PGA Zurich Classic of New Orleans Handicapping Preview and Betting Tips
Matchup at a Glance
Course: TPC Louisianna
Where: New Orleans, Louisiana
Date & Time: Thursday April 25 – Sunday April 28, 2019
This week, the Pro’s of the PGA pair up with partners and take on the Zurich Classic of New Orleans from Louisiana from Thursday, April 25 thru Sunday, April 28, 2019. I won’t lie to you, this is not my favorite event and definitely not my choice of golf but we will still come up with some picks that can hopefully help us pad our bankrolls.
This will be the third year for the Zurich Classic being played as a team-oriented event and just the second year it will be played as part of the official PGA Tour since 1981. One golfer from each team is the “Captain” who will be the primary golfer
and a partner of his choosing, who must be either a PGA Tour member or earn entry through a sponsor exemption.
The tournament is played via stroke play format with Alternate Shot being used in the first and third rounds and Best Ball being used for the second and fourth rounds. The winners of this tournament will split their share of the $7.2 Million Dollar prize pool, with first place taking $1.26M.
The winners of this tournament will each earn 400 FedEx Cup Points and a two year exemption on the PGA Tour but they will not receive the normal PGA Tour Masters Invite. They also will not increase or decrease their world golf ranking from this tournament.
TPC at Louisiana Course Details
The Zurich Classic has been played at various locations but has been held at TPC Louisiana since 2005. There was a 1-year hiatus where they had to move the tournament due to Hurricane Katrina but returned the following year and has made it the home ever since.
The course was designed by Pete Dye and was developed to include a significant amount of tree-lined holes set out among the wetlands of Louisiana. TPC Louisiana is a Par 72 golf course that measures just over 7400 yards. There are four Par 3’s, ten Par 4’s and four Par 5’s.
The approach shots are very important on this course. The course seems to really benefit those that are accurate off the tee but also favors those long strikers off the tee due to the length of the course.
The greens at TPC Louisiana are going to be fast but you will need to follow up with the weather for this tournament. The greens are meant to run at about 12 on the stimpmeter and this year, the weather actually looks pretty clear, which means that it could legitimately run as fast as they are expected and designed for.
Zurich Classic Cut Info
The cut line for the Zurich Classic is a little different than most other tournaments. With the Zurich Classic, they will make the cut line at 35 teams, plus ties. This means that more than half of the tournament players will be eliminated after the first two days of golf or after 36 holes. One of the differences you need to be aware of this year is the fact that there will be no secondary cut. The MDF will no longer be in place so whoever makes it through the cut, will be playing the entire weekend.
Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown at +3300 at MyBookie
What is there not to like about these two? Last year, they were in the lead after 54 holes and fell short on Sunday. In 2017, they ended up falling just short in the playoffs, to finish in 2nd place. Kisner is playing some of his best golf in recent years, with a win at the Match Play and not missing a cut in 2019. Brown has not been exactly been spectacular but he did finish in 7th place at the Valero Texas Open. He plays well here at TPC Louisiana and I expect a nice week out of him.
Mackenzie Hughes and Corey Conners at +7575 at Bookmaker
Both of these guys come in with decent form. Sure, Conners missed the cut last week at the RBC Heritage but I think you have to throw that one out because it didn't fit his playing style and he seriously just didn't look good for that tournament headed in. Hughes has also been playing well with a 2nd place finish at the Corales Punta Cana Championship. Here is the real kicker, these guys know each other well and went to Kent State together and are aware of strengths and weaknesses. These guys are excited for this tournament and I really expect will play really well!