2022 ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP Odds & Expert Picks: 7 Best Bets for Collin Morikawa, Sungjae Im, Sepp Straka & More

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  • The PGA TOUR'S fall swing continues this weekend at the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP at Narashino Country Club in Japan.
  • Our experts have seven best bets for the tournament, including several high profile outright picks.
  • Check out their best bets and analysis below.
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Player NameOdds
Xander Schauffele+800
Sungjae Im+1100
Hideki Matsuyama+1100
Collin Morikawa+1400
Tom Kim+1400
Cameron Young+1600
Viktor Hovland+2000
Tommy Fleetwood+2200
Tyrrell Hatton+2500
Corey Conners+2800
Keegan Bradley+2800
Si Woo Kim+2800
Tom Hoge+3000
Cameron Davis+3500
Mito Pereira+3500
Sahith Theegala+4000
Maverick McNealy+4000
Sebastian Munoz+4000
Sepp Straka+4000
Scott Stallings+4500
Kurt Kitayama+5000
Kyoung-Hoon Lee+5000
Matthew Nesmith+5000
Davis Riley+5500
Christiaan Bezuidenhout+5500
Lucas Herbert+5500
Emiliano Grillo+6000
Mackenzie Hughes+6600
Mark Hubbard+7500
Rickie Fowler+8000
Taylor Moore+8000
Kevin Streelman+8000
Andrew Putnam+8000
J.J. Spaun+8000
Aaron Rai+10000
Brendan Steele+10000
Wyndham Clark+10000
Luke List+10000
Matt Wallace+10000
Troy Merritt+11000
Stephan Jaeger+11000
Alex Smalley+12500
Adam Svensson+12500
Patrick Rodgers+12500
Russell Knox+12500
Hayden Buckley+12500
Cameron Champ+14000
Adam Long+14000
Martin Laird+14000
Joel Dahmen+14000
Adam Schenk+14000
Dylan Frittelli+14000
Beau Hossler+15000
Satoshi Kodaira+15000
Kazuki Higa+15000
Ryo Hisatsune+15000
Tomoharu Otsuki+16000
Lee Hodges+17500
Brandon Wu+17500
David Lipsky+17500
Shugo Imahira+17500
Yuto Katsuragawa+17500
Takumi Kanaya+17500
C.T. Pan+20000
Sam Ryder+20000
Rikuya Hoshino+20000
Peter Malnati+22500
Chez Reavie+25000
John Huh+25000
Riki Kawamoto+25000
Mikumu Horikawa+27500
Keita Nakajima+30000
Hiroshi Iwata+30000
Chad Ramey+35000
Danny Lee+35000
Naoyuki Kataoka+35000
Aguri Iwasaki+35000
Kaito Onishi+35000

The PGA TOUR season rolls on with the first tournament outside of the United States this week as we head to Chiba, Japan for the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club.

The PGA TOUR has played at Narashino Country Club twice before in 2019 and 2021, yielding two high-profile winners and elite ball strikers with Tiger Woods and Hideki Matsuyama winning those events. With seven of the top 20 players in the Official World Golf Rankings in the field this week, another star could emerge victorious this week in the best field of the PGA TOUR's fall swing thus far.

Our GolfBet analysts love the players near the top of the odds board this week, and they have seven outright picks for you to consider below. We'll be looking to build on momentum from last week's best bets article after Matt Vincenzi hit on Tom Kim to win the Shriners Children's Open at +2200.

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Collin Morikawa +1600 (DraftKings)

Chris Murphy: There were a lot of storylines that came about during the Presidents Cup, but one that stuck with me was from Collin Morikawa, who stated that his patented cut is "definitely back." I was never one who needed a reason to keep chasing that next Morikawa win, but that will certainly put me over the top across his next few events.
This week, he gets a ball striking course where hitting greens at a high clip is the most important stat, and with the best iron player in the world getting his swing back, I am happy to take my shot here at +1600 to start my card.

Sungjae Im +1200 (bet365)

Spencer Aguiar: In a week where I don't want a ton of exposure because of the no-cut nature and limited field size, I will post a rare outright wager as my top pick of the week. You could argue that the best pure value on the board would be Tommy Fleetwood at 35/1 on DraftKings, but I am going to roll with my model in this spot, which indicates Sungjae Im should be closer to 10/1 to take home this title.

Sure, we are speaking about under a two percent long-term edge that struggles to crack a 10% win equity threshold, but every point matters when placing these outright wagers, and Im's upside looks pronounced at this moment after posting five top-15 finishes in a row.

I will not have much exposure to this card because of the lack of trackable data once things begin on Wednesday night. This is one of the reasons I am willing to take a more aggressive approach by stacking the top of the board in a 78-man field and realizing there won't be the typical opportunities to jump into the mix when I can't get a hold of concrete data for the week. I’m viewing the ZOZO Championship as an essential off week, where I am going to take my shots in the outright market.

