Professional golf in the U.S. is trying to freshen its appeal, and the latest attempt to shake off its staid, boring image starts Thursday with the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
As a tournament it counts as normal towards the world rankings, with a prize fund of over $7 million. But this is now a pairs event, with players teaming up to play 72 holes in a mixture of foursomes and four-ball action.
This represents a marked difference from the usual individual action, and puts a premium on combinations which are used to playing together.
One such team is Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson. Both major winners, these two have successful Ryder Cup experience together, and pressure doesn’t come greater than that. At 7/1 with Stan James, we will be banking on this experience.
The other grouping which attracts is Bud Cauley and Justin Thomas. These talented young Americans both went to the University of Alabama, and both boast undefeated Walker Cup records as amateurs, where this type of team golf is played.
Thomas has already won three PGA titles this season, while Cauley played well in Texas last week, finishing in the top ten.
Best priced at 22/1 with BetFred, this partnership will also be carrying our cash.
Recommendation: Rose/Stenson to win at 7/1, Stan James, and Cauley/Thomas to win at 22/1, BetFred
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