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2021 Solheim Cup: Full Viewer’s Guide

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The 2021 Solheim Cup gets underway this Saturday, with the U.S fancied to reclaim the cup following their defeat to Europe in 2019.

The U.S have home field advantage with the competition taking place at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, and ahead of the event here are all the essential details you need to know.

Teams

U.S

  • Brittany Altomare (captain’s pick)
  • Austin Ernst
  • Ally Ewing
  • Mina Harigae (captain’s pick)
  • Danielle Kang
  • Megan Khang
  • Jessica Korda
  • Nelly Korda
  • Jennifer Kupcho
  • Yealimi Noh (captain’s pick)
  • Lizette Salas
  • Lexi Thompson

Europe

  • Celine Boutier (captain’s pick)
  • Matilda Castren (captain’s pick)
  • Carlota Ciganda
  • Georgia Hall
  • Charley Hull
  • Nanna Koerstz Madsen (captain’s pick)
  • Leona Maguire (captain’s pick)
  • Anna Nordqvist
  • Emily K. Pedersen
  • Sophia Popov
  • Mel Reid (captain’s pick)
  • Madelene Sagstrom (captain’s pick)

Format

  • Saturday: Four foursome matches from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: Four fourball matches from 12:30 to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: Foursome matches from 7 a.m. to noon.
  • Sunday: Fourball matches from noon to 5:30 p.m.
  • Monday: Twelve singles matches from noon to 6 p.m

TV Schedule

Saturday

  • 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Golf Channel)
  • 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. (NBC)
  • 2:30 to 6 p.m. (Golf Channel)

Sunday

  • 7:30 a.m. to noon (Golf Channel)
  • Noon to 1:30 p.m. (NBC)
  • 1:30 to 6 p.m. (Golf Channel)

Monday

  • Noon to 6 p.m. (Golf Channel)

Recent History

  • 2019: Europe 14.5-13.5 U.S.
  • 2017: U.S. 16.5-11.5 Europe
  • 2015:U.S. 14.5-13.5 Europe
  • 2013: Europe 18-13.5 U.S.
  • 2011: Europe 15-13 U.S.

Odds

To lift trophy:

  • U.S.25/54
  • Europe 9/5
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2021 ZOZO Championship: Best DFS plays from each price range

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Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club is a par 70 measuring 7,041 yards and features bentgrass greens. The course has a unique design with five par 3’s and three par 5’s.

The ZOZO Championship is a no-cut event and will feature 78 golfers. The field is fairly strong this week, with a handful of PGA Tour stars making the long trip to Japan. Those golfers include Xander Schauffele, Collin Morikawa, Hideki Matsuyama, Tommy Fleetwood, Paul Casey, Rickie Fowler, Joaquin Niemann, Will Zalatoris, and Kevin Na.

Let’s take a look at each DraftKings price range and identify the best plays for each in GPP’s.

10,000+

Collin Morikawa $11,200:

Collin Morikawa has the perfect skill set for Narashino Country Club. The course requires accuracy off the tee due to the narrow fairways and penal tree lines. Approach play will also be a major factor as the greens at the course are heavily contoured and undulating. Morikawa’s prowess in these two specific areas make him a must play to start your DFS lineups.

9,000+

Rickie Fowler $9,800:

Fowler ranked first among the field in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green last week in Las Vegas and gained a whopping 8.9 strokes on the field. He also gained 8.3 strokes in “Fairways Gained” which should translate quite nicely to what he will need to do this week in Japan. Narashino Country Club is a tight tree-lined golf course that makes accuracy off of the tee essential. Fowler was in total control of the golf ball last week, and I expect that to carry over to the ZOZO Championship. 

8,000+

Carlos Ortiz $8,600:

Carlos Ortiz got off to a sluggish start in Las Vegas but bounced back nicely and ended up finishing in a share for 25th place. The turnaround was due to a superb week statistically from tee to green. The 30-year old gained 6.1 strokes on the field in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green for the week. Additionally, he gained 4.6 strokes on approach, which was good for fourth in the field. The only part of his game that was subpar on the week was his putting, where he struggled and lost 3.4 strokes to the field with the flat stick.

7,000+

Pat Perez $7,300:

To put it simply: Pat Perez is a birdie maker. At a no cut event, birdies and eagles are even more important than usual. Perez ranks 12th in the field in Birdie or Better rate in his past 36 rounds and should be able to pile up the points. Additionally, we have seen Perez play well in Asia as he finished 7th at the 2018 CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in South Korea.

6,000+

Sam Ryder $6,700:

Speaking of birdie makers, Sam Ryder is a golfer who fits that mold exquisitely. In his past 24 rounds, Ryder ranks 1st in the field in Birdie or Better. Narashino Country Club also seems to be an ideal fit for the 31-year-old. Ryder ranks 6th in the field for Strokes Gained: Approach and 16th for Strokes Gained: Putting on bentgrass greens.

