The 2019 Zurich Classic of New Orleans team play event is about to tee off following an emotional win by Tiger Woods at the Masters two weeks ago. That was followed by Dustin Johnson’s tumble down the leader board this past Sunday at the RBC Heritage which opened the door for CT Pan to pick up his first PGA Tour win. 

But, that win does not seem to be earning Pan too much love from oddsmakers heading into the Zurich Classic of New Orleans this weekend which is a two-man team event. The former University of Washington player is teamed with Michael Kim and the duo are at +8000 which is well behind the leading team of Jason Day and Adam Scott who are coming in at +600.


Golf Glance: Zurich Classic


The Classic is a hard event on the PGA Tour to make picks for because of its short history of being a team event. The format is only in its third year even though the event dates back to 1938 with regular play coming in the 1960s. Here are the leaders through +1600 heading into Thursday play according to Intertops.

 

Jason Day/Adam Scott+600
Sergio Garcia/Tommy Fleetwood+750
Patrick Reed/Patrick Cantlay+1200
Billy Horschel/Scott Piercy+1600
Bubba Watson/J.B. Holmes+1600
Jon Rahm/Ryan Palmer+1600

 

2019 Zurich Classic of New Orleans Prediction

The Classic field includes eighty two-player teams with one of the players picked by the PGA Tour priority rankings. The second player for each team is either a PGA Tour member or has been granted sponsor an exemption. To make things harder when selecting a team this year is that the format is a combination of games similar to Ryder Cup play. Fourball is used for the first and third rounds while alternate shot for used for the second and fourth rounds.

It appears that oddsmakers are going with a leaderboard heading into the opening round that’s heavy with some of the bigger names in the game. Joining the team of Day and Scott towards the top of favorites list are Sergio Garcia, Patrick Reed, Patrick Cantlay, Bubba Watson, and Jon Rahm.

The field is wide open as there are plenty of big names sprinkled through the favored list but it’s hard to get past the first two teams of Day/ Scott and Garcia/Fleetwood. There’s plenty of experience with team play with those two teams but there are plenty of other teams with Ryder Cup or President’s Cup play on their resume scattered down the leaderboard.



One team to watch may be the Koepka brothers. Brooks Koepka is a standard on the PGA schedule while his brother is on the European tour. What better teammate to have on a team play event than brothers who probably know each other's strengths and weaknesses? And, if you’re looking for family connections, Davis Love is teamed with his son Dru Love.

The winning team will be the one that can navigate Pete Dye’s TPC Louisiana course outside of New Orleans successfully while taking advantage of birdie opportunities and avoiding the wetlands and massive bunkers after the turn. All while playing two completely different formats rotated over four days! No wonder the Zurich Open is becoming a fan favorite. Almost like a mini Ryder Cup… who knows, they may include the USA vs. Everyone Else wrinkle next year.

Complete Intertops odds to win the 2019 Heritage.

 

Jason Day/Adam Scott+600
Sergio Garcia/Tommy Fleetwood+750
Patrick Reed/Patrick Cantlay+1200
Billy Horschel/Scott Piercy+1600
Bubba Watson/J.B. Holmes+1600
Jon Rahm/Ryan Palmer+1600
Henrik Stenson/Graeme McDowell+1800
Tony Finau/Kyle Stanley+2000
Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel+2500
Brooks Koepka/Chase Koepka+2800
Kevin Kisner/Scott Brown+3300
Charley Hoffman/Nick Watney+4000
Chez Reavie/Lucas Glover+4000
Ian Poulter/Sam Horsfield+4000
Jonas Blixt/Cameron Smith+4000
Jhonattan Vegas/Abraham Ancer+4000
Adam Hadwin/Aaron Baddeley+4500
Branden Grace/Justin Harding+4500
Padraig Harrington/Shane Lowry+4500
Joaquin Niemann/Dylan Frittelli+4500
Chris Stroud/Jason Kokrak+5000
Jason Dufner/Pat Perez+5500
Brian Harman/Patton Kizzire+6000
Russell Knox/Brian Stuard+6000
Scott Stallings/Trey Mullinax+6000
Cameron Champ/Sam Burns+6600
Corey Conners/Mackenzie Hughes+6600
J.J. Spaun/Matt Jones+6600
Brendan Steele/Luke Donald+6600
Brian Gay/Rory Sabbatini+6600
Kevin Streelman/Vaughn Taylor+6600
Martin Laird/Nick Taylor+7500
Chesson Hadley/Brice Garnett+8000
Keegan Bradley/Jon Curran+8000
Michael Kim/C.T. Pan+8000
Si Woo Kim/Sangmoon Bae+8000
Steve Stricker/Jerry Kelly+8000
Whee Kim/Sungjae Im+8000
Danny Lee/Sung Kang+8000
Austin Cook/Andrew Landry+10000
Russell Henley/Ryan Blaum+10000
Shubhankar Sharma/Anirban Lahiri+10000
Chris Kirk/Sepp Straka+10000
Seamus Power/David Hearn+10000
Joel Dahmen/Brandon Harkins+12500
J.T. Poston/Stephan Jaeger+12500
Kevin Tway/Kelly Kraft+12500
Kyoung-Hoon Lee/Matt Every+12500
Scott Langley/Jonathan Byrd+12500
Troy Merritt/Robert Streb+12500
Wyndham Clark/Ben Crane+12500
Harris English/Johnson Wagner+12500
Ollie Schniederjans/Adam Svensson+15000
K. J. Choi/David Lingmerth+15000
Carlos Ortiz/Sebastian Munoz+15000
Denny McCarthy/Roberto Diaz+15000
Harold Varner III/Tom Lovelady+15000
Peter Uihlein/Dominic Bozzelli+15000
Ernie Els/Trevor Immelman+17500
Andrew Putnam/Max Homa+17500
Hudson Swafford/Wes Roach+17500
Kenny Perry/Josh Teater+17500
Richy Werenski/Nicholas Lindheim+17500
Tyler Duncan/Adam Schenk+17500
Hank Lebioda/Curtis Luck+17500
Julian Etulain/Andres Romero+17500
Roberto Castro/Cameron Tringale+17500
Jim Furyk/David Duval+20000
Boo Weekly/Colt Knost+20000
Cameron Davis/Kyle Jones+20000
Ted Potter Jr/Nate Lashley+20000
Tom Hoge/J.J. Henry+20000
Anders Albertson/Seth Reeves+20000
Freddie Jacobson/Chad Campbell+20000
Peter Malnati/Billy Hurley III+20000
Alex Cejka/Alex Prugh+25000
Chase Wright/Derek Fathauer+25000
Cody Gribble/Joey Garber+25000
Davis Love/Dru Love+25000
Rod Pampling/John Senden+25000

 

 

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