Zurich Classic of New Orleans Predictions with Betting Odds and Expert Picks
The Zurich Classic of New Orleans has been around since the invention of the ballpoint pen (1938). This event was altered in 2017 to match the bayou lifestyle and offer something a little bit different with pizazz.
This tourney now is a team-based format, and there are 80 teams of two teeing it up Thursday. In rounds one and three (Thursday – Saturday), the pros will play a four-ball (best ball). In rounds two and four (Friday – Sunday) they will use the foursomes (alternate shot) format. The top 35 teams (and ties) after 36 holes will make it through the cut line.
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A Look at the Field
Here is a look at the Top 12 teams and those tied with the same golf odds to win it all.
Jon Rahm / Ryan Palmer +750 - Xander Schauffele / Patrick Cantlay +800
Cameron Smith / Marc Leishman +1200 – Bubba Watson / Scottie Scheffler +1400
Collin Morikawa / Matthew Wolf +1600 - Tony Finau / Cameron Champ +1800
Chris Kirk / Brendon Todd +2000 - Billy Horschel / Sam Burns +2200
Danny Willett / Tyrrell Hatton +2500 – Max Homa / Talor Gooch +3000
Viktor Hovland / Kris Ventura +3000 - Branden Grace / Harold Varner +3300
Justin Rose / Henrik Stenson +3300
Rahm and Palmer are the defending champions from 2019 (canceled last year) and they make a fascinating team at ages 26 and 44 (Palmer).
The key to any team play is getting along and having a player that compliments your game along with that individual having stronger skills in your weaker areas. This also means an understanding of giving up a part of your game to help the team and often one player stepping up if the other is having an average day. This is always compelling because, outside of international events like the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup, this is unique with golf an individual sport. These are useful golf betting tips for this event.
Cantlay and Schauffele will attract a great amount of golf betting action as brand names and they were 3-2 at 2019 Presidents Cup.
Smith and Leishman look like a good pairing. Smith is a former Zurich team winner, who’s coming off back-to-back Top 10’s. Leishman was even better at the Masters at T5.
TPC Louisiana is again the host course and is a Pete Dye design. That means trouble abounds, and to score you have to avoid it. If Finau and Champ can skirt the hazards, their length off the tee and somewhat more open fairways will give a chance to hit short irons and get close to pins. Executing this is a different dilemma for this twosome at times.
There will be a great deal of interest in Watson and Scheffler, who like Finau/Champ can take it deep. The Watson/Scheffler pairing could be a thrill ride because when both get the emotions flowing and if they can feed off each other, watch out for this dynamic duo.
Course Characteristics of Those Who Can Win or Secure Winning Golf Bets
Distance is not a requirement to score well, though it will help on the Par 5’s seeking under-par scores on those holes. Otherwise, leaving the driver in the bag is a wise choice on almost half the Par 4’s. Pete Dye courses are about proper positioning to set up the next shot to nail your target.
There are more than 100 bunkers and five water hazards that apply to eight holes. However, unless these players hit a truly errant shot, this is not an area of concern.
The Bermuda greens were reseeded two years ago, and they are expected to be firm and fast. Those who can pick up the right putt pace and not have consistently long putts will have an advantage.
Golf Picks: Who to Consider This Week
For our golf picks, we’ll start with Leishman/Smith, a pair of Aussies. Smith won here in the first team event in 2017, and he's coming off back-to-back Top 10s this month. Leishman ended T5 at Augusta, and who knows what his finish would have been except for final round 73. These two figure in multiple bets, for the win, Top 5, Top 10 and, head-to-head action.
Kirk/Todd are both Georgia Bulldogs, which should help chemistry. Kirk enters off back-to-back top 10’s and has rebounded off a brutal 2020 season. Todd’s stats find him among the best in short game skill and putts from 6-7 feet, which is crucial in this kind of format.
Not listed among the contenders are Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown (+400 to win). These two are long-time partners at a variety of levels of play, and they lost in a playoff in 2017 and have not finished outside the Top 15 any of the three years of this format. A solid choice for Top 10, Top 20 and head-to-head underdogs with good research.
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 has won two of the last three weeks and at the Heritage last week, was 3-1 and picked up +10.9 units.
Upstone of Doc’s Sports has - 21 Documented No. 1 Titles - 94 Documented Top 10 Finishes - 24 Handicapper of the Month Awards. Doug as a professional handicapper/writer has written for various well-known sports betting websites and several football newsletters.