As the calendar turns to May the PGA Tour travels through the Bayou and makes a stop in Avondale Louisiana for this week’s Zurich Classic. The course at TPC Louisiana is the fourth ranked course in America for “upscale golfing” and offers some breathtaking holes with just the right combination of plush green grass and calm bayou rivers. At a par 72 and 7399 yards the course offers great scoring potential as we saw last year when the cut line was minus 4, and Justin Rose captured the title with an impressive score of 22 under par.
Rose would love nothing more than to capture his second consecutive Zurich Classic this year as he is one of the top ranked players in the world and among favorites to claim the trophy on Sunday. Below are the current odds via Bet365 Sportsbook
Jason Day (6-1): World number one golfer is looking to find his way back to the winner's circle for the second time in his last four events after finishing a respectable T23 at the RBC Heritage his last time out. Day is an elite talent on tour and despite already winning once this year he has yet to show that winning pedigree we saw last season. Day tied for 4th in this event last year with an impressive score of -19, three strokes behind the leader.
Justin Rose (9-1): Justin Rose is one of the most consistent players on tour and the reigning champion in this event after winning the Zurich with a remarkable score of 22 under par. Rose has made 7/8 cuts this season and four top 10 finishes, including his last two events (The Masters T10, and Arnold Palmer T9). Rose is still in search of his first win of the year and the veteran Englishman is far too good of a golfer to get shutout of the winners circle. After a dominant performance on the same course last year, Rose should be considered a heavy favourite heading into this weekend.
Rickie Fowler (12-1): Rickie Fowler returns to the field again this week for his first action since missing the cut at The Masters at the beginning of this month. Fowler shot a disappointing 9 strokes over par in his opening two rounds at Augusta and decided he needed a sabbatical to put his mind at ease. Fowler and three of his buddies (Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Smylie Kaufman) decided it would be a good idea to plan a guys trip all over the tropical Caribbean and plaster it all over social media. Hopefully for Fowler’s sake he won’t be intoxicated for his 8:00AM tee time Thursday morning. Rickie missed the cut at this event last year despite his score of four under par.
Charlie Hoffman (19-1): Hoffman is coming off an impressive showing his last time out when he won the Valspar Texas Open last week by one stroke over Patrick Reed, claiming his first victory of the year. Hoffman has been playing some good golf lately dating back to his T11th showing back at the WGC-Cadillac at the beginning of March.
Long Shots at Bet365
Cameron Tringale (51-1): Twenty eight year old Cameron Tringale would love nothing more than for his first win of the season to come at the same course in which he fell just one stroke shy of the eventual winner Rose one year earlier. Tringale has made eight of twelve cuts this year and has made three straight cuts since missing the weekend back at the Valspar Championship. With these heavy odds for a kid that missed out by a stroke a year ago, it’s hard not to raise a brow.
Boo Weekley (91-1): Boo Weekley isn’t exactly a household name for many golf enthusiasts however much like Tringale, Weekley was in contention last year at this event. Boo finished alone in third place and his score of twenty under par was good for two shots out of first place. His Sunday round was also highlighted by an incredible score of 7 under par on the toughest day of the tournament. Great value for an unlikely candidate.
David Hearn (101-1): The top ranked Canadian heading into the Zurich Classic also happens to be the Canuck playing the best golf of late. Hearn has made 9/16 cuts so far this year and has made three of his last four. In each of those three tournaments Hearn has finished with a combined score under par and most recently finished T13th last week at the Texas Open. Hearn will also be looking to improve on his T6th place finish (-18) at this event last year. The Canadian is playing good golf of late and with these odds may be worth dabbling.
Chesson Hadley (201-1): Since turning pro back in 2010 Hadley hasn’t really shown the brilliance he displayed on the amateur tour. However when you consider the fact that the 28 year old is riding back to back straight cuts at Houston Open and RBC Heritage by the narrowest of margins you may want to take a flier on him playing into the weekend this week. Hadley made the cut at this event last year and then proceeded to shoot consecutive scores of 66 and 66 on the weekend to vault himself into an 8th place tie with a very nice score of 17 under par.