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Xander Schauffele favored at Zozo as Tour heads to Japan

by Will Gray
Updated On: October 10, 2022, 10:37 am ET

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The PGA Tour is heading across the Pacific this week, and Xander Schauffele is expected to have more success in the Land of the Rising Sun.

One year after Schauffele won the Olympic gold medal in Tokyo, he's now a betting favorite for the PGA Tour's Zozo Championship. The tournament is in its fourth year of existence, although the 2020 edition was played in California because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Schauffele has played in each of the three prior iterations, highlighted by a T-10 finish in 2019, and he's topping the odds board this week at +800 in his first stroke-play start since the Tour Championship. At No. 6 in the world, Schauffele is the highest-ranked player in the 78-man field and one of only two top-10 players teeing it up this week in Japan.

The other, world No. 9 Collin Morikawa, is listed at +1400 alongside the Tour's most recent winner, Tom Kim. Kim was the beneficiary of a 72nd-hole blunder from Patrick Cantlay, and he took the title Sunday at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. The win made Kim the first since Tiger Woods to rack up two Tour victories before turning 21, and he became just the third player since 1974 to win on Tour while playing 72 holes without making a single bogey.

In between Schauffele and Morikawa/Kim are Sungjae Im, who finished seventh last week in defense of his Shriners title, and Hideki Matsuyama, who cruised to a five-shot win at the Zozo a year ago.

Here's a look at some of the notable odds for this week's no-cut event in Japan, which will tee off Wednesday evening for American audiences:

Odds to win Zozo Championship (via PointsBet Sportsbook)

+800: Xander Schauffele

+1100: Sungjae Im

+1300: Hideki Matsuyama

+1400: Collin Morikawa, Tom Kim

+1800: Viktor Hovland, Cameron Young

+2500: Tyrrell Hatton, Corey Conners

+2800: Si Woo Kim, Tommy Fleetwood

+3000: Keegan Bradley

+3300: Tom Hoge

+3500: Maverick McNealy, Sahith Theegala

+4000: Scott Stallings, Sepp Straka, Davis Riley, Cam Davis, Mito Pereira, Sebastian Munoz

+5000: K.H. Lee, Emiliano Grillo, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Mackenzie Hughes, Matthew NeSmith, Lucas Herbert

+6600: Brendan Steele, Rickie Fowler, Andrew Putnam, Mark Hubbard, Kurt Kitayama

+7000: Luke List, Taylor Moore, Aaron Rai, J.J. Spaun

+8000: Kevin Streelman, Alex Smalley, Wyndham Clark

+9000: Troy Merritt, Patrick Rodgers, Stephan Jaeger, Adam Svensson, Matt Wallace

+10000: Martin Laird, Russell Knox, Joel Dahmen, Adam Schenk, Adam Long, Cameron Champ, Hayden Buckley

+12500: C.T. Pan, Lee Hodges, Beau Hossler, Takumi Kanaya, Dylan Frittelli

+15000: Brandon Wu, Peter Malnati, David Lipsky, John Huh, Chez Reavie

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Will Gray

Will Gray is the Manager of College Sports & Golf Content for NBC Sports EDGE. He has covered the PGA Tour since 2013 and regularly contributes golf betting insight and analysis across multiple digital platforms. Gray has been with NBC Sports since 2007 and recently served as a writer, video analyst and podcast host for Golf Channel. You can follow him on Twitter @WillGrayGC