The Zurich Classic is an event like no other in golf, where you could view it as an All-Star break for golfers. Players will be having fun dominating the field in a two-man game, but the real action begins on the final two days.
Since this is a team game, players with excellent scrambling or the ability to stay consistent will be the biggest difference. Below you can see which favorite teams are likely to succeed.
Date: April 21-24
Course: TPC Louisiana
Where: New Orleans
Top Betting Favorites at Play
The Zurich Classic features a star-studded field like some other events have been this season. With this one being a team game, it changes things up a bit when looking at which dynamic duo is going to win it all.
The odds are not quite yet available since the market is adjusting to the teams that are being formed. For now, looking at some historical data is the best bet.
This tournament has been around for quite some time. However, it was only until 2017 when they changed it to a teammate format, and it allowed some of the best scoring fans to have seen in golf.
For example, the debut of the two-man team in 2017 had Jonas Blixt, and Cameron Smith combined to shoot -27. Since then, that score has yet to be topped, but Ryan Palmer and Jon Rahm combined to shoot -26 in 2019.
The defending champions of this event are Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith. This is Smith’s second title since the format was changed in 2017.
If any team is going to succeed, it has to be Collin Morikawa and Viktor Hovland. This pairing works wonders for both players’ lack of strokes gained in certain areas.
Morikawa has looked great lately and arguably is in better shape than Hovland. As for Hovland, this could ignite his game if he has some positive play with the help of a teammate.
Hovland has been inconsistent this season and has dropped some in the rankings. But, he should be able to capitalize on alternate shots from Morikawa.
Most Likely Favorites to Succeed
Scottie Scheffler and Ryan Palmer teaming up is one of the best duos you could imagine at a time like this. Scheffler is going to be the favorite just about anywhere he goes now.
Since Scheffler won his four of six events he has played in this season, most recently the Masters, he is a threat every time he tees off. His new number one status is also something to consider against the field.
Palmer is an interesting pairing for Scheffler, but their game could complement one another. On certain holes where they have to play off of each other’s shots, Scheffler could be the difference-maker to allow Palmer to succeed.
Palmer has had mixed results so far this year but has a few top 20 performances. In addition, he won this event with Jon Rahm back in 2019.