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2011 PGA Zurich Classic Preview/Picks

PGA Betting – Zurich Classic of New Orleans Preview & Pick

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LAST WEEK: Missed it by that much. Luke Donald was the pick to win and he got all the way to the playoff but he just couldn’t close the door when the chips were down. It’s the second time this season that Cappers Picks’ choice has lost in a playoff. Sooner or later, we have to win one.

Date: April 28 – May 01
Event: Zurich Classic of New Orleans
Course: TPC Louisiana, Avondale, Louisiana
Purse: $6,400,000
Defending Champ: Jason Bohn
Winning Share: $1,152,000
FedEX Cup Points Up For Grabs: 500

The Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana this week will keep players honest. Proximity to hole and putting are rated as very difficult at this track, meaning players who can stick it close on their approaches and sink the clutch putts are the ones to target.


Luke Donald
Zurich Classic odds: +815

There has been no better golfer week-to-week than Donald, who leads the Tour in putting and adjusted scoring average, but I won’t pick him again this week. Despite his amazing consistency – five straight top 10s – I wouldn’t be surprised if last week’s heartbreak frustrates him and he grips the club a bit too tightly this week. Maybe he’s a good pick for the PLAYERS in a few weeks.

Nick Watney
Zurich Classic odds: +1015

The 2007 Zurich Classic champ Watney has been almost as good as Donald this season, posting five top-10s in seven tries. He’s good at hitting the stick, ranking 28th in greens hit, and he leads the Tour in a very handy stat: putting from 15 to 25 feet. Since TPC Louisiana’s greens are tough to hit, golfers will face many putts from that distance this week.


Steve Stricker
Zurich Classic odds: +1615

Stricker isn’t sizzling like he did in 2009 but he’s a very safe, solid pick this week as a smooth ball striker with nice touch around the greens. Having made 30 straight cuts, Stricker is as good a bet as anyone to at least give you a chance to win on your bet every week.

Justin Rose
Zurich Classic odds: +1850

Rose is someone to consider because of his makeup; leads the Tour in GIR. He’s also been one of the Tour’s most consistent players this season, going 9 for 9 on cuts made. However, he hasn’t played since the Masters, so he could feel some mild rust.

Bubba Watson
Zurich Classic odds: +2050

Bubba won’t be everyone’s cup of tea this week, as the big smashers aren’t typically the guys rewarded at TPC Louisiana, but he’s more than just a 300-yard drive. He’s second on Tour in greens hit and he finished fifth at this tourney in 2007. If only he could shake his emerging habit of brutal finishes (78 on Sunday in each of his last two events).


Brandt Snedeker
Zurich Classic odds: +2550

One of the smoothest putters on Tour did what he does best to win at Harbour Town last week. He hasn’t made the cut at TPC Louisiana before but that doesn’t always matter when a golfer is hot.

Charley Hoffman
Zurich Classic odds: +2850

Hoffman is an underwhelming but solid pick – and we’ve seen a ton of golfers in that tier win tournaments this season. H was second in his previous start at the Valero Texas Open and his GIR, putting and driving peripherals are above-average.


Spencer Levin
Zurich Classic odds: +5250

Raise your hand if you knew that Spencer Levin (a) has six top-15 finishes this season and (b) leads the Tour in birdies. He’s arguably playing much better than his +5250 odds suggest, so he looks like the best value you’ll get on a bet this week.


Donald is playing well enough to warrant another pick except for what I expect could be some lingering frustration and jitters this week. So why not take the next best thing? Nick Watney matches up well for the course, has a win here before and won’t be rattled after a disappointing result the way Donald might be after last week.

Zurich Classic of New Orleans prediction: Nick Watney +1015

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2011 Zurich Classic Tournament – Odds to Win – Updated Betting Odds

Kevin Streelman 80-1
Kevin Sutherland 60-1
Luke Donald 10-1
Nick OHern 60-1
Nick Watney 12-1
Pat Perez 40-1
Peter Hanson 125-1
Rickie Fowler 30-1
Robert Allenby 40-1
Rory Sabbatini 40-1
Ryan Palmer 60-1
Sean OHair 80-1
Spencer Levin 50-1
Stephen Ames 80-1
Steve Stricker 15-1
Tim Petrovic 60-1
Tommy Gainey 60-1
Vaughn Taylor 80-1
Vijay Singh 60-1
Webb Simpson 50-1
zx Field (Any Other Golfers) 11-4
Carl Pettersson 80-1
Charles Howell III 40-1
Charley Hoffman 30-1
Chris Couch 50-1
DA Points 100-1
DJ Trahan 80-1
David Duval 200-1
David Toms 30-1
Graeme McDowell 25-1
JJ Henry 60-1
Jason Bohn 80-1
Jason Dufner 50-1
Jeff Overton 40-1
Jerry Kelly 60-1
John Daly 250-1
John Rollins 100-1
John Senden 50-1
Justin Leonard 100-1
Justin Rose 20-1
KJ Choi 25-1
Andres Romero 100-1
Ben Crane 30-1
Boo Weekley 100-1
Brandt Snedeker 25-1
Brendon de Jonge 50-1
Brian Gay 50-1
Bryce Molder 125-1
Bubba Watson 25-1
Camilo Villegas 60-1



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