It’s an historic week for golf as the PGA TOUR will play it’s very first official tournament in Japan. This is the second stop on the “Asian Money Grab” swing. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy both make their season debuts this week in the star studed field. The event is a limited field/no-cut event that includes only 78 players.
The ZOZO will be contested at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba, Japan. Accordia is a par 70 playing a short 7,041 yards. The course is tree-lined with six doglegs and undulating greens. Sounds like a bit of a throwback and might just be as it was built in 1965. With that said, accuracy will be at a premium so look for Strokes Gained: Off The Tee and Strokes Gained: Approach The Green to be factors.
Until further notice or any special requests we will continue with one post for daily fantasy golf advice. When referring to player salary, the first dollar amount is DraftKings and the second is FanDuel.
***All statistics referenced are as of the end of the 2018-2019 season for both The PGA TOUR and The Korn Ferry Tour.
These statistics are key to success at Accordia Golf Narashino
- Strokes Gained: Off The Tee (SGT)
- Strokes Gained: Approach The Green (SGAPG)
- Par 4 Scoring Average (Par 4 Sco)
- Strokes Gained: Putting (SGP
Horses For The Course
None – As we mentioned, first ever TOUR event in Japan so zero course history for us this week.
Top Tier Picks
- Xander Schauffele ($10,400/$11,100) – Last season’s FedExCup runner-up ranked 8th in both SGT and Par 4 Sco. The X Man always seems to play up to the strength of the field. Success in Asia is proven as X is the defending champ in China next week.
- Adam Scott ($9,900/$10,600) – Outstanding value for a player who ranked 3rd in SGT and 4th in SGAPG. Priced under $10k, it’s hard to not take a look. He’s been in Japan for two weeks finishing T5 in last week’s Japan Open. Worldwide has four top 10s since the fall.
- Patrick Reed ($9,600/$10,200) – Trending alert here, T36-T15-T4 in three straight Euro Tour starts. Last time P Reed was trending like this he won The Northern Trust to kick off the FEC Playoffs. He’s made true on the promise to stay out of his own way, seems to be working.
Other Options: Tommy Fleetwood ($9,800/$10,400), Gary Woodland ($9,500/$10,300), Viktor Hovland ($9,400/$10,000)
Mid Tier Picks
- Marc Leishman ($8,500/$9,400) – Posted two top 10s already on the young season. Similar to last week, the wind is predicted to be a factor and that’s where Leish thrives. He’s been on the edge of contention and for a guy that is a proven multiple winner that’s a great sign.
- Louis Oosthuizen ($8,400/$9,300) – Ended the 2018-2019 season with four consecutive top 20s. For a guy who doesn’t win a bunch, his Sagarin Ranking (11) is hard to argue with, has a winning record vs. the OWGR top 50. Not to mention he is averaging a ridiculous 96.6 FPPG (fantasy points per game) in DraftKings.
- Joaquin Niemann ($8,200/$9,100) – Solid T12 finis last week at The CJ Cup for a guy who won just a few weeks ago. Consistency is his key and he’s show plenty of it. Ranked inside the top 25 in SGAPG and Par 4 Sco.
Other Options: Sungjae Im ($8,800/$9,700), Rafa Cabrera Bello ($8,600/$9,500), Adam Hadwin ($8,100/$8,900)
Low Tier Picks
- Ryan Moore ($7,800/$8,800) – Finished T8 last week at Nine Bridges following a T13 at The Shriner’s in his previous start. Ranked 16th in SGAPG and he is streaky. Like him on this smaller ballpark.
- Ian Poulter ($7,500/$8,700) – This is purely a limited-field/no-cut pick. Poults loves the money grabs. He finished T16 at The CJ last week and has 14 career top 10s in WGC events (wink, wink). Oh, and it’s a Ryder Cup, so there’s that.
- Ryan Palmer ($6,900/$7,900) – Coming off a T12 at The CJ, his ball-striking is in typical form. Plays solid golf in the fall with a T3 and T7 in Oct-Nov tournaments last season. Has not posted a score worse than 70 in his eight rounds this year and led the TOUR in final round scoring average (68.38).
Other Options: Andrew Putnam ($7,400/$8,500), Corey Conners ($7,200/$8,200), Rory Sabbatini ($7,100/$8,200)
These aren’t just value picks, these are guys that could make a run and finish high on the leader board.
- Jordan Spieth ($10,000/$10,900)
- Matthew Fitzpatrick ($9,000/$9,600)
- Charles Howell III ($7,300/$8,600)
- Danny Lee ($6,900/$8,400)
The Golf Geek’s Picks
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