The PGA Tour rolls on in the month of October with its annual fall stop in Japan for the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP at Narashino Country Club in Inzai, Chiba Prefecture, just outside of Tokyo.
This is the fourth iteration of the tournament and the third to happen in the country of Japan. The limited field event opens play on Thursday, October 13th, and ends on Sunday, October 16th, each day in primetime in the United States. It’s time to take a look at the upcoming tournament so you can get all set to make your bets against the PGA Tour Odds.
Golf Betting Preview for the 2022 PGA Tour ZoZo Championship Event
Hideki Matsuyama, a native of Japan, returns to his homeland to defend his title. The Presidents Cup participant won his first of two events here last season, firing a four-day total of 15-under par and defeating the nearest competition by five shots.
The players will battle for an $11,000,000 prize purse, with the winner grabbing $1.98 million. Additionally, the victorious golfer will earn 500 FedEx Cup points and two years of status on the PGA Tour.
Tiger Woods tied Sam Snead’s 82 PGA Tour victories at the inaugural ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP in 2019.
This week is the first limited-field event on the PGA Tour scheduled. The field will be cut in half from its traditional 156 players down to 78 players. With the smaller field, there will be no cut after the first two rounds.
Players earned a spot if they finished inside the top 60 in the final FedEx Cup Points standings, currently are one of the top seven players on the Japan Tour, finished in the top three at the Bridgestone Open, or earned one of eight sponsorship exemptions.
Highlighting the field and joining Matsuyama are America’s Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele. Presidents Cup teammate Cameron Young makes his debut at the event. There are eight players from the Presidents Cup International Team expected to tee it up this week.
Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club is a unique par-70 that stretches approximately 7,090 yards from the back tees. There has been some distance added to the layout since last season’s tournament.
The parkland-style course was designed by Shinya Fujita and uses holes from the two 18-hole courses on the property for the event. On the scorecard, you will see five par 3s and only three par 5s.
Schauffele comes into the tournament at +780 betting odds as the favorite to win the tournament. It’ll be the first time the 28-year-old is teeing it up since the Presidents Cup and the first time this season.
South Korea’s Sungjae Im follows right behind at +990. Im took home a solo seventh-place finish last week at the Shriners Children’s Hospital Open and captured a T3 on this course in the opening event back in 2019. Im did not play in a tournament last season.
The defending champion Matsuyama has a lot of value at +1175. Matsuyama already got his feet wet this season with a T25 at the Fortinet Championship in Napa earlier this fall.
Tom Kim (+1300) and Morikawa (+1375) round out the top five favorites. Kim, at the age of 20, picked up his first PGA Tour victory last week in Las Vegas. Morikawa, a two-time major winner and one of the top-ranked golfers in the world, is always a threat when he tees it up in a tournament.