2023 ZOZO Championship Primer: History, TV, Field, Odds

ZOZO Championship Hideki Matsuyama
Hideki Matsuyama walks on the 16th fairway during the third round of the Zozo Championship at Accordia Golf Narashino CC on Oct 27, 2019 in Inzai, Chiba, Japan. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun via Getty Images)

The PGA Tour moves from Las Vegas to Japan for the fifth annual ZOZO Championship at Narashino Country Club.

The ZOZO has only had four editions, but each has resulted in a high-profile winner, headlined by Tiger Woods who took the inaugural title in 2019.

Keegan Bradley will return to defend his 2022 title. He will be joined by marquee players such as Xander Schauffele, Collin Morikawa, Rickie Fowler, Sunjae Im and Hideki Matsuyama.

As we do each week, here’s a rundown of facts and figures to get you prepped for the 2023 ZOZO Championship.

The Skinny

Name: ZOZO Championship
Dates: Oct. 19-22, 2023
Tour Debut: 2019 Season
Where: Chiba, Japan
Course: Narashino CC
Distance: Par 70, 7079 yards
Format: 78 players, 72 holes, no cut
Purse: $8,500,000
Winning Share: $1,530,000
FedExCup: 500
2022 Champion: Keegan Bradley

How to Follow the ZOZO Championship

ZOZO Championship Hideki Matsuyama and Collin Morikawa
Hideki Matsuyama and Collin Morikawa pose on the 10th tee during the pro am ahead of the Zozo Championships at Sherwood CC on Oct 21, 2020 in Thousand Oaks, CA. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian / PGA TOUR via Getty Images )

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History: ZOZO Championship

Tiger Woods Wins Zozo Championship
Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the 14th hole during the final round of the Zozo Championship at Accordia Golf Narashino CC on Oct 28, 2019 in Inzai, Chiba, Japan. Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

The four-year old ZOZO Championship may lack a deep history but its four champions include the game’s most iconic star in Tiger Woods; Japan’s only major winner in Hideki Matsuyama; the world No. 3 in Patrick Cantlay; and fan favorite Keegan Bradley.

The ZOZO Championship was initially inserted into the PGA Tour’s wrap-around portion of its 2019-20 schedule. It essentially filled the void of the former CIMB Classic as one of three stops on the Asian Swing.

Making its debut at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba, Japan, the event was moved to California for one year during the height of the COVID scare. It made its return to Japanese soil in 2021.

In addition to the inaugural ZOZO Championship, Narashino Country Club has hosted several notable golf tournaments over the course of its history, most notably the 1972 Japan Airlines Open with Gary Player taking home the prize. Other notable golfers victorious at Narashino include Graham Marsh, Seve Ballesteros, and most recently Woods.

History: Winners

2022: Keegan Bradley (-15)
2021: Hideki Matsuyama (-15)
2020: Patrick Cantlay (-23)
2019: Tiger Woods (-19)

History: Records

72: 261 – Tiger Woods (2019)
18: 61 – Richy Werenski (2020, Rd 2)

Win Margin
5 – Matsuyama (2021)

ZOZO Championship Field

ZOZO Championship Xander Schauffele
Xander Schauffele hits his tee shot on the 7th hole during the final round of the Zozo Championship at Accordia Golf Narashino CC on Oct 27, 2019 in Inzai, Chiba, Japan. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun via Getty Images)

Due to the change in the FedEx Cup schedule, the field in Japan is not stellar but does include several marquee names including Collin Morikawa, Xander Schauffele, Rickie Fowler, Keegan Bradley, Sahith Theegala, Sungjae Im and Hideki Matsuyama.

Other familiar names include Adam Scott, Min Woo Lee and Alex Noren.

Field: Top-5 Betting Favorites

1. Xander Schauffele +250
2. Collin Morikawa +400
3. Hideki Matsuyama +500
4. Rickie Fowler +600
5. Sunjae Im +700

Full Field

Alexander, Tyson
Baddeley, Aaron
Bhatia, Akshay
Blair, Zac
Bradley, Keegan
Buckley, Hayden
Champ, Cameron
Cole, Eric
Dahmen, Joel
Davis, Cam
Detry, Thomas
Eckroat, Austin
Fowler, Rickie
Gordon, Will
Griffin, Ben
Grillo, Emiliano
Hall, Harry
Hardy, Nick
Higgo, Garrick
Hirata, Kensei
Hisatsune, Ryo
Hodges, Lee
Hoge, Tom
Hojgaard, Nicolai
Horikawa, Mikumu
Hossler, Beau
Hubbard, Mark
Hughes, Mackenzie
Im, Sungjae
Imahira, Shugo
Inamori, Yuki
Ishikawa, Ryo
Iwasaki, Aguri
Kanaya, Takumi
Kim, Michael
Kim, S.H.
Kitayama, Kurt
Kodaira, Satoshi
Lashley, Nate
Lee, K.H.
Lee, Min Woo
Lingmerth, David
Lipsky, David
Lower, Justin
Matsuyama, Hideki
Mitchell, Keith
Montgomery, Taylor
Moore, Taylor
Morikawa, Collin
Nagano, Ryutaro
Nakajima, Keita
NeSmith, Matt
Noren, Alex
Norrman, Vincent
Novak, Andrew
Onishi, Kaito
Rai, Aaron
Riley, Davis
Ryder, Sam
Schauffele, Xander
Schenk, Adam
Scott, Adam
Semikawa, Taiga
Shelton, Robby
Song, Young-han
Spaun, J.J.
Stevens, Sam
Suh, Justin
Svensson, Adam
Tarren, Callum
Taylor, Ben
Taylor, Nick
Theegala, Sahith
Wallace, Matt
Werbylo, Trevor
Wu, Brandon
Wu, Dylan
Yu, Kevin



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