Predictions and Picks for the 2022 Zurich Classic (4/21-24)

The PGA Tour heads to New Orleans for their annual trip to TPC Louisiana for the Zurich Classic. The event began in 1938, but TPC Louisiana has been hosting it since 2005.

This isn’t your traditional PGA Tour event. In 2017, it became a team event with over 80 teams of two. The first and third round consists of alternate shot, while the second and fourth round will be the better ball.

It’s a unique tournament, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be fun. Let’s talk about my top picks and DFS lineup.

Value Picks for the Zurich Classic 

Neither of my sleepers were in contention last week. Let’s see if team play can bring a few surprise faces to the top of the leaderboard.

Charl Schwartzel/Christiaan Bezuidenhout (+6600) 

Charl Schwartzel and Christiaan Bezuidenhout will team up for the Zurich Classic. This will be Schwartzel’s fourth start in the event, but it’ll be the first time he plays without Louis Oosthuizen.

It’ll be interesting to see what kind of difference that makes. Check out Schwartzel’s finishes in the Zurich Classic.

  • 2018: 3rd
  • 2019: CUT
  • 2021: 2nd

The pairing hasn’t had much of an issue at TPC Louisiana. Schwartzel nearly won the event last season but lost in a playoff. Will his pairing with Bezuidenhout lead to a surprising victory?

Bezuidenhout will make his first start at TPC Louisiana, but his 2021-22 numbers have been better than Schwartzel’s. He has five top 25 finishes, with his best performance coming in the World Wide Technology Championship.

Schwartzel surprised many people with his performance at the Masters. The 2011 Masters champion entered the 2022 event with six straight missed cuts. He was in the final pairing on Saturday before finishing 10th.

This duo could make some noise at the Zurich Classic. Between Schwartzel’s success at TPC Louisiana and Bezuidenhout’s consistency, I like the value they present. I wouldn’t miss out on betting on this pair.

Brian Stuard/Russell Knox (+8000)

Brian Stuard and Russell Knox will be partners for the third straight Zurich Classic. It has been tough sledding for the duo, as they finished 22nd in 2019 and missed the cut last year. However, both players have had success in other years.

Knox scored a top 10 finish in 2018, while Stuard finished 11th in 2017. Before this became a team event, it was a traditional stroke play event. Check out what Stuard did in the final stroke play tournament at TPC Louisiana.

  • First Round: 64 (-8)
  • Second Round: 68 (-4)
  • Third Round: 69 (-3)

Heavy rain forced the cancellation of the fourth round. Stuard birdied the final hole to make a Monday playoff. Stuard defeated Jamie Lovemark to win the 2016 Zurich Classic.

Both players have solid finishes this season. Stuard has a pair of top 10 finishes, including a seventh in the Corales Puntacana Championship. Knox also has two top 10 finishes, with an impressive sixth in THE PLAYERS Championship.

Stuard and Knox have had success in this tournament, but not together. This could be the year we see them put it all together.

Best Zurich Classic Betting Picks

Corey Conners looked strong as one of my top picks last week, but he couldn’t keep up with the leaders. Check out my best picks for the Zurich Classic.

Cameron Smith/Marc Leishman (+900) 

Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman are back together in the Zurich Classic. The Australians teamed up last season, winning in a playoff over Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel. Can the duo make it 2-2?

That’s Leishman’s only start in the Zurich Classic under the team play format. Smith missed the cut in 2018 and 2019, but he picked up his first PGA Tour victory in the 2017 Zurich Classic. It’s no surprise the top golf betting sites have this pair as one of the favorites.

Leishman is searching for his first top 10 since January, but Smith has been in contention multiple times.

  • Sentry Tournament of Champions: -34 (1st)
  • THE Players Championship: -13 (1st)
  • Masters Tournament: -5 (3rd)

Smith was making a charge in the final round of the Masters, but he hit it in the water on the par-3 12th. That ended his hopes to win, but Smith held on for his fourth top-five finish of the season.

He is the primary reason I like this duo, but don’t sleep on Leishman. He helped Smith win last year, and can turn it on at any time.

