2020 Zozo Championship Matchups, Placings and First-Round Leader Bets and Predictions

Esten McLaren, Sportsbookwire
·3 min read

Preparation for the 2020 Masters Tournament continues this week for many of the world’s top golfers with the Zozo Championship at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California. The 78-man field is fronted by Tiger Woods and seven of the top-10 golfers in the Golfweek/Sagarin world rankings. Below, we’ll look for the best value bets in the 2020 Zozo Championship betting odds with tournament matchups, placings and first-round leader (FRL) picks, predictions and best bets.

2020 Zozo Championship: Matchup bets

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Collin Morikawa (-125) vs. Patrick Reed

Morikawa returns to tournament play in the Golden State for the first time since his 2020 PGA Championship win at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, California. He finished T-12 at the CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek last week after missing the cut at both the US Open and Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Reed returns to North America following a T-3 finish at the BMW PGA Championship. Back Morikawa and his superior approach game as only a slight favorite in this matchup.

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Daniel Berger (-118) vs. Harris English

Berger finished just T-28 last week to English’s 10th-place showing. Berger was much better off-the-tee and it has been a prominent strength of his game since the Tour’s mid-June return and his win at the Charles Schwab Challenge.

2020 Zozo Championship: Placing bets

Top 5: Bubba Watson (+650)

We cashed a top-10 ticket on Watson last week in Las Vegas, Nevada, and we’ll up the ante a bit at another course well-suited to his game. The two-time Masters champ is likely making his final preparations for Augusta National and his shot-shaping abilities will be a strength at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Sherwood CC.

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Top 10: Corey Conners (+800)

Conners finished just T-61 last week at the no-cut CJ Cup. It was a poor performance across the board, including an uncharacteristic 1.24 strokes lost per round from tee-to-green, according to Data Golf. Look for him to get back on track after a pair of quality results at Nicklaus’ Muirfield Village Golf Club in the summer.

Top 20: Takumi Kanaya (+600)

The recently-turned professional Japanese star will play his first PGA Tour event as a pro. The 22-year-old won on his home tour last year and made the cut at the 2019 Masters before being named the top amateur golfer in the world. He would be ranked 20th in the Golfweek rankings if he had enough events played to qualify.

2020 Zozo Championship: First-round leader bets

Matthew Wolff (+3500)

Wolff has a home-course advantage this week having gone to high school just seven miles from Sherwood CC. The runner-up at the US Open struggled to a 73rd-place finish last week but has the long game and approach skills needed here.

Jordan Spieth (+6600)

Sherwood CC was called a good spot to prepare for Augusta National by Rory McIlroy. As such, it should suit Spieth well after a T-38 finish last week snapped a stretch of three straight missed cuts that included the US Open. He opened with a first round of 69 or better in five of his nine events after the Tour’s restart through the end of the 2019-20 season.

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