The individual grind of the PGA Tour takes a break this week with a rare team event on the schedule. The Zurich Classic of New Orleans is a mixed-format team tournament with two days of best ball and two days of fourball.
It can be a little bit of a challenge to dial in on which pairs of players will mesh well together for the four days of golf, and that means that, quite often, you can find good value in the wagers that you place.
Favorites to Win Zurich Classic of New Orleans 2023
- Xander Schauffele/Patrick Cantlay (+300)
- Collin Morikawa/Max Homa (+650)
- Sungjae Im/Keith Mitchell (+1100)
- Si Woo Kim/Tom Kim (+1400)
- Sam Burns/Billy Horschel (+1800)
- Kurt Kitayama/Taylor Montgomery (+2200)
- Sahith Theegala/Justin Suh (+2200)
- Wyndham Clark/Beau Hossler (+2200)
- Matt Fitzpatrick/Alex Fitzpatrick (+2800)
Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay are the defending champions at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, and they carry the highest world rankings of any of the pairs. Schauffele is fifth in the world, and Cantlay is fourth. The pairing of Collin Morikawa and Max Homa is currently ranked 13th and seventh, respectively.
It is not surprising that those teams are the two favorites and are separated from the rest of the field by a significant amount.
Sungjae Im is ranked 17th in the world, and he is teaming up with 50th-ranked Keith Mitchell. Im just finished seventh at the Heritage, and he teams nicely with Mitchell.
Im is one of the better golfers around the green, while Mitchell is one of the Tour’s better drivers. Both have played at this event before, but this is the first time they have played as a team.
Sam Burns and Billy Horschel also deserve consideration at +1800. In two previous team-ups at this event, they finished second and fourth. They’ve also both won at other Pete Dye-designed courses as individuals. Burns was T15 at the Heritage last week.
Best Value Bets
Davis Riley and Nick Hardy are at +4000, and both played well at this event a year ago. They were working with different teammates then – Riley with Will Zalatoris and Hardy with Curtis Thompson – and the Riley/Zalatoris team finished fourth.
Sam Ryder and Doc Redman are probably two golfers you’ve never wagered but give them a look. They’re paying +5000 because neither has ever won on Tour, and neither player is in the top 100 of the world rankings. But, as a team, they played this event last year, and they finished third.
Ryder has a recent third-place finish at the Valero Texas Open, and Redman was 16th at the Valspar.
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