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(Courtesy: No Laying Up)

“All I do is win, win, win, no matter what….” — DJ Khaled

Okay! After a couple weeks of utter disappointment, the universe and stars and whatever else you like are back in alignment! Golfstradamus has come up big and claimed victory! Hopefully, you were wise enough to heed my advice. Otherwise, as they say, it’s lonely at the top!

It was a great week for old No. 1! Not only did Kevin Chappell come through with his first PGA Tour win, the other guy I picked had a shot at victory, too. Though I will admit, I was throwing a bit of a hissy fit when Brooks Koepka tied the lead on 18 just a couple holes ahead of my boys.

Could you imagine having not one, but TWO of your picks tie for second? I’d rather go to a dentist at a craft fair where I can only drink water and eat vegetables. No. F’ing. Thank you.

This week, I look to stay hot as the PGA Tour rolls into N’orleans for the Zurich Classic. There’s a bit of a different format this week, which has created a bit of a hiccup in the DFS and fantasy golf worlds, so I’m expecting a few more degenerates to be wagering against the odds this week. You have to get your fill somehow, right?

Anyway, if you like money, you’ll pay attention. Here’s who I’m taking the action this week on the Bayou:

Zurich Classic
TPC Louisiana – Avondale, Louisiana
April 27 – 30, 2017

ODDS to Win:
J Day/R Fowler 6/1
J Rose/H Stenson 6/1
R Palmer/J Spieth 10/1
D Berger/T Pieters 12/1
B Grace/L Oosthuizen 12/1
J.B. Holmes/B Watson 20/1
B Cauley/J Thomas 20/1
K Chappell/G Woodland 25/1
H Matsuyama/H Tanihara 25/1
P Cantlay/P Reed 30/1
C Hoffman/N Watney 30/1
K Bradley/B Steele 30/1
T Finau/D Summerhays 40/1
L Donald/J Lovemark 30/1
B H An/S-Y Noh 40/1
J Donaldson/T Hatton 50/1
S Brown/K Kisner 50/1
B Barber/R Henley 40/1
R Knox/K Streelman 50/1
H English/H Swafford 50/1
B Koepka/C Koepka 60/1
J Kelly/S Stricker 60/1
G DeLaet/D Hearn 60/1
J Dufner/P Kizzire 60/1
S Kang/S W Kim 60/1
P Rodgers/C Tringale 60/1
R Blaum/W Bryan 80/1
R Garrigus/W McGirt 80/1
F Gomez/J Vegas 80/1
S Kaufman/H Varner III 80/1
D Lee/D Lingmerth 80/1
D Bozzelli/J.T. Poston 100/1
L Glover/C Reavie 80/1
A Cejka/S Kjeldsen 100/1
G Ogilvy/I Poulter 100/1
J Blixt/Cam Smith 100/1
R Brehm/J.J. Spaun 100/1
O Schniderjans/R Werenski 100/1
B DeChambeau/R Sabbatini 125/1
M Hoffmann/C Villegas 125/1
R Ruffels/K Stanley 125/1
B Harman/J Wagner 125/1
R Barnes/M Jones 150/1
C Gribble/J Herman 150/1
M Every/B Horschel 150/1
A Johnston/K Reifers 150/1
R Castro/S Stallings 150/1
Z Blair/C.T. Pan 150/1
M Hughes/N Taylor 150/1
B Hagy/M Kim 150/1
R Pampling/J Senden WD
C Stroud/B Stuard 150/1
G Murray/C Percy 200/1
B Crane/B Martin 200/1
R Goosen/T Van Aswegen 200/1
F Jacobson/W Wilcox 200/1
C Kirk/B Todd 200/1
J Bohn/C Pettersson 200/1
M Thompson/T Wilkinson 200/1
T Mullinax/B Wyatt 200/1
W Kim/G Owen 200/1
T Merritt/R Streb 200/1
J.J. Henry/T Hoge 200/1
D Fathauer/S Saunders 200/1
K Kraft/K Tway 200/1
A Loupe/J Peterson 200/1
G Fernandez-Castano/M Flores 200/1
K.J. Choi/C Wi 250/1
A Gonzales/V Taylor 250/1
T Ridings/X Schauffele 250/1
W MacKenzie/S Marino 250/1
M Hubbard/J Randolph 250/1
J Rollins/S Stefani 250/1
S Alker/S Power 250/1
P Malnati/M Wilson 300/1
C Collins/K Duke 300/1
A Cabrera/J Etulian 300/1
S Bowditch/B Weekley 500/1
S Levin/R Mediate 500/1
K Ramey/P Schmitt 1000/1
M A Carballo/N Lindheim WD
B Campbell/M A Carballo 500/1

Mortal Locks: 

Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson — Wait, wait, wait — I get to take the action on Justin Rose AND Henrik Stenson?? Be still my black, nefarious heart! Two of my all-time best bets are playing together this week in New Orleans and, despite only getting 6/1 money, I’m still going heavy on these guys. Take a look at that field. Do you see anyone else who have actually played together in team competition? Rose and Stenson are European Ryder Cup stalwarts and, besides their individual talents, have the experience playing side-by-side that the rest of the field lacks. If you’re going to make one bet this week, this is the one.

Jordan Spieth/Ryan Palmer — Betting against Jordan Spieth? No way. Considering how much I like Ryan Palmer, too, there’s not a chance I’d be passing up this group. You’re looking at the two most calm, professional….professionals on Tour, and they’re going to handle this new format like champs. Heck, there’s a pretty good chance the end up the champs. Don’t be foolish — 10/1 is certainly worth a couple shekels this week.

Daniel Berger/Thomas Pieters — Here’s an odd match-up that’s quite intriguing. Daniel Berger and Thomas Pieters: Very different games, very different people — and you’ll never see this in the Ryder Cup. The 9’3” (well, he looks that tall) Belgian continues to play well on American soil this week and Berger keeps pace, allowing these two to make some real noise. At 12/1, I like them as much as Rose/Stenson, but for twice the ROI.

Bang for Your Buck:

Patrick Reed/Patrick Cantlay — I love the action on the Patrick’s this week. Reed is a team-player, regardless of the persona he’s crafted in the media and Cantlay was a standout in college who, at one point, was more of a can’t-miss kid than Jordan Spieth. Pairing the two of them together for the Zurich is an excellent idea, as is taking the action at 30/1.

Ollie Schniederjans/Richie Werenski — Ok — so, I know this isn’t the bet you’re expecting to see here, but I can’t help myself. First of all, Schniederjans would’ve been a guy I took the action on this week in a normal format, so I’m going to stick with my gut and place at least a small bet on him. Second, he’s paired with a guy who grew up playing a lot of the same golf courses I did. He’s a local boy (to me, anyway) and I’m pulling hard for him to make good on the Tour. This week is a great chance! At 100/1, It’s worth it to me — but if you’re a little gun shy, I understand.

There you have it, friends and degenerates! For those of you who took my advice last week, congratulations! I know — being right is a great feeling! For those of you who ignored my prognostications, get back to work! I’m sure you’ve already blown your tax return on something superfluous and the mortgage ain’t going to pay itself!

 

-Golfstradamus.

 

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