What’s up degenerates, We are back again and ready to preview the Zurich Classic of New Orleans for you. This is another interestingly formatted tournament, each golfer is paired up with another golfer and they perform as a team throughout the week. On Thursday and on Saturday, the teams will be playing Four-Ball, where every player plays their own ball as if this were a normal tournament but at the end of the hole, they choose whoever had the better score on the hole. On Friday and Sunday, the style of play will be Foursomes, where players alternate shots until the hole is completed.
I love these fun and interesting formats for tournaments, but I am not sure the players like it too much since not too many of the top golfers are participating, but I can’t blame them after playing most of the Florida and Texas tournaments leading up to The Masters, but the format will be sure to provide enough entertainment as you never know what to expect with these tournaments.
There were a few teams that jumped off the page to me, maybe not necessarily to win, but from an entertainment standpoint as well. Pat Perez teaming up with Jason Kokrak may not be the winning combination, but that is a group that would be a blast to pair up with or follow around for a round, a couple of cool dudes who do not take themselves too seriously. Another group I am going to follow, but not expect to win is the Homa and Gooch group, because of how close of relationship they have together and the fact that Max Homa is always entertaining and quickly becoming a huge fan favorite.
A few teams that I do expect to compete well are Tyrell Hatton and Danny Willett, plenty of team chemistry here and both have showed great potential for upside, also Collin Morikawa and Matt Wolff will be a very interesting group because you don’t really know what you are going to get from them, both super young future stars of the game, but Matthew has really struggled lately so hopefully he can benefit from Collin taking the charge as the team leader and Matt can fill in for big situations when Collin needs him to.
The obvious pick of Jon Rahm, coming off a red-hot finish at The Masters, and his partner from the last time they played this event Ryan Palmer is tempting to take as a pick to win, they clearly have team chemistry and strategy to win this event since they won the last time, but as we all know winning an event twice is very difficult.
OUTRIGHT PICKS: Cam Smith/Marc Leishman +1000
Tony Finau/Cameron Champ +1200
Collin Morikawa/Matthew Wolff +1200
Danny Willett/ Tyrell Hatton +2200
Victor Hovland/ Kris Ventura
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