2020 ZOZO Championship at Sherwood Country Club Sleeper Picks: Our Favorite Longshot Bets For the Tournament
Sam Greenwood, Getty Images. Pictured: Sebastian Munoz
- The 2020 ZOZO Championship will start on Thursday at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California.
- Jon Rahm is the betting favorite, but is he the best pick to win with solid sleepers on the board?
- The ZOZO features an elite field, but that won't stop our GolfBet experts from sharing their favorite sleepers and longshots to win the ZOZO.
Like last week’s CJ Cup, the field for the 2020 ZOZO Championship is worthy of a major championship.
Jon Rahm, Xander Schauffele, Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy are all bunched together at the top of the oddsboard, but there will be plenty of firepower on display at Sherwood Country Club this week.
An elite field like this makes it hard to envision a path to success for a longshot winner, but that’s what we thought last week at Shadow Creek where Jason Kokrak won as a 66/1 outsider.
Will we see another under-the-radar winner this week?
Here are our favorite longshot bets for the ZOZO Championship:
Danny Lee (+20000)
There’s no foolproof, predictive statistic in the prognostication game – if there was, all of this stuff would be a lot easier. But one that I often like to look at is final-round ball-striking from the previous week’s event. Lee led the field at Shadow Creek in strokes gained off-the-tee on Sunday.
Sure, he can lose his swing somewhere on that short trip between Vegas and L.A., but let’s hope this one remains predictive, as I like Lee as a plus-money top-20 and as a low-cost DFS option.
Brian Harman (+10000)
Harman has been flying under the radar for the past few months. He just keeps making cuts and putting up good results. He worked his way into contention two weeks ago at the Shriners but a poor showing on Sunday saw him slide outside the top 10.
Harman can keep it in play off the tee and is good with his wedges and putter, so there’s a good chance this type of course will fit his game.
Sebastian Munoz (+9000)
Following a slow restart after the COVID break, Sebastian Munoz came on strong to close out his season. He finished inside the top-20 in all three FedEx Playoff events, including 8th-place finishes in the BMW and TOUR Championship. Munoz is one player that got back on the course earlier than others, as this will be his fourth straight week in action and fifth tournament of the new season.
The Colombian really seemed to find his stride last week at Shadow Creek with a 9th-place finish and he ranked 10th in the field tee-to-green. He has shown an ability to compete week in and week out on TOUR, including in some of the strongest fields, making him a longshot worth buying this week at the ZOZO.
Ryan Palmer (+10000)
Ryan Palmer plays some of his best golf on the West Coast. He comes to the ZOZO Championship in pretty good form following a 17th-place finish last week. The 44-year-old is a steady player who seems to pop up on leaderboards multiple times per year, which is exactly what I am looking for in a longshot.
Sherwood is a very short Par 72 which should allow Palmer to compete with the longest hitters this week. We have seen a resurgence of older veterans winning of late on the PGA TOUR (Cink, Garcia, Laird) and Palmer would love to join that group.