PGA Picks: Zurich Classic of New Orleans Golf Odds and Expert Betting Predictions
This week on the PGA Tour is quite a bit different and truly challenging for those making golf picks. This is the only team event on the Tour, and 80 different groups will tee it up on Thursday at TPC Louisiana.
The format reads like this: they’ll open with Four-ball (best ball) on Thursday, play Foursomes (alternate shot) on Friday, and continue that pattern over the weekend. In all, 33 groups and ties will play on Saturday and Sunday. And while this is serious, this is a fun event for the players, and, of course, the bayou food will be amazing.
The team of Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman are the defending champs, and they are among the favorites.
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A Look at the Field
Here is a look at the Top 12 and ties with the lowest golf odds to win it all at online sportsbooks.
Patrick Cantlay / Xander Schauffele +800 - Viktor Hovland / Collin Morikawa +800
Marc Leishman / Cameron Smith +900 - Ryan Palmer / Scottie Scheffler +1200
Sam Burns / Billy Horschel +1200 - Tommy Fleetwood / Sergio Garcia +1700
Shane Lowry / Ian Poulter +2000 - Talor Gooch / Max Homa +2100
Joaquin Niemann / Mito Pereira +2200 - Davis Riley / Will Zalatoris +2500
Harold Varner III / Bubba Watson +2500 - Keegan Bradley / Brendan Steele +2800
Byeong-Hun An / Sung-Jae Im +3300 - Tyrrell Hatton / Danny Willett +3300
Adam Hadwin / Adam Svensson +4000 - Graeme McDowell / Seamus Power +4000
Patton Kizzire / J.T. Poston +4000
With Smith such a good putter, and Leishman having the length and ranked 14th in greens in regulation, it's hard not to have this pair in your Top 5.
The favorites are deserving on paper. However, can they do it with each team having a weakness coming in this tournament? Schauffele, for him, has only put up ordinary numbers, and Hovland has scuffled with his shorter approaches, which could hurt both teams in alternate shots on Friday and Sunday.
A Palmer and Scheffler get-together has a lot of potential. Scheffler is the best player in the world and is thoroughly dialed in. While Palmer’s putting is problematic (240th), he excelled in this type of play in the past and is still above average tee to green.
Numerous sharp bettors are hitching their wagon to Burns and Horschel, and here is why: Burns has won three times in the last 13 months, while Horschel’s record at TPC Louisiana is exceptional, either in two-man or before that when it was regular stroke play.
After this, it is a bit of a crapshoot, and any number of groups could get hot. This ultimately becomes about connecting with each other and continually feeding off the energy created.
Course Characteristics of Those Who Can Win or Secure Winning Golf Bets
Because this is a Pete Dye design course, you are going to get a little of everything. The course itself will measure 7,425 yards, which seems long. This would suggest long hitters will thrive. However, because of the positioning of so many elements, the average drive is among the shortest on the circuit at only 275 yards, meaning the driver doesn’t leave the bag often.
The course is not hard, especially if the wind is not blowing, but there is a good amount of trouble to be found with errant shots.
Water comes into play on half the holes, and there are over 100 bunkers, with at least five per hole, which was Dye’s way of keeping you guessing hole after hole by how they are positioned.
The greens are smallish for this par 72, and they feature rapid speed (12 in the stimp meter) and have deceptively subtle undulation that can cause putts to be missed by more with a less than perfect stroke.
Those that will play their best this week will not get caught up in the mind games Dye set out to throw players off with his visuals that are not as they seem. Keeping the ball in the short grass and creating the proper angles to throw darts at the pins is how you post daily good scores here.
Those that are above average green readers and adapt most quickly to the speed, will separate themselves from the pack.
Golf Picks: Who to Consider This Week
With an alternate day format, you want to make birdies on the first and third days in particular and avoid bad shots to not place your partner in scramble mode on Friday and Sunday.
This is not the week to go wild with your golf bets, because come Sunday, you would ask yourself what you were thinking.
Instead, play it safe this week. Burns and Horschel are worth strong consideration for a Top 5, head-to-head and as an underdog and possibly a small play for Top 10 with mildly pricy odds.
Palmer and Scheffler are a pairing to ponder, and Scheffler, based on current form, can cover up a few mishaps.
Don’t overlook fellow Chilean studs Niemann and Pereira, who are good friends and both are in excellent form. With slightly higher odds, they are an intriguing pairing to cash several types of wagers.
Doug Upstone of Doc’s Sports was in the golf business for over 20+ years and understands the ins and outs of what it takes to find winners on the Tour. Doug’s had two of three winning weeks on the links and picked up $725 of profit.
Doug Upstone of Doc’s Sports has - 23 Documented No. 1 Titles - 97 Documented Top 10 Finishes - 28 Handicapper of the Month Awards. (Latest: NBA March 2022) Doug as a professional handicapper/writer has written for various well-known sports betting websites and several football newsletters.