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2021 PGA Tour Zurich Classic of New Orleans Odds and Picks

Michael Harrison

by Michael Harrison in Golf

Apr 19, 2021 · 7:00 AM PDT

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Ryan Palmer hits off the 17th tee as the gallery watches during the third round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
  • The Zurich Classic of New Orleans from TPC Louisiana tees off Thursday, April 22nd
  • 80 teams of two golfers compete in Four-Ball and Foursomes Format with Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer the co-favorites with Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay
  • We’ve narrowed down the duos with the best chance of emerging victorious and provided the best value bets below

The PGA Tour mixes things up this week in Louisiana for the team competition at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. For the fourth straight time, 80 teams of two golfers will vie for the title playing two different formats. Last year’s event was cancelled due to COVID-19, meaning the pairing of Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer return as defending champions.

For Thursday and Saturday rounds, it will be the Four-ball (Best ball) format with both golfers playing their own ball throughout the hole, and them selecting whoever did better for their score. On Friday and Sunday’s final round, it’ll be Foursomes (known more commonly as Alternate Shot), which is much more difficult to score well on.

The low 35 teams and ties after the second round will continue forward with the remaining duos missing the cut. Four of the top-ten players in the world rankings are competing in the only official team tournament on the schedule. Such a volatile format is incredibly random, making it extremely difficult to forecast a winning team.

2021 Zurich Classic Odds

Golfers Odds at FanDuel
Jon Rahm/Ryan Palmer +700
Xander Schauffele/Patrick Cantlay +700
Cameron Smith/Marc Leishman +900
Collin Morikawa/Matthew Wolff +1400
Tony Finau/Cameron Champ +1400
Bubba Watson/Scottie Scheffler +1400
Billy Horschel/Sam Burns +2000
Chris Kirk/Brendon Todd +2000
Tyrrell Hatton/Danny Willett +2700
Harold Varner III/Branden Grace +2900
Keegan Bradley/Brendan Steele +2900
Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson +3100
Max Homa/Talor Gooch +3100
Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel +3300
Kevin Streelman/Dylan Frittelli +3400
Viktor Hovland/Kristoffer Ventura +3400
Joel Dahmen/Lanto Griffin +4000
Sungjae Im/Byeong Hun-An +4100
Lucas Glover/Chez Reavie +4500
Doug Ghim/Justin Suh +4500

Odds as of April 19th

Smith and Leishman a Formidable Aussie Tandem

Cameron Smith has been finding himself on the first page of the leaderboard a lot recently, having taken the first round lead at last week’s RBC Heritage, before eventually finishing inside the top-10. That marked his fifth straight stroke play event where he was T-17th or better, with a fourth place showing at the Genesis Invitational his strongest showing.

He’s also proven he can win at this track, having won the title alongside Jonas Blixt in 2017.

He’s playing alongside fellow Australian Marc Leishman, whose most recent tournament was very sharp – with a T-5th finish at the Masters. Leishman is no stranger to a team format, having competed on the last four Presidents Cup squads.

In the last 24 rounds on tour, Leishman is 20th in total strokes gained and Smith is ninth. At +900 odds as the third favorites, you’re getting a little bit more value on the duo compared to the two pairs of co-favorites, who are at +700 to win outright.

Last Three Zurich Classic Winners

Year Winner
2019 Jon Rahm/Ryan Palmer (3 shot win)
2018 Billy Horschel/Scott Piercy (1 shot win)
2017 Cameron Smith/Jonas Blixt (playoff over Kevin Kisner/Scott Brown)

2021 Zurich Classic Best Value Picks

  1. Harold Varner III/Branden Grace (+2900): Harold Varner III enters this championship riding high, having finished in a tie for second at last week’s RBC Heritage, his best ever finish on Tour. Branden Grace won two months ago at the Puerto Rico Open.
  2. Max Homa/Talor Gooch (+3100): This season Max Homa has eight top-25 finishes, highlighted by his victory at the Genesis Invitational two months ago. That’s ranked him sixth in total strokes gained in the last 24 rounds. Gooch has been quietly solid too, with three top-5 showings on the campaign, including a T-5 at the Players Championship three starts ago.
  3. Kevin Kisner/Scott Brown (+5000): This tandem has proven to be rock steady in this competition. They very nearly won in 2017, eventually losing in a playoff to Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt. Then they were T-15 in 2018 (holding the 54-hole lead) and in 2019 were T-5th.
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