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Collin Morikawa +1600 (DraftKings)

Matt Vincenzi: Collin Morikawa had a disappointing 2021-2022 season by his lofty standards. He had six top-five finishes but failed to truly thrust himself into contention on a consistent basis. The two-time major winner should be in store for a better season starting this week in Japan.

Morikawa has already shown he can play well in Japan, having finished in a tie for fourth at the Tokyo Olympics and seventh at Narashino Country Club last year. The 25-year-old is half-Japanese and has expressed in the past how special it is to play in front of the Japanese fans, who are some of the most passionate golf fans in the world.

Narashino Country Club is the type of track that Morikawa should continue to excel on. It is a difficult driving course, and his driving accuracy should keep him in the tight tree-lined fairways. He ranks second in the field in Good Drives Gained and will strategically plot around the golf course similar to how we saw Tiger Woods tackle the course in his 2019 win here.

While still great, Morikawa’s iron play was not quite at the level we’ve come to expect last season. He gained 5.2 strokes on approach at the TOUR Championship in his most recent start and went 2-1 at the Presidents Cup, easily taking down Mito Pereira in his Sunday singles match. If his iron play is indeed back to his previous form, Morikawa will have a strong chance to start his season off with a victory in Japan.

Tyrrell Hatton +2700 (FanDuel)

Derek Farnsworth: Like many in this article, I was tempted to bet Collin Morikawa or Sungjae Im up top this week. I ultimately decided to chase a few longer shots instead, so we’ll see if that comes back to haunt me.

My favorite bet of the week is Tyrrell Hatton, who is coming off of a down season on the PGA TOUR. He seems to be rounding into form now, making eight straight cuts and posting top 10s in his last two starts at the Italian Open and the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

His statistics aren’t going to jump off the page, but he’s a golfer with an elite short game and he can catch fire with his irons. If he finds a good week on approach, he could certainly find himself in contention. For whatever reason, he excels in no-cut events. Over the last three years, no one in this field has gained more strokes per round (1.3) in these events, not even no-cut specialist Xander Schauffele.

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Sepp Straka +5000 (DraftKings)

Landon Silinsky: Straka is one of the hottest players on the PGA TOUR right now. He got edged out by Mackenzie Hughes in a playoff to barely lose the Sanderson Farms, which marked his third top-seven finish across his previous four starts. Prior to that, he finished T7 at the TOUR Championship and was runner up at the first leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs in Memphis. Over this time period, he ranks No. 2 in SG: Total, trailing only the wunderkind Tom Kim.

Straka has been crushing in every facet of the game as well, ranking fifth in SG: Ball-Striking, 21st in SG: Around-the-Green and sixth in SG: Putting. He played this event last year and finished T66 but is a much different player now after winning the Honda Classic this past February. I like getting 50/1 here on an in-form PGA TOUR winner.

Sungjae Im +1200 (bet365)

Jason Sobel: Since late July, Sungjae Im's OWGR record reads: 2nd-2nd-12th-15th-2nd-7th. He is very obviously building to a big result and maybe just needs a little something to push him over the top. Perhaps that little something is a countryman four years his junior who is lighting the golf world ablaze, a guy already making us forget all about just how talented the 24-year-old Im really is.

The world ranking is hardly subjective, and even its formula already has Tom Kim ranked five spots higher. I don’t know if Im is the type to get triggered by such motivation, but he certainly can’t ignore it.

Last year, he skipped this event, but he was T-3 in his only previous appearance at Narashino CC, which shouldn’t come as a surprise since it tends to appeal to great iron players. I’m usually more inclined to play a favorite at a limited-field event, and this one is no different.

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Tom Kim to Finish Top 5, Corey Conners to Finish Top 10 and Tommy Fleetwood to Finish Top 20 Parlay +3200 (FanDuel)

Rob Bolton:

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If you’re new here, I’m particularly fond of the tiered finishes of this kind of parlay. A win isn’t required, and it’s more fun to follow.

In a tournament promising four rounds to all, and with a top-heavy component dismissing at least a quarter of the 78-man field from realistically contending, the chances of any one of these paying off is stronger than usual. Naturally, it’s why the individual odds for each finish are flatter. So let’s multiply.

As is often the case with these, the middle target is the hardest to hit. It’s not that I’m cool on the Canadian – he’s in my Power Rankings Wild Card at PGATOUR.com – it’s that asking anyone to connect for a top 10 at any time is unfair.

The odd thing about that, of course, is that I’m more confident about Kim rising for a top five immediately after his victory in Vegas. But that’s fine. The potential kickback is worth it as you’re scooping up smaller wins elsewhere.

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