There’s a lot to be excited about on the PGA Tour this week. Just ask the competitors.
Certain guys can’t wait to play alongside one of their buddies in the only “team format” of the year.
Others just want to get their hands on the Turtle Soup at Commander’s Palace and the beignets from Café Du Monde.
Those of you who have visited the Big Easy and have taken a stroll through the French Quarter know exactly what I’m talking about.
For a more in-depth look at which teams are poised to contend, just keep on reading. In this Zurich Classic betting preview I’m going to look at nine teams who could wind up being the last ones standing.
I’ll start with the odds and then assess the top contenders, some sleepers to consider, and some long-shots who might just cause a surprise. I’ll also provide my picks for the best bets at the 2019 Zurich Classic.
Matchup picks will follow once the odds have been released.
2019 Zurich Classic – Odds to Win
Remember, you are betting on a pair of golfers this week as opposed to a single individual. Bovada.lv opened by listing 30 teams with +7000 odds or better.
Check them out below.
Jason Day/Adam Scott+650
Sergio Garcia/Tommy Fleetwood+750
Patrick Cantlay/Patrick Reed+1200
J.B. Holmes/Bubba Watson+1600
Billy Horschel/ Scott Piercy+1600
Graeme McDowell/Henrik Stenson+1800
Jon Rahm/Ryan Palmer+1800
Tony Finau/Kyle Stanley+2000
Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel+2500
Scott Brown/Kevin Kisner+3300
Brooks Koepka/Chase Koepka+3300
Jonas Blixt/Cameron Smith+4000
Lucas Glover/Chez Reavie+4000
Padraig Harrington/Shane Lowry+4000
Charley Hoffman/Nick Watney+4000
Ian Poulter/Sam Horsfield+4000
Jhonattan Vegas/Abraham Ancer+4000
Dylan Frittelli/Joaquin Niemann+4500
Jason Dufner/Pat Perez+5000
Branden Grace/Justin Harding+5000
Chris Stroud/Jason Kokrak+5000
Scott Stallings/Trey Mullinax+6000
Cameron Champ/ Sam Burns+6600
Corey Conners/ Mackenzie Hughes+6600
Corey Conners/ Mackenzie Hughes+6600
Brian Harman/Patton Kizzire+6600
Russell Knox/Brian Stuard+6600
Brian Gay/Rory Sabbatini+7000
J.J. Spaun/Matt Jones+7000
Brendan Steele/Luke Donald+7000
Top Contenders at the 2019 Zurich Classic
In terms of the top contenders, I’d consider the nine teams with +2500 odds or better as the groups to be reckoned with. Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy wound up as the champs in 2018, but the team that finished solo-third is where I’ll start this segment.
Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel
These South African mates are no stranger to team competition together. This pair finished in third place at the 2018 Zurich Classic, but there’s more to their backstory.
Louis and Charl played together during all four team matches at the 2013 Presidents Cup as well as at the 2011 World Cup. Forget about Schwartzel’s lackluster play thus far in 2019 as I’m well aware the 2011 Masters Champ has missed 8 of 12 cuts.
Having Oosthuizen to lean on should propel Charl into playing the type of golf we all know he is capable of playing. At +2500 across all of the top golf betting sites, it’s not the worst idea to invest a few bucks.
Patrick Cantlay/Patrick Reed
Will the third time be the charm? Cantlay and Reed tied for 14th at the 2017 Zurich Classic before finishing 7th in last year’s edition. Perhaps the “two Patricks” will raise their play and wind up in the winner’s circle in 2019. After all, it’s hard to envision a scenario where this duo isn’t in the mix on Sunday.
Cantlay is coming off a third-place finish at the RBC Heritage, and that’s after putting himself in contention at the Masters. Reed hasn’t had his best stuff in 2019, but Cantlay’s consistent play should push him to play inspired golf.
The good news is if you shop your lines and head over to SportsBetting.ag, you can latch on to “Patrick squared” at +1400.
J.B. Holmes/Bubba Watson
It’s a cute nod to the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes and his trusted sidekick, but I’m actually here to talk about J.B. and Bubba.
“Holmes and Watson” teamed up in 2017 en route to a 5th-place showing despite shooting over par during Thursday’s opening round. After going their separate ways in 2018 and sustaining much less success (Watson: T-28th w/ Matt Kuchar, Holmes: MC w/ Brandt Snedeker), the two long-ball hitters have gotten the band back together.
Their fearless attitudes bode really well in this type of format, as do their abilities to make birdies in bunches. Even better, J.B. and Bubba both like to hit a fade, but because Bubba is a lefty, that means they move the ball in the opposite direction.
I recommend shooting over to MyBookie.ag and locking this pair in at the handsome price of +1800 before any “private investigations” lead to this line being altered.
Zurich Classic Sleepers to Consider
Let’s now shift our attention a bit further down the betting sheet and take a look at some teams in the middle of the pack.
Jhonattan Vegas/Abraham Ancer
This Spanish-speaking twosome will pair up together for the first time at the Zurich Classic, and I think this could be a match made in heaven.
