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The weekly event on the PGA Tour will be presented in a non-traditional manner for the second time in a month. The Zurich Classic, however, is even more unique than last month’s WGC-Dell Match Play as golfers will be paired up this week and play two rounds of best-ball and two rounds of alternate shot to determine a champion. There has not been a winner of this event in nearly two years as the COVID-19 pandemic wiped the week out completely in 2020 following a win from Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer back in 2019.

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Let’s take a closer look at this week’s contest with odds provided via William Hill Sportsbook.

Event information
Event: Zurich Classic | Date: April 22-25
Location: TPC Louisiana — Avondale, Louisiana

The PGA Tour is headed to Louisiana this week for the Zurich Classic. They’ll tee off Thursday morning at the TPC Louisiana in a unique tournament. Since 2017, the tournament has been a team event and uses different playing formats. The first and third rounds use fourball while the second and fourth rounds use alternate shot. The cut line is 35 teams plus ties.

The 2020 Zurich Classic was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but in 2019, the pairing of Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer won the tournament. Tommy Fleetwood and Sergio Garcia were runners-up. This year, DraftKings Sportsbook has the pairings of Patrick Cantlay/Xander Schauffele tied with the defending champs as favorites to win with odds at +700.

The tournament gets underway on Thursday with tee times starting at 8:00 a.m. ET. You can watch coverage of the Zurich Classic on the Golf Channel from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. ET on Thursday and Friday. Additionally, PGA Tour LIVE will offer live streaming from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Below is a full list of tee times for Round 1 of the Zurich Classic of Louisiana on Thursday.

Round 1 — Thursday
Round starts: 8 a.m.

Featured groups: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. — PGA Tour Live

Live TV coverage: 3:30-6:30 p.m. on Golf Channel
Live stream online: 3:30-6:30 p.m. on fuboTV (Try for free) and NBCSports.com

Radio: 1-6:30 p.m. on PGA Tour Radio

Round 2 — Friday
Round starts: 9 a.m.

Featured groups: 9:15 a.m. – 6 p.m. — PGA Tour Live

Live TV coverage: 3:30-6:30 p.m. on Golf Channel
Live stream online: 3:30-6:30 p.m. on fuboTV (Try for free) and NBCSports.com

Radio: 1-6:30 p.m. on PGA Tour Radio

Round 3 — Saturday
Round starts: 9 a.m.

Featured groups and holes: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. — PGA Tour Live
Early TV coverage: 1-3 p.m. on Golf Channel

Live TV coverage: 3-6 p.m. on CBS
Live simulcast: 3-6 p.m. on CBSSports.com and the CBS Sports App

Radio: 1-6 p.m. on PGA Tour Radio

Round 4 — Sunday
Round starts: 10 a.m.

Featured groups and holes: 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. — PGA Tour Live
Early TV coverage: 1-3 p.m. on Golf Channel

Live TV coverage: 3-6 p.m. on CBS
Live simulcast: 3-6 p.m. on CBSSports.com and the CBS Sports App

Radio: 1-6 p.m. on PGA Tour Radio

Three things to know

  1. Weekend format: By now, most folks are used to the best-ball and alternate-shot formats from years and years of Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup competitions. However, if you’re unfamiliar, best ball simply means that both golfers on a team play an entire hole, and your team’s score is the best score of those two players. So if Collin Morikawa makes birdie at the first and Matthew Wolff makes double, the Morikawa-Wolff team gets a birdie for their score. Alternate shot is just that — Morikawa hits the first shot, and Wolff has to hit from wherever that shot lands. Your team’s score is whatever you cobble together on a given hole, which makes it much more difficult than best ball. There has been debate about which format should be used on Sunday with the tournament in the balance. The decision this year is to use alternate shot, which probably creates more volatility than best ball, but also makes it difficult to rocket up the leaderboard for teams that are trailing by a lot going into Round 4.
  2. Ryder Cup foreshadowing: We (I) love to overplay the Ryder Cup theme about four months too early, but there are definitely some interesting teams this week that could also be teams at Whistling Straits in September. Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele played together at the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne in December 2019, and both will likely be on the Ryder Cup team in September. Matthew Wolff and Collin Morikawa are less likely to both be on the team — Morikawa is a lock, but Wolff has struggled of late — but it’s certainly fun to think about what they could do together at future team events. On the European side, Ryder Cup lions Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose will play together as will past and present Ryder Cuppers Danny Willett and Tyrrell Hatton. It’s likely that only one or two of these teams will end up playing together later on this year, and I can’t think that either team’s captain will take a ton away from this week, but it’s still a fun mini-storyline.
  3. Fascinating teams: There are several “wait … what?” pairings this week. At the top of the list is Scott Piercy and Akshay Bhatia. The former is a 42-year-old journeyman while the latter is a 19-year-old potential superstar who has played just three events this year. I’m curious how they even know each other, but even more so how they teamed up. Other fun ones include Kristoffer Venture and Viktor Hovland (former Oklahoma State teammates from Norway), Doug Ghim and Justin Suh (college superstars), Sungjae Im and Ben An (Presidents Cup teammates), Bill Haas and Hunter Mahan (once contended for the FedEx Cup!) and Woody Austin and Rocco Mediate (combined age: 115).

The 2021 Zurich Classic is a bit of an outlier in terms of PGA Tour events and, because of that, it doesn’t always attract the top players. First, there’s the team structure as 80 two-man teams will compete together in a mixture of best-ball and alternate shot formats. Then there’s the caveat that the winning team will not receive Masters invitations or any world rankings points for their victory. Those stipulations have caused some of the biggest names in golf to pass on the 2021 Zurich Classic, which tees off on Thursday from TPC Louisiana.

A lack of big names gives other golfers opportunities to top the leaderboard such as Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman. The two Australians will team together and they’re being listed at 12-1 according to the latest 2021 Zurich Classic odds from William Hill Sportsbook. Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer, the defending champions of this event, are going off as the favorites at 15-2 on the PGA odds board. Before locking in any 2021 Zurich Classic picks or entering any PGA DFS tournaments on sites like DraftKings and FanDuel, be sure to see the golf predictions and projected leaderboard from the proven computer model at SportsLine.

SportsLine’s proprietary model, built by DFS pro Mike McClure, has been red-hot since the PGA Tour resumed last June. In fact, it’s up over $10,000 on its best bets since the restart, nailing tournament after tournament.