The Zozo Championship is the next stop for the PGA Tour as it continues through the fall portion of its schedule. This will be the tour’s fourth visit to Japan. The competition is only open to 78 golfers total, with the top 60 eligible players from the PGA Tour, nine players from the Japan Golf Tour, and nine players receiving exemptions from the tournament thanks to their respective sponsors. Take a look at the three previous winners, along with their respective winning scores and the odds of winning:
- 2019 – Tiger Woods,-19, +4000
- 2020: Patrick Cantlay, with a score of -23 and a plus 3000.
- 2021 – Hideki Matsuyama, -15, +1000
Hideki Matsuyama (+1200)
Matsuyama has finished in first place, second place, and 28th place at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club during his three visits there. He has also shot a combined 36 strokes under par during those 12 rounds. After finishing in fourth place at the U.S.
Open in the middle of June, he went on to miss the cut in two of the next six events he played in, with his best finish coming in eleventh place at the Tour Championship. Matsuyama finished with a record of 1-3-1 at the Presidents Cup three weeks ago. Although he will have a lot of support from his home crowd in this competition, he appears to be out of shape.
Corey Conners has a plus-2500 bonus
The fact that Conners did not qualify for the Zozo Championship the year before was a huge letdown, especially considering how well he had done in his previous two appearances (sixth and eighth). Over the course of 23 tournaments, he finished in the top 10 four times, but the 2019 Valero Texas Open is still his only victory on the PGA Tour. After playing the weekend in each of his previous six tournaments, Conners failed to make the cut (70-74) at the Fortinet Championship which took place a month ago (61st, 28th, 21st, 28th, fifth, and 26th).
Sebastian Munoz (+4000)
The Sanderson Farms Championship in 2019 was the only tournament in which Munoz was victorious. In the Zozo Championship, he competed in both 2020 and 2021, and his best finish was 14th in 2020 and fourth in 2021. Two of the last five tournaments he played on the PGA Tour he did not make the cut, and he had no finishes in the top 30. (62nd, 46th, and 35th).
The following players will be making their first appearance at this competition and are ranked among the top five in terms of the salaries they earn at DraftKings:
Tom Kim (+1400)
The young golfer, who is only 20 years old, has quickly become one of the most promising newcomers on the PGA Tour. He has won two tournaments in his most recent four starts and has posted scores of under 70 in 11 of his last 16 rounds.
Over the past weekend, he triumphed at the Shriners Children’s Open by playing all 72 holes without making a single bogey.
Cameron Young has a score of +1600
Over the course of his first season, Young competed in 25 tournaments and finished second or better five times while also placing third twice. Late in the month of August, he competed in the Tour Championship, which was his final PGA stroke play competition (19th). Young’s ability to generate plenty of length off the tee gives him an advantage on par 5s (his birdie rate of 51.6% is higher than the Tour average of 43.6%).
Mito Pereira (+3000)
At the age of 26, Pereira was finally able to earn his full-time PGA card. In the 32 competitions he participated in this year, he had some great moments, as evidenced by his six finishes of seventh or better, but he also missed the cut 12 times. The week before last, he played four consistent rounds at the Shriners Children’s Open and finished in fourth place (67, 63, 67, and 67).
Sahith Theegala (+3500)
Theegala finished sixth overall and did not make the cut during the first two stops of the fall season. In his first full season on the PGA Tour, he earned $3.1 million, which placed him 28th in earnings rankings. Last year, Theegala competed on the weekend in 16 of the final 18 tournaments he entered, and he finished in the top 10 three times (seventh, fifth and second). Even though he has not yet earned a victory on the PGA Tour, his game is improving all the time.
Cameron Davis is up to 4,000 points
DraftKings currently ranks Davis as the 15th best player in terms of salary, which is $8,500. The previous week, he competed in the Shriners Children’s Open and finished 37th overall with a score of 12 under par. His swing was improving over the course of five events during the summer of 2016, finishing eighth, sixth, sixteenth, fourteenth, and thirteenth, respectively, before he slumped to finish 35th in the BMW Championship. The 2021 Rocket Mortgage Classic was Davis’s only victory throughout his entire career.
Because there is no cut in the Zozo Championship, daily players are able to build their teams with a backend roster that contains a greater degree of risk while still concentrating on picking stars. The odds-on favorite to win the tournament going into this weekend is Xander Schauffele (+800).
Regardless of the size of the field, in order to win a guaranteed prize pool (GPP) in the daily fantasy sports market, a team needs to have the winner plus five other players who have a chance to finish in the top 15. My lineup for the event that will take place this week is as follows:
- Cameron Young makes $9,300 a year.
- Tyrrell Hatton ($9,100)
- Sahith Theegala, who was paid $8,700.
- Cameron Davis has been given $8,500.
- Kyoung-Hoon Lee ($7,900)
- Brandon Wu ($6,500)
I wanted to make sure that we had multiple players on our roster who were both capable of winning and had been performing at a high level for the past few months. Because of his four top 10 finishes (third, second, sixth, and eighth) since the beginning of March, Brandon Wu has become my backend salary saver. His game of boom or bust ought to work better in a competition where there is no cut.
- Best Bet: Cameron Young (+1600)
- The best deal is to be had at Sahith Theegala (+3500).
- Home Run Swing: K.H. Lee (+5000)