The 2020-21 PGA Tour super season takes a brief interlude this week for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. TPC Louisiana hosts the partner event once again. Below, we look at the 2021 Zurich Classic odds and make our PGA Tour picks and predictions to win.
This event was skipped last season due to COVID-19 but will be played in teams of two for its fourth consecutive running. The format has teams play fourball for the first and third rounds and switching to alternate shot for the second and fourth rounds. The top 35 teams and ties make the cut.
Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay, ranked second and 12th, respectively, by the Golfweek/Sagarin world rankings, enter as the betting favorites at +600. Defending champions Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer are right behind at +700.
2021 Zurich Classic picks – Favorites
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Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman (+1200)
Smith is coming off a T-9 finish at the RBC Heritage which was his third top-10 finish through nine events this year. He’s seventh on Tour in total strokes gained on the field per round at 1.90 through 41 measured rounds.
Leishman’s T-5 finish at the Masters was his second top-10 result through nine events. He was off last week. Smith won this event with partner Jonas Blixt in 2017. The two are also playing for consideration on future Presidents Cup teams.
The two Aussies are the first team offering better than a 10-1 return on investment and are a much better value play than the aforementioned favorites. Smith has been better on and around the greens this year but Leishman has the superior approach game.
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2021 Zurich Classic picks – Contenders
Joel Dahmen and Lanto Griffin (+5000)
Dahmen recently won the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship against an opposite field while Griffin comes off a missed cut at the Masters. His top finish of 2021 is a T-7 at the Farmers Insurance Open in late January.
Griffin’s an excellent putter who also averages 0.71 Strokes Gained: Approach per round. Dahmen’s strength is his play off-the-tee with 0.32 strokes gained per round.
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2021 Zurich Classic picks – Long shots
Richy Werenski and Peter Uihlein (+8000)
Uihlein enters as the hot name in this pairing off a win at the MGM Resorts Championship on the Korn Ferry Tour. Werenski has missed three straight cuts on the PGA Tour, but he has a top finish this year of T-4 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and he won the Barracuda Championship last summer.
Take the value and run with Uihlein’s recent victory powering this duo. A $10 bet would return a profit of $800.
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