2021 Zurich Classic Market Report: Bettors Trusting Australian Duo of Cameron Smith & Marc Leishman
Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images. Pictured: Marc Leishman, Cameron Smith
As the PGA TOUR shifts to a team format for this weekend’s Zurich Classic, bettors are putting their wagers behind a pair of Australians.
The duo of Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman (+1100) has taken the most bets to win this week at both PointsBet and BetMGM, according to data released by each sportsbook.
Both golfers enter with good form, as Leishman finished T-5 at the Masters and Smith has finished in the top 20 in each of his last five starts, including three top-10 finishes. Additionally, Smith already has a win here back in 2017 with then-partner Jonas Blixt.
The event features two rounds of best ball and two rounds of alternate shot. For best ball, each player will play his own ball each hole. However, only the lowest score on the hole will count. If Smith birdies the first hole and Leishman bogeys, only the birdie will go on the scorecard. For alternate shot, one player will tee off on each of the odd-number holes with his partner teeing off on even-number holes. They will then take turns on each shot after that.
Thursday and Saturday will be best ball formats. Friday and Sunday will be alternate shot.
The other popular pair at both books is Tony Finau and Cameron Champ (+1800). They’re the second-most popular team in terms of total bets and total money wagered at PointsBet and BetMGM. They’re the second-biggest liability at BetMGM.
The biggest liability belongs to Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay, who are second on the oddsboard at +650 to the +600 favorites of Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer.
Much of that liability is due to one large bet. A bettor has risked $30,000 on Schauffele and Cantlay for a chance to win $210,000. As a result, the two make up almost 60 percent of the book’s total handle.
The biggest liabilities at PointsBet feature some longshots with Jason Kokrak and Pat Perez (+4000) the biggest risk for the book, followed by Wyndham Clark and Erik van Rooyen (+6000).
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