Odds, Field and Format for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Zurich Classic of New Orleans Odds, Field & Format

After a spring of big tournaments like the Arnold Palmer Invitational, The Players Championship, and the Masters, the PGA Tour gets a bit of a change of pace this weekend for its only official team competition event of the season—the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

The winners of the event are treated as if each won a PGA Tour event, including all of the exemptions that go with it. But instead of each getting 500 FedEx Cup points, the winning team splits 800 points.

The event dates back to 1938 but adopted the team format in 2017 to get more of the top players from around the world to compete. Before the change, the tournament had trouble drawing marquee players due to its position on the schedule after a spring full of big events, including the Masters.

The defending champs are Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman. Smith is the only golfer to have won the event twice since the team format was adopted, doing so in 2017 with Jonas Blixt.

The Format and Course

Eighty teams of two will start the competition, and the field will be cut down to the top 33 teams and ties after two rounds. The top available players from the PGA Tour Priority Rankings are allowed to pick their partner after committing to the tournament.

The first and third rounds are played under a four-ball format, where each player plays his own ball for the entire course with the best score counted for each hole. The second and fourth rounds have Foursomes rules, meaning players alternate shots with one golfer teeing off on the odd holes and the other starting on the even holes.

The event has been contested at TPC Louisiana in Avondale since 2007. It’s a 7,425-yard, par-72 course that stretches across the low country of the Mississippi River delta. The par-5 18th hole is a perfect hole to end a team competition, as it’s reachable in two but features water all the way down the fairway and there are also 12 bunkers to deal with.

Can Scheffler Make It Three in a Row?

Scottie Scheffler

Who won the Masters and the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in his last two starts, looks to extend the streak to three when he teams up with Ryan Palmer this weekend. Palmer won this event with Jon Rahm in 2019, and what else can be said about Scheffler, who has four wins in his last six starts and currently reigns as the world’s top golfer.

Second in the FedEx Cup standings behind Scheffler is Cameron Smith, who has two wins on the season—including The Players Championship—and was third at the Masters before missing the cut last week at the RBC Heritage. Smith is paired again with fellow Australian Marc Leishman, and the duo won in a playoff here last year over the South African team of Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen.

The Zurich Classic of New Orleans Favorites

The overall favorite, however, is Viktor Hovland and Collin Morikawa, the only team with both golfers ranked in the world’s top five. While Morikawa has performed well despite not winning on Tour this year, Hovland does have an official win and a victory at the unofficial money event Hero World Challenge this season.

Other Contenders

Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay

Are teaming up for the second-consecutive year after an 11th-place result in 2021. Cantlay is coming off his second playoff defeat of the season last week while Schauffele has struggled a bit in 2022, only having one top-five finish and missing the cut at both the Masters and The Players Championship.

Billy Horschel and Sam Burns

Who won here in 2018 with Scott Piercy, teams with Sam Burns, who has already won two times on tour this year and is third in the FedEx Cup standings. They finished fourth as a team here last year, and Horschel also won the Zurich in 2013 when it was still an individual event.

Tommy Fleetwood and Sergio Garcia

If you’re looking for a potential first-time winner, there are two here who stand out. First is Tommy Fleetwood, who finished runner-up here with Sergio Garcia in 2019 and was fourth the year before that. The British golfer has missed just one cut this year and is coming off a top-10 last week at Hilton Head and was 14th the week prior at the Masters.

Will Zalatoris and Davis Riley

Has been looking like he’s ready for his breakthrough win for a while now, and is back in top form after a run to the quarterfinals at Match Play and a sixth-place effort at the Masters. He teams with Davis Riley, who missed the cut last week but finished in second place in the Valspar Championship last month.

Longshots

Tyrrell Hatton and Danny Willett (+3000)

Return after tying for eighth place last year, and they seem to have the short game covered. Hatton leads the field in Shots Gained: Putting while Willett is second in Shots Gained: Around the Green. Hatton has made the cut at each event he’s played in 2022 and was tied for runner-up at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Willett was 12th at Augusta two weeks ago.

Sungjae Im and Byeong Hun An (+3500)

Missed the cut here last year, but An has been playing well on the Korn Ferry Tour, coming off a second-place finish his last time out. Im was 21st at the RBC Heritage but led the field in Shots Gained: Tee to Green and was eighth at the Masters despite a 75 in the final round.

Bet against Scheffler at your own risk, especially while teaming with former champ Palmer here. We also like the defending champs from Australia, and Burns and Horschel is also a formidable pair. Hatton and Willett is our underdog team to back.

Golf betting odds to win the 2022 Zurich Classic of New Orleans courtesy of Jazzsports

GOLFERSODDS TO WIN 2022 ZURICH CLASSIC OF NEW ORLEANS
Viktor Hovland / Collin Morikawa+800
Patrick Cantlay / Xander Schauffele+900
Marc Leishman / Cameron Smith+900
Ryan Palmer / Scottie Scheffler+1000
Sam Burns / Billy Horschel+1000
Tommy Fleetwood / Sergio Garcia+1500
Joaquin Niemann / Mito Pereira+1750
Shane Lowry / Ian Poulter+2000
Harold Varner III / Bubba Watson+2000
Davis Riley / Will Zalatoris+2250

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