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PGA Tour stars make the long journey to Japan this week for the ZOZO Championship.
The co-sanctioned event between the American circuit and the Japan Golf Tour has a limited field, with some star names heading to Asia for the 2023 event.
European Ryder Cup heroes Tommy Fleetwood and Tyrrell Hatton will be both be teeing it up, alongside fellow Englishmen Aaron Rai and Matt Wallace.
Keegan Bradley will defend his title at Narashino Country Club in Chiba after claiming his first PGA Tour crown in four years when he edged out American compatriots Rickie Fowler and Andrew Putnam in last year’s tournament.
Other notable names in the field this year include Fowler, South Korean star Tom Kim and US Open champion Wyndham Clark.
The ZOZO Championship has been growing in popularity ever since the Narashino Country Club first staged the tournament in 2019.
A certain Tiger Woods won the inaugural edition of the event, securing a record-equalling 82nd PGA Tour title four years ago.
The 15-time major champion won by three shots in the rain-delayed event as he held off a charge from home favourite Hideki Matsuyama to win his first tournament since his famous Masters triumph in April of the same year.
Here’s everything you need to know about the 2023 ZOZO Championship…
ZOZO Championship details
Course: Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club
Course stats: 7,079 yards, par 70
Defending champion: Keegan Bradley
Winner’s share: $1,981,000
ZOZO Championship betting tips
Here’s who the bookies fancy this week…
Xander Schauffele 8/1
Collin Morikawa 11/1
Rickie Fowler 14/1
Hideki Matsuyama 14/1
Sungjae Im 14/1
Min Woo Lee 20/1
The bunkered bet
Sahith Theegala 22/1
Theegala won on his last outing at the Fortinet Championship last month and finished in a tie for fifth on his debut in this event last year. His confidence is sky-high and Narashino is a tight, tree-lined venue which rewards good ball-striking. Theegala should be in his element this week.
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