The Zurich Classic of New Orleans is played at the TPC of Louisiana in Avondale, LA. It is a Par 72 course that is 7,425 yards in length. This is a Pete Dye design, but unlike most, it usually takes a very low score to win this event. Justin Rose won last year with a score of -22. This weekend there is supposed to be winds and possible storms on Thursday and Sunday, so that may play a factor in the score. As the tournament gets closer, take a look at the forecast and tee times to try and gain some value. Here are the Zurich Classic of New Orleans Picks:
Lucas Glover -110 vs. Freddie Jacobsen
Glover is coming in to this event in good form. He is a very good ball striker and putts decently on Bermuda greens. Putting is Glover’s problem most of the time, but his ability to hit greens should give him many opportunities. Jacobsen is not playing real great golf coming into this event. His course history is not bad at this course, but his current form I cannot trust.
Charles Howell III -125 vs. Cameron Tringale
CH3 has been playing solid golf all year long. He has made 7 of his last 8 cuts including a top 10 and top 25 in his last two starts. He also has a lot of history at this course which I believe will help him continue his good run of golf. Tringale has a very good course history here in Louisiana, but his game has been slightly off this season. I do not believe he is capable of making the amount of birdies needed to compete in this event this weekend.
Harold Varner III +105 vs. Hunter Mahan
Harold Varner III is coming into this event in good form. He finished 9th last week at the Texas Open, and his stats this season really fit this track. Varner has no course history, but he is playing well enough to finish better than Hunter Mahan in my opinion. Mahan is continuing his poor play this season. He has not finished well in quite some time, and until he does, keep expecting a fade in these articles. He also has not played this course since 2005.
Morgan Hoffmann +100 vs. Patrick Rodgers
Morgan Hoffmann is a very streaky golfer that does not always have the best consistency from week to week, but he does play this course well. He is also coming off of a top 25 finish in his last event he played. I believe that Hoffmann will post a good score this weekend, and that should be all he will need against Patrick Rodgers. Rodgers has had a really tough time trying to find his game this season. When he does he is very capable, but he has not been able to make the cut consistently this season. I will take Hoffmann at the plus money.
Patton Kizzire +100 over Cameron Tringale
Kyle Stanley -110 vs. Patrick Rodgers
Berger +105 vs. Charley Hoffman
Charles Howell III -110 vs. Danny Lee
Possible Futures worth a try:
Daniel Berger 25-1
Smylie Kaufman 40-1
Patton Kizzire 40-1
Marc Leishman 40-1
Jamie Lovemark 60-1
Jamie Donaldson 80-1
Morgan Hoffmann 100-1
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