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Expert PGA Betting Picks: Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Patrick Reed and Patrick Cantlay react to their putt on the 16th hole during the second round of the Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana on April 28, 2017 in Avondale, Louisiana.

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, check out my betting preview.

Odds courtesy of Bovada

My favorite pick: Patrick Cantlay and Patrick Reed +1100

Patrick Reed is riding the biggest high of his young career after claiming his first major tournament at the Masters, and he’s proven to excel in unique formats such as the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. I wouldn’t expect Reed to slow down any time soon.

Cantlay missed the cut at the Masters but followed that up with a solid T-7 showing at the RBC Heritage and is the perfect partner for the fiery Reed. Two-man formats can be a toss-up for bettors, but the Reed-Cantlay duo is easily my favorite this weekend.

Solid value: Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown +3300

Kisner and Brown came up just short here a year ago, falling to Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt in a Monday playoff, but the duo is back for redemption in 2018. The reason they’re so far down the odds list is clearly Brown, who hasn’t recorded a top-45 since November.

That stat alone makes these two a risky pick, but they clearly enjoy playing at TPC of Louisiana, and I believe Kisner can more than make up for Brown’s potential shortcomings. After all, Kisner came in second at WGC-Dell Match Play and notched a T-7 at the RBC Heritage.

Sleeper pick: Retief Goosen and Tyrone Van Aswegan +12500

Goosen’s seven PGA Tour victories are well in the rear-view mirror, but the two-time U.S. Open champion can still get the job done. Goosen and Van Aswegan finished T-14 at last year’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans with a field-low tying 60 in alternate shot in the second round.

Van Aswegan is in solid form after placing T-23 at Harbour Town two weeks ago and has made 57 out of 80 cuts since the 2015-16 campaign. Betting on this duo to win is far from a sure thing, but I expect them to have a solid showing in New Orleans.