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Avondale hosts Zurich Classic on Thursday
By Zach Cohen

Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Tees Off: Thursday, April 28th
TPC Louisiana – Avondale, LA

The Zurich Classic kicks off this week as the PGA members head to the Gulf Coast for a tourney which has been held since 1938. There are typically a lot of birdies at this event, with the victors carding at least a score of 15-under-par since 2010. Last year, it was Justin Rose who emerged as the winner. Rose was on fire all weekend, finishing the tournament at 22-under. Cameron Tringale did, however, put up a fight. Tringale shot a 21-under and had plenty of chances to get himself to the top of the leaderboard. Both guys will be back for this tournament in 2016, along with guys like Jason Day and Rickie Fowler. Charley Hoffman will also be playing this tournament. He is fresh off of a victory at the Valero Texas Open, so he’s going to be confident coming into this event. With that out of the way, let’s now take a look at who might be coming away victorious on Sunday:

Jason Day (5-to-1) – Jason Day has a chance to win whenever he is playing in a tournament and that isn’t going to be changing this weekend. Day is going to be coming into this one in search of his first ever victory at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and that will certainly motivate him on Thursday. Not only will he be hungry for a win, but Day also happens to be playing some great golf this season. He has won two tournaments on the year and has two other top-10 finishes on the season. In a relatively weak field, the 5-to-1 odds he’s getting are really not that bad. He’s worth putting a few units on before Thursday.

Justin Rose (8-to-1) – It’s very difficult to find a way to avoid taking Rose this weekend. He has been excellent at TPC Louisiana lately, coming in the top-15 at each of his past four appearances in this event. Not only has he consistently been near the top of this tournament’s leaderboard, but he also won this event in 2015. Rose’s 22-under was extremely impressive and it’s hard to believe he won’t be able to do something close to that again this weekend. He’ll also be extremely hungry coming into this one, as he has not yet won a tournament this season. He’s far too good of a player to not have one win this year and he’s worth taking at 8-to-1, as it’s extremely likely Rose will come away with the victory on Sunday.

Billy Horschel (18-to-1) – Billy Horschel is not a very consistent golfer, but he is playing very well coming into this tournament. At last week’s Valero Texas Open, Horschel shot nine-under and that was good for a tie for fourth place in the tournament. He’ll now carry that momentum into an event that has been kind to him in the past. Horschel won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans back in 2013, shooting a 20-under to defeat D.A. Points by a stroke. That type of play should be repeatable for Horschel, and that makes him a good value at 18-to-1. He’s worth putting a unit or two on this weekend.

Cameron Tringale (50-to-1) – As previously mentioned, Tringale was the runner-up at last year’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans. The 28-year-old shot a 21-under in the tournament and that would have been good enough to win nine of the past 10 tournaments in Avondale. If he can recapture some of that magic then he would pay off huge for some people this weekend. He’s a talented player and the 50-to-1 odds he’s getting are very enticing. He’s worth putting a unit or half-unit on for Thursday.