2020 ZOZO Odds: Rahm Favored in No-Cut Event Moved State-Side
Christian Petersen/Getty Images. Pictured: Jon Rahm
- Jon Rahm is the betting favorite at the 2020 ZOZO Championship, a no-cut event moved to the United States from Asia because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Jason Kokrak bested a stellar field at the CJ Cup last week; is there another longshot down the board that can do it again this week?
- See updated odds for the ZOZO Championship below.
Last week’s CJ Cup showed why golf betting can be such a fun endeavor. In a field full of the game’s elite players, it was Jason Kokrak who came on top as a 66/1 outsider.
Casual fans who like to pop in and out of tournaments may have been left quite surprised, but if you’re an avid golf bettor or fan, you probably had an inkling a result like that was coming for Kokrak, who finished the 2019/20 season with three exemplary showings in very competitive fields and then wound inside the Top 20 at the U.S. Open.
Kokrak’s longshot win coming at the tournament where the PGA TOUR and MGM collaborated on the sport’s first-ever gambling-slanted broadcast was likely a serendipitous coincidence for people who want to see more gambling coverage on golf broadcasts.
Hopefully it showed the uninitiated-but-curious why people who bet on the PGA TOUR love it so much. There aren’t very many sports that offer the bang-for-your buck that golf provides. Every week there’s an opportunity to find a Kokrak. Like all things in betting it’s very difficult to pick out a golf winner, but there’s nothing like having your player in the mix on a Sunday afternoon — especially if they win.
Now onto this week’s ZOZO Championship, which was has been moved from Tokyo to Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif. due to the pandemic. This is the second-ever ZOZO and Tiger Woods is the defending champion. Like the CJ Cup, the ZOZO features a field that feels like it could be a major championship.
Jon Rahm, who closed as the favorite at the CJ Cup, is atop the odds once again. Rahm opened at +1000 ($10 bet wins $100) and has plenty of company in Chalkville.
[Editor’s Note: This article has been edited to reflect that Dustin Johnson has withdrawn from the 2020 ZOZO Championship.]
Up next at +1100 is Xander Schauffele, who is coming off a runner-up finish at Shadow Creek and a pair of Top-10 finishes at the PGA Championship and U.S. Open, respectively. Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas close out the Top 4 at +1200.
Tyrrell Hatton and Webb Simpson are the only other golfers listed below 20/1. It doesn’t seem to matter which continent Hatton is playing on right now, the Englishman is just dialed in. After winning the 2020 BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, Hatton shot up the leaderboard at Shadow Creek, but wasn’t able to convert his 18-hole lead into a win, though he did finish tied for third.
Collin Morikawa (+2000) checks in next and has really found a home in this range of the oddsboard. Morikawa is coming off a T12 finish at Shadow Creek.
Things start to really bunch up in the next range, as there are 13 golfers currently listed between Patrick Reed at +2500 and Viktor Hovland +4000.
The defending champ, Tiger Woods, finds himself in this range at +3300. Woods hasn’t played since missing the cut at the U.S. Open, but he’s very familiar with Sherwood, as it hosted his Hero World Challenge from 2000-2013.
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Joining Woods at +3300 is Matthew Wolff. He closed around 20/1 in his last two starts, but a shaky showing at Shadow Creek has sent him to +3300. Wolff was a popular play in both betting and DFS last week, so it will be interesting to see if he sneaks under the radar off his most recent showing.
While Wolff’s odds lengthened, Jason Kokrak’s came down to +3500 off his win. No surprise there, though, it’s fun to see the Canadian listed ahead of players like Tommy Fleetwood (+4500), Adam Scott (+5000) and Paul Casey (+9000).
When a field is as stacked as this one, you’re going to have some surprising prices in the triple digits. This week, Gary Woodland (+11000) and Justin Rose (+11000) both stick out in the 100s.
Once again, I’ll close this piece with a note about Brendon Todd. Last week, Todd was priced in the +5000 range. That was interesting, because Todd normally sits around triple digits. Well, a T52 at the CJ Cup has pushed Todd back to 100/1. That’s a price I’m going to stare at all week before betting it.
Check out the full odds for the 2020 ZOZO Championship below:
2020 ZOZO Championship Odds
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