Learn about the course for the Zurich Classic and what types of golfers are likely to succeed on it for PGA DFS.
Before jumping into the details of this week’s PGA Tour Event, I wanted to mention a timeline for all PGA DFS items that you can expect each and every week from Frank and myself:
- Monday: Course/Event Preview
- Tuesday: Cash article, GPP article, Cheat Sheet, PGA DFS Stream
- Wednesday: Chat room (8pm EST) to answer questions
Without further ado, let’s jump into this week’s event:
Event: Zurich Classic
Dates: Thursday April 22nd through Sunday April 25th
Course: TPC Louisiana
Format: 2 person teams with best ball played in R1/R3 and alternate shot in R2/R4
Field: 160 players (80 2 man teams)
Cut: 35 teams and ties
Past Winners: Rahm/Palmer(2019), Horschel/Piercy (2018), Smith/Blixt (2017),
- Thursday/Friday: 330-630pm EST (Golf Channel) plus PGA Tour Live
- Saturday/Sunday: 1-3pm EST (Golf Channel), 3pm-6pm EST (CBS) plus PGA Tour Live
- With this being a 2 man team competition there will be less emphasis on course fit and more emphasis on the following items this week:
- Current Form
- How has a player been playing in 2021
- Relationship/Fit with partner’s game
- Does this player’s game fit well with partner especially for alternate shot?
- Player’s fit to this team format
- High birdie rate is needed for best ball
- Form in team events
- Some players really struggle in team event whereas others flourish as the pressure is often less with a partner there to help for best ball days
- Current Form
- With that being said, I still will do a brief overview of the course below (but that’s not that important this week):
- TPC Louisiana is a par 72 measuring in at over 7,400 yards
- The course features the typical 4 par 5s, 4 par 3s and 10 par 4s.
- Making birdie or better on all 4 of the par 5s is paramount to success as they all are reachable and you will need to play well on these 4 holes to contend
- Even when this course hosted individual events we saw lots of birdies and low scores. Expect more of the same this week. The winning score in the 3 years of this team event is averaging -25.
- The course plays easy because the fairways are wider than average with minimal rough. (slight edge to players who bomb it off the tee)
- Course is Bermuda grass all around (fairways, rough and greens) so that needs to be taken into consideration if trying to narrow down player pool this week.
What type of player typically succeeds here?
- I see one clear path to victory at this course:
- Two players with high birdie rates who have complementary games who get along well and are in good current form
What areas will be tested the most this week?
- Largest emphasis:
- Birdie Rate
- Smaller emphasis:
- Current Form
- Driving Distance
- Par 5 scoring
- Partner Fit
- Team event Fit/History
- Bermuda grass form
Check back in on Tuesday for the Cash article, GPP article, Cheat Sheet and DFS Stream.