Okay team, we are 10 days removed from the golf world being spun around on its proverbial head when we saw the firstly famous and formerly infamous Eldrick “Tiger” Woods win his fourth Masters title in dramatic fashion.
I would say the hangover is gone but I know some golfers and fans alike that can spike the heck out of an Arnold Palmer but alas here we are.
Did anyone catch the RBC Heritage from Hilton Head Island in South Carolina last weekend?
Taiwan’s C.T. Pan held a one-shot lead and took home the W at -11 over American veteran Matt Kuchar as they matched each other at 4 under par on Sunday.
I took a chance on Jordan Spieth looking somewhat like the phenom of old and while that didn’t work out so well, my pick Webb Simpson came on strong with a good weekend after struggling early to finish inside the top twenty.
That brings to this week’s Zurich Classic all the way down in “Weesee-anna” or is it “Lousee-anna”?
Either way, this is a tournament that is often overlooked. It’s a duo-style tournament with golfers competing Friday and Sunday in an alternate shot format and best ball on Thursday and Saturday.
There are 80 teams, two of which will feature family duos including the brothers Koepka, Brooks and the lesser known Chase as well as Davis Love III and his son Dru.
The top 35 will make the cut after Friday and while there will be 400 FedEx Cup points awarded to both men of the winning pair, the official world rankings will not be affected.
These tournaments are hard to pick but there is some solid value on the board and several golfers that have had a strong history at the TPC Louisiana course.
The weather is looking crappy for Thursday, so we may not get to see every pairing finish up on day one but the rest of the weekend looks very pleasant, albeit a tad humid but hey, this is Nawlins’.
Okay, I think I got it right that time.
BetOnline has the goods. Let’s see if we can make some money.
Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown to Finish in the Top Five
These two simply play this course very well, especially together.
2017 was the first year of the new duo format and they came in as runners up losing out in a playoff to the combo of Jonas Blixt and Cam Smith.
In 2018, they were on their merry way towards a victory sip in the Sunday clubhouse when they fell back in the 4th round shooting a 77.
The aforementioned winning team put together a 69 in the final round and still only beat Kis and Brown by 4 strokes.
While I believe in them to each show up as well as perform at a high level together, a top 5 could be a stretch. I don’t think it’s a (+600) kind of a stretch, though, so the value is definitely there.
Before we pull the trigger, let’s examine how each golfer is performing of late.
Let’s begin with the 35-year-old from famed Augusta, Georgia Scott Brown.
Going back to the Farmers Insurance Open at the end of January, he has finished 9th, cut, 37th, 10th, 20th, three straight missed cuts, 7th, and then cut at last week’s RBC Heritage.
Well, he isn’t the most consistent golfer in the world.
Or maybe he just has the courses that he plays well and obviously ones where he forgets to show up.
Kevin Kisner or Kis as we like to call him had a much more consistent 2019 with 7 straight finishes in the ’20s before sliding to 41st last week’s tournament in his home state of South Carolina.
Okay, so neither man has been spectacular in the past month or all year for that matter. They have the chemistry, though, and apparently, understand the TPC Louisiana as well as anybody.
At (+600) for a pair that could’ve easily won this thing the past two years, I’ll throw down a few bucks on these two.
Chez Reavie and Lucas Glover to Finish in the Top Five
This pairing finished two strokes behind the aforementioned duo of Kis/Brown at last year’s event which was good enough for a tie of 21st.
After starting out 2019 red hot, Chez has since cooled quite a bit but I expect him and his partner, Glover, to play this year’s Zurich even better this year and the value is there at (+800).
I would steer clear of most of this week’s favorites as the predictability of golf is already low and when you add in the variables of the duo format along with best-ball and alternating shot, one has to go with value and not so much star power.
Reavie’s partner, Lucas Glover, is definitely the man in better form in 2019.
The South Carolinian and Clemson Tiger, Glover, has a top twenty finish, five top 15’s, three top 10s, and two top 5s in his previous 14 tournaments.
Yes, that’s quite the mouthful of numbers but he has performed quite well and has been nearly a model of consistency.
Take these two to finish inside the top five. Don’t put your kid’s college or trade school funds on it, but at 8 to 1 odds, why not?
Jason Dufner and Pat Perez to Finish Inside the Top Five
This duo finished up the 2018 show in Nawlins’ one shot away from forcing a playoff with the team of Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy.
Jason Dufner teamed up with the Alabaman Bud Cauley in 2017 and finished tied for 5th, so we can say Jason has been inside the top five 2 out of 2 years.
Duf’s partner, Pat Perez, isn’t a big name but check out this 52-foot putt from last year’s Zurich Classic.
I won’t even go into his 2019 statistics and finishes because it isn’t pretty but the man has an absolutely flawless and gorgeous mullet.
Nothing says the deep south like a business in the front and a party in the back.
That has to count for at least a (-10) stroke boost.
Duf is great here, these two almost won it in 2018, and then there are those flowing brown locks.
Don’t hate the haircut, hate the game.
We have to put this week’s tournament into perspective.
We are barely 10 days removed from the Masters and a little over a week away from the Quail Hollow in my Queen City of Charlotte.
Hint: Tiger’s going to win that too…
A captivated nation lyes in wait.
While some folks are jumping on the Koepka brothers bandwagon just because it’s kinda cool, I wouldn’t put all my Easter eggs in one basket.
Brooks shows up for the big ones. We know that.
And this tournament is not a big one.
Some analysts are even referring to it as an exhibition.
Hey, that’s cool. I’ll put my money on the golfers who have taken the tourney and duo format seriously enough to score very well here in one or each of the last two years.
Have fun with this one, guys, and don’t dig too deep into your pockets as variability is at an all-time high.
Bet soft…or hard if you please.
So, don’t forget to tune in and turn up your Arnold Palmer for some team play at this weekend’s Zurich Classic for New Orleans.