Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Japan plays host to the ZOZO Championship, which is the next stop on the PGA Tour.
The field features some of the best golfers in the world, including Collin Morikawa and Rickie Fowler, who nearly won at astronomical odds last week.
Morikawa was only one shot behind winner Rory McIlroy, so it comes as no surprise to see him listed as the co-favorite with golf odds this week.
Bettors should note the earlier starting time of Wednesday night, so get your bets in before markets close.
Morikawa Feels at Home
Morikawa is making a strong case to be considered the world’s best golfer. Despite being only 24 years old, he is showing maturity and talent beyond his years.
After another quality outing at the CJ Cup last week, where he finished at -24, Morikawa now sets his eyes on winning the ZOZO Championship.
“Playing there (ZOZO) in 2019, I was able to start my professional career and since then, two years later, the world has obviously changed, so has my golf game and my experience,”
“So I look forward to hopefully contending and trying to win in Japan for the first time.”
He is of Chinese-Japanese descent, so playing in Japan is like a home away from home. Morikawa already has two majors and three PGA Tour victories under his belt, which is more than most professional golfers have in their careers.
Collin Morikawa – still very good at golf pic.twitter.com/grK2Trcmey
— Fore Play (@ForePlayPod) October 14, 2021
Despite his success, Morikawa is escaping the public eye. Had there been no Tiger Woods, Morikawa could be the poster child of golf, but he’s on his way to breaking all sorts of records.
We are not surprised to see the sportsbook open Morikawa at +750 to win the ZOZO Championship. He is deserving of favoritism, and there looks to be only a handful of winning chances.
Any player can win a golf tournament, but the cream often rises to the top. Morikawa’s consistency makes him a good bet for the tournament.
Pick: Collin Morikawa +750
Is Fowler Back?
We gave Fowler one last chance to show improvement at the CJ Cup, and he didn’t let us down.
We tipped him at +14000, and although he came up just short, he got full marks for returning to form.
Continuing on with it won’t be easy, but as we’ve seen with Jordan Spieth, a little confidence goes a long way. He was making good putts and striking the ball well; two things needed to win golf tournaments.
Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy battling at the top of the leaderboard is like being ambushed by puppies and ice cream while floating on giant donut.
(It’s good. Very, very good)
— Amanda Rose (@amandagolf59) October 16, 2021
The 32-year-old is a five-time PGA Tour winner, so he has been around the block. He might have had a few rough years, but Fowler’s class should never be overlooked. His wins in The Players Championship and Deutsche Bank Championship were top self.
We’re keeping the faith with Fowler, and hoping his form from last week carries over in Japan.
Pick: Rickie Fowler +3000
Matsuyama Back in Japan
The last time Hideki Matsuyama was in Japan ended in heartbreak. He needed to birdie the last hole at the Olympics to secure a bronze medal, but he lost in a playoff to finish fourth.
It was supposed to be a celebration with fans following his Masters win in April, but without fans at the Olympics, it was a subdued return home.
Matsuyama hasn’t been playing his best golf over the last few months, but playing in his home country gives him an advantage.
He finished T-59 at the CJ Cup, which followed a T-67 at the Shriners. However, he showed much better form when finishing T-6 at the Fortinet Championship, so he has that to call upon.
Betting online markets have Matsuyama on the third line of betting at +1100. He’s not quite playing up to that level, but he’s worth having on your ticket because of the situation.