Welcome to the Tour’s two-man team event where you’re only as good as your partner.
The Zurich Classic, which will be held at TPC Louisiana, will feature best-ball competition during rounds one and three. Rounds two and four will be an alternate shot format. The field will be cut to the low 35 teams, and ties, after Friday’s round.
Odds To Win The 2021 Zurich Classic From DraftKings
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Narrowing Down Choices No Easy Task
So, let’s get back to the team talk and how we’re going to narrow down choices for a winning combination.
This is one of those events where the best-laid plans can go wrong…horribly wrong. In the best ball portion, if you’re got one player spraying it around the course, the other player can pick up the slack. Well, at least until he hits an errant shot or two and then their stock–and scores–can plummet.
It can get even worse in the alternate shot format if the team has that player spraying it around. The best drive can be worthless if the second shot is errant. Trees, bunkers and water are bad when players are in an individual format. In a team event, those obstacles quickly turn into a round that will leave a team looking way up the leaderboard at those in contention.
With that in mind, let’s try to come up with a winning team.
The Defending Champs Big Favorites
Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer won the 2019 event, edging out Tommy Fleetwood and Sergio Garcia. (A reminder there was no event in 2020 because of the pandemic).
They are back to defend this year.
Now, we know Rahm has been front and center over the last two years while Palmer has upped his game recently. It’s no wonder they are the overwhelming favorites at +600 on DraftKings.
But, the talent is very deep this year.
Plenty Of Great Value On The Board
Here’s where it gets interesting. There’s enough firepower in the field that a good half-dozen teams could win this title.
The team of Collin Morikawa and Matthew Wolff at +1400 have plenty of game to win…except Wolff has been struggling big-time lately. Will teaming up with his buddy Morikawa shake him out of his slump or will Morikawa be dragged down a little trying to carry the team? That’s why they call it gambling.
Then there’s the team of Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay at +650.
Here we also have the same problem, to a little lesser degree, as Morikawa-Wolff.
Schauffele has been red-hot while Cantlay has struggled the last few weeks. It’s the same dilemma: Can they both be ‘on’ when they need to be or will one of them struggling to find fairways doom them this week?
It doesn’t take many bad shots to put a crooked number on the scoreboard and dampen enthusiasm–as well as hopes–for a title.
Let’s Stay Positive, Shall We?
With that being said, we love the team of Schauffele and Cantlay. The reason? Both are as even-keeled as anyone on the Tour and will feed off great shots.
If there are bad shots, there won’t be temper tantrums or finger-pointing. They will just move on to the next shot. Granted too many bad shots and our pick is toast but we like the teaming up of this duo to produce positive results.
Great Odds Up And Down The List
From top to bottom, there are intriguing betting numbers to check out. One of the pairings that has piqued our interest is the team of Bubba Watson and Scottie Scheffler at +1600.
Especially in the best-ball format, these guys could go really low. With Watson likely teeing off first and hitting that driver as far as humanly possible (with the exception of Bryson DeChambeau), it will open the door for Scheffler to make an impact with is solid tee-to-green game.
If Watson finds the fairway, it’s a green-light special for Scheffler who has newfound confidence in his game and could be in line for his first PGA Tour win…even if he’s got to share the credit with Watson.
It’s all going to come down to which duo has both players in the groove. Hot-hot will work just fine. Hot-cold…not so well. Cold-cold…take the weekend off.