ZOZO Championship Odds: Xander Schauffele Enters as Favorite

The 2021 ZOZO Championship is the next stop on the 2022 PGA TOUR and it starts this week. The event will kick off on Thursday, October 21 and will conclude on Sunday, October 24. It will also be the second time that the event will take place at the Narashino Country Club in Inzai, Chiba Prefecture, Japan. Last year, the event was held in Lake Sherwood, California due to COVID-19 preventing travel.

Nevertheless, BetOnline has released odds for the tournament, which currently list Xander Schauffele as the favorite at +650 odds.

Schauffele has competed at both iterations of the ZOZO Championship in the past, finishing 10th in 2019 and 17th last year. He’s also bringing some momentum from the current tour with him. He helped Team USA to its Ryder Cup victory at the end of September and just placed T-18th in last week’s CJ Cup after finishing 18-under-par.

If Schauffele wins, it’ll also be his first victory in a long time. He hasn’t won a solo tournament since he was victorious at the Sentry Tournament of Champions back in January 2019. He’s come close to winning on a few occasions, but never enough. With the momentum ride he’s on, along with his previous ZOZO Championship experience, look for Schauffele to finish as one of the top names this week in Japan.

2021 ZOZO Championship Odds

Odds via BetOnline as of Tuesday, October 19

  • Xander Schauffele (+650)
  • Collin Morikawa (+750)
  • Hideki Matsuyama (+1200)
  • Will Zalatoris (+1800)
  • Tommy Fleetwood (+2200)
  • Joaquin Niemann (+2200)
  • Rickie Fowler (+2500)
  • Si Woo Kim (+3300)
  • Maverick McNealy (+3300)
  • Alex Noren (+3300)
  • Keegan Bradley (+3300)

A complete odds list is available at BetOnline.ag.

Collin Morikawa ZOZO Championship Odds

Another top golfer who’s taking part in this week’s tournament is none other than Collin Morikawa. The 24-year-old phenom was not only part of the winning Ryder Cup team as well, but he also placed 2nd at the CJ Cup last weekend. In other words, it might be slightly surprising to some to see his odds being slightly worse (+750) than Schauffele’s.

When it comes to his ZOZO Championship history, Morikawa’s performances fluctuate. For instance, he had a disappointing showing at last year’s event at the Sherwood Country Club, placing 50th. However, he performed much better when the event was held at the Narashino Country Club in 2019, placing 22nd. Neither outing was close to winning it all, but the important thing is that it seems Morikawa plays better when the tournament is in Japan.

Can Hideki Matsuyama Win It All?

There will be several Japan-born golfers who’ll be competing at the ZOZO Championship and Hideki Matsuyama (+1200) is one of them. While his odds are decent to win the event, he hasn’t been having much look on the 2022 PGA TOUR. After placing T-4th at the Fortinet Championship, Matsuyama has placed T-67 and T-59th in the two subsequent tournaments.

Fortunately, Matsuyama’s past ZOZO Championship performances show that he can turn things around — especially when it’s being held in his home country of Japan. He placed 2nd at the inaugural tournament in 2019, finishing three strokes behind Tiger Woods for the victory. He also placed 28th in Sherwood last year, which is better than some of this year’s competitors can say.

Regardless, it’s hard not to like Matsuyama’s chances of winning when you take his prior experience and the fact that he’s the “hometown” hero into account.

ZOZO Championship FAQ

What other types of markets will there be?

As with most golf tournaments, BetOnline will offer prop bets and head-to-head matchups for the ZOZO Championship. If they’re not up now, they will be closer to the start date.

Is there a limit on how much I can wager on the ZOZO Championship?

Yes, all sportsbooks have a max wager limit and some vary from sport to sport. The typical maximum wager on BetOnline is usually $2,000.

Can I wager on other sports?

Of course! There is no shortage of sports that you can wager on, whether you’re looking at BetOnline, one of our other partners or any sportsbook of your liking. Just because you bet on golf doesn’t mean you can’t wager on soccer, basketball or even horse riding.

Devon Platana
Devon Platana

After graduating with a Masters degree in Journalism, Devon joined USGS to improve his sports writing skills. As a lifelong sports fan, one of Devon’s favorite things to do is analyze statistics across all sports.