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Horses for Courses: Zurich Classic

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Horses For Courses

    Written by Mike Glasscott @MikeGlasscott

    All-time shots from the Zurich Classic

    The PGATOUR switches gears this week as the team format makes its first and only appearance of the season at Pete Dye's TPC Louisiana outside New Orleans.

    Golf with your friends, countrymen, college teammate, neighbor, whatever! The field of 160 is 80 two man teams this week with just about every and any combination possible. The format will alternate (did you see what I did there?) between fourballs (best ball) and foursomes (alternate shot) over the four rounds.

    The best ball format will set the pace on Thursday as scores in the low 60s will be the norm. Alternate shot on Friday thins the herd before the cut. There haven't been a ton of rounds in the 60s in the alternate shot format over the last few editions so finding GIR and grinding out pars will also be required.

    TPC Louisiana will stress ball-striking on tight fairways and greens that are smaller than TOUR average. The greens are also tiered, undulated and will run at 12 feet with the over-seeded Poa Trivialis. The rough is only two inches but the targets will require spin to hold the proper level or chipping and lag putting will have to suffice.

    The field of 80 teams will be reduced to the top 33 and ties that will play the final two rounds. On the line is a purse of $8.3 million with the winners each collecting over $1.1 million plus 400 FedExCup points for their troubles.

    Let's find some horses for courses!

    Horses for Courses

    Recent Winners entered this week
    (cuts made/events entered)
    Top 10Top 252022 BET MGM ODDS
    Win, Top 10, Top 20
    2021: Cameron Smith (3/5)22+900; +100; -250
    2021: Mark Leishman (3/4)12+900; +100; -250
    2019: Ryan Palmer (9/12)45+1100; +110; -225
    2018: Scott Piercy (4/11)13+15000; +900; +300
    2018: Billy Horschel (7/10)34+1000; +100; -250
    Veteran Presence entered this week
    (cuts made/events entered)
    Top 10Top 252022 BET MGM ODDS
    Win, Top 10, Top 20
    Charl Schwartzel (2/3)22+6600; +450; +150
    Richy Werenski (3/4)12+12500; +900; +300
    Peter Uihlein (1/3)11+12500; +900; +300
    Sam Burns (1/3)11+1000; +100; -250
    Keegan Bradley (5/10)23+3300; +275; +100
    Brendan Steele (4/7)22+3300; +275; +100
    Seamus Power (2/3)22+4000; +333; +120
    Charley Hoffman (12/14)36+15000; +1000; +300
    Nick Watney (11/14)37+15000; +1000; +300
    Ian Poulter (5/6)24+2000; +175; -150
    Tyler Duncan (2/3)12+8000; +550; +225
    Adam Schenk (2/3)12+8000; +550; +225
    Brice Garnett (3/6)12+8000; +550; +200
    Scott Stallings (4/10)04+8000; +550; +200
    Cameron Tringale (7/11)35+5000; +400; +150
    Kevin Kisner (5/8)23+8000; +550; +200
    Scott Brown (5/7)23+8000; +550; +200
    Martin Laird (3/7)23+5000; +400; +150
    Chesson Hadley (3/5)23+30000; +1600; +550
    Russell Knox (4/7)12+6600; +500; +175
    Patrick Cantlay (3/4)13+800; -125; -350
    Troy Merritt (6/9)24+5000; +400; +150
    Tom Hoge (3/6)12+12500; +700; +250
    Cam Percy (5/8)12+25000; +1400; +450
    Kevin Tway (3/5)12+30000; +1800; +600
    Kelly Kraft (2/5)12+30000; +1800; +600
    Gaining Traction entered this week
    (cuts made/events entered)
    Top 10sTop 252022 BET MGM ODDS
    Win, Top 10, Top 20
    Keith Mitchell (1/2)11+5000; +400; +150
    Brandt Snedeker (1/2)11+5000; +400; +150
    Tyrrell Hatton (1/2)11+3300; +275; +100
    Danny Willett (1/1)11+3300; +275; +100
    Scottie Scheffler (1/1)11+1100; +110; -225
    Sergio Garcia (2/3)11+1600; +150; -190
    Tommy Fleetwood (2/2)22+1600; +150; -190
    Doug Ghim (1/1)01+6600; +450; +160
    Xander Schauffele (2/2)02+800; -125; -350
    Sam Horsfield (1/1)11+15000; +800; +275
    Patton Kizzire (2/3)22+4000;+350; +125
    Select Past Winners entered this weekTop 10sTop 252022 BET MGM ODDS
    Win, Top 10, Top 20
    2016: Brian Stuard (5/8)13+6600; +500; +175
    2015: Justin Rose (10/14)48+6600; +450; +175
    2012: Jason Dufner (8/11)66+30000; +1800; +650
    2011: Bubba Watson (11/13)46+2500; +220; -125

    Odds sourced on Tuesday, April 19 at 3 p.m. ET. For live odds visit betmgm.

