Which Pairing will Hoist the Team Trophy
The PGA Tour makes its lone stop in the state of Louisiana this weekend for the 2021 Zurich Classic of New Orleans. TPC Louisiana, which has hosted the Zurich Classic since 2005, is a par-72 playing at approximately 7,400 yards. The tournament became a team formatted event in 2017. Teams tee off on Thursday, April 22nd.
The duo of Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer are the defending team champions and the favorites to repeat as champions, according to the BetUS sportsbook. There are 80 teams competing in the alternating-round Four-ball and Foursomes. The first and third rounds of play will be Four-ball, while the second and final round will be Foursomes.
Each member of the winning team earns an official victory and two-year membership exemption as well as a spot in next month’s PGA Championship, the 2022 Sentry Tournament of Champions, and next year’s PLAYERS Championship. Another nice perk is that any member of the top-5 teams will get an exemption into next week’s Valspar Championship.
Players from previous seasons will face a revamped golf course that underwent an extensive renovation following the 2019 tournament. The par-5 second and par-3 14th showcase new hole locations, and nine dozen bunkers were either rebuilt or reshaped to present a new challenge to competitors.
Teams to Keep an Eye On
The PGA Golf odds have the following player pairs’ chances of winning listed according to their past experience or recent performances. Before making your Golf bet, make sure to take into account all factors that could influence the outcome and do your own research as well before you bet one team over the other
Schauffele/Cantlay (-115) over Rahm /Palmer
Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay team up for the first time, pairing together the #5 (Schauffele) and #10 (Cantlay) ranked players worldwide. Cantlay, who has teamed up with Patrick Reed in the past, has had success here with a T7 in ‘18 and T14 in ‘17. Schauffele has had a taste of success here as well, posting a T11 in ‘17.
While Jon Rahm is one of the best golfers on the planet, and him and his partner Ryan Palmer are the defending champion, this seems like a daunting task to get back in the winners circle. Rahm did finish strong at the Masters, but shot 72 all three days to start the tournament. Ryan Palmer is a nice golfer, but the weakest link of the four, despite his history on this course and at this event.
Watson/Scheffler (-135) over Morikawa/Wolfe
This is a pairing made in heaven for the veteran Bubba Watson and newbie Scottie Scheffler. Watson has had success in the team format, with a T28 in ‘18 and T5 in ‘17. Bubba won the event in 2011 when it was an individual event. Scheffler is playing in peak form with three top-10s in 2021, his best finish being a second-place finish in the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play at the end of March.
For Collin Morikawa and Matthew Wolfe, both of these young professionals will be playing in their first Zurich Classic. Morikawa is coming off a T18 at The Masters and T7 last week at the RBC Heritage. After a solo second at the U.S. Open and T2 at the Shriners in the fall, Wolfe has struggled to put four rounds together, could team-play help jumpstart Wolfe’s game? Take the veterans here.
Finau/Champ (Ev) over Smith/Leishman
If you like bombers, here are two of the longest hitters in the game paired together. Tony Finau and CameronChamp are an intriguing pairing given the similarities between their games. Finau recorded a solo 6th here in ‘18, while Champ’s only visit to TPC Louisiana resulted in a missed cut.
Marc Leishman is a veteran that is coming off a fifth place finish at the Masters. Before that, Leishman has not been in great form. Would be nice to see some consistency before placing too many bets on him. His partner Cameron Smith did finish back to back weeks in the Top 10 with a 9th place at RBC Heritage and 10th at the Masters. Despite being a slight underdog, taking the bombers duo seems to be wiser money.
Others to Consider:
Grace/Varner III (-115) over Bradley/Steele
Both Branden Grace and Harold Varner III come to Louisiana in good form. Grace was the winner of the Puerto Rico Open at the end of February, while Varner wrapped up a solo second last weekend at the RBC Heritage. Two players that are playing well lately worth a flyer, given the value.
Max Homa Talor Gooch (-125) over Dylan Frittelli Kevin Streelman
Homa has logged top-25’s in five of the last seven events he has participated in, including a victory at the Genesis Open in February. Gooch has made cuts in his previous five events, highlighted by a T5 at the Players in March. Another team worth a small gamble given their recent success.