The Zurich Classic of New Orleans is a very interesting tournament to try and handicap as it is a team event. There are a few aspects to factor in, such as the course, the players’ current form and how they players get on together. This is probably the hardest aspect to evaluate as I make these Zurich Classic golf betting tips. You can only go by what you see on television.
Remember, the format is also important. In the first and third rounds, teams play best ball, which means players play their own ball and take the best score of either player. The second and fourth rounds are alternate shot, which means one player hits the tee shot, and then they alternate until they putt out.
Without further ado, here are the three picks I’m making from my Zurich Classic betting preview from yesterday.
Zurich Classic Golf Betting Tips – Favorites
Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer (+700)
Picking a team to repeat is a tough call to make. Rahm and Palmer won by three strokes over a very talented team of Sergio Garcia and Tommy Fleetwood in 2019, which is the last time this tournament was played at TPC Louisiana due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They shot scores of 64-65-64-69 to win the tournament, holding on as Garcia and Fleetwood put the pressure on down the stretch.
These two are also very familiar with each other in recent times. The two were in the same group at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, where Rahm and Palmer halved their heads-up match, and then had to play two playoff holes to decide who would win the group and go on to the knockout phase. Rahm birdied the second hold to go to the round of 16, and he would lose to eventual finalist Scottie Scheffler in the quarterfinals. Also, they’ve both been playing well as of late, which gives them the sports betting edge over the American duo of Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay (probably the most best team on paper), and the Australian duo of Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman.
Zurich Classic Golf Betting Tips – Contenders
Bubba Watson/Scottie Scheffler (+1400)
Speaking of Scheffler, he went on to lose in the final to Billy Horschel, which he followed up with a T-54 at the Valero Texas Open, but rebounded with a T-18 at the Masters. He is paired with Watson, who lost to Brian Harman in the round of 16 of the Match Play event, and then finished T-26 at the Masters, where he is a two-time former champion.
Watson also finished T-34 here in 2019 with J.B. Holmes. However, Scheffler is a much better player than Holmes ever was, hitting it very long, but also very straight, ranking 26th in driving accuracy. Watson is 89th in driving accuracy, but is still over 60% in the fairway. That gives you a lot of chances to make birdies, which is what you need for this event. Watson also won the Zurich Classic as an individual in 2011 (it turned into a team event in 2017), so that might help.
Zurich Classic Golf Betting Tips – Longshots
Billy Horschel/Sam Burns (+2000)
Danny Willett and Tyrrell Hatton were almost my golf betting pick for the longshots, but I can’t overlook Horschel, the only person to win this event as an individual (2013) and as a team (with Scott Piercy in 2018). Horschel and Piercy also finished T-13 here in 2019. He also recently won the Match Play, then finished T-50 at the Masters and T-25 at the RBC Heritage.
This matches up well with Burns, who is up and down this season. He missed three straight cuts, but prior to that, he had three top-25s in four starts, including a solo third at the Genesis Invitational. After the string of missed cuts, Burns finished T-39 at the RBC Heritage. If we see “good” Sam Burns this week, that might be enough with Horschel, who is as good as anyone at TPC Louisiana.