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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Twofer Tuesday: ZOZO Championship

Twofer Tuesday heads for Japan and a touch of that Tiger magic as the ZOZO Championship returns home.

Defending champion Patrick Cantlay

Since last year's event had to be held in the USA at Sherwood Country Club in California, this is only the second time the ZOZO has been played at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba, Japan. The inaugural event, way back in 2019 before the pandemic started, was the site where Tiger tied Sam Snead's record of 82 PGA Tour wins. Tiger couldn't return this time but, after photos surfaced of him walking without crutches, there's no doubt that he'll be on everybody's mind.

On my mind? Desperately getting off the schnide and putting up some scores with my Twofer Tuesday picks. So far I've picked eight players in four events... and I have yet to get even one Top10 finisher. I've tried all kinds of strategies but all have failed. So this week I'll try yet another tack.

  • My first pick is Collin Morikawa. I don't know how Collin will fare in Japan, given his great finish in Vegas last week and the recovery problems this time change may pose. At least he's posted some consistent high finishes this year so I'm going to take a chance on him.
  • And my second pick is far down the other end of the spectrum -- I'm taking Harry Higgs. Harry has yet to win on Tour and his most consistent finish over the last year has been MC. But he had a runner-up back in September 2020 and a T9 in Vegas last week, so I know he's capable of putting up four good rounds. And who knows, maybe a trip to Japan will agree with him.

Because of the huge time difference between Japan and the East Coast of the US, GC's live coverage begins tomorrow (Wednesday) at 11:30pm ET for a three-hour window. I suspect they'll have a replay sometime during the day, of course, because this is the Tour's only event in Japan. In the meantime, I'll see if my luck takes a turn for the better in the Land of the Rising Sun.

3 comments:

  1. Like the PGA Tour, the LPGA Tour's autumn Asian swing was reduced to one event due to COVID-19 and the ongoing travel restrictions resulting from it. Unfortunately for them that event, the BMW Championship in Busan, Korea, is the same week as the Zozo Championship and in the same time zone, meaning tape delayed TV coverage. Seeing it live means going through the normal streaming platforms utilized by The Golf Channel. The live streams begin tonight and run from 930pm-230am EDT for all 4 rounds.
    With this being the only event left on the autumn Asian swing many of the top Tour players are giving this a pass, but it's still interesting as this is cosanctioned with the KLPGA and viewers on this side of the Pacific get a chance to see their top players and perhaps a few future LPGA stars in the making. Despite recent nagging injuries Ha Na Jang, the 2019 winner, is set to defend her title.

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    1. Now you've got me thinking that today is Wednesday when both tournaments commence (EDT), when in fact it's still Tuesday as I write this.

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    2. Yeah, I caught it Tuesday morning when I cranked up my computer. It's been changed now. But look at it this way -- you're going to be early for everything this week! ;-)

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