TPC Louisiana takes centre stage this week as the PGA Tour heads to New Orleans for the 2019 Zurich Classic on Thursday (AEDT).
Fourteen of the world’s Top 30 players will take part in the best-ball tournament, a new format that was introduced two years ago pairing some of the games most elite players together for an exciting weekend.
Aussie Cameron Smith earned his first win on Tour at this event back in 2017, followed by Americans Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy last year. With a cool $7.2 million up for grabs, this tournament has quickly become one of the premier events on Tour.
As always, we’ve taken a look at all the top pairings, and our 2019 Zurich Classic Preview can be found below.
2019 Zurich Classic Best Bet
Jason Day & Adam Scott – $8.00
The rumours were true: Jason Day and Adam Scott will indeed treat this weekend’s Zurich Classic as a forerunner to November’s Presidents Cup in Melbourne. These two paired together during the 2015 Presidents Cup, and while Day hasn’t achieved a ton of success in best-ball formats, his form at Augusta a fortnight ago makes the Australians the favourites. The expectations are also high for the Aussies after triumphantly winning the World Cup of Golf together in Melbourne back in 2013. Between them, the pair own five Top 10 finishes this year, so settle in for a show.
2019 Zurich Classic Top 5 Finish
Sergio Garcia & Tommy Fleetwood – $9.00
Tommy Fleetwood is still searching for his first career win on Tour, but he’ll likely hold fond memories of TPC Louisiana. The Englishman tied for fourth with fellow countrymen Chris Paisley last year, and he’ll certainly be helped out by 2017 Masters winner Sergio Garcia, who owns four Top 10 finishes this season. These two seem to have a lot of fun together, and despite Fleetwood’s losing track record, keep in mind he hasn’t missed a cut since last summer.
2019 Zurich Classic Top 1o Finish
Brooks Koepka & Chase Koepka – $4.00
The bash brothers are back for another crack at the Zurich. The pair tied for fifth back in 2017, and although this should be plenty of fun, keep in kind Chase is making his first start on Tour since the 2017 Wells Fargo Championship. Brooks, however, is more than capable of carrying the load. The 28-year-old tied for second at Augusta a fortnight ago possesses the ability off the tee to dominate at TPC Louisiana. These look like nice odds for a strong finish.
2019 Zurich Classic Field
Patrick Reed & Patrick Cantlay – $13.00
These two tied for seventh at last year’s Zurich Classic, and although Reed holds the upper-hand in terms of Tour victories, don’t look past Cantlay, who tied for ninth at Augusta and third at the RBC Heritage last week. Together, Team Paddy hold an average world ranking of 18.5 – good news considering Reed has missed the cut only once since last year’s PGA Championship.
Billy Horschel & Scott Piercy – $17.00
The defending champs return with a point to prove this weekend. Billy Horschel has seen mixed results since his eighth-place finish at the Farmers Insurance Open back in January, but Piercy’s T-3 at Harbour Town last week puts him in good stead for a big performance.
Bubba Watson & J.B. Holmes – $17.00
These two found themselves at opposite ends of the Augusta leaderboard a fortnight ago. Holmes wound up well outside the Top 50, while two-time champ Bubba Watson tied for 12th. Both have enjoyed two weeks off since then, and how hope to improve on their fifth-place finish at last year’s Zurich Classic.
Jon Rahm & Ryan Palmer – $17.00
If nothing else, the comradery between these two should be fun. Both are fiery characters, and with Rahm on the verge of winning sometime very soon, don’t look past this pairing. The Spaniard tied for ninth at Augusta, his sixth Top 10 finish for 2019. Palmer, meanwhile, hopes to improve on his Top 40 finish at Harbour Town last week. With the 27th best rating in putting, expect a handful of birdies.
Henrik Stenson & Graeme McDowell – $21.00
McDowell’s win at Corales late last month has breathed new life into the 39-year-old’s season. The Irishman went on to tie for seventh at the Texas Open a week later, his second Top 10 finish of the year. Things haven’t been quite so clear cut for Henrik Stenson, mind you. The Swede tied for 36th at Augusta and has missed the cut once already this year. This will mark the first time McDowell and Stenson have paired together.
Kevin Kisner & Scott Brown – $34.00
Can these two long-time Tour veterans finally crack the winners’ circle? Kisner and Brown lost in heartbreaking playoff fashion in 2017 to Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith. They led after 54 holes last year, only to fade on the final day to tie for 15th. Kisner is in good form of late having won the WGC Match Play in March, while Brown tied for seventh in Texas earlier this month. Both are among the Top 50 golfers in the PGA’s off-the-tee rating, which could play a big factor on a long and dangerous 18th hole.