Starts: 13 October 2022
Course: Accordia Golf Narashino CC, Japan
Length: 7,079 yards
2021 Champion: Hideki Matsuyama
Course Designer: Shinya Fujita
Tournament played here since: 2019 (no 2020 edition at this course)
Type of Course: Parkland
Fairways: Korai Zoysiagrass
Greens: Bentgrass greens (11.5 on stimp)
Par 5's: 6th, 14th and 18th
Premium on: All Round Game
Significant Info To Be Aware Of
The field is only 78 players with no cut.
About 40 yards have been added to the official scorecard at the Narashino Country Club for this year’s iteration of the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP.
This event returns to Accordia Golf Narashino CC, which hosted the event last year and 2019. The 2020 Zozo Championship was held in the USA.
Mostly sunny with temperatures peaking in the mid 20's each afternoon. The wind should test players this week and scoring is likely to be higher.
Thur - Sunny. Wind 8-21mph.
Fri - Sunny. Wind 12-24mph.
Sat - Sunny intervals. Wind 8-16mph.
Sun - Sunny intervals. Wind 8-16mph.
Matsuyama won last year with a winning score of 15 under par, which was FIVE shots better than 2nd place. In 2019, Tiger Woods won with a winning score of -19 . However, there were three shots separating him and Hideki Matsuyama in 2nd and a further 3 shots separating Matsuyama and those in 3rd place. We can expect a winning score in the mid teens.
Course form held up well in 2021 with Matsuyama winning following a 2nd place finish here in 2019. Several of the top 10 had a top 25 in the 2019 edition.
Matsuyama wasn't in strong form with finishes of 59-67 before his win. Runners up Cameron Tringale and Brenden Steele weren't in great form either. In 2019, Tiger Woods hadn't played for nine weeks prior to his win. However, the rest of the top 5 each had a top 10 finish in their previous two starts. Those who are still motivated at this time of year are preferred.
Matsuyama was ranked 19th in the world whilst Woods ranked 8th in the world at the time of their wins. Both obvioulsy have strong pedigree and the winner is likely to come from another strong runner this year.
Only certain stats are available from 2021 so we will concentrate on the 2019 stats.
Rankings for the top 5 in 2019 were 7-29-13-47-3.
No distance stats are available for the 2019 tournament but all of the top 5 are above average for length off the tee.
Greens In Regulation
Rankings for the top 5 in 2019 were 3-6-20-39-6. Matsuyama was 1st in 2021.
Rankings for the top 5 in 2019 were 7-19-11-7-2. Matsuyama was 2nd in 2021.
Rankings for the top 5 in 2019 were 1-2-12-4-29. A good putting week is essential.
The 4th, 12th and 5th were the three hardest holes in 2019.
The par 5s all played under par, with the par 5 18th hole the easiest hole on the course. Outside the par 5s, the short par 4th and short par 3 13th both played easy.
Fast or Slow Start
Matsuyama was in 2nd place after round one and led from 36 holes onwards. In 2019, Tiger Woods, Gary Woodland and Hideki Matsuyama were the front three after the opening 18 holes and all three finished inside the top 5 at the end of the tournament. Fast starts are preferred.
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