Looking for tips on the Zurich Classic of New Orleans? We have identified five bets we think can provide punters with a profitable week on the PGA Tour.
Formerly the New Orleans Open, the Zurich Classic is the only tournament to be held in the state of Louisiana. Five of the last eight winners were capturing their first PGA Tour title and with few top-ranked players lining up this year, there is a good chance of that happening again.
Americans have won 10 of the last 12 editions of this tournament.
We've picked out five bets from the various different markets that we think should ensure a profit for those betting on the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
1) Jason Dufner outright – 16/1 with Paddy Power (money back if your selection misses the cut)
The defending champion, Dufner has improved at this event with every visit. A solid iron player, he finished ninth in 2009, seventh in 2010 and third in 2011 before winning last year. After a slow start to this season he has shown some improvement in recent weeks including a top-20 finish at the Masters. In a fairly weak field, he is worth backing for a repeat triumph.
2) Rory Sabbatini top South African – 12/5 with Sportingbet
Spotting a talented player returning to form can be lucrative for golf punters and Sabbatini certainly fits the bill. He was hopelessly out of form until March, but then finished in the top 30 in Puerto Rico and Tampa Bay before cracking the top 10 at Hilton Head. He has some form in this event, finishing second in 2009, and though one of the more unpredictable golfers around, he is fancied to get the better of compatriots Ernie Els, Trevor Immelman and Retief Goosen.
3) Billy Horschel first round leader – 40/1 with Coral
His record at this event does not look spectacular on paper, consisting of a top-20 finish and a missed cut, but he is an improving player and is in good form just now. In recent weeks he has had top-three finishes in Houston and Texas and a ninth at Hilton Head last week. An accurate driver and reliable putter, he has the game to succeed in New Orleans and could be up there early.
4) Camilo Villegas top-20 finish – 9/4 with Bet365
The Colombian admitted to losing his confidence last year after a string of missed cuts, but extensive work with his coach Darren May has started to pay dividends. Last week’s ninth place in the Heritage was his first PGA Tour top 10 since September 2011 and given it came after a 16th at Bay Hill, there are signs of some consistency. Plus, 18th place in this event 12 months ago was his best 2012 finish in America.
5) Brendon de Jonge top-10 finish – 4/1 with Coral
His solid play from tee to green at Harbour Town brought a second top-10 finish in his last three starts. After finishing 69-69-66 12 months ago in New Orleans, he can be expected to make a challenge and extend his run of top 10s to three in four outings.