2021 ZOZO Championship Picks: How to Bet This Week’s PGA Tour Event

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Sung Kang of Korea plays his shot from the eighth. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

The Zoso Championship is the first co-sanctioned event between the PGA and Japanese Tour’s. Its inaugural event was in 2019 and Tiger Woods’s last victory, while the 2020 event had to be held in America due to obvious reasons. The seventy-eight-player limited field consists of the top 60 available players from last year’s FedEx Cup standings, seven from the Japan golf tour, top 3 at Bridgestone Open, and eight sponsors invites.

The Narashino Country Club uniquely has two sets of greens per hole, one for the warmer and one for the cooler weather, with this week’s being Bentgrass variety for the colder season.

2021 Zoso Championship

October 21-24 at Narashino Country Club – Par 70, 7011 yards

Adam Schenk Is a Surprise Selection

On first look at this week’s event on the PGA Tour and seeing quotes of +5000 for Adam Schenk, I didn’t think that I would be drawn to him. The problem is though, except for Xander Schauffele, Collin Morikawa, and Hideki Matsuyama at the top of the market, marquee names are thin on the ground.

With Schauffele and Morikawa south of +1000 in price, it feels like we need to look elsewhere for the value and Adam Schenk stuck out on several levels. Firstly, a couple of seasons ago when not as well established on the PGA Tour as now, Schenk made the journey to Asia and seemed to be comfortable with golf in this part of the world, finishing an impressive 22nd.

Adam Schenk hits his tee shot on the eighth hole. Alex Goodlett/Getty Images/AFP

Two years on Adam Schenk is a different proposition as a player on the PGA Tour with a golden run of recent form with 4th at the John Deere Classic, 4th at the Barracuda Championship, and 3rd in his last outing at the Shriners Children’s Open.

That’s an impressive three top 4 finishes in his last ten PGA events and not playing in last week’s CJ Cup could turn out to be a blessing in disguise for the twenty-nine-year-old from Indiana with this week’s long commute to negotiate. Adam Schenk is one of my best golf bets for this week’s Zoso Championship and I advise taking him as a longshot with Intertops at +6000 and top 5 and top 20 due to his consistency.

Golf Pick: Adam Schenk win +6000 with Intertops (visit our Intertops Review)

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Golf Pick: Adam Schenk top 5 +1200 with GTbets (visit our GTbets Review)

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Golf Pick: Adam Schenk top 20 +175 with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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Adam Schenk hits his second shot on the 18th hole. Alex Goodlett/Getty Images/AFP

Sung Kang Looks Back to Form and Worth a Chance

There can be little doubt that Sung Kang (also known as Sung-Hoon Kang) who was born in South Korea is likely to be better suited to this week’s agronomy than many as he has proved in the past with his forays into Asia. It has to be stated that 2021 has been a tough one for Sung Kang and with his exemption for winning the 2019 Byron Nelson due to run out next year, he needs to snap out of his funk quickly. ng the 2019 Byron Nelson is due to run out next year, he needs to snap out of his funk quickly.

The recent signs are encouraging that he’s close to doing that with a 61 at the Shriners Children’s Open and a 64 at the CJ Cup these last two weeks accounting for two solid top 35 finishes. The thirty-four-year-old performed respectably in 2019 at the Narashino Country Club with a solid 17th and I’m wondering if this week’s tougher test will likely suit Kang better than the previous two weeks putting fests.

Sung Kang of Korea plays an approach shot on the 14th hole. Alex Goodlett/Getty Images for CJ Cup @ Summit/AFP

Some of his best results have been at the Riviera Country Club which is one of the toughest PGA Tour stops and maybe this year’s weaker renewal is a perfect storm to end a tough 2021 for Sung Kang. Look to take Sung Kang as a longshot winner this week in the Zoso Championship at +15000 with BetOnline and add him in the top 20 markets as one of our best bets with the same firm.

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Golf Pick: Sung Kang top 20 +375 BetOnline

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