The PGA Tour Asian Swing picks back up with the ZOZO Championship in Japan. This is the first-ever PGA sponsored event in the country and is also co-sponsored by the Japan Golf Tour (JGT). Even though it’s the first, not much has changed when it comes to favorites. MyBookie's odds to win the ZOZO Championship are familiar as Justin Thomas comes in at +700.


Justin Thomas+700
Rory McIlroy+800
Hideki Matsuyama+1600


MyBookie Sportsbook, a Top Rated Online Sportsbook, has Rory McIlroy close behind at +800. Thomas and McIlroy are the only two players coming in under +1000.

Quick First Look

This is the first-ever ZOZO Championship so the best way to look at the event is to cover recent stats and the course. The first leg of the PGA Tour Asian swing took place last week with the CJ Cup where Justin Thomas won the event for the second time. His first came two years ago with the inaugural tournament. Brooks Koepka won last year but withdrew from play this past week.

Golf Glance: ZOZO Championship boasts strong field

The ZOZO Championship takes place at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club which is a beautiful course just outside of Chiba, Japan. The course has all of the hallmarks of a classic Southern United States course with lush terrain, rolling hills, tree-lined fairways, and roaming fans. Now compact that look for a short 70 par course with tight fairways and small greens. The event has quickly become a ticket seller as Tiger Woods signed on to play and excited crowds during a pre-tournament skins game. 

Like the CJ Cup last week, the ZOZO Championship is a 78-player field no-cut tournament. Justin Thomas won by two strokes over Danny Lee of New Zealand. Hideki Matsuyama, at +1600, carded a T3 along with Gary Woodland (+2800).s The odds, according to MyBookie Sportsbook, are lining up similar with complete odds are listed below.

Predicting the ZOZO Championship

Justin Thomas has a win on the season and looks strong following his CJ Cup victory. His other event so far this 2020 season was a T4 at the Safeway Open. Thomas seemingly has everything in his bag working this year so there’s a good reason that he’s the top-favored golfer to win the ZOZO Championship open outright.

Tony Finau has a top-ten finish this season and six top-ten cards last year. Finau has proven his game several times over the last few years and his style of play may be a perfect fit for Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club. He may be a long shot at +2800 but when you look at the odds below, that’s only a few slots removed from the favored top-three. His scoring average has jumped to 69.95 and he has the ability to reign in his 309.5 average driving distance for a shorter course.

Brook Koepka withdrew last week at the CJ Cup and is not in the field this weekend. Several players can fill that void including Rory McIlroy at +800, Gary Woodland, Patrick Reed and Viktor Hovland who all are at +2800. Then there’s Tiger Woods at +3300 according to some of the Greatest Rated Online Sportsbooks. Woods won the Masters last season, had several runs at other wins but still showed some rust. However, he’s still Tiger Woods!

Odds to win outright


Justin Thomas+700
Rory McIlroy+800
Hideki Matsuyama+1600
Xander Schauffele+2000
Jordan Spieth+2200
Paul Casey+2200
Adam Scott+2200
Tommy Fleetwood+2500
Tony Finau+2800
Gary Woodland+2800
Patrick Reed+2800
Viktor Hovland+2800
Jason Day+3000
Tiger Woods+3300
Collin Morikawa+3300
Matthew Fitzpatrick+3300
Sungjae Im+3500
Rafael Cabrera Bello+4000
Marc Leishman+4000
Byeong-Hun An+4000
Joaquin Niemann+4500
Louis Oosthuizen+4500
Shane Lowry+4500
Sergio Garcia+5000
Kevin Na+5000
Adam Hadwin+5000
Ryan Moore+5000
Billy Horschel+5000
Emiliano Grillo+5000
Andrew Putnam+5500
Kevin Kisner+6000
Ian Poulter+6600
Chez Reavie+6600
Charles Howell III+6600
Pat Perez+6600
Corey Conners+7000
Matthew Wolff+7500
Lucas Glover+8000
Rory Sabbatini+8000
Shugo Imahira+8000
Jason Kokrak+8000
Dylan Frittelli+9000
Kevin Streelman+9000
Bubba Watson+9000
Graeme McDowell+9000
Wyndham Clark+9000
Danny Lee+10000
Ryan Palmer+10000
Abraham Ancer+10000
Harold Varner III+10000
Daniel Berger+10000
JT Poston+10000
Si-Woo Kim+10000
Ryo Ishikawa+12500
Joel Dahmen+12500
Nate Lashley+12500
Scott Piercy+12500
Keegan Bradley+12500
Jazz Janewattananond+15000
Kevin Tway+15000
Chan Kim+15000
Sung Kang+15000
Adam Schenk+15000
C T Pan+15000
Keith Mitchell+15000
Vaughn Taylor+15000
Shaun Norris+15000
Rikuya Hoshino+17500
Adam Long+20000
Troy Merritt+20000
Seungsu Han+20000
Mikumu Horikawa+25000
Sang-Hyun Park+30000
Satoshi Kodaira+30000
Max Homa+35000
Yosuke Asaji+40000
Tomoharu Otsuki+40000
Jinichiro Kozuma+50000



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