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2021 Zurich Classic: Latest betting odds, favorites and sleeper picks for TPC Louisiana

Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith at 2018 Australian PGA
Australians Marc Leishman (left) and Cameron Smith will make a formidable team at 11-1 odds to win the PGA Tour's Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Aussies Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith offer solid value at 11-1 plus good vibes as past teammates in international play

How many of you had 47-year-old Stewart Cink winning two PGA Tour events this season before May? None of you, we’re sure. Cink used back-to-back 63s during the week to glide to the RBC Heritage plaid jacket on the weekend. This was the third time he has won at Harbour Town and his eighth Tour win overall. Much of his late-career rejuvenation is credited to having his younger son, Reagan, who has brought a sense of calm to Cink's game, on the bag. It will be interesting to see whether Team Cink has any additional magic up its sleeve for the rest of this season.

It was a solid week for the picks, with slow-starters Webb Simpson and Matthew Fitzpatrick charging up the leaderboard to nab top-10 finishes on the weekend. Sleeper J.T. Poston narrowly missed the cut after rebounding with a 68 on Friday.

Now, we head to the return of everyone’s favorite team event at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., near New Orleans. The Zurich Classic was canceled last year because of COVID-19, but the same format remains, with 80 pairs playing alternating formats. Four-ball (better ball) will be contested on Thursday and Saturday, and foursomes (alternate shot) will be the competition on Friday and Sunday. The top 35 teams will make the cut and compete on the weekend.

According to William Hill, Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer are 15-2 favorites to defend their championship from 2019. Highly ranked Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay follow at 8-1. The Australian duo of Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman are next at 12-1. Then, to finish out the favorites at 14-1 are the teams of young stars Collin Morikawa and Matthew Wolff, and the sophomore and veteran couple of Scottie Scheffler and Bubba Watson.

For our favorite, it’s hard to look past the Smith-Leishman duo at 11-1. Both had top-10 showings at the Masters two weeks ago, and Smith followed it up with a T-9 at Harbour Town last week. Leishman is 20th in total strokes gained, and Smith is ninth in their last 24 rounds on Tour. Furthermore, Smith already has won this tournament, with Jonas Blixt in 2017, the inaugural year of the team format. Look for the Presidents Cup teammates to be very comfortable together.

For a high midrange pick, we're going with Max Homa and Talor Gooch at 30-1. Despite a missed cut at Augusta National, Homa won the Genesis Invitational and has recorded an additional seven top-25 finishes this season. In his past 24 rounds, Homa is ranked sixth in total strokes gained. Gooch has recorded three top-5 finishes this season, including a T-5 at the Players.

For a sleeper team, there is solid value on Jason Kokrak and Pat Perez at 66-1. This is a pure chemistry play, because they love feeding off each other’s energy. Also, a winner The CJ Cup at Shadow Creek this season, Kokrak recorded three straight top-10 finishes on the Florida Swing. Perez has not had the same fortune, but do not be surprised if he kickstarts his year playing with a friend.

2021 picks scoreboard:

Winners: 2
Top 10s: 8
Top 20s: 8
Misses: 23

Here are some notable odds, according to William Hill:

J Rahm/R Palmer 15-2
X Schauffele/P Cantlay 8-1
C Smith/M Leishman 12-1
C Morikawa/M Wolff 14-1
B Watson/S Scheffler 14-1
T Finau/C Champ 16-1
C Kirk/B Todd 20-1
B Horschel/S Burns 25-1
D Willett/T Hatton 25-1
J Rose/H Stenson 30-1
M Homa/T Gooch 30-1
B Grace/H Varner 30-1
D Frittelli/K Streelman 33-1
K Bradley/B Steele 33-1
L Oosthuizen/C Schwartzel 33-1
V Hovland/K Ventura 35-1
S Im/B An 40-1
J Dahmen/L Griffin 45-1
L Glover/C Reavie 45-1
D Ghim/J Suh 50-1
S Brown/K Kisner 50-1
R Castro/C Tringale 50-1
T Pieters/T Lewis 50-1
C Hoffman/N Watney 50-1
W Clark/E Van Rooyen 55-1
G McDowell/M Wallace 55-1
A Noren/H Norlander 60-1
R Knox/B Stuard 66-1
M Thompson/W Gordon 66-1
J Kokrak/P Perez 66-1
J.J. Spaun/M Jones 70-1
M Laird/N Taylor 70-1
M McNealy/J Bramlett 80-1
R Werenski/P Uihlein 80-1
B Snedeker/K Mitchell 80-1
T Hoge/B Hossler 100-1
M NeSmith/C Seiffert 100-1
K-H Lee/K Stanley 100-1
D Hearn/S Power 100-1
D Redman/S Ryder 100-1
R Hojgaard/V Taylor 125-1
S Piercy/A Bhatia 125-1
T Duncan/A Schenk 125-1
C Hadley/B Martin 125-1
S Straka/J Teater 125-1
A Landry/A Cook 125-1
B Garnett/S Stallings 125-1
J.B. Holmes/R Garrigus 125-1
J Dufner/D Bozzelli 150-1
X Zhang/C.T. Pan 150-1
T Merritt/R Streb 150-1
R Sloan/A Baddeley 150-1
A Putnam/S Harrington 150-1
K Kraft/K Tway 150-1
J Vegas/A Romero 150-1
G Chalmers/C Percy 175-1
B Hagy/M Kim 175-1
C Beljan/M Every 175-1
R Blaum/J Byrd 200-1
B Hoag/W Roach 200-1
M Hubbard/S Cappelen 200-1
H Higgs/M Gellerman 200-1
P Malnati/C Baker 200-1
R Shelton/K Hickok 200-1
M Trainer/J Hahn 200-1
H Lebioda/B Burgoon 225-1
D Lee/S Bae 250-1
R Campos/M Anderson 250-1
K Stadler/J Wagner 250-1
R Oppenheim/G Murray 250-1
R Gibson/B Taylor 250-1
B Van Pelt/L List 250-1
M Gligic/V Whaley 250-1
K.J. Choi/S Kang 300-1
B Haas/H Mahan 300-1
K Aphibarnrat/A Atwal 300-1
N Ledesma/F Gomez 300-1
T Wilkinson/G McNeill 300-1
D.J. Trahan/R Barnes 300-1
W Austin/R Mediate 1000-1

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