2021 Zurich Classic: Preview, Betting Picks and Favorites

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2021 Zurich Classic Preview Betting Picks and Favorites

2021 Zurich Classic – A group of world-class parbusters will compete in this year’s edition of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans slated on April 22-25 at the TPC Louisiana in Avondale. Forty-eight pairs will take part in the USD7.4-million tournament with the winning tandem taking USD1.069 million each. Golf Channel will cover the game live from the first round on April 22 and CBS Network will cover the Zurich Classic beginning in the third round on April 24. Five of the world’s top 10 golfers will see action in the four-round event.

These include world number three Jon Rahm, who will defend the title alongside world number 28 Ryan Palmer. Aside from Rahm, fourth-ranked Collin Morikawa, number five Xander Schauffele, world No. 8 Tyrrell Hatton, and 10th-ranked Patrick Cantlay will compete in the tournament. Former Major and tournament winners will also compete in the 72-hole event. Online golf betting sites slightly favor Schauffele and Cantlay to take home the team title due to their consistent showings in the previous PGA tournaments they competed in.

Betting on 2021 Zurich Classic Viewing Information

When: April 22-25, 2021
Where: TPC Louisiana, Avondale, Louisiana, USA
TV: CBS Network
Livestream: Golf Channel

The Tournament

The tournament began in 1938 as the Crescent City Open and had several name changes that included the New Orleans Open, Greater New Orleans Invitational, Greater New Orleans Open, First NBC New Orleans Open, USF&G New Orleans Open, USF&G Classic, Freeport-McMoRan Golf Classic, Freeport-McMoRan Classic, Freeport-McDermott Classic, Compaq Classic of New Orleans, HP Classic of New Orleans before settling with the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. The tournament was held as an individual event from 1938-2016 and from 2017 to 2019, it was held as a team event. The event was postponed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Last year, the pair of Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer won over the tandem of Sergio Garcia and Tommy Fleetwood by three strokes.

Betting on Golf at the 2021 Zurich Classic

Forty-eight pairs have so far signed up for the competition. Among them are 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel and 2010 British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen. The South African duo placed third in the 2018 edition of the event. Rahm and Palmer will defend the title against the likes of world number 24 Collin Morikawa and 25th seed Matthew Wolff, Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay, Tyrrell Hatton and former Masters winner Danny Willett, Billy Horschel and Sam Burns, Tony Finau and Cameron Champ, 2017 winner Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman, and Bubba Watson and Scottie Scheffler.

Team List

2021 Zurich Classic of New Orleans (As of 4/15/2021)

  • Jon Rahm – Ryan Palmer
  • Collin Morikawa – Matthew Wolff
  • Danny Willett – Tyrrell Hatton
  • Xander Schauffele – Patrick Cantlay
  • Justin Rose – Henrik Stenson
  • Louis Oosthuizen – Charl Schwartzel
  • Billy Horschel – Sam Burns
  • Tony Finau – Cameron Champ
  • Bubba Watson – Scottie Scheffler
  • Cameron Smith – Marc Leishman
  • Kevin Kisner – Scott Brown
  • Keegan Bradley – Brendan Steele
  • Brandt Snedeker – Keith Mitchell
  • Max Homa – Taylor Gooch
  • Branden Grace – Harold Varner III
  • J.B. Holmes – Robert Garrigus
  • Sungjae Im – Byeong Hun An
  • Jason Kokrak – Pat Perez
  • Graeme McDowell – Matt Wallace
  • Brian Stuard – Russell Knox
  • Brice Garnett – Scott Stallings
  • Viktor Hovland – Kris Ventura
  • Matt Jones – J.J. Spaun
  • Sung Kang – K.J. Choi
  • Martin Laird – Nick Taylor
  • Troy Merritt – Robert Streb
  • C.T. Pan – Xinjun Zhang
  • Andrew Putnam – Scott Harrington
  • Kevin Tway – Kelly Kraft
  • Danny Lee – Sang-moon Bae
  • Tom Hoge – Beau Hossler
  • Alex Noren – Henrik Norlander
  • Harry Higgs – Michael Gellerman
  • Doc Redman – Sam Ryder
  • Sepp Straka – Josh Teater
  • Kyoung-Hoon Lee – Kyle Stanley
  • Matthew NeSmith – Chase Seiffert
  • Wyndham Clark – Erik van Rooyen
  • Kevin Stadler – Johnson Wagner
  • Peter Malnati – Chris Baker
  • Jhonattan Vegas – Andres Romero
  • Cameron Percy – Greg Chalmers
  • Rafael Campos – Mark Anderson
  • Michael Gligic – Vincent Whaley
  • Chesson Hadley – Ben Martin
  • Roger Sloan – Aaron Baddeley
  • David Hearn – Seamus Power
  • Rob Oppenheim – Grayson Murray


Betting on golf at the Zurich Classic could be difficult especially if it is team play. There can be teams who have a hot start and fade in the final stages of the tournament or some who start slow and emerge victorious in the end. Rahm and Palmer are prominent entries in the list as they are the defending champions and they know how to win this. However, the tandem of Schauffele and Cantlay proved to be an interesting pick due to their impressive showing at previous PGA tournaments, especially Schauffele. who finished third in the recently-concluded Masters. A lot can happen in this team event and consistency will be key in this golf tournament in order to win the top prize.