After a couple of light fields to start the PGA Tour's Fall Series, a handful of top players will be back in the mix for this week's ZOZO Championship.
The ZOZO is one of the more prestigious events during this stretch of the calendar, so seeing the likes of Xander Schauffele, Collin Morikawa, and Rickie Fowler teeing it up shouldn't come as too much of a surprise.
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ZOZO Championship picks and predictions
Keegan Bradley over Rickie Fowler (+110)
There’s a serious case to be made Rickie Fowler was the worst golfer at the Ryder Cup. He was the only player on either team to not play at least three matches (0-2-0 record) and only Rob MacIntyre played worse on a strokes gained per match basis.
On top of that, his results since his win at the Rocket Mortgage leave something to be desired and certainly don’t stand up to the consistently top-shelf golf he played for 6+ months prior to the win.
Bradley was relatively quiet between his win at the Travelers and a T9 at East Lake, but I think we’ll see a fire lit under him after being left off the Ryder Cup squad with many of Zach Johnson's selections struggling.
He’s also the defending champion here in Japan and hasn’t finished worse than T13 in three tries. Fowler finished runner-up here last year (T44 in 2021) but hasn’t looked anywhere near his best since Detroit.
Pick: Keegan Bradley over Rickie Fowler (+110 at Unibet)
Cameron Davis over Adam Scott (-125)
In a battle of Aussies, it only makes sense to back Cam Davis given how the two have played of late.
Davis finds himself on a run of five Top 10s in his last six starts, which includes a third-place finish at the Fortinet and a T7 at the Shriners to kick off the Fall Series.
And despite Scott posting T7s (Wyndham, Wentworth) in two of his last four starts, the other two are missed cuts with one of those coming at the Japan Open last week where he lost more than six shots overall in two rounds.
Aside from approach play, Scott falls short of Davis — who ranks fourth in the field in total strokes gained and third from tee-to-green — in every major category over the last three months.
The veteran hasn’t played the ZOZO since 2019 (T33) and his missed cut here over the weekend makes him an auto-fade against someone playing as well as Cam.
Pick: Cameron Davis over Adam Scott (-125 at Unibet)
ZOZO Championship field and favorites
This will be the first start since the TOUR Championship (or Ryder Cup) for many of the guys at the top of this week's odds board, including Xander Schauffele (+700), Collin Morikawa (10/1), and Rickie Fowler (16/1).
Schauffele continued to be a consistent force with 17 Top 20s and seven Top 5s in 23 starts last season but while he finished second in the FedEx Cup, he remains winless since the Scottish Open back in July 2022.
Morikawa's drought runs even longer (November 2021) and he's coming off a hot-and-cold season that saw him post a number of strong finishes (seven Top 10s) but just as many disappointing ones (six missed cuts).
Rickie Fowler actually has the most recent win of the Top 5 (Rocket Mortgage in July) but sits fifth as he continues his climb back up to the top of golf, with Sungjae Im and 2021 ZOZO winner Hideki Matsuyama filling out the Top 5 with Xander and Collin.
2022 champion Keegan Bradley is also in the field and is available at +2,200 to defend his title this week.
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ZOZO Championship recent winners and odds history
Let's take a look at some recent ZOZO Championship winners and their closing odds to win:
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