Reigning Champs Cameron Smith & Marc Leishman Among 3 Favorites

2022 Zurich Classic Odds

Odds via BetMGM.

Golfers Odds
Cantlay & Schauffele +800
Hovland & Morikawa +800
Leishman & Smith +800
Burns & Horschel +1000
Palmer & Scheffler +1100
Fleetwood & Garcia +1600
Lowry & Poulter +2000
Niemann & Pereira +2000
Gooch & Homa +2500
Varner lll & Watson +2500
Bradley & Steele +3300
Hatton & Willett +3300
Kirk & Todd +3300
Hadwin & Svensson +4000
Im & An +4000
McDowell & Power +4000
Riley & Zalatoris +4000
Kizzire & Poston +4000
Clark & ‚Äč‚ÄčTringale +5000
Ghim & Schwab +5000
Knox & Stuard +5000
Laird & MacIntyre +5000
Merritt & Streb +5000
Mitchell & Snedeker +5000
Noren & Norlander +5000
Sigg & Straka +5000
Bezuidenhout & Schwartzel +6600
Rose & Stenson +6600
Bramlett & McNealy +6600
Garnett & Stallings +6600
Brown & Kisner +8000
Duncan & Schenk +8000
Hossler & Theegala +8000
Lipsky & Rai +8000
Moore & NeSmith +8000
Dahmen & Jaeger +8000
Day & Scrivener +8000
Glover & Reavie +10000
Grace & Higgo +10000
Higgs & Smotherman +10000
Hodges & Whaley +10000
Kohles & McCarthy +10000
Redman & Ryder +10000
Rodgers & Wu +10000
Uihlein & Werenski +10000
Barjon & Hoge +12500
Cabrera Bello & Grillo +12500
Herman & Taylor +12500
Hoffman & Watney +12500
O’Hair & Piercy +12500
Chappell & Hahn +15000
Horsfield & Wallace +15000
Lebioda & Seiffert +15000
Lower & Wu +15000
McGreevy & Novak +15000
Stanley & Villegas +15000
Buckley & Smalley +15000
Aphibarnrat & Kitayama +20000
Armor & Gligic +20000
Bryan & Mullinax +20000
Creel & Ramey +20000
Hoag & Long +20000
Huh & Kang +20000
Atwal & Herbert +25000
Bae & Lee +25000
Brehm & Hubbard +25000
Byrd & Hadley +25000
Cook & Dufner +25000
Hagy & Percy +25000
Hardy & Thompson +25000
Kraft & Tway +25000
Reeves & Wolfe +25000
Skinns & Tarren +25000
Drewitt & Van der Walt +30000
Gainey & Garrigus +30000
Kim & Noh +30000
Knous & Trainer +30000
Martin & Van Pelt +35000
Gutschewski & Points +50000
Haas & Haas +50000

We’re getting a change of pace this week with the 2022 Zurich Classic.

Instead of the traditional stroke-play events that pit every player against each other, 160 golfers are pairing up this week at TPC Louisiana. Eighty teams are in the field this week, and some are made up of golf’s biggest names.

Five of the top six players in the world are in the field this week, and two of them have teamed up! Collin Morikawa (No. 2) and Viktor Hovland (No. 5) have by far the lowest combined Official World Golf Ranking total, although there are some impressive teams in the field, as well.

No. 1 player Scottie Scheffler has partnered up with Ryan Palmer this week. Palmer has played this event in previous years with Jon Rahm.

Two other teams stand out in the field, with Billy Horschel (No. 14) teaming up with Sam Burns (No. 11) and Patrick Cantlay (No. 4) teaming up with Xander Schauffele (No. 12)

The team to beat based on recent history, though, is a pair of Aussies. Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman won last year’s tournament and are back. Smith is a two-time winner of this event, winning the first year of this format back in 2017 with Jonas Blixt.

Format

So, here’s how this is going to work.

The first and third rounds are going to be best ball, which means each player will play every hole as usual. The team will take the best score between the two players and put it on the scorecard.

The second and fourth rounds will be alternate shot, a true form of team golf. That format is pretty straightforward. One player will hit it off the tee, and the other will hit the second shot, and they’ll continue rotating shots until the day is over.

There is a cut after the second round. The top-33 teams and ties will make the weekend.

Past Winners

Obviously, teams fluctuate from year to year. There are no powerhouses, necessarily, in this event.

Blixt and Smith won at 27-under in 2017. Billy Horschel won the tournament for the second time (he won the stroke-play Zurich Classic in ’13) with Scott Piercy the following year, and then Palmer and Rahm won in ’19.

After the ’20 tournament was canceled, Leishman and Smith won last year in a playoff against South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel.

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