The TPC Louisiana plays host to this week’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans but while the venue may be the same as in past years, we have a totally different format this week.
This year we have a team event rather than an individual tournament to look forward to. Players are paired together and we have foursomes (alternate shot) in rounds 1 and 3 and four-ball (better ball) in rounds 2 and 4.
A par 72 layout the TPC is one of the easier stops on the PGA Tour. The course throws up plenty of birdie opportunities and while finding the greens is important in setting up birdie opportunities taking them will be key – in short you need a hot putter as well as a hot partner to win this week.
A strong field takes part and Day/Fowler and Rose/Stenson are disputing favouritism.
2016 – Brian Stuard -15 *
2015 – Justin Rose -22
2014 – Seung-Yul Noh -19
2013 – Billy Horschel -20
2012 – Jason Dufner -19 *
2011 – Bubba Watson -15 *
Day / Fowler 6/1
Rose / Stenson 7/1
Palmer / Spieth 11/1
Berger / Pieters 14/1
Grace / Oosthuizen 16/1
Holmes / Watson 18/1
20/1 and better the balance, prices subject to change
Grace / Oosthuizen 16/1– each way
The South Africans enjoy team events and they have played together in the Presidents Cup in the past with great success. They have not played the course before but are both playing solid golf and look well worth a punt at the price.
Cauley/Thomas at 20/1 – each way
Thomas hasn’t been at his best since the start of the year but he had a decent Masters and could be ready to start firing again. He will be comfortable in the presence of his friend Cauley who has been in great nick of late finishing just outside the places in his last 2 tournaments.
Stroud/Stuard at 125/1 – each way
This strike me as a format that could throw up a big priced winner and this pairing may not be playing great golf at the moment but they have course form. Stuard won the event last year and Stroud has had a T20 and T22 finish in successive years.
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