This week PGA Tour players head to N’Awlins for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. WGC-Accenture winner Luke Donald is the golf odds favorite to take home the ZC of New Orleans trophy this Sunday. Donald shows up in my Top 10.
Keep reading for the rest of my Top 10 for this week’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Zurich Classic: Top 10
When: April 28 – May 1, 2011
Where: TPC Louisiana, Avondale, La
Course: par 72, 7,341 yards
TV: Golf, CBS
Nick Watney +1200 - - Watney hasn’t teed off on the PGA Tour since finishing forty-sixth at the Masters. Since winning the WGC-Cadillac, Nick hasn’t hit the Top 10 at both the Masters and the Transitions Championship, which occurred a week before the first major of the year. Watney won at TPC Louisiana in 2007 and before the Transitions was having a dynamite year. The two weeks off after the Masters should help.
Luke Donald +800 - - Donald has been absolutely brilliant on the PGA Tour since missing the cut at the Northern Trust Open on February 20. It’s obvious why he’s the online golf betting favorite. 4 straight Top 10 finishes including a victory in the WGC-Accenture, a second place finish at The Heritage and a fourth place finish at the Masters Tournament makes Donald a real contender this week.
Steve Stricker +1500 - - Although Steve Stricker hasn’t won a tournament yet in 2011, he has played well enough to finish thirty-third or better in 7 tournaments this year. He finished eleventh at the Masters after finishing fourth at the Shell Huston Open. The two-week break should help Stricker this week.
Justin Rose +1500 - - The eleventh place finish at the Masters broke a string of 2 straight finishes of fifth or better including a third at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The golf online betting odds on Rose to win the Zurich of New Orleans are more than fair.
Brandt Snedeker +2000 - - Snedeker’s been pretty good in his last 3 tournaments played. He finished fifteenth at the Masters Tournament, then fourth at the Valero Texas Open and then he scored a victory at The Heritage last week. His swing is obviously in good order right now.
Charley Hoffman +2500 - - CH could come up big this week. After finishing twenty-fifth or better in only 3 out of his first 11 starts for 2011, Hoffman scored a second at the Valero Texas Open in his last tournament played.
Bubba Watson +2000 - - Watson’s done very well at TPC Louisiana in the past. Not only that, but Bubba is ranked third on the PGA Tour in total driving and second in greens hit. Watson should be there in the end and deserves a long look at what are better than decent odds in the golf sportsbook.
Ben Crane +2500 - - Ben Crane is going to have to do something that he’s never done before at the Zurich of New Orleans this week if he wishes to play on Saturday or Sunday, much less hoist the trophy. Crane has missed the cut three times at this tournament. The fact that Ben goes into this off of a sixth place finish at The Heritage, and is ranked eleventh on the PGA Tour in greens in regulation, gives me hope that he’ll make a run this weekend.
Rickie Fowler +3000 - - Fowler hasn’t had a lot of success so far in 2011. His best finish was an eighth at the WGC-Cadillac. He didn’t even play at last year’s Zurich of New Orleans. I still believe that his immense talent could carry him to a Top 10 finish this week at TPC Louisiana. He’s obviously going to have to play much better this week than he did last week at The Heritage.
David Toms +3000 - - After two straight missed cuts in February, Toms’ swing appears to be coming around. A Top 25 finish at the Masters and a third place finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational makes him a golfer to consider at the +3000 PGA Tour betting odds.