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.
With so much attention being paid to the guys at the top, there’s bound to be some good betting opportunities further down the board.
Here are our favorite prop bets at the 2020 ZOZO Championship:
Bubba Watson Top-10 Finish (+300)
At the beginning of the PGA TOUR’s restart back in May, when it was announced there would be no fans on-site at tournaments, one of the first players I thought this would impact on a positive level was Watson, who has spoken candidly about not liking crowds.
In his first six starts without fans, though, he posted four MCs and no results inside the top-30. It appears that he’s now coming around, however, as Bubba hit the ball better than anyone else at Shadow Creek last week.
He’s a fan of Riviera, having won there twice, and while it might be sacrilegious to compare Sherwood to Riv, there should be good vibes coming back to the SoCal area.
Harris English Top-20 Finish (+120)
English just keeps racking up solid finishes every week.
With his 10th-place finish at last week’s CJ Cup, English has now placed inside the top-20 in eight of his past 11 starts, so I’ll take the plus-money on him here to do the same in a smaller field.
English’s putting has been a big boost and his stats suggest he doesn’t really have a preferred surface, as he gains about a third-of-a-stroke per round regardless of grass type.
Overall, everything just seems to be working for English. In five of his last 10 events, he’s gained strokes in all four categories.
Cam Smith Top-10 Finish (+550)
I honestly like Cam Smith on a similar level to Sebastian Munoz, so I’ll be taking shares on both players in the win and place markets.
Smith is a player that has a tendency to run hot, and he seems to be rounding into form following his 11th-place finish at the CJ Cup. It was really one bad round on Friday last week that kept him from being more in contention down the stretch, as he shot in the 60s in each of his other three.
I expect the ZOZO to be another low scoring, birdie-fest and that’s generally the type of event I like to buy in on this Australian.
He’s got a good price to Top-10 but I think his ceiling can be higher than that this week.
Matthew Fitzpatrick Top-5 Finish (+700)
Fitz excels at every aspect of golf that will be important this week. On a strategic golf course, his ability to hit fairways should put him in the best position to attack the undulating greens of Sherwood Country Club.
Fitz also came in third at the Nicklaus designed Memorial and fits the mold of great wedge players and putters that have won at Sherwood in the past.
The Englishman comes in riding some hot form with a 7th (European Tour) and a 12th last week at Shadow Creek. In the CJ Cup, Fitzpatrick gained 4.9 strokes on approach (seventh in the field) and was third in the field in Fairways Gained.
The excellent accuracy and sharp iron play should get Fitz in the mix this week at the ZOZO.