Golf picks: Zurich Classic of New Orleans predictions & best bets from Ian Wilkerson

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A fortnight after the intensity of the Masters, the Zurich Classic heads into view on the PGA Tour and the 2-man team event should be competitive and attract some big names, even if the unstoppable Scottie Scheffler is giving it a miss. Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry are surprising competitors in the tournament which will see 80 teams battling it out, using a fourball format for rounds one and three and then their foursomes, alternate shot game on Friday and Sunday.

It’s an event in which Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele have flourished recently, having won it in 2022 and finishing 4th behind Davis Riley and Nick Hardy 12 months ago, but their odds don’t appear to have much juice to it. Let’s dive into our Zurich Classic of New Orleans best bets.

Zurich Classic of New Orleans golf picks and predictions

Sahith Theegala & Will Zalatoris (+1000)

Odds available at DraftKings Sportsbook at time of publishing.

A more attractive proposition at TPC Louisiana are Sahith Theegala and Will Zalatoris, with the latter looking stronger as he recovers after a back injury. His RBC Heritage challenge faded last week but he was 9th at the Masters and also earned top-5 finishes at the Genesis and the Arnold Palmer.

Zalatoris was 4th in this tournament 2 years ago when he partnered Riley and this could be a well-matched partnership with Theegala, who has posted 5 top-10s this year, including 2nd behind Scheffler at the Heritage.

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Billy Horschel & Tyson Alexander (+5000)

Odds available at DraftKings Sportsbook and BetMGM at time of publishing.

As far as players further down the list go, it’s worth considering Billy Horschel and Tyson Alexander. Horschel won the Corales Puntacana last week and has triumphed in this event twice in an individual and team format. He has also finished 4th and 2nd in the last few years and clearly relishes the format. Horschel’s enthusiasm should help Alexander, who will have had a confidence boost at being picked to play alongside such a seasoned Zurich performer.

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