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Zozo Championship 2022 – Event Overview

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Zozo Championship Event Overview

A select field of 80 makes the journey to Japan for this week’s Zozo Championship 2022 taking place at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club.

Hideki Matsuyama heads over to his homeland to defend his title from last year, Hideki also finished runner-up at this course in 2020, it was notable that year when the field was extremely strong that the best ball strikers in the world held the top 5 places, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Im Sung-jae and Gary Woodland.

I expect we will see something similar this week on a course that rewards world-class iron play.

We don’t have the best field lining up this week, not helped by the fact the CJ Cup is back in South Carolina the following week at Congaree Country Club.

The Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club, which first opened its doors in 1965, is a small course with forgiving tree-lined fairways. Two greens per hole are a Japanese practice that arose from a requirement to maintain diverse grasses for changeable weather many years before developments in agrostology.

Individual greens, on the other hand, are small, requiring precision short irons and approach shots to set up birdie possibilities. Lines off the tee appear to be rather claustrophobic in this tree-lined layout. There are six doglegs to offer variation, but the rough this week appears to be rather light so could driving distance be more important than accuracy.

There are five Par-3 holes and three Par-5 holes on the course. The par 4’s on the course also vary massively. Some par 4’s measure up over 500 yards and others under 400 yards.

Bentgrass is used on the putting surfaces which will be a delight for many of the world’s best ball-striker, they are however tiny in size and well-defended by bunkers, so short-game expertise will play its part. Expect to see another low-scoring birdie feast this fall season.

I expect this to be another week where the scores are better than 18 under par. Overall a fun course for the players to get stuck into this week.

Event & Course Details:

Course:Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club
Location:Japan, Chiba
Date:Oct 13-16 , 2022
Purse:$9.95 Million / Winner $1.75 million
Defending Champion:Hideki Matsuyama

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