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

Preparation for the 2020 Masters Tournament continues this week for many of the world’s top golfers with the Zozo (...)

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

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

Odds provided by BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated Tuesday at 5:34 p.m. ET.

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.

Also see:

  • 2020 Zozo Championship odds, predictions and PGA Tour best bets
  • Fantasy Golf Power Rankings for the 2020 Zozo Championship
  • Tiger Woods defends Zozo Championship title: Odds to win and best prop bets

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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Tiger Woods is in a familiar place in his unfamiliar run-up to the Masters

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – En route to Magnolia Lane over the years, Tiger Woods has nearly always followed the same roadmap on his inner (...)

Tiger Woods is in a familiar place in his unfamiliar run-up to the Masters

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – En route to Magnolia Lane over the years, Tiger Woods has nearly always followed the same roadmap on his inner GPS.

Play a few tournaments in Florida, sharpen his game at his compound in the Sunshine State, occasionally make a reconnaissance trip to Augusta National.

This year, however, with COVID-19 turning the world upside down, the five-time Masters champion, and this year’s defending champion, finds himself in California three weeks before the unprecedented November Masters.

“My run-up to Augusta is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced,” Woods said Tuesday after a 9-hole practice round at Sherwood Country Club, home this week to the relocated Zozo Championship at Sherwood. “That’s just the way it is. The whole idea is to be ready in a few weeks and whether or not that’s playing one more event, whether that’s Houston or just playing here at Zozo, I’m just making sure that I’m ready for Augusta.

“(The Masters) is not normally this time of year. We’re not in a Florida swing. This is all different. This whole year’s been different for all of us. I can’t simulate the normal ramp-up that I normally have, and I don’t think anyone else can either.

“It will be different for all of us.”

What does feel familiar to Woods is Sherwood. From 2000-2013, Woods hosted what is now known as the Hero World Challenge at this hilly Jack Nicklaus track some 40 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. Woods played 12 times during that stretch and won five times, finished second five times, tied for fourth and tied for 14th in 2005. His scoring average in those 48 rounds was 68.46.

When Woods saw Sherwood for the first time in seven years on Tuesday, a homey feel took over. Yes, the course has changed but Woods can call upon all that success he has had here this week.

“The shape of the golf course hasn’t changed, but the greens have changed since the last time I’ve played,” Woods said. “They’re a little bit flatter, a little bit bigger. Some of the contours are gone and so it’s a bit different. It’s on the softer side, and I think that some of the redesign that they’ve done here and the redo has made this golf course certainly more member-friendly.

“I think that the scores will be awfully low this week.”

Woods has always gone low here at Sherwood, with one reason being the man he’s chasing for the most major championships in golf: Nicklaus.

“Well, this golf course is typical Jack. It’s pretty open in the fairways, but the second shots are very difficult and you have to miss the golf ball in the correct spots,” Woods said. “My iron game has been one of the stable parts of my game and normally Nicklaus golf courses reward good iron play. Over the course of my entire career, I’ve won on a lot of Nicklaus golf courses because of that.”

Woods hasn’t won since he captured his record-tying 82nd PGA Tour title last fall in Japan in the inaugural Zozo Championship. In fact, this will be Woods’ first title defense since the 2014 World Golf Championships-Firestone Invitational, as he didn’t make it to the 2019 Tour Championship to defend his 2018 title and he has yet to be able to defend his 2019 Masters victory.

The former world No. 1 has slipped to No. 28 and has just one top-10 in seven starts in 2020. He missed the cut in his most recent start in the U.S. Open last month. While he’s been bothered by his surgically repaired but still troublesome back at times, he said he’s healthy and ready to resume his trek to the Masters.

“My game’s definitely better than it was at the U.S. Open,” he said. “I feel a little bit more prepared, a little bit better, and hopefully that translates into playing the golf course.”

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