MATCHUP AT A GLANCE
Course: Nine Bridges Golf Club
Location: Jeju Island, South Korea
Date: Thursday, Oct. 17-20, 2019
This week, the PGA Tour welcomes its newest tournament to the shoulder season, with The ZoZo Championship. This is the inaugural year for this tournament and will be a part of the PGA Tour until at least 2025, per the new agreement reached this year.
For those that are interested in watching this on TV, you can catch it on the Golf Channel on Wednesday and Thursday, 11PM – 3 AM and Friday and Saturday from 10:30 PM – 2:30 AM.
The tournament winner of this inaugural tournament will win their share of $9,750,00 in US Currency.
One thing you should be aware of this week is some of these golfers are going to be exhausted! Many played in last week’s CJ Cup and Nine Bridges, then moved on to play in the Japan Skins Game on this same course, and now will tee off in the ZoZo Championship.
On one hand, you could say that anyone that played in the Skins Game would have an advantage and would know the course a bit more than those that skipped this tournament. On the other hand, you could say that playing golf 9 days out of 14 is a bit tiresome.
Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club Course Details
The ZoZo Championship will be played this year at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba, Japan. This course took some minor damage from the recent Typhoon Hagibis, however they do not feel that it is significant enough to cause major issues with the golfers.
The course has been around since 1965 and is one of the more elegant courses in Japan. It is visually appealing and has many beautiful backdrops that makes this one of the most beautiful courses to play on.
The course is a Par-70 and measures 7,041 yards. Hard to tell how this course will play as this is the debut.
The fairways are lined with trees and the fairways themselves are undulating. Being accurate off the tee will be important here but that is only based on visual information we are gathering from looking at the course.
The greens appear to be very small and pretty well protected. It will not be easy to reach the greens but again, that is just off visual basis. There are no course attributes because we just don’t know how it will play out.
The ZoZo Championship Golfers
There are only 78 golfers permitted into this tournament. They will come from various entry levels including the Top 60 of the PGA Tour, Top 7 of the Japan Golf Tour, Top 3 players in the Bridgestone Open and there will be 8-sponsor exemptions.
Because there is only 78 players in the tournament, there will NOT be a cut this week. Now, without any further delay, let’s jump into this week’s golfers for the ZoZo Championship.
Golfers To Bet
Jordan Spieth at 25/1 – Heading into last week, I really like Jordan Spieth and after he finished in 8th place, I like him even more! Last season, Spieth really didn’t play very well but I think this year is a bounce back season for him. In 2018 and 2019 combined, he has played in 46 events and has NO wins and NO 2nd place. I think we will see those numbers change and this is the ideal spot for him to come back strong with a winner in the inaugural tournament debut.
Gary Woodland at 25/1 – Gary Woodland always seems to pick up the pace and start playing really well around this time of year. Last week, he finished in 3rd place at the CJ Cup and I would expect his distance off the tee to be a great benefit to him this week.
Tony Finau at 28/1 – One of our top golfers this week is Tony Finau. Finau is long off the tee and if he is accurate this week, he is going to crush these fairways. Finau hasn’t played in 3 weeks, but in his last 2 tournaments, the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, he finished in 9th and 10th place.
Adam Hadwin at 50/1 – In his past two tournaments, Hadwin has finished in 4th and 2nd place. The Canadian is coming in with really strong form and presents some of the best odds in the tournament. You can play him at MyBookie for 50/1, which for a golfer coming off a 4th and 2nd place finish, that is like highway robbery!
Other Golfers To Consider
Viktor Hovland – Viktor Hovland has been one of the most reliable golfers on the PGA Tour. He has coming in off a 31st place finish last week, which was his lowest finish in 9 straight tournaments. This guy is a really good golfer and someone you have to consider each and every week.
Ryo Ishikawa – One of the hottest golfers on the Japan Tour is Ryo Ishikawa. In his last 11 tournaments, he has two wins, a 3rd place finish, a 5th place finish and a 6th place finish. He also has 2 Top 13 finishes in that same stretch of games. His odds are extremely elevated in this competitive field but at 150/1, you can’t beat it!
Andrew Putnam – Putnam’s odds are at 66/1 and that is about as strong as you will find on him. He has 3 straight T21 or better finishes and sets up nicely in these competitive fields. Putnam is one that you definitely want to consider this week.
Adam Scott – I probably won’t play him this week but Adam Scott is a great option for this course. I won’t play him only because his odds are rather low considering in 82 tournaments, he only has two second place finishes and no wins since 2016. That being said, if you think this is his week, by all means jump on him.
Patrick Reed – I would much prefer playing Reed if he has a few tournaments under his belt but we haven’t seen him in over a month, since the BMW PGA Championship. In that tournament, he played well, finishing in 4th place.
Hideki Matsuyama – Hideki is a golfer that I would like to see at stronger odds and then would consider moving into the “Must Play” category. His odds are 18/1, which are just way to low for him. Granted, he played well last week but he needs to put a few tournaments together before I would be willing to play him at 18/1.
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