PGA Tour: Pairs fun for Billy and Scott…

The PGA Tour heads to New Orleans this week for the Zurich Classic, taking place at TPC Louisiana.

This is the only team event on the PGA Tour which counts towards the FedEx Cup, and consists of 80 pairs playing two rounds of both fourballs and foursomes.

Pairs golf is not easy, and we like the idea that players will have partnered each other before if we are to risk our cash in them.

Leading the betting are the Aussie pair Jason Day and Adam Scott. Talented players both, these two performed well in the Masters and thus it’s understandable that they will be high up in the betting. But we’re always wary of Day’s dodgy back and think 6/1 is too short.

Ryder Cup teammates Sergio Garcia and Tommy Fleetwood are next up, but as talented as they undoubtedly are European captain Thomas Bjorn didn’t choose them as a partnership last autumn. Admittedly it would have been hard to break up the Moliwood bromance!

Instead we’re going to side with last year’s champions, Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy. Clearly these two like this course, shooting 22 under last year, and Piercy comes off a third place at the Heritage last weekend. We’ll side with this combination to win.

Our second partnership consists of Brian Harman and Patton Kizzire. This couple won a similar tournament, the QBE Shootout, in Florida in December, proving that they play well together. They live just five miles apart in Georgia and have known each other since they were 12. We’ll take an each way punt.

Recommendations:

Horschel/Piercy to win, 1 pt, at 18/1, widely available

Harman/Kizzire 0.5 points each way at 66/1, 1/4 the odds for the first five places, Ladbrokes

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