Action Report: Bettors Like Keegan Bradley to Repeat at ZOZO Championship

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Keegan Bradley prepares to tee off on the second hole during the first round of the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023, in Atlanta.
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Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable Oct 18, 2023, 12:54 PM

The PGA Tour will be in Japan this week for the ZOZO Championship from Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club.

It has arguably the best field of the fall, with six players in the top 30 of the Official World Golf Rankings teeing it up, including Xander Schauffele, Collin Morikawa, Rickie Fowler and defending champion Keegan Bradley.

This all sets up for a solid week of PGA Tour betting.

Bettors at the BetMGM online sportsbook like Bradley to repeat as champion.

As of Wednesday, Bradley, who is +2200 to win, is pulling in the most handle (17.1%) on the second-most tickets (6.5%).

Last year wasn’t Bradley’s only high finish at this event. He finished T-13 in 2019, playing alongside Tiger Woods, who won the tournament.

Bradley hasn’t played since the Tour Championship, where he finished T-9. This is also his first event since missing out on the Ryder Cup.

Min Woo Lee (+1800) is also a favorite among bettors.

The 25-year-old won last weekend at the SJM Macao Open on the Asian Tour, logging rounds of 62-65-64-63. He is drawing the third-highest handle (10.2%) on the most tickets (9.2%).

When it comes to Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club, it has hosted the event three times prior to this year. In those three editions, the winning score has been between 15 and 19-under.

It’s a narrow, tree-lined course where players will need to keep the ball in play to avoid penal rough.

Bradley, Lee and Cameron Champ (+4000) are BetMGM’s biggest liabilities. 

Current Handle & Tickets

Handle

  1. Keegan Bradley – 17.1%
  2. Xander Schaufele – 12.5%
  3. Min Woo Lee – 10.2%
  4. Adam Scott – 9.2%
  5. Cameron Champ – 8.5%

Tickets

  1. Min Woo Lee – 9.2%
  2. Keegan Bradley – 6.5%
  3. Cam Davis – 6.1%
  4. Sungjae Im – 5.6%
  5. Rickie Fowler – 4.7%

It’s no surprise Schauffele, the highest-ranked player in the field (No. 6), is drawing the second-most handle. This is his first event since the Ryder Cup.

Collin Morikawa (+1000) has the second-best odds but is only pulling in 3.5% of the tickets and 0.9% of the handle.

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Ryan Hannable is a Content Managing Editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”

Ryan Hannable is a Content Managing Editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”