The 2023 Zurich Classic of New Orleans begins on Thursday, and it's a change from the standard PGA Tour events. It is the only official team event on tour as 80 duos will battle in a mixture of best-ball and alternate shot formats. TPC Louisiana hosts the Zurich Classic 2023, where Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay are out to defend their title. That pairing set an event record by finishing 29-under par at last year's tournament, and they're the 4-1 favorites at Caesars Sportsbook.
The latest 2023 Zurich Classic odds have Collin Morikawa/Max Homa at 17-2, while Sam Burns and Billy Horschel are at 18-1. Matt Fitzpatrick, fresh off an RBC Heritage win last week, is teaming with his brother, Alex, and they are listed at 22-1. Before locking in your 2023 Zurich Classic picks, be sure to see the golf predictions and projected leaderboard from the proven computer model at SportsLine.
SportsLine's proprietary model, built by DFS pro Mike McClure, has been red-hot since the PGA Tour resumed in June of 2020. In fact, the model is up over $7,300 on its best bets since the restart, nailing tournament after tournament.
McClure's model predicted Jon Rahm would finish on top of the leaderboard at the 2023 Sentry Tournament of Champions and The American Express. And at the 2023 Masters, the model was all over Rahm's second career major victory heading into the weekend. Rahm was two strokes off the lead heading into the third round, but the model still projected him as the winner.
In addition, the model included J.T. Poston in its best bets to win the 2022 John Deere Classic. That bet hit at +5500, and for the entire tournament, McClure's best bets returned almost $1,100. McClure's best bets included Collin Morikawa winning outright at the 2021 Open Championship, even though he was listed as a massive 40-1 longshot.
This same model has also nailed a whopping nine majors entering the weekend. Anyone who has followed it has seen massive returns.
Now that the 2023 Zurich Classic field is locked, SportsLine simulated the tournament 10,000 times, and the results were surprising. Head to SportsLine now to see the projected leaderboard.
Top 2023 Zurich Classic predictions
One major surprise the model is calling for at the Zurich Classic 2023: Cantlay and Schauffele, the defending champions and the heavy favorites on the PGA odds board, fail to defend their title. The duo shot an event-record 29-under par across four rounds last year, but there are several 2023 Zurich Classic contenders ready to get revenge this year.
Billy Horschel and Sam Burns, who finished in second place in 2022, are back in the field this week. Homa and Morikawa are teaming up for the first time, creating a serious threat for the defending champions. There are also two teams that have been together for every edition of the Zurich Classic (Charley Hoffman/Nick Watney and Kevin Tway/Kelly Kraft). In addition, since the Zurich Classic switched to a team format, no team has successfully defended their title at TPC Louisiana.
Another surprise: Nick Taylor and Adam Hadwin, 28-1 longshots, make a strong run at the title. The two Canadians know each other's games well from having played at the same British Columbia course while growing up. Both are PGA Tour winners and they've combined for seven top 10s this season.
There is no weak link in this pairing as both players rank among the top 20% on tour in scoring average (actual). There should be a seamless integration of their games as well as Hadwin is better off the tee, ranking 30th in driving accuracy percentage, while Taylor is elite in the short game by ranking 24th in strokes gained: around-the-green. And with each ranking in the top 40 in strokes gained: putting, they could make a rise up the leaderboard at TPC Louisiana. See who else to pick here.
How to make 2023 Zurich Classic picks
The model is also targeting several other longshot pairings at the Zurich Classic 2023. Anyone who backs these longshots could hit it big. You can only see the model's PGA picks here.
So who will win the Zurich Classic 2023? And which longshots stun the golfing world? Check out the 2023 Zurich Classic odds below and then visit SportsLine to see the projected 2023 Zurich Classic leaderboard, all from the model that's nailed nine golf majors.
2023 Zurich Classic odds, field
Xander Schauffele/Patrick Cantlay +400
Collin Morikawa/Max Homa +850
Sungjae Im/Keith Mitchell +1400
Si Woo Kim/Tom Kim +1600
Sam Burns/Billy Horschel +1800
Taylor Montgomery/Kurt Kitayama +2200
Justin Suh/Sahith Theegala +2200
Matt Fitzpatrick/Alex Fitzpatrick +2200
Beau Hossler/Wyndham Clark +2500
Victor Perez/Thomas Detry +2800
Nick Taylor/Adam Hadwin +2800
Thorbjorn Olesen/Nicolai Hojgaard +3000
Harris English/Tom Hoge +3000
Byeong Hun An/S.H. Kim +3000
J.J. Spaun/Hayden Buckley +3500
Denny McCarthy/Joel Dahmen +3500
Will Gordon/Davis Thompson +3500
Matthew NeSmith/Taylor Moore +4000
Davis Riley/Nick Hardy +4000
Callum Shinkwin/Matt Wallace +4000
Robby Shelton/Lee Hodges +4500
Brendon Todd/Patton Kizire +4500
Ben Griffin/Ryan Gerard +4500
Scott Stallings/Trey Mullinax +4500
Ben Martin/Chesson Hadley +5000
Doc Redman/Sam Ryder +5000
Brandon Wu/Joseph Bramlett +5500
Akshay Bhatia/Harry Hall +5500
Erik van Rooyen/MJ Daffue +6000
Luke List/Henrik Norlander +6500
Aaron Rai/David Lipsky +6500
Scott Piercy/Ryan Palmer +7000
Michael Kim/S.Y. Noh +7000
Ben Taylor/Callum Tarren +7000
Justin Lower/Dylan Wu +7500
Sam Saunders/Eric Cole +8000
Hank Lebioda/Tyler Duncan +8000
Doug Ghim/Kramer Hickok +8000
Vincent Norman/Matthias Schwab +9000