Top DFS Picks for the 2021 Zurich Classic
With this week’s event having a unique format, the scoring on DraftKings will be a little bit different.
Here is what’s important to note.
Players teamed up together have identical salaries and will earn the same number of points. In other words, if your goal is to target the duo of Collin Morikawa and Matthew Wolff, just pick one and your set.
Speaking of that pair, they are a big fade for me due to Morikawa’s inefficiencies on the greens and Wolff’s waywardness off the tee.
In terms of my top Zurich Classic DFS picks, they’re listed below.
Bubba Watson/Scottie Scheffler – $10,900
Bubba has made the cut in all three of the team versions of the Zurich Classic, including in 2017 when he tied for 5th with J.B. Holmes.
J.B. is among the most erratic drivers in the entire sport – quite the contrary from Watson’s partner in the 2021 edition.
In fact, knowing Scheffler is the PGA Tour leader in Total Driving should provide a calming effect over Bubba and allow his ingenuity to shine.
The one concern is Watson’s shortcomings on the greens, but I feel better about his prospects knowing he’s got a stalwart teammate to rely on.
Keegan Bradley/Brendan Steele – $9,300
Looking to avenge missing the cut by a shot in 2017, good friends Keegan Bradley and Brendan Steele are slotted in among my top DFS picks for the Zurich Classic.
Brendan finished 10th here in 2018 with Jamie Lovemark by his side; Keegan made the cut here in 2019 carrying Jon Curran along for the ride.
While neither man has visited winner’s circle this season, both are playing extremely dependable golf.
Steele is a perfect 9-9 since the calendar turned to 2021 and recently finished 3rd at The Honda Classic. Bradley has connected on seven straight cuts – finishing 30th or better on six of those occasions.
Few teams in this field are poised to have as many convertible birdie looks as the Keegan/Brendan combo.
Matt Wallace/Graeme McDowell – $8,600
Showcased in my column dedicated to Zurich Classic picks and betting predictions, this feisty twosome of European golfers should be able to thrive in the team format.
Wallace is gaining confidence week after week and has quietly inserted his name into the Ryder Cup discussion. A couple of 65s at Hilton Head should have Padraig Harrington intrigued, and it should have Graeme McDowell excited.
My partner is en fuego at the minute. Looking forward to the week. @Zurich_ClassicApril 15, 2021
McDowell is back in New Orleans for the third straight playing of this event; he tied for 18th in 2019 (with Ian Poulter) and tied for 22nd in 2018 (with Henrik Stenson).
Graeme’s game has been a bit spotty in 2021, although his top-5 in Puntacana is only a few weeks removed.
Russell Knox/Brian Stuard – $7,800
They are not the fanciest pair in the field, but I think $7,800 is far too cheap for what Knox and Stuard bring to the table.
Stuard’s success at TPC Louisiana runs a lot deeper than just being the last individual champion in 2016. Brian’s played the weekend in all three team iterations and has good memories from the last time he was paired with Russell Knox (2019).
On their way to finishing T22, Stuard and Knox were blemish-free for the first 41 holes of the tournament.
Knox is an elite ball-striker whose putting stroke should be freed up thanks to having a partner in crime. Stuard does everything fairly well but seems to turn his game up a notch when he strolls into Avondale.
Robert Streb/Troy Merritt – $6,700
Making his fourth straight appearance in the Zurich Classic, Troy Merritt is seeking his fourth consecutive top-25 in the Big Easy.
Partnered with Robert Streb here in 2017 and 2019, the bearded duo offers a solid floor among the teams likely to be incredibly low owned across golf GPPs on DK.
As far as the potential upside, know that both Merritt and Streb have won multiple times on the PGA Tour. Ok, so maybe they have won exactly twice each, but how many other pairs priced $6,700 or lower can stake that claim?
The answer is two – but my guess is you have no interest in rostering Bill Haas & Hunter Mahan or Woody Austin & Rocco Mediate.
Andrew Landry/Austin Cook – $6,600
These two Arkansas Razorbacks played together at the 2019 Zurich Classic; they were tied for 6th going into the final round before ultimately tying for 22nd.
Landry had missed four straight cuts prior to winning the 2020 American Express. His other PGA Tour victory (2018 Valero Texas Open) occurred on the heels of four missed cuts and a T42 in his previous five starts.
Both Landry and Cook play Ping equipment and use Titleist golf balls. They’re nearly the identical height and weight, they both wear shades – the list of comparisons goes on and on and they get along famously.
As we’ve seen before in team formats, a high level of camaraderie typically breeds success.
My 2021 Zurich Classic DFS Lineup for GPPs
- Watson/Scheffler – $10,900
- Bradley/Steele – $9,300
- Wallace/McDowell – $8,600
- Knox/Stuard – $7,800
- Merritt/Streb – $6,700
- Landry/Cook – $6,600
Do any of these Zurich Classic DFS picks catch your attention?
Watson and Scheffler will be a popular selection, but don’t let that sway you away. Especially if you gain separation by plugging in Andrew Landry and Austin Cook.
Don’t expect the casual fans to be clicking on Troy Merritt and Robert Streb either.
So long as Keegan and Brendan get their putters warmed up, this Zurich Classic DFS lineup could lead to a nice Sunday sweat.