We make our first and only trip to Louisiana for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, an event that debuted in 1938 and will be a team event for the third straight year. It’s always tough to handicap teams in golf due to it being so unique and there being so many variables, so I tend to take a more chalk approach. We didn’t land a winner last week at the RBC Heritage, but Matt Kuchar did finish runner-up and was so close to cashing at +2200 odds.
Here are five teams to consider throwing on your card this week.
Jason Day / Adam Scott, +650 - Jason Day has a pair of top-five finishes at the Zurich Classic and has top-15 finishes in eight of his last 11 events. Adam Scott will be making his debut at TPC Louisiana, but he has top-20 finishes in seven of the last eight times he’s made the cut, which includes a runner-up finish at the farmers Insurance Open. In terms of current form, this is the best team in the field and the solid favorites to win this week.
Patrick Reed / Patrick Cantlay, +1200 - Patrick Reed and Patrick Cantlay have previous success as a team, which gives them an edge over a lot of the field. These two had a chance to win the 2018 Hero Challenge together. Reed has top-25 finishes in all three times he’s made the cut at the Zurich Classic, while Cantlay finished seventh last year and is coming off a third place finish at the RBC Heritage.
Tommy Fleetwood / Sergio Garcia, +750 - Two guys who are hitting the ball as well as anybody right now, and ball striking is often key when winning at TPC Louisiana. Tommy Fleetwood finished fourth at this event last year and Sergio Garcia usually bounces back in a big way after missing a cut. There’s a lot to like about this duo.
Kevin Kisner / Scott Brown, +3300 - If you’re looking for somewhat of a dark horse, Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown are worth a look. While they don’t have the ball striking you’d like to see on this course, Kisner and Brown finished runner-up as a duo in 2017 and had a top-20 finish last year. Sometimes it’s not about the individual talent that makes the difference, it’s the chemistry. There’s no doubt Kisner and Brown complement each other and have proven success. There’s great value with this team.
Billy Horschel / Scott Piercy, +1800 - Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy won this event as a team last year with a -22, and they did so with an impressive short game down the stretch. While multiple wins at this event is rare, Horschel did win the Zurich Classic as a solo act in 2013, so last year certainly wasn’t a fluke. Piercy is also coming off a third place finish at the RBC Heritage. There’s a chance we could see back-to-back winners at this event for the first time since Carlos Franco in 1999-2000.