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Zurich Classic Betting Tips
Defending champions Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer head into this one as favourites, though there are certainly some question marks over the pair and whether or not they warrant that starting price.
Indeed, Jon Rahm is a new dad with his wife giving birth during Masters week, and while he’s looks consistent with his new callaway clubs, he’s been lacking that cutting edge this season and it’s unclear whether or not he’ll be at the top of his game here, while Ryan Palmer isn’t in the greatest form of his career having failed to manage a top-15 finish in any of his last five starts, so we’ll look elsewhere for our bet considering the prices.
Cameron Smith And Marc Leishman 12/1
While it’s hard to assess how well each pair will dovetail this week, you can rarely go wrong with looking at course form and current form, and that’s why the all Aussie team of Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman (12/1) look to hold the best value at the top of the market.
Smith has been in flying form lately, finishing 17th or better in each of his last five stroke-play events which includes top-10s at the Masters and the RBC Heritage in his two most recent outings.
Not only is Smith currently playing some of the best golf of his career at the moment, but as mentioned he’s also a former winner of this event, so he certainly knows what it takes to go well around here and will be relishing the opportunity to play with his compatriot Marc Leishman once again having come second in the 2018 World Cup together.
Leishman’s form had been wavering slightly as after finishing T4th and T18th in the Sony and Farmers Insurance back in January, he then went T32-T39-CUT-CUT before bringing it back with his best ever finish at the Masters in a tie for 5th.
This will be his debut at this format on this course, though we’d expect to be able to pull him through the challenges that that poses, and they look well poised for a good week.
Max Homa And Taylor Gooch 28/1
The other pair that we’re happy to get our money behind at a longer price are Max Homa and Talor Gooch (28/1). American’s tend to go well here and have finished either first or second in each of the last 11 editions of this event since 2008, which is unsurprising considering their dominance in numbers and the fact that this is home soil.
Talor Gooch hasn’t featured in a PGA Tour event since the World Matchplay at the end of March, and should come into this fresh and ready to kick on his preparation for the summer events. H
e’s managed top-5 finishes in a quarter of his stroke play events since October, most recently coming at the PLAYERS at Sawgrass, another Peter Dye designed course that lends itself as a good form guide for this event, so he has every reason to feel confident heading into this.
His partner Max Homa has put in some of the best performances this season to date, with a seventh at Pebble Beach, 10th at the Arnold Palmer and a win at the Genesis all in his last six stroke play events show he can certainly mix it with the best around, and his character looks well suited to having a playing partner so if these two can get into a nice rhythm early doors, they have a very good shot at going well in this, so we’ll get behind them at what looks a tantalising price for two extremely promising golfers.