    Recent Event Winner Stats

    PlayerCameron Smith & Marc LeishmanNo EventRyan Palmer & Jon RhamScott Piercy & Billy HorschelJonas Blixt & Cameron Smith
    Runner-Up(s)Oosthuizen (not entered)/SchwartzelGarcia-Fleetwood (not entered)Dufner-Pat PerezBrown-Kisner
    Ages27 & 3642 & 2439 & 3133 & 23
    Playing 2022YesNo; Palmer enteredNo, Both EnteredNo, Smith Entered
    Total Eagles1002
    Total Birdies25282823
    Total Bogeys4220
    Doubles or Worse1020
    Par-3 Scoring1-over2-underEven3-under
    Par-4 Scoring8-under13-under11-under12-under
    Par-5 Scoring13-under11-under11-under12-under

    Extra Credit (players entered this week only)


    Winners Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman became just the second team to win in a playoff and Smith has won both! ... Charl Schwartzel (P2) returns this year but not with Presidents Cup partner Louis Oosthuizen (WD, Masters). ... Massachusetts duo of Richy Werenski and Peter Uihlein (3rd) was the only team to post four rounds in the 60s and did on debut. ... 2013 individual champion and 2018 team champion Billy Horschel returns with Louisiana native Sam Burns (T4). ... Veterans Keegan Bradley and Brendan Steele (T4), who have each played every team edition, will team up the third time in five events. ... Tennessee twosome of Keith Mitchell and Brandt Snedeker (T4) posted all four rounds in the red last year. ... 2019 champ Ryan Palmer (7th) returns with another top 10 stud partner in OWGR No. 1 Scottie Scheffler (2021 T8 with Bubba Watson). ... The English pair of Tyrrell Hatton and Danny Willett (T8) run it back as well. ... There was no event in 2020 due to COVID. ... Brice Garnett and Scott Stallings (T11) opened with 62 to share the first round lead with Viktor Hovland (T25) and his former partner. ... 62 on Thursday was the low round of the week in Fourballs. ... Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele (T11) tied Werenski and Uihlein with 67 in Foursomes for the low round of the week. ... 19 teams return from 2021 in tact with 12 having made the cut. ... Cut was 6-under.


    Champions Ryan Palmer and Jon Rahm set the tournament margin of victory winning by three shots. ... Tommy Fleetwood (2nd) picked up his second top four finish as he partnered with Sergio Garcia (2nd). ... Brian Gay and Rory Sabbatini (both not entered 2022) are the last duo to post 60 in Fourballs. ... Hank Lebioda (T5) made his debut and is entered with a third different partner for the third straight season. ... Seamus Power (T5) backed up his T10 in 2018 but will have new partner Graeme McDowell for his first visit since 2019. ... Cameron Tringale (T5) was second on his own ball here in 2015 but this is his only made cut in four team game appearances. ... Aiken boys Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown (T5) picked up their second top five in three seasons. ... Martin Laird (T9) made it back-to-back top 10 finishes with two different partners. ... Super Group Charley Hoffman and Nick Watney (T9) return for a fifth time together in 2022 and will look to add to their three T11 or better finishes. ... Ian Poulter and Sam Horsfield (T9) are both entered this week but with Lowry and Wallace, respectively. ... Palmer and Rahm led after 36 holes after setting the Foursomes record with 65. ... Scott Stallings and Trey Mullinax (T13) return with different partners but posted 61-62 in best ball and co-led after 54 holes with Palmer and Rahm. ... Defending champions Horschel and Scott Piercy cashed T13. ... The margin of victory is the only one greater than one shot in four editions entering this year. ... Cut was 8-under!


    Billy Horschel became the first player to win this event as an individual and in the team format as he paired with Scott Piercy to win by a shot. ... Jason Dufner (2nd) will try his fourth different partner is his fifth consecutive event this season. ... Charl Schwartzel (3rd) pivots to countryman Christiaan Bezuidenhout in 2022 as Oosthuizen is injured. ... Brice Garnett (T4) and Chesson Hadley (T4) posted 61 on Saturday and both are in the field separately this year. ... Tommy Fleetwood (T4) hit the top five on his maiden voyage. ... Purdue partners Tyler Duncan and Adam Schenk (T7) will play their fourth straight together in 2022. ... Patrick Cantlay (T7) moves on from Patrick Reed to Xander Schauffele for 2022. ... Martin Laird (T7) and Russell Knox (T7) are both in but playing separately as well. ... Aussie Cam Percy (T10), Troy Merritt (T10), Seamus Power (T10), Brendan Steele (T10) and Tom Hoge (T10) are entered this week. ... Chez Reavie and Lucas Glover (T22) are back for the fifth consecutive event and opened 2018 with 60 to post the co-low round of the week. ... Defending champions Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt (NE) missed the cut. ... Cut was 5-under.


    Key stat leaders

    Top golfers in each statistic on the 2021-22 PGA TOUR are listed only if they are scheduled to compete this week.

    Strokes Gained: Tee to Green
    1Will Zalatoris
    8Joaquin Niemann
    9Chris Kirk
    10Keegan Bradley
    11Sungjae Im
    14Patrick Cantlay
    15Collin Morikawa
    16Sam Burns
    17Tom Hoge
    18Xander Schauffele
    20Shane Lowry
    Par-5 Scoring
    1Patrick Cantlay
    2Cameron Smith
    4Talor Gooch
    4Seamus Power
    4Scottie Scheffler
    8Sam Burns
    8Max Homa
    8Maverick McNealy
    8Keith Mitchell
    12Sungjae Im
    12Collin Morikawa
    15Viktor Hovland
    20Sergio Garcia
    Birdie Average
    1Cameron Smith
    3Scottie Scheffler
    4Viktor Hovland
    5Patrick Cantlay
    7Sam Burns
    8Collin Morikawa
    10Harold Varner III
    13Xander Schauffele
    14Marc Leishman
    15Seamus Power
    16Joel Dahmen
    16Keith Mitchell
    18Joaquin Niemann
    19Justin Rose
    20Maverick McNealy
    20Chad Ramey