2021 ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP Odds: Course Info, Key Stats For Return To Japan

Written By FairwayJay on October 17, 2021 - Last Updated on October 18, 2021

The ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP returns to Japan, where Tiger Woods won his 82nd PGA TOUR title in 2019 at the first-ever PGA TOUR event in Asia. Woods is not yet back on TOUR following injuries early this year, but the event has some headliners in 2021 ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP odds.

The field is led by Collin Morikawa, Xander Schauffele, Hideki Matsuyama and Sungjae Im. All four of those top-ranked players finished up in Las Vegas Sunday at the CJ Cup. Morikawa and Rickie Fowler finished top three, after Fowler had the 54-hole lead. Rickie will make his first appearance in front of Japanese fans.

The tournament is played at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club, which hosted the event in 2019.  Up to 5,000 fans per day will be allowed to attend the event.

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Notable Golfers in the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP

Along with Morikawa, Schauffele, Matssuyama and Im, European Ryder Cup players Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood are in the field. They make up 11 of the top 50 in the Official World Golf Rankings, along with No. 31 reigning PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year Will Zalatoris. He’s playing on a sponsors exemptions looking to earn his first PGA TOUR title. No. 30 Joaquin Niemann is also in the field.

The majority of the field comes from the top-60 available players from the 2020-21 FedExCup standings including multi-time TOUR winners Kevin Na and Cameron Champ.

Others top 80 world-ranked players include:

  • Ryan Palmer
  • Si Woo Kim
  • Garrick Higgo
  • Erik van Rooyen
  • Mackenzie Hughes
  • Brandon Grace
  • K.H. Lee
  • Alex Noren
  • Charley Hoffman
  • Cameron Tringale
  • Chris Kirk
  • Matt Wallace
  • Carlos Ortiz
  • Sebastian Munoz
  • Emiliano Grillo
  • Harold Varner
  • Maverick McNealy

The event is co-sanctioned by the Japan Golf Tour Organization (JGTO). There will be 13 members of the JGTO teeing it up at the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP.

Those to watch include Shugo Imahira, who has a win and top-10 finish on the Japanese Tour this year and is solid hitting greens. Rising stars include 21-year-old Keita Nakajima, the world’s top amateur golfer. Last year’s top amateur golfer Takumi Kanaya is also in the field. He turned pro and enters with six consecutive top-20 finishes, including four top 10s on the Japanese Tour.

Hideki Matsuyama finished second in the 2019 ZOZO Championship at this course and three strokes behind Tiger Woods. Sungjae Im was another three shots back and tied for third while Xander Schauffele finished tied for tenth.


  • Course: Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club
  • Location: Chiba, Japan
  • Date: Oct. 21-24, 2021
  • Par: 70 / Yardage: 7,041 yards
  • Purse: $9.55 Million / Winner $1.8 Million
  • TV: Golf Channel

Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club opened in 1965 and is short with wider forgiving tree-lined fairways. Interesting and unique features include two greens per hole – a Japanese tradition – which was born out of a need to maintain different grasses for changing weather many years prior to advances in agrostology. However, the individual greens are small, making precision short-irons and approach play imperative for more birdie opportunities.

There are five Par-3s and three Par-5s.

Woods won the event in 2019 with a 19-under par total playing in soft conditions. An approaching typhoon on Friday brought with it a deluge of rain that saturated the course.

Key Stats

As you begin your golf betting and handicapping strategy, here are some stats of note from Fantasy National. Top players in strokes gained approach over their last 36 rounds playing in the 2021 ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP include:

  • Paul Casey
  • Collin Morikawa
  • Keegan Bradley
  • Emiliano Grillo
  • Henrik Norlander
  • Xander Schauffele

Sungjae Im ranks No. 1 in the field in SG: Total over his last 36 rounds with Alex Noren tops in short game and putting.

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