ZOZO Championship betting tips & predictions – this year marks the first edition of the much anticipated ZOZO Championship. The tournament is the first event sanctioned by the PGA Tour in Japan, in a deal that will last until at least 2025.
The ZOZO Championship will be the middle leg of this year’s Asia Swing on the PGA Tour. It is co-sanctioned by the Japan Golf Tour. The tournament replaces the CIMB Classic on the Tour schedule.
The event will feature an elite 78 man field comprising of the following;
- Top 60 available PGA Tour players from the previous season’s FedEx Cup standings
- Top 7 players in the current season Japan Golf Tour money list through the Bridgestone Open
- Top 3 players in the Bridgestone Open
- 8 sponsor exemptions
The tournament will be contested at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba, which is located in the Greater Tokyo Area of Japan. The club opened in 1965 and is a 36-hole facility. The course for this week’s tournament is a Par 70 layout that measures 7,041 yards.
The Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club features narrow, tree-lined fairways which makes club selection from the tee box an important part of play. Also, several holes are doglegged requiring an ability to shape the ball both ways. Like many courses in Japan, the host course at was designed with two greens (an ‘A’ & ‘B’ green) to help mitigate against wear-and-tear.
The greens are small by Tour average and have plenty slope and undulation. They are also well protected by bunkers and trees. Putts will be fast and challenging on many of the holes.
Several holes are doglegged requiring an ability to shape the ball both ways. The layout demands precision and will reward ball-strikers. There is some elevation change and a variety of approach shots will be required to find the tricky green complexes. This is a week where, on the face of it, accuracy will win over power.
There is no cut at the ZOZO Championship, so an aggressive strategy is required. However, good course management will be at a premium and accuracy off the tee will be key.
Scoring levels this week will ultimately be dictated by how penal the fairway rough will be and more importantly how slick and fast the undulating greens will play.
With no course form it is hard to find an angle in. While putting would normally be at a premium, the ‘unfamiliarity-factor’ will test all aspects of a player’s game. With unfamiliar greens serving as targets, players hitting full shots while being in tune with distance and accuracy will prosper.
Expect players in the mix to have a healthy percentage of greens in regulation with first class putting and a low scoring average on the three Par 5s
ZOZO Championship Betting Tips 2019