The PGA Tour makes the trip across the Pacific this week for the Zozo Championship in Japan. It will be held once again at Narashino Country Club. Similar to other fall events, this field is weaker than in years past. However, we do have a few more of the top names playing this week in Xander Schauffele, Hideki Matsuyama, Rickie Fowler, Collin Morikawa, and Keegan Bradley. The 78 player field will play all four rounds, which makes it very difficult to separate your DraftKings lineup from others. You will see a lot of roster overlap and condensed standings because there is no cut. In terms of what to look for in a player this week, ball striking reigns supreme. You can’t fake your way around this place. You will have to be above average both off the tee and on approach. This isn’t like some other weeks on the PGA Tour when you can just putt lights out to mask subpar ball striking. Let’s take a look at three ballstrikers to target.
Hideki Matsuyama $9,800
Surprise, surprise…we have another event where we have uncertainty about the health of Hideki Matsuyama. Last we saw him, he withdrew from the BMW Championship. Reports surfaced that he returned home for some treatment and is in better health now. In his three appearances at this event, he has finished first, second, and 40th. No player in this field has a better combination of skillset and knowledge of the course. Yes, he is risky but I think that may bring down his ownership percentage, which makes him an even better play for large field tournaments on DraftKings.
Keegan Bradley $9,200
This is Keegan’s first start since not playing in the Ryder Cup. There should be a little extra fuel on the fire to prove that he belonged on that team, especially after their underwhelming performance in Italy. There is no course better to do that on than here, where Bradley won in 2022 and finished 7th and 13th in his prior two starts. He is the second highest ranked player in the world behind Xander in this field so why is he priced at only $9,200? Take the value and start Keegan this week.
Cameron Champ $7,100
Most people will just pass over Champ this week. But let’s take a look at why he is a good value at this price. He comes into this event off back-to-back top-20 finishes and he finished eighth in this event last year. Just how good has Champ played the last two weeks? Over those eight rounds, he has gained strokes in each of the four areas (off the tee, approach, around the green, and putting). He has only done that one other time in his career! So we are getting a player who is arguably playing some of the best golf of his career on a course where he played well last year. And he is priced at only $7,100?