Berger is a tasty bet for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans
- 26 Apr 2016
After successfully tipping Charley Hoffman (28/1) to win the Texas Open last week, we're back with our preview for this week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans and we've got four best bets for the tournament. The event has attracted some leading names from the world of golf as Jason Day is joined by defending champion Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler, although we have taken a look further down the betting market for our picks...
- Justin Rose's last 4 results at TPC Louisiana read: 10-15-8-1
- Steve Stricker has finished in the top-15 in 4 of his last 6 appearances in the Zurich Classic
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Zurich Classic of New Orleans
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| Daniel Berger (each way)
|@ 25 / 1|
|Cameron Tringale (each way)||@ 60 / 1|
|Steve Stricker (each way)||@ 80 / 1|
The Market Leaders
The 7,425 yard TPC Louisiana ranks as one of the easiest par 72s on the PGA Tour and someone who is going well with putter in hand could be worth looking out for here, particularly as there have been plenty of peaks and troughs with the relative driving distance and greens in regulation statistics of players to have won here previously. A clean ball-striker and hot putter are very much the order of the day for a tournament in which Day is the bookmakers' favourite.
Day is obviously the form man in world golf this year and he did tie for 4th here twelve months ago but his disappointing effort at the Heritage recently puts us off his 11/2 price (Coral).
The Australian is followed in the market by defending champion Justin Rose (8/1), who has finished no worse than tied 17th in five stroke-play starts during 2016 and his form from the last four editions of the Zurich Classic read: 10-15-8-1.
Meanwhile, Rickie Fowler (11/1) has racked up four top-tens since winning in Abu Dhabi at the beginning of the year but he has missed the last two cuts in Louisiana and Hoffman (20/1) looks a touch skinny when attempting to achieve the rare feat of winning back-to-back on the PGA Tour.
Berger Looks Tasty
It is Daniel Berger who catches our eye at 25/1 (Coral) though as the Zurich Classic has a habit of producing first time tour winners - apart from Rose last year of course! Rose tainted that trend slightly but it is only a matter of time before Berger picks up a maiden victory and we fancy this could be the scene of his first success as he bids to build on last year's tie for 6th. A natural ball striker, he has been absolutely superb with putter in hand of late and he has shown that he is capable of mixing it with the very best in world golf, finishing tied 11th at the Valspar, tied 5th in Houston and tied 10th on his Masters debut recently.
Tip #1: Daniel Berger (each way) @ 25/1 with Coral.
Tringale To Go Close Again
Sticking with the maiden winner theme, Cameron Tringale does have victory at the Franklin Templeton Shootout on his CV but that success came in partnership with Jason Day and the 28-year-old is still searching for his first individual title on the tour. He came so close to breaking his duck when finishing runner-up last year and he has unfinished business with the Zurich Classic having finished in the top-20 in four of his last five appearances here. Tringale has produced a mixed bag this season but he is solid enough to come up with the goods on a course that he clearly enjoys.
Tip #2: Cameron Tringale (each way) @ 60/1 with Betfred.
Lightly Raced Stricker Run A Big Race
Finally, we are going away from the maiden winner thread for our final selection as we back the seasoned Steve Stricker to serve up a reminder of what he is capable of. In horse racing terms, Stricker is lightly raced as he picks and chooses his outings nowadays but he has shown enough in tying for 7th at the Valspar and 11th at the Northern Trust to suggest he is still capable of competing.
The veteran has been excellent with the putter in his handful of appearances during 2016 and at 80/1 we simply had to have him on side in Louisiana, where he has finished no worse than 13th in four of his past six appearances.
Tip #3: Steve Stricker (each way) @ 80/1 with Sky Bet.