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Zurich Classic of New Orleans Predictions, Best Bets, Free Picks and Odds April 25-28

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WagerTalk golf handicapper Nick Borrman offers his thoughts on the Zurich Classic of New Orleans teeing off from TPC at Louisiana in Avondale, LA. Nick discusses the guys at the top of the odds board, golfers to fade and other expert picks surrounding the Zurich Classic of New Orleans starting April 25th!

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Zurich Classic of New OrleansZurich Classic of New Orleans Betting Notes
When:April 25-28
Where:TPC at Louisiana in Avondale, LA
Defending Champ:Davis Riley and Nick Hardy
Current Favorite:Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay (+450 at DraftKings)
TV:Golf Channel, CBS

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Zurich Classic of New Orleans Betting Preview

A relaxed and fun atmosphere is expected this week as the Tour’s only 2-man team event, the Zurich Classic tees off for four rounds.

This event features 40 teams playing four-ball (better ball) in the first and third rounds, along with foursomes (alternate shot) in the second and final rounds. There is a cut after the 2nd round down to the top 33 teams and ties.

TPC Louisiana is another Pete Dye design (just like last week at Harbor Town) and is a stock par 72 measuring a little over 7,400 yards.

Unlike last week, water is not in play nearly as much with just five water hazards on the course, though bunkers are aplenty with over 100 scattered throughout the 18 holes which likely will come into play on Friday and Sunday.

While a hot putter will be needed to make birdies on Thursday and Saturday, ball-striking will take the cake on Friday and Sunday as players look to avoid bogeys.

This week’s field is highlighted by the formidable duo of Schauffele and Cantlay who won this event in 2022 and finished T4 last year.

They have played together in the Ryder Cup and President’s Cup and are good buddies off the course as well. A lot of times in these partner events, chemistry is as important as form and these two certainly have that.

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Another team likely to get a lot of attention is the pairing of McIlroy and Lowry, though this is Rory’s first time playing this event.

While this is the only team that combines a pair of major winners, both have struggled this season as they have combined for just three Top-10 finishes in 17 starts in the U.S. in 2024.

Rain will not be an issue this week, but the wind will be a factor. Thursday will be near perfect scoring conditions, but the wind will ramp up on Friday and remain through the final round, measuring between 15-25mph while Saturday could be even higher. The way it appears now, the Thursday PM/Friday AM wave could have a nice advantage.

Zurich Classic of New Orleans Outright Winners: Tom Hoge and Maverick McNealy +2800 (FanDuel)

From Nick Borrman:

Hoge is quietly one of the best iron players in the world as he has gained strokes on approach in every event this season and ranks first in SG Approach over the last six months by a wide margin over Corey Conners who sits second.

He has also been riding a hot putter gaining strokes putting in nine of his last ten starts while finishing Top-20 in seven of his last ten.

McNealy missed five months last season due to injury but made his return late in the fall and has been getting better ever since with three Top-20 finishes in his last six starts.

His skillset compliments Hoge very nicely as he is much longer off the tee and has a fantastic short game, the exact two areas in which Hoge falls short.

Hoge finished Top-15 here last year with Harris English, while he also won the QBE shootout paired with Sahith Theegala which makes me trust his experience in this format.

Zurich Classic of New Orleans Top-10 Finish: Nick Taylor and Adam Hadwin +230 (Bet365)

I like both pairs of Canadians this week, but Taylor has won twice since last year’s edition and Hadwin has been feast or famine, which can setup perfect for this event.

Hadwin has three MCs this year, but he also has three Top-6 finishes, four if you go back to the fall. When he is contending, it’s because of a red-hot putter which will be needed this week as the winning score will push into the mid 20-under par range.

Taylor meanwhile has been fantastic with his irons gaining strokes on approach in ten of 11 starts this year, while the pair ranks #6 in this field in combined Total SG over the previous 12 months.

These two teamed up for the first time last year and finished solo second thanks to a final round 63 in alternate shot, the lowest in the field.

They could contend to win again this year, but I really like them to finish on the first page of the leaderboard.

See you next week for THE CJ Cup Byron Nelson!

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