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The Zozo Championship debuts this week in Japan, with a really strong field assembled for the PGA Tour's debut in the Land of the Rising Sun. We had a chance to see Tiger, J-Day, Rory and Hideki take on this course in the made-for-TV The Challenge: Japan Skins match, so we got an idea of the kind of classic course this is. Still, a new venue can produce some unexpected outcomes.
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2019 Zozo Championship rankings: Top 10 picks
1. Justin Thomas: JT kills it in Asia, and he just won the CJ Cup again. Maybe not the perfect fit on this course, but his aggression is a great thing.
2. Rory McIlroy: McIlroy could easily be No. 1 here, of course. These vexing greens should keep some players guessing, which could help McIlroy with putting deficiencies.
3. Tony Finau: Love where Finau's game is, finishing in the top 10 in four of his last five starts. Only downside is the non-top-10 came at Wentworth, which is kind of tight like our host this week.
4. Adam Scott: Scott's game is all-around solid, and the putting challenges should be helpful for him. Finished T-5 in the Japan Open last week, so he's acclimated to the game.
5. Tommy Fleetwood: Fleetwood hasn't missed a cash since the French Open in 2018. I know there's no cut this week, but we should marvel at his consistency. Top-20 finishes in five of his last six starts.
6. Paul Casey: Casey could probably stand to be higher, but his missed cut at the Italian Open is a bit of a concern. Did well at Wentworth, finishing T-11.
7. Patrick Reed: Reed has been playing great golf going back into the late summer with a win at The Northern Trust. Continuing to play well in Europe.
8. Kevin Na: Na won the Shriners for his third win in 18 months. He's not easy to pick every week because he can be erratic, but he's become a superior player.
9. Adam Hadwin: Hadwin was an awkward player last season, but he's come out well starting this new season with a runner-up and a T-4 finish.
10. Viktor Hovland: Hovland's sub-70 streak ended at 19 rounds, which is a remarkable run. He's so consistent from round to round that it's hard not to like him.
11. Tiger Woods: Woods is making his first start since having knee surgery after a T-37 at the BMW Championship. Looked better on the back nine in the skins game.
My primary DraftKings lineup
- Adam Scott - $9,900
- Patrick Reed - $9,600
- Joaquin Niemann - $8,200
- Adam Hadwin - $8,100
- Charles Howell III - $7,300
- Ryo Ishikawa - $6,400
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