Cantlay, Schauffele Headline Heavyweight Teams Across PGA Tour

Cantlay, Schauffele Headline Heavyweight Teams Across PGA Tour
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This week presents another iteration of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, the two-man PGA Tour team event played that presents a unique opportunity across Louisiana sports betting. With a mix of four-ball (best ball) and foursomes (alternate-shot) formats, the event gives players a chance to play to each other’s strengths and take a break from four-round stroke play events. 

The Zurich is the only “official” team event on the PGA Tour regular season schedule, though another – December’s The QBE Shootout – is played under a similar format with two-person teams. 

Top Duos For PGA Team Events

Utilizing, gathered the past performances of teams in the two team events on the PGA Tour – the QBE Shootout and the Zurich. Based on the performances, we were able to look at some potential teams that could play well this weekend based on their history, with one partnership looming large over this week’s field. 

TeamWins / Tournaments Avg. Place* Avg. Score*
Patrick Cantlay / Xander Schauffele1 win / 2 tournaments6th-22
Sam Burns / Billy Horschel0 wins / 3 tournaments3rd-26
Sam Ryder / Doc Redman 0 wins / 2 tournaments 10th -19
Charley Hoffman / Nick Watney 0 wins / 5 tournaments 19th -14
Kevin Tway / Kelly Kraft 0 wins / 5 tournaments 27th -10

*Rounded to the nearest whole number

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Cantlay, Schauffele Heavy Favorites This Week

The team of Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele are heavy favorites at Louisiana sports betting apps this week, and for good reason. The duo enters the week as the defending champions after their record-setting 29 under-par effort last season. And each’s current form is a good chance for them to go back-to-back here at TPC Louisiana. 

Cantlay has four top 10s in his last six starts; while Schauffele has three top 10s in his last three starts. They are No. 4 (Cantlay) and No. 5 (Schauffele) in the official world golf rankings and have plenty of experience playing with each other in previous Presidents Cup and Ryder Cups, as well. 

Though those statistics aren’t included in the chart above, they are a big reason why the team of Cantlay/Schauffele are +300 to win over at BetMGM Louisiana

Other Pairings With History

Another talented pairing to watch is Sam Burns-Billy Horschel. The duo are playing in their third total event together, but have yet to clinch a victory. However, they’ve done more than just sniff around. Burns and Horschel’s average finish in those three events is 3rd place, with an average score of -26 (lower than Cantlay and Schauffele’s, for what it's worth.). They were runner-ups to Cantlay/Schauffele last year and were T4 the year before that. 

Hurting their chances this week? Horschel’s recent form isn’t much to cheer about, as the 36-year-old has missed three cuts in his last five events. Their team is +1700 to win over at FanDuel Louisiana

The team of Sam Ryder and Doc Redman is making their third appearance together across the Zurich and QBE. While they’ve played well together (with an average of 10th place), they aren’t getting much respect from national sportsbooks. Ditto for the teams of Charley Hoffman-Nick Watney, and Kevin Tway-Kelly Kraft. Both pairs will be playing for the sixth time together, though neither has a win to show for it. 

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Thomas Leary

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