On one of the golf “talk shows” over the weekend, an analyst—I want to say it was Tim Rosaforte—opined that the next American World Number One would be Nick Watney. If so, his 12/1 odds to win this weekend’s Zurich Classic makes sense. But I’m not so sure. He’s currently #14, behind Americans Matt Kuchar, Dustin Johnson, Steve Stricker, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. That’s a lot of people to leap over.
Luke Donald, on the other hand, the odds on favorite this weekend at 9/1, seems poised to take that top spot. Heck, he almost took it last week against a top field at the Heritage, while Lee Westwood was boosting his stats by drubbing double-A in Indonesia.
The Zurich Classic actually has a pretty good field this week. There’s Steve Stricker (18/1); Justin Rose (22/1) and; Bubba Watson and KJ Choi (25/1). Last week’s winner, Brandt Snedeker, comes in at 28/1. Ben Crane, Charley Hoffman and Rickie Fowler are all at 33/1.
Finally, the only Louisianan to win the Zurich (New Orleans) Classic, David Toms, is at 35/1. I have to think he’s that high because he’s a sentimental favorite. He hasn’t been been playing badly this year (made 5 of 7 cuts, with 2 top 10s), but he’s not been one of those guys threatening the leaders on Sunday.
You can see the complete betting odds for the Zurich Classic below, courtesy of Bodog, the world’s largest betting destination.
|Charles Howell III||40/1|
|Brendon De Jonge||50/1|