The Zurich Classic of New Orleans was first played in 1938, and it was an individual tournament until 2016. In 2017, it switched to a team format, which makes it one of the more difficult tournaments to handicap. So, let’s have a look at the Zurich Classic betting odds. As always, you get some betting picks in our blog tomorrow.
This event has been played at TPC Louisiana since 2005, and this course is a par-72 that is 7,425 yards. The course has undergone some slight renovations since 2019, which is the last time this tournament was played, such as overseeded greens and work down on the fairways. Over the three years that this has been a team tournament, the winning scores have been -27, -22 and -26, so players have to go low.
Since it’s a team tournament, you have to take into account a couple of different formats. The first and third rounds will be a best-ball format, which is when players use their own ball and the team uses the best score of either player. The second and fourth rounds is alternate shot, which is exactly what it sounds like, and players use one ball.
As always, you can watch the first two rounds on Thursday and Friday on The Golf Channel from 3:30 PM ET to 6:30 PM ET. It continues on the same channel on Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 PM ET to 3:00 PM ET. CBS picks up the weekend action from then until the final putt.
Zurich Classic Betting Odds – Favorites
Jon Rahm/Ryan Palmer (+700)
The defending champions won by three strokes last year, and they’re very familiar with each other. Rahm defeated Palmer in a group-stage playoff at the Match Play event a few weeks ago. Rahm, the world’s #3 player, has eight top-10s in his last 10 starts overall, including a T-5 at the Masters. Palmer finished T-3 at Augusta, and he has six top-20s in his last 10 starts.
Xander Schauffele/Patrick Cantlay (+700)
Schauffele (5) and Cantlay (10) are both top-10 players, and even though Cantlay has missed the cut in three of his last four tournaments, Schauffele might be able to get him back on track. Schauffele is coming off a T-3 at Augusta. This might be the strongest team in the competition, but that doesn’t exactly mean they’ll win. If Cantlay can get on track, however, these two could be a good sports betting pick.
Cameron Smith/Marc Leishman (+1000)
This Australian duo could be dangerous this weekend. Smith has finished in the top 30 in each of his last six starts, and three of those were top-10s, including a T-10 at the Masters. Leishman had been struggling, but he played well at the Match Play and then finished T-5 at Augusta. Smith also won the first team edition of this event with Jonas Blixt in 2017.
Zurich Classic Betting Odds – Contenders
Collin Morikawa/Matthew Wolff (+1200)
While Morikawa has continued his ascent up the world rankings to fourth, Wolff has sputtered as of late with a pair of withdrawals in his last six starts. He was also disqualified from The Masters for signing an incorrect scorecard. Maybe a pairing with his good friend, Morikawa, can snap Wolff out of his funk. Both players can go low at any time, but Wolff’s current form makes you want to avoid their golf betting odds.
Bubba Watson/Scottie Scheffler (+1400)
This might be the most fun team to watch over the weekend at TPC Louisiana. Both hit it long and relatively straight for as long as they hit it. Watson lost in the round of 16 at the Match Play event, where Scheffler finished runner-up to Billy Horschel. Watson, a two-time Masters champion and won this event as an individual in 2011, finished T-26 at Augusta, where Scheffler finished T-18.
Tony Finau/Cameron Champ (+1400)
Speaking of length, Champ is third in driving distance and Finau is 30th. However, neither broke the 130 mark in accuracy, so they’ll have to find some fairways in New Orleans. Finau was T-10 at Augusta, and Champ was T-26, so they’ve got some good form coming into this tournament. If they can find the fairway relatively often, watch out.
Zurich Classic Betting Odds – Longshots
Billy Horschel/Sam Burns (+2000)
Burns finished solo third at the Genesis Invitational, missed three cuts in a row, and then finished T-39 at the RBC Heritage. Horschel won the Match Play, then finished T-50 at the Masters and T-25 in South Carolina at the RBC Heritage. However, Horschel’s track record at this event is the key for this team. Horschel won at TPC Louisiana by himself in 2013, and then with Scott Piercy in 2019. He can help Burns around this course.
Danny Willett/Tyrrell Hatton (+2800)
Willett, a former Masters champion, finished T-18 at the RBC Heritage after missing cuts in Augusta, Georgia and the Valero Texas Open, and prior to that, he finished solo eighth in the Dominican Republic. His fellow Englishman, Hatton, has risen to 10th in the world. He followed up a T-18 at the Masters with a T-39 at the RBC Heritage. European players are very good at team golf, so that gives them an edge.
Graeme McDowell/Matt Wallace (+6600)
Take that last sentence about Willett and Hatton, and it relates to McDowell and Wallace as well. McDowell has missed the cut in six of his last 10 starts (and withdrew in one), but he also finished T-4 in the Dominican Republic. Wallace finished third in Texas, T-34 at the Masters and T-18 at the RBC Heritage. It’ll be on Wallace to inspire the veteran McDowell, who still has some good golf in there.