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PGA Zurich Classic of New Orleans Odds To Win: Luke Donald Favored

PGA Zurich Classic of New Orleans Odds To Win: Luke Donald Favored

2012 PGA Zurich Classic of New Orleans Odds To Win: Luke Donald Favored    
By Drew Sharper

AVONDALE, LA (TheSpread) – The 2012 Masters Champion returns to action this week as Bubba Watson competes in the 2012 Zurch Classic of New Orleans.

Despite winning his last event, Watson is not the favorite to win this event. He has 14/1 odds to win this week, while the favorite is Luke Donald, who has 12/1 odds. Keegan Bradley is the other favorite, with 18/1 odds.

Donald is second in the world rankings. He has finished outside the top 30 in his last two tournaments and has finished outside the top 30 in five of his last seven events. Donald finished eighth in this event last year.

Watson is the defending champion of this event and he is now fourth in the world rankings following his win in The Masters. Watson has finished fourth or better in his last three events and finished in the top 20 of his last 11 tournaments.

Bradley is 20th in the world rankings right now. He has finished in the top 30 in his last 14 events. He also has two top 10’s in his last three tournaments.

The Zurich Classic of New Orleans begins on Thursday, April 26 and will run through Sunday, April 29 from TPC Louisiana in Avondale, Louisiana. For complete odds for each golfer to win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, see below.

2012 PGA Zurich Classic of New Orleans Odds to Win

Luke Donald 12/1
Bubba Watson 14/1
Keegan Bradley 18/1
Webb Simpson 20/1
Justin Rose 20/1
Steve Stricker 25/1
Jason Dufner 25/1
Graeme McDowell 33/1
Carl Pettersson 33/1
Nick Watney 33/1
Ernie Els 40/1
Charles Howell III 40/1
Peter Hanson 40/1
Brandt Snedeker 40/1
KJ Choi 45/1
Jeff Overton 50/1
Rickie Fowler 50/1
Bud Cauley 50/1
Charley Hoffman 50/1
Ben Crane 50/1
David Toms 50/1
John Senden 50/1
Greg Chalmers 55/1
Geoff Ogilvy 60/1
Harris English 66/1
Kevin Streelman 66/1
Brian Davis 66/1
Retief Goosen 66/1
Brian Gay 66/1
Ben Curtis 66/1
Matt Every 66/1
Cameron Tringale 66/1
Spencer Levin 80/1
Andres Romero 80/1
Ryan Palmer 80/1
Chris Stroud 80/1
Bryce Molder 80/1
Robert Karlsson 80/1
JB Holmes 80/1
Scott Piercy 90/1
Pat Perez 100/1
Boo Weekley 100/1
Anthony Kim 100/1
Angel Cabrera 100/1
John Rollins 100/1
Seung-Yul Noh 100/1
DA Points 100/1
George Mcneill 100/1
Trevor Immelman 100/1
Jerry Kelly 110/1
Ricky Barnes 125/1
Camilo Villegas 125/1
Brian Harman 125/1
Brendon De Jonge 125/1
Brandt Jobe 125/1
Bob Estes 125/1
Billy Mayfair 125/1
Lucas Glover 125/1
Kris Blanks 125/1
Ken Duke 125/1
Jimmy Walker 125/1
Jason Bohn 125/1
Hunter Haas 125/1
Stephen Ames 150/1
Tim Petrovic 150/1
James Driscoll 150/1
Blake Adams 150/1
John Peterson 150/1
Vaughn Taylor 150/1
Greg Owen 150/1
Chris Kirk 150/1
Colt Knost 150/1
Chris DiMarco 175/1
Rod Pampling 175/1
David Mathis 175/1
David Hearn 175/1
Harrison Frazar 200/1
William Mcgirt 200/1
Troy Matteson 200/1
Mark Anderson 200/1
JJ Henry 200/1
Nick Ohern 200/1
Nathan Green 200/1
Bill Lunde 200/1
Chez Reavie 200/1
Scott Stallings 200/1
Justin Leonard 200/1
Daniel Summerhays 200/1
John Merrick 200/1
John Mallinger 200/1
Chris Couch 200/1
Jeff Maggert 200/1
Matt Bettencourt 200/1
Tommy Gainey 200/1
Stuart Appleby 200/1
Tim Herron 200/1
Miguel Angel Carballo 225/1
DJ Trahan 250/1
Daniel Chopra 250/1
Scott Verplank 250/1
Danny Lee 250/1
Tom Pernice Jr 250/1
Garth Mulroy 250/1
Graham Delaet 250/1
Jamie Lovemark 250/1
Joe Ogilvie 250/1
Jonas Blixt 250/1
Josh Teater 250/1
Kevin Kisner 250/1
Bobby Gates 250/1
Martin Flores 250/1
Mathew Goggin 250/1
Michael Bradley 250/1
Briny Baird 250/1
Cameron Beckman 250/1
Roberto Castro 250/1
Russell Knox 250/1
Jason Kokrak 300/1
Will Claxton 300/1
JJ Killeen 300/1
Kyle Reifers 300/1
Michael Putnam 300/1
Brendon Todd 300/1
Alex Cejka 300/1
Patrick Sheehan 300/1
Gary Christian 300/1
Marco Dawson 300/1
Erik Compton 300/1
Ted Potter Jr 300/1
Derek Lamely 300/1
Ryuji Imada 300/1
Billy Hurley III 350/1
Scott Brown 400/1
Sunghoon Kang 400/1
Steve Wheatcroft 400/1
David Duval 400/1
Rocco Mediate 500/1
Tommy Biershenk 500/1
Edward Loar 500/1
Gavin Coles 500/1
Chad Collins 500/1
Alexandre Rocha 600/1
Fred Funk 600/1
Charlie Beljan 600/1
Jake Narro 750/1
Stephen Gangluff 750/1
Richard H Lee 750/1
Troy Kelly 750/1
Kyle Thompson 750/1
Hank Kuehne 750/1
David Byrne 750/1

