2023 Zurich Classic of New Orleans Analysis and Preview: Sam Ryder Needs a Visit From the Doc

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Sam Ryder of the United States plays his shot from the sixth tee during the second round of the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links on April 2023. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

Golf Pick: Doc Redman & Sam Ryder – Outright Win (+5000) at Bovada (visit our Bovada Review)

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Sam Ryder has been playing some eye-catching golf on the PGA Tour this year and the only thing that is missing is a maiden PGA Tour title. A visit by Doc Redman could be all that’s needed for Ryder to gain a first win.

Last year, the pairing finished an impressive third when not in the form they are now. Redman made the top 20 at the Valspar Championship a couple of weeks ago and he could be the perfect foil for Ryder, whose ball striking has jumped to a new level at the start of 2023.

He contended for four days with the big boys in the Farmers Insurance Open and has backed it up with consistency ever since, giving the combination of Doc Redman and Sam Ryder value in the betting odds markets for props and long shots this week at the top US sportsbooks.

Pairs format and structure

This week sees the unique doubles-format PGA Tour event that has been running for five years previously.

The event has 80 pairings playing one round of foursomes and four balls pre-cut, followed by another round of each over the weekend from the top 33 and ties.


Course Notes

  • TPC Louisiana at Avondale.
  • Par 72, 7425 yards.
  • Typical Pete Dye design from 2004 with strategic bunkering amongst the wetlands of Louisiana.
  • Hosted annual singles event on the PGA Tour before becoming the doubles event six years ago.
  • Slick Bermuda grass greens overseeded by Poa and an easy driving course, though the water in play on eight holes.

Top Contenders

Patrick Cantlay & Xander Schauffele (+300)

Last year’s champions, both in top form and undoubtedly strong favorites.

Will take “Storm Katrina mark two” to knock them out of the top 10.

Sungjae Im & Keith Mitchell (+1200)

Consistent workhorses on the PGA Tour, and hugely respected.

Sam Burns & Billy Horschel (+2000)

Last year’s runners-up but not in quite the strong form they both were last year, despite Burns' win in the Matchplay.

New Breed

Wyndham Clark & Beau Hossler (+2500)

Wyndham Clark looks like he’s close to fulfilling his huge potential, and this would be a good place to get his first PGA tour win with Hossler looking suited to the format.

Nick Hardy & Davis Riley (+3300)

I'm drawn to these two young professionals of potential.

Both Hardy and Riley have just started to find their best form in recent weeks.

David Lipsky & Aaron Rai (+3300)

An original European Tour pairing –despite Lipsky being American– and they performed well here in fourth last year.

Rai is in superb form currently, while Lipsky looks like a strong partner.

Tyler Duncan & Hank Lebioda (+9000)

Journeyman PGA Tour pros who are both in a strong form currently. In fact, Tyler Duncan has been much improved over the past two months, making them dangerous long shots.


Kelly Kraft & Kevin Tway (+15000)

These two journeyman pros have threatened to play well here in recent years, and this year both seem in slightly better form.

Kevin Chappell & Jason Dufner (+16000)

Jason Dufner is a former champion and course specialist in events at the track and, like Chappell, has threatened better form in recent weeks.

Rich Brehm & Mark Hubbard (+20000)

Rich Brehm is long off the tee and in and out of form in recent months.

This course plays to his strengths and in Mark Hubbard he has a partner rounding into strong form after last week’s Heritage Classic. They were 14th last year and are a potential top-20 prop betting pick.

Charley Hoffman & Nick Watney (+25000)

Two PGA Tour veterans with some brilliant course forms.

They have interesting potential in the place markets given their accumulation of top 20s here over the last 10 years –nine combined– and Watney was a previous champion here back in 2007.

Scott Brown & Richy Werenski (+35000)

Scott Brown loves TPC Louisiana and this format, while Richy Werenski has also played well in the format and recently on the PGA Tour.

Golf Pick: Doc Redman & Sam Ryder – Top 20 Finish (+250) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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