2023 PGA Picks: The Zurich Classic Golf Odds and Expert Betting Predictions
Get ready to dine on fried alligator and gumbo, as the PGA Tour heads to Louisiana. After a crazy finish last week at the RBC Heritage between Matthew Fitzpatrick and Jordan Spieth, we set our sights on Avondale and TPC Louisiana. This week’s format is a little different than the normal weekends on the tour. Technically, it is the biggest field of the season that sees 160 players but split into 80 teams of two. Teams will play Best Ball on Thursday and Saturday, while playing Alternate Shot on Friday and Sunday. There is not that much firepower this week in the field, as many of the top players are taking the week off after The Masters and the designated event RBC Heritage. Fans will still see the likes of Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele, Collin Morikawa, and Max Homa.
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A Look at the Field
Here is a look at the Top 10 and ties with the lowest golf odds to win it all at online sportsbooks.
Xander Schauffele/Patrick Cantlay +300 – Collin Morikawa/Max Homa +800 – Sungjae Im/Keith Mitchell +1000 – Si Woo Kim/Tom Kim +1200 – Sam Burns/Billy Horschel +1200 – Justin Suh/Sahith Theegala +1800 – Taylor Montgomery/Kurt Kitayama +2000 – Beau Hossler/Wyndham Clark +2200 – J.J. Spaun/Hayden Buckley +3000 – Nick Taylor/Adam Hadwin +3400
Course Characteristics of Those Who Can Win or Secure Winning Golf Bets
TPC Louisiana emphasizes drive for show and putt for dough at this event. At 7,400 yards, guys with power will have the upper hand. Still, it’s not the most difficult course on the tour; teams should be able to score in the -20’s. With wider fairways, most golfers should be playing fairway-to-green for most of the rounds. TPC Louisiana is your typical Pete Dye designed course. With more than 100 bunkers scattered around the layout, sand wedge shots will be critical to success. There are also many water hazards and very tough par 3’s.
Schaufelle and Cantlay look to defend last year’s title and come into this week playing great golf. They are, by far, the best team in this field, which is why their odds are so far ahead of the field at +300. Over the last 36 rounds, they are averaging +1.87 strokes-gained per round, which is the best in this field. They have three top-10 finishes in their last four trips to Louisiana, including their title last year. These guys should easily be in contention on Sunday.
Keith Mitchell and Sungjae Im are another interesting pair. Both are ranked inside the top 50 in the world and top 20 in tee-to-green play over the last 50 rounds of golf, via datagolf. Im is coming off a solid week at the RBC Heritage with a seventh-place finish. They should hit a ton of fairways this week and seem like a very balanced duo.
Max Homa is coming off a missed cut in Harbour Town but could benefit from an extra few days of rest. Morikawa has had an up and down season and has shown glimpses of brilliance on the golf course. Still, two of the best ball strikers on the planet teaming up together is worth a shot at +800 odds.
The sky's the limit with this next group of Sahith Theegala and Justin Suh. Theegala has been scorching hot in recent weeks, finishing T5 at the RBC Heritage and placed inside the top 20 at the Masters. Suh is a great ball striker who has gained strokes tee-to-green in each of his last eight starts. He also excels on the putting floor, where Theegala sometimes struggles. Suh and Theegala are great compliments of each other and could get a victory this weekend.
Golf Picks: Who to Consider This Week:
Teams to win: Schauffele/Cantlay +300, Morikawa/Homa +800, Burns/Horschel +1200, Theegala/Suh +1800
Top 5 picks: Morikawa/Homa +170, Im/Mitchell +225
Top 10 picks: Theegala/Suh +175
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