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ZOZO Championship tips

2019 marked the first edition of the ZOZO Championship which was won by Tiger Woods. The tournament is the first event sanctioned by the PGA Tour in Japan, in a deal that will last until at least 2025.

The event is co-sanctioned by the Japan Golf Tour and 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
  • Winner BMW Japan Golf Tour Championship Mori Building Cup
  • Top 8 available from 2022 JGTO Prize Money List
  • 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.

Course Overview

The Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club opened in 1965 and was designed by Shinya Fujita. The course for this week’s tournament is a Par 70 layout that measures 7,041 yards. It is an unusual layout for a Par 70 in that it has five Par 3’s and three Par 5’s.

Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club features narrow, tree-lined fairways which makes club selection from the tee box an important part of play. 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.

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.

Conclusion

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.

Players hitting full shots while 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 Tips & Predictions

Corey Conners golf betting tips

Corey Conners 28/1 (E/W) – teed it up in the inaugural playing of the ZOZO Championship in 2019 finishing T6. Followed up with a T8 a year later when played at Sherwood Country Club. Last season, the Canadian had four Top 10’s among twelve Top 25 finishes and was one of the elite to make it all the way to the season ending Tour Championship. Had an MC in the season opening Fortinet Championship which can be forgiven as it was the week before his debut appearance in the Presidents Cup. The ball-striking-machine places inside the Top 20 in this week’s Stats Analysis (based on last season’s stats). Fits the archetype for success this week on a course that should suit his eye perfectly. Best value at top end of market.

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