Top ZOZO Championship Picks – Best PGA Bets in Japan
After a couple of thrilling weeks in Sin City, the PGA Tour heads to Japan for the third edition of the ZOZO Championship. Narashino Country Club is set to host the festivities for the second time in three years – this is the site of Tiger Woods’ 82nd (and most recent) victory. Patrick Cantlay won last year’s iteration held at Sherwood Country Club (California).
This week marks the second straight 78-man field no-cut event on TOUR, and once again, the field is loaded. Shot Link data from the 2019 ZOZO Championship is not available, although a quick peek at the top of that leaderboard gives us something to work with.
- 1 – Tiger Woods
- 2 – Hideki Matsuyama
- T3 – Rory McIlroy
- T3 – Sungjae Im
- 5 – Gary Woodland
- T6 – Billy Horschel
- T6 – Corey Conners
World-class ball-strikers peppered the top of the board the last time this tournament was held at this golf course. Keep that in mind as you pencil in your ZOZO Championship picks.
Best ZOZO Championship Bets
Americans Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele lead the way at the best sites for golf betting. Hovering around +650 to be the last man standing, Morikawa and Schauffele are both coming off spectacular Sundays at the Summit.
Rather than chase these two world-beaters at their less-than-favorable prices, I’m looking at a couple of guys lurking in the next tier.
Will Zalatoris (+1800)
Whether you study the 2019 leaderboard or the 2021 ZOZO Championship betting previews floating around on the internet, one thing remains clear. Narashino CC is a haven for ball-strikers. By all accounts, prospering at this layout boils down to being precise from tee to green.
Cue in Will Zalatoris, one of the truly elite talents in the game in that regard.
Hitting a whopping 81.67% of his greens through his first three starts, Will’s looking for more after racking up top-15s in Napa and Jackson. It’s not if Zalatoris is going to win this season; it’s only a matter of when.
Tommy Fleetwood (+2500)
Could Fleetwood snap his 23-month winless drought this week in Japan? Tommy finished T22 at Narashino CC in 2019 on the heels of ranking 6th in driving accuracy and 6th in GIR. Course fit – check.
As for the Englishman’s recent form, that’s what alludes to Fleetwood being on the verge of putting it all together.
|Tommy Fleetwood’s Last Three Starts on the European Tour|
|10/3/21||Alfred Dunhill Links Championship||T7||-13|
|9/12/21||BMW PGA Championship||T12||-14|
|9/5/21||DS Automobiles Italian Open||T2||-12|
After a slow start at the Summit, Fleetwood was bogey-free over the weekend (64-69) gaining 4.704 shots from tee to green.
Ready to get on board these ZOZO Championship predictions? Those of you searching for more upside, I’ve got two more names to keep in mind.
ZOZO Championship Value Picks
Make sure you’re shopping lines across all of the top sportsbooks. Some of the price discrepancies this week are palpable.
C.T. Pan (+6600)
BetOnline has been paying attention to C.T. Pan’s hot start to the season. They priced the 29-year-old Taiwanese golfer appropriately at +3500. On the other hand, BetUS must be lagging on their homework because they’ve got Pan hanging out at +6600.
I did a double-take just like Woody.
C.T. parlayed his Bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics into a blistering start to the 2021-22 campaign. Pan finished T6 at the Fortinet Championship and T11 at the Sanderson Farms Championship; he’s 31-under-par in his competitive eight rounds. In terms of strokes-gained: total over those eight measured rounds, Pan ranks first.
Lanto Griffin (+6600)
Lanto Griffin didn’t finish last season the way he would have liked. On his way to Vegas after missing the cut in Jackson, Griffin figured he had little to lose so he mustered up the courage to ask Butch Harmon for some help. Harmon agreed.
Armed with confidence and rest, Griffin’s pedigree (winner of the 2020 Houston Open) makes him worth a look. Once again, you’ll want to shop his odds.
Priced at +5000 to win the ZOZO Championship at lots of sites, we can latch onto Lanto at +6600 at BetUS.