2016 Zurich Classic Preview And Picks
Ready for 2016 PGA Zurich Classic betting predictions? The PGA pros head to Louisiana to play the 2016 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana, a par 72, 7,425 yard track that is traditionally one of the easier par 72s the best in the world see.
2016 Zurich Classic
When: April 28 – May 1, 2016
Where: TPC Louisiana, Avondale, Louisiana
Purse: $6,900,000 / Winner’s Share: $1,242,000
Defending Champion: Justin Rose
Updated Sportsbook Bonuses For Today
Ball strikers have traditionally done well here – the par 4s and par 5s are all very reachable although distance off the tee isn’t necessarily critical – Justin Rose won with a 22 under score last year.
It’s more about what you do with your driver, where you put the ball and if you can set yourself up for birdies. As always, this week will likely come down to a putting contest.
With that in mind who should we be keeping our eye on this week?
Let’s take a look.
2016 Zurich Classic Favorites:
Jason Day +500
The world #1 wasn’t great last time out at the RBC en route to a T23. He did finish T4 here last year and does have good stats to support the notion that he should have a good week. He is a premier striker of the golf ball and is third on TOUR in strokes gained: putting.
Day will definitely be motivated to bounce back – he’s too good not to!
Justin Rose +800
You absolutely have to have Rose on your radar this week – the defending champion has five top 20 finishes in his last six starts including two top 10s over that span.
He has four straight top 15s at this event including his win last year. Rose is a birdie machine and is the one to beat this week.
Rickie Fowler +1200
Fowler is one of the TOUR’s premier ball strikers but has had a difficult time on this track – just one top 10 in six appearances. Although he missed the cut at the Masters he has finished inside the top 10 in five of his last six non-major starts.
He’s hard to figure out on this track but his name alone makes him worthy of mention.
2016 Zurich Classic Contenders:
Billy Horschel +1800
Won this event in 2013 and has been good the last month – a T17 at the Masters and a third last week at TPC San Antonio. He’s a streaky guy and seems to be in one of his grooves right now. He has three top 20s in his last five starts overall and should be a threat indeed.
Charley Hoffman +1800
I usually don’t love guys that won the week before – hangovers are a real thing on TOUR. He was able to finally get over his Sunday meltdowns – a psychological hurdle that should benefit him in a huge way. He had a T5 here in 2014 and a pair of other top 25s on this track and is as confident as he’s been in years.
Daniel Berger +2500
Has been coming on of late recording a T10 at the Masters, a T5 at Houston and a T11 at the Valspar. He currently ranks 34th in total strokes gained and 26th in driving distance – good traits for this track and he did finish T6 in this event last year.
Berger has been trending upward for sure and has a game that supports the notion he should have a good finish this week.
Chris Kirk +3300
Has finished inside the top 25 in four of his last five starts including a T13 last week at San Antonio. He has a terrific all-around game and could thrive on a track that he finished T21 the last time he played in – back in 2013.
Kirk should be a factor this week – current form and relatable stats have him on my radar this week.
2016 Zurich Classic Sleepers (+5000 or higher):
Charles Howell III+ 5000
Has finished inside the top 25 11 times this year – pretty good including three of his last four starts and has made the cut here six of seven times with a T2 in 2009. He is currently ninth in adjusted scoring and has 40 rounds on TOUR under par this year. Howell’s form is good and his track history is intriguing as well.
Patton Kizzire +5500
Has the perfect game to contend this week – he is a solid striker of the ball and his putter is one of his trademarks – he ranks eighth for Strokes Gained Putting and he’s yet to miss a putt on the PGA Tour from inside three feet. He finished T14 last time out in the RBC Heritage on another Pete Dye designed course and is an intriguing +5500 this week.
David Hearn +10000
Hearn is 6-for-6 at TPC Louisiana with three top 25s, including a career-best T6 last year – his new traditional putter may seem like reason for concern however this week. But relax, he finished T13 at San Antonio last week and could provide you with an enormous payday indeed this week.
2016 Zurich Classic Picks:
I am tempted to go with Jason Day this week but I am looking further down the board with Billy Horschel at +1800. As mentioned earlier, he’s a streaky guy and is on an upswing right now.
My sleeper is David Hearn at +10000. His record here is very good and his present form is intriguing to say the least.
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