Dream Team Favored Over Cameron Smith & Marc Leishman

2022 Zurich Classic Odds

Odds through Caesars.

Golfers odds
Cantlay & Schauele +850
Hovland & Morikawa +850
Leishman & Smith +1000
Palmer & Scheffler +1100
Burns & Horschel +1200
Fleetwood & Garcia +1600
Lowry & Poulter +2000
Homa & Gooch +2500
Varner & Watson +2500
Niemann & Pereira +2500
Im & An +2800
Riley & Zalatoris +2800
Hatton & Willett +2800
Bradley & Steele +2800
Kizzire & Poston +4000
McDowell & Power +4000
Kirk & Todd +4000
Sigg & Straka +5000
Snedeker & Mitchell +5000
Rose & Stenson +5000
Hadwin & Svensson +5000
Laird & MacIntyre +5500
Bezuidenhout & Schwartzel +5500
Noren & Norlander +6500
Day & Scrivener +6500
Knox & Stuard +6500
Merritt & Streb +6500
Bramlett & McNealy +6500
Ghim & Schwab +6500
Clark & ​​Tringale +6500
Brown & Kisner +8000
Hossler & Theegala +9000
Glover & Reavie +9000
Lipsky & Rai +10000
Moore & NeSmith +10000
Cabrera Bello & Grillo +10000
Garnett & Stallings +12500
Horsfield & Wallace +12500
Kohles & McCarthy +12500
Dahmen & Jaeger +12500
Higgs & Smotherman +12500
Grace & Higgo +12500
Rodgers & Wu +15000
Ryder & Redman +15000
Duncan & Schenk +15000
Hoffman & Watney +15000
Buckley & Smalley +15000
O’Hair & Piercy +15000
Aphibarnrat & Kitayama +15000
Hoag & Long +15000
Werenski & Uihlein +15000
Barjon & Hoge +15000
Chappell & Hahn +20000
McGreevy & Novak +20000
Stanley & Villegas +20000
Atwal & Herbert +20000
Lebioda & Seiffert +20000
Lee & Bae +25000
Hodges & Whaley +25000
Brehm & Hubbard +25000
Creel & Ramey +25000
Herman & Taylor +25000
Huh & Kang +25000
Bryan & Mullinax +25000
Martin & Van Pelt +25000
Cook & Dufner +25000
Hardy & Thompson +25000
Percy & Hagy +25000
Armor & Gligic +30000
Reeves & Wolfe +30000
Kim & Noh +30000
Skinns & Tarren +30000
Byrd & Hadley +30000
Lower & Wu +30000
Gainey & Garrigus +30000
Kraft & Tway +30000
Haas & Haas +50000
Knous & Trainer +50000
Drewitt & Van der Walt +50000
Gutschewski & Points +50000

We’re getting a change of pace this week with the 2022 Zurich Classic.

Instead of the traditional stroke-play events that pit every player against each other, 160 golfers are pairing up this week at TPC Louisiana. Eighty teams are in the field this week, and some are made up of golf’s biggest names.

Five of the top six players in the world are in the field this week, and two of them have teamed up. Collin Morikawa (No. 2) and Viktor Hovland (No. 5) have by far the lowest combined Official World Golf Ranking total, although there are some impressive teams in the field, as well.

No. 1 player Scottie Scheffler has partnered up with Ryan Palmer this week. Palmer has played this event in previous years with Jon Rahm.

Two other teams stand out in the field, with Billy Horschel (No. 14) teaming up with Sam Burns (No. 11) and Patrick Cantlay (No. 4) teaming up with Xander Schauffele (No. 12)

The team to beat based on recent history, though, is a pair of Aussies. Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman won last year’s tournament and are back. Smith is a two-time winner of this event, winning the first year of this format back in 2017 with Jonas Blixt.

Format

So, here’s how this is going to work.

The first and third rounds are going to be best ball, which means each player will play every hole as usual. The team will take the best score between the two players and put it on the scorecard.

The second and fourth rounds will be alternate shot, a true form of team golf. That format is pretty straightforward. One player will hit it off the tee, and the other will hit the second shot, and they’ll continue rotating shots until the day is over.

There is a cut after the second round. The top-33 teams and ties will make the weekend.

Past Winners

Obviously, teams fluctuate from year to year. There are no powerhouses, necessarily, in this event.

Blixt and Smith won at 27-under in 2017. Billy Horschel won the tournament for the second time (he won the stroke-play Zurich Classic in ’13) with Scott Piercy the following year, and then Palmer and Rahm won in ’19.

After the ’20 tournament was canceled, Leishman and Smith won last year in a playoff against South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel.

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