Justin Rose among the favourites in the Zurich Classic betting this week
Masters champion Jordan Spieth takes a well earned break this week leaving the field wide open for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, a feature on the Tour since 1938. With a low score needed to win the tournament – last year’s breakout winner Seung-Yul Noh scored 19 under par – it promises to be a high quality event with plenty of birdies.
With 14 winners in the last 14 years it’s a difficult tournament to call. Keep reading for our preview of this weekend’s event.
Course favours those players good at hitting fairways
The overall yardage at TPC Louisiana hasn’t changed in four years and it is one of the easiest par 72s on the Tour. The field averaged 70.75 in 2013 and 71.21 in 2014 and it has needed a score of at least 19 under par to win in each of the last three years.
The second shot is the crucial one at TPC Louisiana so it pays to consider someone with good GIR, scrambling and par-4 scoring stats.
Since his return to action in February, Dustin Johnson has been in excellent form. He’s recorded five top six finishes in his last six events (he unexpectedly missed the cut at the Honda Classic) and is a worthy 8/1 favourite this week.
Since winning at Doral in March he has finished T6 at both the Texas Open and the Masters and Johnson leads the Tour in strokes gained: tee to green. A question mark would be his lack of experience at TPC Louisiana – he missed the cut in his only previous appearance – but on form he is the man to beat.
He may have been Jordan Spieth’s closest rival at the Masters but Justin Rose‘s T2 finish at Augusta was actually his first top 45 finish of the season. The Englishman was in no sort of form before the Masters but does have an excellent record at the Zurich and could go well.
On his last three trips to New Orleans he has finished T10, T15 and T18 and he has shot 11 consecutive under-par rounds. Rose is the 9/1 second favourite.
After a very strong start to 2015 things have cooled a little for Jason Day but the world number 6 should be amongst the leading pack this week.
The Australian finished T28 in a Masters we expected him to challenge for but he is a winner this year and leads the Tour in par-4 scoring. It’s his first appearance at this event since 2009 but the 27 year old should go well at 10/1.
Rickie Fowler has made 17 consecutive cuts and is available at 16/1 while Billy Horschel is a previous winner of this event and can be backed at 29/1.
Outsiders to consider in your golf betting coupon this week
He may not be a household name and hasn’t finished in the top 10 in any Tour event this season but if you’re looking for a long shot it could pay to consider John Peterson. The Texan has made 13 of 14 cuts this season and has recorded top 20 finishes in his last two starts.
The 26 year old shot an excellent second round 65 at the RBC Heritage to finish in a share of 18th place and he has carded a round in the 60s in each of his last five events. T8 at TPC Louisiana in 2013, Peterson offers terrific each-way value at 49/1.
Another man who could score well at longer odds is Brendon de Jonge. You will often find the man from Harare among the top 40 at the end of the weekend and he’s done even better recently with two top 20 finishes in his last two starts.
He has shot par or better in his last seven rounds and has shot a combined 21 under par at his last two tournaments. When the scoring is low de Jonge can often be among the pack and the 35 year old is great value at 49/1.
It may also be worth keeping an eye on the winning margin market. Since 2003, four editions of the Zurich have gone to a play-off while five have seen the winner take the title by one shot. With a talented field it is often a very close finish (Seung-Yul Noh won by 2 shots in 2014) and so backing a winning margin of one shot at 5/2 or a play-off at 13/5 could be a smart call.
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