Rahm, Palmer Favored to Defend Title

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Updated: April 19, 2021

Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer have paired up again to defend their Zurich Classic title, and the duo are the co-favorites to win at +750.

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PGA Tour betting is leaving the individual competition for a week as the Zurich Classic tees off this weekend.

This event has been a pairs competition since 2017, with the field consisting of eighty teams of two. One player is initially chosen via the Tour’s priority rankings, while his partner must either be a PGA Tour member or gain entry through a sponsor exemption.

The format is fourball (each player plays their own ball and the lower score of the two is chosen for each hole) for the first and third rounds and the second and final rounds are played via alternate shot style (each team plays the same ball and alternate shots every time).

With a number of big-name players teaming up, let’s look at the golf odds for the Zurich Classic, held at TPC Louisiana from April 22-25.

Zurich Classic odds

Golfer Odds to win
Jon Rahm/Ryan Palmer +750
Xander Schauffele/Patrick Cantlay +750
Cameron Smith/Marc Leishman +1,000
Collin Morikawa/Matthew Wolff +1,200
Bubba Watson/Scottie Scheffler +1,200
Tony Finau/Cameron Champ +1,400
Chris Kirk/Brendon Todd +2,000
Danny Willett/Tyrrell Hatton +2,200
Billy Horschel/Sam Burns +2,500
Branden Grace/Harold Varner III +2,800
Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson +3,300
Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel +3,300
Keegan Bradley/Brendan Steele +3,300
Dylan Frittelli/Kevin Streelman +3,300
Max Homa/Talor Gooch +3,500
Viktor Hovland/Kris Ventura +4,000
Lucas Glover/Chez Reavie +4,000
Sungjae Im/Byeong Hun An +4,500
Scott Brown/Kevin Kisner +5,000
Thomas Pieters/Tom Lewis +5,000
Doug Ghim/Justin Suh +5,000
Charley Hoffman/Nick Watney +5,000
Roberto Castro/Cameron Tringale +5,000
Joel Dahmen/Lanto Griffin +5,000

Odds courtesy DraftKings Sportsbook.

Zurich Classic 2021 favorites: Rahm and Palmer ready to defend

It’s no surprise that the defending champions in this event, Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer, are co-favorites to win again at +750. Rahm is the highest-ranked player in this event, sitting No. 3 in the OWGR and is coming off a tie for fifth at the Masters, while Palmer was T34 at Augusta.

The defending duo is only co-favorites, however, because the highest-ranked pair in the field — Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay — are also at +750. After finishing tied for third at Augusta, Schauffele is up to fifth in the OWGR while Cantlay is 10th in the world, despite missing the cut in three of his last four events.

Cameron Smith, fresh off consecutive Top-10 finishes at the Masters and RBC Heritage, along with Marc Leishman (also T5 at Augusta) are third on the odds board at +1,000, while the duos of Collin Morikawa/Matthew Wolff and Bubba Watson/Scottie Scheffler round out the Top 5 at +1,200.

Zurich Classic 2021 course

The 2021 Zurich Classic will be played at TPC Louisiana. The permanent host of the Zurich Open since 2007, TPC Louisiana was designed by Pete Dye, Steve Elkington and Kelly Gibson and is a 7,425-yard par 72 that features Tifsport Bermudagrass fairways and Mini Verde Bermudagrass greens. 

Zurich Classic past winner

The 2020 event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ryan Palmer and Jon Rahm were the winning pair in 2019, shooting a 26-under 262 to edge out Tommy Fleetwood and Sergio Garcia by three strokes.

Zurich Classic 2021 payout 

The Zurich Classic purse this year is $7.4 million, with the winning pair taking home $2,138,600 total (or $1,069,300 each ).

How to bet on PGA Tour odds

The most popular way to bet on golf is by simply picking the winner, which is also referred to as an outright. There are plenty of other ways to wager, however. Some of the more popular markets include head-to-head betting, where sportsbooks pair up two golfers and you simply choose who you think will have the lower score over the course of the weekend or for one round only. Similarly, there are also 3-way betting markets (choose the best golfer among three choices) and group betting (choose the best golfer amongst a group of players).

Other ways to wager include Top-5/Top-10/Top-20 finish, top golfer by nationality, to make the cut/to not make the cut, and the leader after each round. Then, of course, there’s the popular prop bet of whether or not there will be a hole in one at the tournament.

Where can I bet on PGA Tour odds?

With PGA betting growing in popularity, most online sportsbooks and casinos will offer golf odds for the Zurich Classic. Check out the best golf betting sites available where you live and see what PGA Tour odds they have available.


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