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Expert PGA Betting Picks: Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Look, predicting a pre-tournament winner in golf isn’t easy. While it’s true sports bettors can find fantastic value, it’s incredibly frustrating when one of your picks doesn’t even make the cut. That’s why I’m here to help.

Every week I’ll highlight three golfers who have a good chance to win the hardware for the upcoming weekend. This week it’s the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

For a full breakdown of the tournament, click here.

Odds courtesy of Bovada.

Branden Grace & Louis Oosthuizen (+1400)

This is the South African dream team. Grace and Oosthuizen won four matches out of four together at the 2015 Presidents Cup in South Korea and took down some big names along the way (Patrick Reed & Matt Kuchar, Dustin Johnson & Jordan Spieth, Reed & Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson & J.B. Holmes).

The duo are good friends who clearly have established themselves as a force in the stroke-play format. The last two times Oosthuizen had Grace as a playing partner he shot 68 at Alfred Dunhill Links and 64 at the Deutsche Bank Championship. That’s good enough for me.

Justin Thomas & Bud Cauley (+1600)

With three wins on the year, Thomas is clearly the bigger star of this pairing but both he and Cauley are set up to have a big weekend. Thomas collected a T-12 in his only start at the Zurich Classic and is coming off a strong weekend at the Masters where he finished T-22.

Thomas has chosen his good friend and fellow Alabama alum Cauley to join him. Cauley is coming off back-to-back top 10s at the RBC Heritage and Texas Open, and he was also T-11 at the Zurich Classic in his last visit there in 2014.

Russell Henley & Blayne Barber (+4500)

Henley is quietly having a fantastic season and his last three starts have resulted in a win at the Houston Open, T-11 at the Masters and a T-26 at the RBC Heritage. He finished in a T-36 at the weather-shortened 2016 edition of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Barber is similar to Cauley in that he’s the Luigi to Henley’s Mario, but he’s made his last six cuts on the PGA Tour including a T-26 at the RBC Heritage. Barber is no stranger to the course, placing T-8 in the 2015 tournament. He is a good putter and can hold his own behind Henley, so a wager on both men at +4500 is excellent value.