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LPGA Tour graduate hit with 4-shot penalty for having her kid’s club in bag

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When trying to secure your card to become a professional golfer, every single stroke matters.

As reported first by GolfWeek’s Beth Ann Nichols, during the final round of the Copper Rock Championship on the Symetra Tour, Rachel Rohanna reached in her bag to discover her daughter’s 23 inch club. Being the 15th club in her bag, Rachel was forced to call over a rules official and receive the bad news: she had incurred a 4 stroke penalty for the mistake.

Rohanna’s three year old daughter, Gemelia has had to travel with her mom on the Symetra Tour all season. It has been a challenging year for Rachel who is trying to earn back her LPGA Tour card and raise a toddler at the same time.

Thankfully, this story has a happy ending. The loss of $900 due to the penalty didn’t impact Rohanna’s graduation to the LPGA Tour, who finished 10th in the money list for the Symetra Tour ($4,429 clear of 11th), to earn her LPGA card despite the costly penalty.

With the promotion, the 30 year old becomes the first mother to earn her professional card by going through the developmental tour.

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The 2021 ZOZO Championship betting tips & selections

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The PGA Tour will head to Japan this week for just the second time in history to play the ZOZO Championship at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club. The event was played at the course in 2019 but had to move to Las Vegas in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club is a par 70 measuring 7,041 yards and features bentgrass greens. The course has a unique design with five par 3’s and three par 5’s.

The ZOZO Championship is a no-cut event and will feature 78 golfers.

When analyzing the odds board, there doesn’t appear to be a whole lot of value at the top. Both Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele lead the way and are priced in the +600 range. Although both golfers are deserving favorites and more than capable, they are both priced too short for my liking. The field is small and a bit weaker than expected, which has made finding value on the board quite difficult this week. Therefore, I have made a smaller betting card with three selections as follows:

Tommy Fleetwood (+2500): It is common knowledge among PGA Tour fans that Tommy Fleetwood has never won a professional tournament on American soil to this point in his career. Luckily for Tommy, this week’s event will take place in Japan. 

The statistics for Fleetwood aren’t extraordinarily impressive of late, but he has had some solid finishes and seems to be playing better golf. I thought he played very well at the Ryder Cup from tee to green and followed that performance up with a 7th place finish at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. 

When the Englishman is at his best, he is a golfer who can get very hot with the irons and make birdies in bunches. This is a shorter course where he should be able to club down and keep the ball in the fairway. Fleetwood also has familiarity with the course, which most of the field does not and should provide a clear advantage. In 2019, Fleetwood finished in 22nd place at Narashino Country Club.

Statistics can be extremely helpful when making decisions about which golfers to bet, but at times it pays to go with your gut. I have an inkling that Tommy will have a great week in Japan and have a chance to win this week. 

Rickie Fowler (+3000): There is no denying that Rickie Fowler has been extremely inconsistent since his last PGA Tour victory in January of 2019. Last week we saw a glimpse of vintage Rickie en route to his third-place finish at The CJ Cup. It is absolutely fair to expect him to come back down to earth this week and show more of the inconsistency we have grown accustomed to. However, I do think we saw some signs last week that show he may be figuring his golf swing out and making a resurgence.

The most substantial reason why Fowler’s performance may not have been a fluke was his statistical performance from tee to green. An absolutely stacked field made the trip to Las Vegas last week, and Fowler ranked first among the field in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green, gaining a whopping 8.9 strokes. He also gained 8.3 strokes on the field in “Fairways Gained”, which should translate quite nicely to what he will need to do this week in Japan. Narashino Country Club is a tight tree-lined golf course that makes accuracy off of the tee essential. Fowler was in total control of the golf ball last week, and I expect that to carry over to the ZOZO Championship. 

There will be skepticism about his ability to actually win when he hasn’t done so in so long, but if there were ever a time to take a chance on Rickie, it is a week after he played his best golf in years and at a course that should perfectly complement his skill set. 

Carlos Ortiz (+6600): Carlos Ortiz really struggled on Thursday last week in Las Vegas but was excellent in the following three rounds and bounced back to finish in 25th place. The turnaround was due to a superb week statistically from tee to green. The 30-year old gained 6.1 strokes on the field in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green for the week. Additionally, he gained 4.6 strokes on approach, which was good for fourth in the field. The only part of his game that was subpar on the week was his putting, where he struggled and lost 3.4 strokes on the field with the flat stick. 

A strong reason to believe in Ortiz’ chances at Narashino Country Club this week is his recent performance in the Japan Olympics. Representing Mexico, Ortiz was in 1st place after round two of the event and looked like a strong challenger for the Gold medal. Although he fell apart on Sunday, he certainly showed enough comfortability playing in Japan to believe he could be a threat once again this week at Narashino Country Club.

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