

Here are the latest Golf betting odds from JazzSports for the PGA Tour’s 2023 ZOZO Championship. 

GOLFERODDS TO WIN 2023 ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP
Xander Schauffele+700
Collin Morikawa+1200
Sungjae Im+1400
Rickie Fowler+1500
Hideki Matsuyama+1600
Min Woo Lee+1800
Sahith Theegala+2000
Keegan Bradley+2500
Adam Scott+2500
Cameron Davis+2500

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