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The Zurich Classic of New Orleans is here, and this is an odd week. DraftKings and Yahoo don’t have games, but the PGA Tour does have their one-and-done game and there are private games. So, we decided to offer a top 10 in picks for the week.
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2017 Zurich Classic of New Orleans rankings: Top 10 picks
1. Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson: Rose is a stud at this event as an individual, and that should carry some weight. Stenson has always been a great Ryder Cup partner.
2. Jason Day and Rickie Fowler: These guys routinely play the event because of their deal with Zurich. Day has a great record here; Rickie less so. However, Fowler’s playing well overall and Day is still getting into the season.
3. Jordan Spieth and Ryan Palmer: Spieth didn’t play this event as an individual, but he was drawn into the team event idea and got Palmer on his side as part of a bet between caddies.
4. Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen: This should be a great team. Grace is playing terrific golf of late, and Oosthuizen loves playing with his fellow countrymen.
5. Justin Thomas and Bud Cauley: Team Roll Tide should be a fun partnership. Thomas has a T-12 finish here as an individual, and Cauley looked good at the Texas Open.
6. Hideki Matsuyama and Hideto Tanihara: The Japanese superteam has the right mix of great ballstriking and killer putting that should help them out a ton.
7. Kevin Chappell and Gary Woodland: The guy who won last week and Woodland, who is someone you’d always want in a team competition, who is working his way through a family issue.
8. Patrick Reed and Patrick Cantlay: This team fascinates me because they’re stone-cold killers, but Cantlay is a golf robot (no emotion) and Reed lets it bleed out from everywhere.
9. Daniel Berger and Thomas Pieters: I’m very curious how this team came about and how it’s all going to work. However, straight vibin’ and straight bombin’ could be a great combo.
10. Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly: These guys just got done playing a team event on PGA Tour Champions. They’re already in that groove.
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Event Finish History
This is an odd situation, converting a solo event to a team event. However, knowing players like a course does help. So, here are the players who finished in the top 15 at the Zurich Classic multiple times in the last five years:
- Boo Weekley – 2
- Bubba Watson – 2
- Cameron Tringale – 2
- Charley Hoffman – 2
- J.B. Holmes – 2
- Jason Day – 2
- Jason Dufner – 2
- Justin Rose – 4
- Luke Donald – 2
- Steve Stricker – 2
Success at TPC Louisiana
TPC Louisiana is a Pete Dye course, through and through. Lots of water, lots of railroad ties, some frustrating and well-placed bunkers. It’s target golf that requires one shot off the tee and the opposite into the green. It’s a good golf course, but it just feels kind of blah. It’s still growing into itself a little bit.
That said, there are some very long par 4s and some short-knockers. The par 5s are get-able. The par 3s aren’t outrageously long, but accuracy is a must to score well.
Expect these guys to tear this place up.