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Re: PGA Zurich Classic of New Orleans Odds To Win: Luke Donald Favored

Zurich Classic of New Orleans Preview and Picks
By Matt Fargo

The PGA Tour heads to the bayou for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans from TPC Louisiana, the sixth straight year it has been the host course and seventh overall. This is the second to final tuneup before THE PLAYERS Championship, the fifth major, which takes place in two weeks. Last year's Zurich was a great finish as Bubba Watson defeated Webb Simpson on the second playoff hole to win his second tour event and the current Masters champion will be back to defend his title.

TPC Louisiana is a par-72, 7,425-yard track and while long, it does not necessarily reward the big hitters even though Watson shot that down last year after averaging a field best 331 yards off the tee. Two years ago, only four of the top 15 players finished with driving averages surpassing 300 yards so while length is important, it is more about precision here. The greens are massive but are filled will undulations so while hitting the green isn't difficult, what matters most is where they are hit.

The course was 26th out of 52 in difficulty two years ago but last year was the seventh most difficult out of the 21 par-72 tracks played. The field gets a boost this week after a light field in San Antonio as more big names are making the trek to the Big Easy. Four players from the OWGR top ten are in play with Luke Donald (3rd), Bubba Watson (4th), Steve Stricker (7th) and Justin Rose (10th) teeing it up. They will be joined by six other 2012 winners as well as 12 past champions of the Zurich Classic.

Bubba Watson (+1,200) will be making his first start since winning the Masters in a playoff. He has not finished outside the top 20 this year and he has three straight top four finishes going back to the Cadillac Championship where he was the runner-up. He has missed the cut only once in New Orleans and has a T5 to his credit as well back in 2007.

The other co-favorite is Luke Donald (+1,200) who has not missed a cut and already has a win at the Transitions. The problem is that he has been inside the top 30 in only one other event so it has been an inconsistent season. He made his first start in New Orleans last year and finished T8 and was one of only 10 players with four sub-par rounds.

Keegan Bradley (+2,000) should be a player to watch this week. He last started at the Masters and his T27 was only his second finish outside the top 25 this year. He has two top fives including a T2 at the Northern Trust Open in a playoff loss and this will be his second start at the Zurich after finishing T26 last year after a solid Sunday 68.

Jason Dufner (+2,500) isn't flying under the radar anymore but the value is still there. He finished as a runner-up twice last year and this year he has made nine straight weekends including four straight top 25's. He loves it at TPC Louisiana as the last three years he has placed T3, T7 and T9. He has improved each year which means a victory could be next.

Charles Howell III (+3,000) finished T13 here last year after finishing T2 in 2009, one shot behind winner Jerry Kelly. He has never missed a cut in this event and that streak should not end as he has missed only one cut in 11 starts this year. He has not placed inside the top ten since a T2 at the opening Sony but he is close to putting it together.

Nick Watney (+3,000) is a former winner in New Orleans as he captured the 2007 Zurich Classic and also finished T20 last year. He has been good this year as he has yet to miss a cut but he hasn't been able to elevate himself to contend as his highest finish was at the Accenture Match play. This could be the week as past success here comes into play.

Greg Chalmers (+5,000) is the longshot bet this week after nearly cashing with Matt Every last week. Chalmers is not a household name but he has been playing well with four top 20's in seven made cuts out of 11 starts. He has done very well in New Orleans also as over the last three years, he has finishes of T8, solo fifth and T24.

Recommended Tournament Win Five Pack at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans (all for One Unit)

Keegan Bradley +2,000
Jason Dufner +2,500
Charles Howell III +3,000
Nick Watney +3,000
Greg Chalmers +5,000

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