The PGA Tour heads to the South and the superstar pairing of Viktor Hovland and Collin Morikawa leads PGA Zurich Classic odds.
Some of the world’s best golfers headline the pairs event at TPC Louisiana, including the team of Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele and last year’s champions, Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman.
It’s always an exciting competition and we’re looking forward to seeing who tops the PGA Zurich Classic leaderboard.
Money Moves for Cantlay/Schauffele
After opening on the second line of betting, there has been a strong sportsbook push for Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele.
The all-American pairing has been best-backed to win the Zurich Classic and it’s not a surprise given Cantlay’s performance at the RBC Heritage last week.
He finished second after losing on the first playoff hole to Jordan Spieth, so he’s hitting top gear and Schauffele is an excellent partner.
They’re paying +850 to win with PGA Zurich Classic odds and we expect more money to come for them closer to tee-off time on Thursday.
They could overtake Viktor Hovland and Collin Morikawa as favorites, so it could pay to respect the betting moves.
Confidence with Young Pairing
All eyes will be on the Hovland/Morikawa pairing at the Zurich Classic.
PGA betting odds still have the youngsters as favorites despite money coming for Cantlay and Schauffele.
The favoritism is justified given how well this pairing could play. When they’re playing well, Hovland and Morikawa can run away and hide, so they should work well as a team despite playing against each other in the Ryder Cup.
They’re both free-spirited golfers who don’t let the pressure get to them. There is always pressure to perform in pairs competitions for fear of letting your teammate down, but it shouldn’t be a problem with the favorites.
Hovland comes off a tough final round at the Masters and Morikawa finished T26 at the RBC Heritage, but that form is good enough to contest on Sunday.
We expect to see them near the top of the leaderboard on moving day if they haven’t already built an unassailable lead.
Beware Defending Champs
Cameron Smith is playing much better golf now than he was when winning the 2021 Zurich Classic, which is a dangerous sign.
The Australian pairing of Smith and Leishman must be considered in PGA Zurich Classic odds and the +1000 odds are generous.
They have already won the event and they’re playing better golf, so they have every chance to repeat as Zurich Classic winners.
It has been some season for Smith, who won The Players in dramatic fashion before finishing T3 at the Masters. He is already a two-time winner in 2022 and we don’t think he’ll stop at two.
His performance at the RBC Heritage was a flow-on effect from his Masters’ disappointment, but bouncing back is an Aussie thing to do.
Leishman could be playing better, but team golf is a different beast. We expect the big man to find form in this format and match with Smith beautifully.
All Jokes Aside
Harold Varner III and Bubba Watson are two of the more jovial players on the PGA Tour, but they shouldn’t be joked about.
Varner III comes off a strong performance at the RBC Heritage and that should give him the confidence to secure a win on the PGA Tour.
He partners with Watson, who is having an inconsistent year, but this is his best chance to turn back time and win.
They are a dangerous pairing, especially at the +2500 odds. It’s a generous quote for a team that is almost guaranteed to make noise on Sunday, but they need to be close enough to the leaders.
They’re worth a saver bet at the current price.