Zozo Championship Sleepers for 2020 – Shopping for Value at Sherwood
A star-studded 78-man field takes center stage on the PGA Tour for the second straight week. Despite all of the big names who teed it up at the CJ Cup, it was a long shot (+8000) who wound up hoisting the trophy. Kudos to Jason Kokrak.
Shadow Creek isn’t a venue we see every year on tour, and neither is Sherwood Country Club. Perhaps that means we should key in on a few Zozo Championship sleepers before we lock in our bets.
Here are four names to consider.
Cameron Smith +8000
After highlighting Cameron Smith as a value-play last week, let’s have another look at the 27-year-old Aussie. Smith arrived in Vegas playing beautiful golf, and a solo-11th at Shadow Creek confirms that he’s on the right trajectory.
Strapped with one of the most reliable short games on the PGA Tour, the winner of the 2020 Sony Open in Hawaii displayed very similar form leading up to his victory at Waialae.
Cameron hasn’t missed a cut since June and has landed inside the top-25 in five of his last six starts.
Jordan Spieth +10000
Jordan Spieth’s fall from grace has been noteworthy – hence the former “Golden Child” lurking at +10000 to win and being featured as a Zozo Championship sleeper.
Jordan Spieth hit more PROVISIONALS than FAIRWAYS today! pic.twitter.com/XjedTw5rc8— Spieth Legion (@SpiethLegion) October 15, 2020
Spieth hit a few foul balls at the CJ Cup (two triple bogies) and he’s hard to trust for 72 holes. On the bright side, Jordan shot 69-67 over the weekend in Vegas and potentially garnered some momentum. In fact, -7 for his final 10 holes on Sunday tells me he may have found something to grasp onto.
Kevin Kisner +12500
You don’t have to be a bomber to win at Sherwood – just look at the Hero Challenge results when Tiger’s tournament was held at this venue (2000-2013). Luke Donald, Jim Furyk, and Zach Johnson have all won here. Graeme McDowell triumphed here twice.
And while a T45 at Shadow Creek appears “pedestrian-like” on paper, let’s look past Kevin’s opening-round 77 – his first round on tour since the US Open.
Kisner gained strokes on the field from tee-to-green in rounds 2-4 and fired three red numbers (71-67-71).
+12500 is too juicy to ignore.
Kevin Na +14000
Staying on theme with another golfer who isn’t known for his length, “this Kevin” also finished T45 at the CJ Cup. Surprisingly, it was a poor showing on and around the greens (67th in SG: Putting, 72nd in Scrambling) that held Na back.
Typically a short-game wizard, this SoCal native returns to the LA area flying way under the radar.
+10000 at BetOnline wasn’t enough to get me to bite, but a +14000 price tag at MyBookie got me to perk up.
Those looking to throw a few bucks down on Zozo Championship sleepers – you could do a lot worse than back a player who won twice in 2019.
More 2020 Zozo Championship Betting Picks
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Check out the rest of my Zozo Championship predictions below.