Billy Horschel/Sam Burns (+1200)

Billy Horschel and Sam Burns will compete together in the Zurich Classic for the second straight season. The pair nearly won in their first start together but finished fourth.

That was the first time Burns made the cut in the Zurich Classic. However, Horschel has had much success at TPC Louisiana. Check out his best finishes, going back to stroke play.

  • 2013: -20 (1st)
  • 2018: -22 (1st)
  • 2021: -18 (4th)

Horschel teamed up with Scott Piercy to win the 2018 Zurich Classic. That came five years after he won at TPC Louisiana. Horschel has shown he can succeed in stroke play or a team event.

Burns started the season with four top 10 finishes in five starts. He had a rough stretch in February but rebounded to win the Valspar Championship. Horschel hasn’t won this season, but he finished second in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He also finished sixth in the WM Phoenix Open.

I believe Horschel and Burns would be in contention if this were an individual tournament. Together, they have a strong chance to compete for the win.

2022 Zurich Classic DFS Picks and Lineup

Last week’s DFS lineup may have been my best yet. Patrick Cantlay, Shane Lowry, and J.T. Poston finished top three. Let’s see if I can keep it up at the Zurich Classic.

Top DFS Picks for the Zurich Classic

  • Ryan Palmer/Scottie Scheffler ($9,700)
  • Tommy Fleetwood/Sergio Garcia ($9,400)
  • Bubba Watson/Harold Varner III ($9,000)

These days, it’s never a bad idea to include Scottie Scheffler in your DFS lineup. Scheffler finished eighth in last year’s tournament, but he already has four wins this year.

Ryan Palmer has four top 10 finishes at TPC Louisiana, including a victory in the 2019 tournament. He hasn’t finished better than 40th since January, but playing with Scheffler should give him a high floor.

Tommy Fleetwood and Sergio Garcia haven’t played in the Zurich Classic since 2019, but they teamed up to finish second in the 2019 tournament. Fleetwood finished fourth in the 2018 Zurich Classic.

Fleetwood has steadily improved, finishing 16th or better in his last three starts. Garcia hasn’t finished top 20 since November, but he and Fleetwood could recapture their 2019 magic.

Bubba Watson has had much success at TPC Louisiana. Check out his best finishes.

  • 2011: -15 (1st)
  • 2017: -19 (5th)
  • 2021: -16 (8th)

This will be the first time he plays with Harold Varner III. Varner hasn’t made the cut since the tournament moved to team play, but a new partner could change his fortunes.

Varner has finished sixth or better in two of his last four starts.

2022 Zurich Classic Full DFS Lineup 

  • Ryan Palmer/Scottie Scheffler ($9,700)
  • Tommy Fleetwood/Sergio Garcia ($9,400)
  • Bubba Watson/Harold Varner III ($9,000)
  • Kevin Kisner/Scott Brown ($7,600)
  • Tyler Duncan/Adam Schenk ($7,100)
  • Charley Hoffman/Nick Watney ($7,000)

Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown will partner up for the fifth straight Zurich Classic. The pair missed the cut last year, but they have a pair of top-five finishes.

Kisner finished runner up in the WGC Match Play and scored a fourth-place finish in THE Players Championship. Brown has struggled this year, but he should turn things around at TPC Louisiana.

Fans might not think of Tyler Duncan and Adam Schenk as a great duo, but they produced solid results at the Zurich Classic.

  • 2018: -17 (7th)
  • 2021: -15 (11th)

Duncan is coming off his best finish with a 12th in the RBC Heritage. Schenk has had a tough season, but he finished third in the Corales Puntacana Championship. This duo could surprise people at TPC Louisiana.

Charley Hoffman and Nick Watney have been partners in every year of the Zurich Classic team event. Their numbers show that there hasn’t been a reason to switch things up.

The duo has finished 11th or better in three of their four starts. Watney won at TPC Louisiana in 2008, while Hoffman finished 5th in 2014. I expect them to keep up their success in the Zurich Classic.

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