Zurich Classic: Event Notes & Best Bets

The Zurich Classic is the only sanctioned FedEx Cup team event on the PGA Tour, featuring 80 teams and 160 players taking on TPC Louisiana beginning Thursday.

The event returns after being canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. This will be the fourth playing as in the team format, with Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer defending their title from two years ago.

Ryan Palmer, Jon Rahm
Ryan Palmer and Jon Rahm. (Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports)

HOW TO WATCH

  • TV: Thursday-Friday, 3:30-6:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-3 p.m. (GC), 3-6 p.m. (CBS)
  • PGA Tour Live: Thursday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Featured Groups); Friday, 9:15 a.m.-6 p.m. (Featured Groups); Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Featured Groups), 3-6 p.m. (Featured Holes); Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (Featured Groups), 3-6 p.m. (Featured Holes)



NOTES

  • Teams will play Four-ball (best ball) during the first and third rounds and Foursomes (alternate shot) during the second and fourth rounds. A sudden-death playoff would begin with Foursomes for the first extra hole and alternate formats until a winner is determined.
  • FedEx Cup points and official money will be awarded to teams making the cut based on combining every two positions from the distribution table for a standard PGA Tour event, with each team member receiving an equal share. The winning team will evenly split first and second place FedEx Cup points (500 for first, 300 for second for 800 total points, or 400 for each player). Official money will be distributed in the same manner.
  • Sixty is the low 18-hole score in the team format (all in Four-ball), a record shared by five teams.

BEST BETS

  • Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay (+700) will team together for the first team. They also comprise the only team that includes a pair of top 10 players in the world rankings and have been backed by 7 percent of the money and four percent of the total bets at DraftKings.
  • Rahm is the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 3. He and Palmer are also being offered at +700 as they defend the title they won by a record three shots two years ago. However, the team is not among the 10 most-backed at DraftKings.
  • Australians Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith (+1200) team up for the first time in this event. However, they did tie for eighth together at the QBE Shootout in December and have been Presidents Cup teammates. Smith won the inaugural team event in 2017 with Jonas Blixt. Leishman and Smith are also the only team in the field with both players coming off a top-10 showing at the Masters. They have been backed by the most money (9 percent) and most bets (6 percent) at DraftKings.
Marc Leishman, Cameron Smith
Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith. (Chris Tilley/Naples Daily News via USA TODAY Network)
  • Collin Morikawa and Matthew Wolff (+1400) are each making their tournament debut and are the youngest team in the field with a combined age of 46.
  • Fellow Aiken, S.C. natives Scott Brown and Kevin Kisner (+6000) lost in a playoff in 2017, held the 54-hole lead in 2018 and finished T5 in 2019. That history at TPC Louisiana has led to the public backing them with 6 percent of the money and 4 percent of the bets at DraftKings.
  • Sam Burns has yet to claim his maiden win on the PGA Tour and has missed the cut in three of his past four events. So why is his team being backed by 8 percent of the money and 6 percent of the bets at DraftKings? Partner Billy Horschel is enjoying a strong stretch of golf that includes a T2 at the WGC event at The Concession, a win at the WGC – Match Play and a T25 last week. The team also offers longshot odds at +2500.

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)