Zurich Classic Odds: Team Format Returns At TPC Louisiana

Posted By FairwayJay on April 18, 2021 - Last Updated on April 19, 2021

This 2021 Zurich Classic returns after last year’s event was cancelled due to the pandemic. The fourth edition of the tournament at TPC Louisiana is the only two-man team event on the PGA TOUR, making dissecting the Zurich Classic odds a unique challenge.

The event was revitalized and has been a great success since switching to a team format starting in 2017. The tournament format lends itself to volatility with four-balls (Best Ball) on Thursday and Saturday, and foursomes (Alternate Shot) on Friday and Sunday.

Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer return to defend their 2019 title after capturing the team event with a winning score of 26-under par.

Zurich Classic Odds 2021

In the 2019 event, eight teams had odds from +700 to +2000, and the team of Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer won at opening odds of +1600. The first round leader market will be of interest in a best ball format on Thursday.

View odds for all of the golfers in the 2021 RBC Heritage at top US sportsbooks like DraftKings SportsbookFanDuel Sportsbook and BetMGM.

2021 Zurich Classic Outright Odds

Game
(Eastern Time)
(EST)
Rahm/Palmer
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+600
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+700
Schauffele/Cantlay
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+650
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+700
Smith/Leishman
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+1400
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+900
Finau/Champ
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+1800
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+1400
Morikawa/Wolff
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+1400
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+1400
Watson/Scheffler
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+1600
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+1400
Horschel/Burns
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+2500
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+2000
Kirk/Todd
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+2500
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+2000
Willett/Hatton
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+2500
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+2700
Bradley/Steele
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+4500
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+2900
Grace/Varner III
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+3500
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+2900
Homa/Gooch
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+3500
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+3100
Rose/Stenson
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+4500
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+3100
Oosthuizen/Schwartzel
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+2800
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+3300
Frittelli/Streelman
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+4500
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+3400
Hovland/Ventura
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+4500
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+3400
Dahmen/Griffin
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+6000
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+4100
Im/An
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+4500
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+4100
Ghim/Suh
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+7000
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+4500
Glover/Reavie
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+5000
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+4500
Brown/Kisner
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+6600
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+5000
Castro/Tringale
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+5500
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+5500
Clark/van Rooyen
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+9000
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+5500

NOTABLE PLAYERS AND TEAMS IN THE FIELD  

The field has many new teams this year including world No. 4 Collin Morikawa teaming with world No. 25 Matthew Wolff. The 24 and 22-year-olds will be a popular team. So will the new team of Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay, who both rank top-10 in the world rankings.

There are 80 teams and 160 players in the field, and the notable teams include (Official World Golf Ranking):

  • Jon Rahm (3) and Ryan Palmer (28)
  • Xander Schaffele (5) and Patrick Cantlay (10)
  • Collin Morikawa (4) and Matthew Wolff (25)
  • Tyrrell Hatton (8) and Danny Willett (79)
  • Tony Finau (12) and Cameron Champ (77)
  • Viktor Hovland (15) and Kris Ventura (247)
  • Billy Horschel (18) and Sam Burns (90)
  • Sungjae Im (20) and Byeong Hun An (96)
  • Scottie Scheffler (21) and Bubba Watson (57)
  • Cameron Smith (26) and Marc Leishman (37)
  • Louis Oosthuizen (38) Charl Schwartzel (189)
  • Justin Rose (39) and Henrik Stenson (108)
  • Max Homa (40) and Talor Gooch (67)
  • Kevin Kisner (41) and Scott Brown (273)
  • Brandon Grace (80) and Harold Varner III (139)

Zurich Classic Winners and Runners-up:

  • 2019 – Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer (-26), Sergio Garcia and Tommy Fleetwood
  • 2018 – Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy (-22), Jason Dufner and Pat Perez
  • 2017 – Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt (-27), Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown

The 2017 event was decided in a playoff on the fourth hole of better-ball sudden death.

How it Works

Team Format Rules: Round 1 and 3 are Four-Ball (Best-Ball) and Rounds 2 and 4 are Foursomes (Alternate Shot).

For Four-Ball play, the players on each team will each play his own ball throughout the entirety of the round, with the best score on each hole recorded. Example: On the first hole, both golfers on each team tee off. Player A pars the hole and Player B birdies it. The team will be credited with a birdie.

During Foursomes play, players will rotate tee shots. One player will hit the tee shots on all the odd-numbered holes, and the other will hit the tee shot on even-numbered holes. Example: Player A and Player B are partners. On the first hole, Player A tees off; Player B plays the second shot; Player A plays the third shot; and so on until the ball is holed. The total strokes taken will result in the team’s score for that hole.

Making the Cut: The low 35 teams and ties following Round 2 continue play into the weekend on Saturday and Sunday.

Both players on the winning team receive a two-year winner’s exemption and an eligibility into Invitational fields, including the Tournament of Champions and THE PLAYERS Championship.

COURSE AND TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

  • Course: TPC Louisiana
  • Location: Avondale, La
  • Date: April 22-25
  • Par: 72 / Yardage 7,425
  • Purse: $7.4 Million / Winner $2.2 M (split)
  • Fairways/Rough: Bermudagrass
  • Greens: : Bermudagrass
  • TV/Online: Golf Channel, CBS (Sat/Sun), PGA Tour Live
  • Twitter & Hashtag: @Zurich_Classic
  • Defending Champion: Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer

Bettors may not feel as comfortable or confident with the shape of the market, and the unpredictability of the tournament. But course form is something to revisit and players with proven results here and on Pete Dye designs can tag-team towards the top. The stroke play event with Zurich as sponsor started here in 2007. Despite past success on the course for some players, it’s noted that TPC Louisiana underwent a $2 million course renovation following the 2019 event.

All fairways and greens were re-sodded with Celebration Bermuda fairways and TifEagle Bermuda greens. Those are the same grasses that were added to the Dye-design at TPC Sawgrass prior to the 2019 event. The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass is home of THE PLAYERS Championship, and another Pete Dye-design was played by some of the PGA TOUR pros this past week at Harbour Town for the RBC Classic. Many bunkers were renovated the past year near the greens and along the fairways.

In talking to golf course staff at TPC Louisiana, the toughest holes are the longer par-4s at No. 4, 6 and 12. The course’s signature holes are at No. 17 and 18. Water is in play on each hole, and the 215-yard par-3 at No. 17 is fun for fans with more spectator mounds added for better viewing and drainage on the hole. Also, similar spectator viewing and mounds were added at tees on No. 1, 14, 15 and along the fairways at No. 7 and 13. The closing hole at No. 18 is a 565-yard par-5 that will provide more birdie opportunities and potential eagles in this format.

There is minimal elevation change, and the Pete Dye design is more playable than others. But it still requires a technical approach to navigate the numerous bunkers on every hole and water hazards that are in play on 7-8 holes.

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