Zoso Championship Golf Preview and Top Betting
Picks

By Craig Edwards @EdwardsTips_

Narashino Country Club
Par 70, 7041 yards

Home stars to be competitive in this year’s Zoso
Championship

BetWithUs Golf Tips for Zoso Championship
Joaquin Niemann – each-way @ 22/1 (23.00)
Ryosuke Kinoshita – Top 10 @ 14/1 (15.00) & Top 20 @ 9/2 (5.50)
Satoshi Kodaira – Top 20 @ 9/2 (5.50)

The Zoso Championship debuted in 2019 with Tiger Woods winning and unfortunately, the
co-sanctioned event was unable to be played in 2020 for obvious reasons. This time around
the American representation is weaker than in 2019 allowing the home players an
opportunity to shine on the world’s biggest stage in their favoured agronomy. Narashino
Country Club is unique with two greens per hole, one for the warmer and one for the colder
weather. It looks like the Bentgrass version will hold sway this week

Joaquin Niemann – each-way @ 22/1 (23.00)

It’s amazing to think that Chilean, Joaquin Niemann is still only twenty-two years old and
illustrates what a precocious talent he was as a junior. The World number 30 won the 2019
A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier in the fall of 2019, two years ago but it’s his consistency
since that’s seen him rise through the world rankings. Last week at the CJ Cup was a typical
example of his poor putting undermining a strong tee to green game. This week’s sterner
test of creativity should suit his natural flair better with Narashino Country Club’s tree-lined
fairways the place to show off those considerable talents. Tree-lined courses seem to be
Joaquin Niemann’s preferred test and this week they are using his favoured Bentgrass
greens, so he has much in his favour with a weaker than average field to beat for his second
PGA Tour title.

Ryosuke Kinoshita – Top 10 @ 14/1 (15.00) & Top 20 & 9/2 (5.50)

2021 has seen Ryosuke Kinoshita jump to the next level at the age of thirty with his
consistent tee to the green game looking tailor-made for Narashino Country Club. His ball-
striking tee to green has elevated Kinoshita to the elite level in 2021 with two wins on his
home tour, and eight top 10s illustrating what a model of consistency he’s been. Two
international forays have seen creditable results in the Open Championship and WGC FedEx
St Jude Invitational so last week’s 3 rd in the Japan Open Golf Championship was the perfect
prep for the coming week. He could upset the form book totally by winning the Zoso
Championship this week, but I prefer him in the top 20 and Top 10 markets.

Satoshi Kodaria – Top 20 @ 9/2 (5.50)

This is a good week for Satoshi Kodaira to make home advantage tell. Maybe, it’s a huge
leap of faith to see him winning the event but not to see a solid performance from the
thirty-two-year-old from Tokyo. Despite a strong middle of 2021 for Satoshi Kodaira with
three successive top 20 finishes on the PGA Tour, the 2018 Heritage Champion lost his
playing privileges. The last couple of weeks he’s returned home to Japan and at last week’s
Japan Open Golf Championship he was in 2 nd position with one round to go. Sadly, a 76 saw
him drop outside the top 10 but that was an encouraging performance to help build his
confidence back. In the inaugural 2019 Zoso Championship, he played creditably when once
again a poor last round of 74 let him down so we know he likes the course and I suspect he’s
better suited by his home agronomy. He’s accumulated four top 20 finishes on the PGA
TOUR in 2021 so back him this week to make it five.

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