For starters, Vegas ranks 5th on the PGA Tour in early scoring average but struggles when playing in the late wave (113th). On the flip side, his partner this week is the exact opposite. Ancer ranks 2nd on tour with a 68.86 scoring average during the late portion of the day as opposed to ranking 110th when playing in the morning.
Secondly, both men are pristine ball strikers, and neither makes too many mistakes.
I could easily see Jhonattan and Abraham getting off to a fast start during Thursday’s best-ball format, but I like their chances of succeeding even more during alternate shot (Friday and Sunday).
Branden Grace/Justin Harding
Branden Grace and Justin Harding are both a bit hit or miss when it comes to their performances on the PGA Tour. The good news for Branden and Justin is that for two of the four days, they can “ham and egg” their way around the golf course.
When you take into account that Grace and Harding are +4000 and +4500 to win this tournament at some of the other most reputable golf sportsbooks, you’ll start to like the +5000 number on Bovada.lv more and more.
Take a gamble on this South African pair. It just might pay off.
Chris Stroud/Jason Kokrak
Chris Stroud and Jason Kokrak might not be household names, but I can promise you that sharp bettors will be keen on firing some bets on them this week.
If you are wondering what Jason Kokrak has been up to, all you have to do is look on the first two pages of the leaderboard for the past three months.
Seriously, since late January alone, Jason has amassed eight top-20 finishes on the PGA Tour. The dude hasn’t missed a cut since July of 2018 and absolutely bombs the cover off of the golf ball. After a 2nd and 7th at the Valspar Championship and Valero Texas Open respectively, Kokrak birdied five straight holes on Sunday at the RBC to pull within a shot of the lead.
Chris Stroud isn’t too shabby himself and has already accumulated three top 10s in 2019. This week marks a perfect opportunity for the Houston native to notch top-10 #4, and winning his second career PGA Tour could very well be within the cards.
Three Fliers With Long-Shot Odds
Now that I’ve given you a handful of teams to account for, I want to focus on two more teams who shouldn’t be ignored. At their given price tags, they could provide a serious payday.
C.T. Pan/Michael Kim
I’m a bit puzzled why MyBookie.ag has priced C.T. Pan and Michael Kim at +10000 to win this week. Don’t they know that Kim won the John Deere Classic last year by 8 strokes over Francesco Molinari?
Because I know for certain they saw C.T. Pan win the 2019 RBC Heritage this past weekend.
Neither of these two men hit the ball very long according to PGA Tour standards, but you’d better believe they can fill it up with the putter.
I can see Pan continuing the rock-solid play he displayed at Harbour Town quite easily. It’s more than feasible that his good friend Michael Kim can feed off the positive energy.
If I told you this pair was +6600 and +9000 elsewhere, would you then be perked up about seeing them at +10000?
Brice Garnett/Chesson Hadley
Listed at +8000 to win the Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana, you may want to throw a flier on Brice Garnett and Chesson Hadley.
Well, the two drummed out a fourth-place showing here last year which included a sizzling 61 in Saturday’s third round. Also, Brice and Chesson have both won on the PGA Tour before.
Neither man would be classified as particularly consistent, although the format this week could help change up their monotonous routines. I’m not saying they will win, but I have seen stranger things happen.
J.J. Spaun/Matt Jones
Here are a couple of Scottsdale residents who could end up meshing really well together. Their price is varied across the industry, but +8000 on J.J. Spaun and Matt Jones to emerge victorious at the Zurich Classic is the most favorable number I could find (BetOnline.ag).
Jones has made seven straight cuts and has gradually been finding some respectable form. Spaun battled injuries throughout the spring but now appears to be back on track after a 28th-place finish at Harbour Town.
The team format will allow J.J. and Matt to relax even more than they would during a typical week, and I’m intrigued to see how that mindset translates to the golf course. The two already have a laid-back approach when they play, so this week should be filled with plenty of laughter and loads of fun.
And don’t forget about birdies and eagles. Those too.
My Best Bets for the Zurich Classic
After studying the betting sheet and giving you three teams from each “price point,” here is the part where I quickly give you my three favorite plays of the week.
I’ll keep this interesting and highlight one play from each category.
My Favorite Play Among the Contenders
J.B. Holmes/Bubba Watson+1800
My Favorite Mid-Tier Sleeper
Branden Grace/Justin Harding+5000
My Favorite Flier With Long-Shot Odds
J.J. Spaun/Matt Jones+8000
Enjoy the Action!
New Orleans isn’t just a great place to host a golf tournament; it also happens to be one of the coolest cities in the world. Balancing work and play will be on the forefront this week as there is a ton to do and lots to see in the Crescent City.
I tried to pinpoint the teams who I think will be up for the challenge, but ultimately, deciding on which duos to back is up to you. What I do suggest is if you plan on watching the tournament unfold, invest in the action as well by placing some wagers at the top online golf betting sites.
It’ll make the viewing pleasure that much more stimulating.
Betting the 2019 Zurich Classic – Odds, Best Bets, Sleepers, and Matchup Picks
Team competition on the PGA Tour is back this week. Here’s my Zurich Classic betting preview for 2019, with odds, predictions, and matchup picks.