Zozo Championship Golf Odds, Preview, Betting Picks & Predictions: Trust Classy Collin

Collin MorikawaThe PGA Tour makes one of its occasional trips outside of the United States for the third edition of the Zozo Championship. A new competition on the circuit in 2019, the 2021 tournament makes a welcome return to Japan after world events forced a temporary switch to the US last year.

The Narashino Country Club at Inzai is the destination on what is a short course where the lack of distance should make this an open event and one that could be even tougher to call than usual.

Not too many of the big names have made the trip across to Japan and that’s why the two favorites are at very short prices this week. Xander Schauffele and Collin Morikawa lead the way with both men available at 13/2 in most places.

Morikawa made a strong challenge in the CJ Cup’s final round to finish a shot behind Rory McIlroy on Sunday but, while he has the form, his only outing in this tournament returned a tie for 22nd back in 2019.

Schauffele leads the Power Rankings this week and he also finished the CJ Cup in positive fashion with a last-round 63. A return to Japan where he won Olympic Gold is being cited as a strong indicator but will that be enough to get Schauffele over the line?

Behind the top two, there is a clear gap to local favorite and reigning Masters Champion Hideki Matsuyama who is quoted at best odds of 16/1. Matsuyama finished in second place when the Zozo Championship was first held in 2019

Next up is Will Zalatoris at 18/1, followed by the English pair of Paul Casey at 18/1 and Tommy Fleetwood at 20/1. There is interest in Fleetwood in particular due to the fact that he hasn’t missed a cut in four months despite playing all across the world.

Moving through the chasing pack, Joaquin Niemann and Rickie Fowler are both available at 25/1 in most places. Fowler made a welcome return to form last week and many neutrals would have been willing him to hold on to his lead on the final day. Fowler had to settle for a tied third place but, if he maintains that form, he may well improve on that finish in this week’s modest field.

At the far reaches of this section are Si Woo Kim at 28/1 and Maverick McNealy at 30/1. Both could take advantage of the high-profile absentees and McNealy is being marked down as one to watch this season.

The outside bunch is led this week by Cameron Tringale, Jhonattan Vegas and Alex Noren who can all be found at 35/1. Vegas looks particularly interesting at that price and his key tee to green stats should be invaluable on this short course. Tringale opened the season with two top 25 finishes but has faded since.

Elsewhere, Charley Hoffman and Keegan Bradley can be found at the same odds of 40/1 in places and we think that both men can be considered for the top 10 finish markets. Hoffman is consistent, but rarely gets mentioned in previews and he can comfortably earn a single digit finish in this type of field.

Other golfers that you may want to consider from this section include Lanto Griffin at 55/1, Chris Kirk at 55/1, Branden Grace at 66/1, Garrick Higgo at 80/1 and Luke List at 80/1. It’s a mixed field for Japan so what will it take to land the 2021 Zozo Championship?

Our Preview’s Zozo Championship Predictions, Course & Betting Trends with Picks

A short par 70 at just over 7,000 yards awaits the players at the Narashino Country Club. Tiger Woods won the inaugural edition of the Zozo Championship when his 19 under par aggregate of 261 was enough to see off home favorite Hideki Matsuyama by three strokes.

With Patrick Cantlay winning in 2020, neither of our two previous champions are present so the tournament is guaranteed to have a first-time winner.

When he won back in 2019, Tiger ranked strongly in Par 3 Scoring, Par 5 Scoring and Greens in Regulation. For the 2021 renewal, we suspect that Strokes Gained: Tee to Green, will also be important.

Considering the field and his current form, we suspect that this could be something of a stroll for Collin Morikawa. We came close to tipping the Open Champion last weekend and were therefore relieved as Rory held off his late challenge. In a more modest field, Morikawa could well finish some way clear of the pack.

If his win odds look too short for comfort, there are some top 10 finish suggestions but all the indicators point to a win for Collin Morikawa in Japan. So these are our Zozo predictions and betting picks for this preview:

  • Collin Morikawa to win at best odds of +750 with BetOnline.
  • Top 10 Finish Picks: Charley Hoffman (+275), Keegan Bradley (+225) and Jhonattan Vegas (+225), all those odds are with BetOnline, who happened to be top priced on these selections.