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2021 ZoZo Championship Betting Preview/Prop Plays

19 October 2021

The ZoZo Championship is an excellent opportunity for golfers to claim a win since the field is not as strong as other events. However, top players are still present and make a great case to win.

This year's event will be back in Inzai, Japan, after moving the event back to the US last year. There are a handful of golfers below that could steal the show and cause a tiny upset to the favorites.

Tournament Details

Date: Oct 21–24, 2021
Course: Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club
Watch on: GOLF
Purse: $9,950,000

Betting Overview

Just like many of the courses in Japan, this one has tons of trees that create a wall around each hole from start to finish. The atmosphere is quite a nature theme, with narrow fairways and, of course, more trees.

Each hole is also designed in a way to prevent golfers from just hitting over the top. This event will challenge golfers that are unable to drive straight and keep a tight approach to the green.

Head to Head Matchup to Watch

Xander Schauffele (-25.914) and Collin Morikawa (-27.233) are the top two contenders to win, at least by the market standards. Schauffele has a recent gold medal victory in Japan, and he happens to be ranked fifth in the world golf rankings.

Morikawa is actually ahead of Schauffele here, coming in ranked third for the rankings. On top of that, he is coming off of a win at the CJ Cup, so he has the best momentum coming into this event.

Dunkel Index For This Event

The Dunkel Index is showing these top 10 golfers that could win this event. The following ten are:

1    Xander Schauffele    -25.914
2    Collin Morikawa        -27.233
3    Kevin Na                   -30.071
4    Alex Noren                -31.759
5    Cameron Tringale     -32.898
6    Hideki Matsuyama     -34.104
7    Charley Hoffman       -34.543
8    KH Lee                      -34.892
9    Mackenzie Hughes    -35.222
10    Chris Kirk                -35.351

*index is subject to changes 

Golfers That Could Win 

Xander Schauffele (-25.914) is the favorite but oddly ahead of Morikawa, who is coming off a recent win. Every time he enters an event, you can usually count on him to perform well, especially being the fifth in the world. 

Kevin Na (-30.071) is ranked at the 28th spot for world golf rankings and makes a solid chance at winning. With the weaker field, he could have a standout performance but needs to make putts. 

Potential Winning Pick 

Hideki Matsuyama (-34.104) is bringing the heat for this event. Just two years ago, he lost in a three-way battle for first against Tiger Woods and Sam Snead, eventually being a runner-up. 

He also happened to win the recent Masters and has been playing solid golf lately. In addition, he has a bronze medal in the Summer Olympics, so he is used to the competitive play it takes to win. Look for him to sneak a win.

Prop Plays

Top 10 Finish: Xander Schauffele (-165)

While Schauffele continued to be arguably the best pro not to win a major last year, his season still had plenty of highlights.

Tops among them was becoming the first American golfer to win gold at the Olympics since 1900. He followed that up with a 3-1-0 record at the Ryder Cup to help the Americans secure the victory over Team Europe.

After finishing seventh in scoring average in 2021, the 27-year-old opened up this season with four straight rounds under 70 to finish in a tie for 18th at the CJ Cup.

Rated No. 1 in this week’s Dunkel Index, we certainly like Schauffele to win it all at the ZoZo, but will also take the safer play (-165) of a Top 10 finish.

Top 20 Finish: Alexander Noren (-125)

While winning 10 tournaments on the European Tour, Noren is still in search of his first PGA Tour title.

He was knocking on the door a few times last year with ties for fourth at the Northern Trust and Rocket Mortgage being his best finishes.

The 39-year-old from Sweden opened the season at the CJ Cup with the final three rounds under par to finish in a tie for 59th.

Rated No. 4 in this week’s Dunkel Index, we’ll look for a stronger performance from Noren in Tokyo and take him (-125) to finish in the Top 20.

Top 20 Finish: Cameron Tringale (-125)

Another pro expected to break through with his first Tour victory is Tringale.

It’s surprising the 34-year-old is still without a win since he often seems to be on the leaderboard. He’s finished second three times in his career and last year had 11 Top 25 finishes and four Top 10s in his 27 starts.

Included in there were a pair of third-place finishes at the Valspar Championship and RSM Classic. Overall, he finished the 2021 season 21st in scoring average and 26th in birdie average.

Rated No. 5 in this week’s Dunkel Index, we’ll like Tringale (-125) to be knocking on the door again and finish in the Top 20.

Stay tuned for more sports betting previews, and make sure to also check out today's sports betting picks!

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