Rahm, Palmer favored to defend Zurich title

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Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer are favored to repeat at the PGA Tour's only team event.

The two men joined forces two years ago to win the Zurich Classic, marking Palmer's first Tour victory since 2010. With last year's event wiped out by the COVID-19 pandemic, they're back this week to defend their title at TPC Louisiana.

They're also topping the odds list according to PointsBet Sportsbook, favored just ahead of the all-American duo of Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele. Just behind them is another pairing of countrymen in Australia's Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith. Smith won this event in 2017 alongside Jonas Blixt in the first year of the team format.

The Zurich switched to a team format beginning in 2017. The format calls for four-ball or best ball play during the first and third rounds, with alternate shot or foursomes play during the second and final rounds. While most regular Tour stops feature 144 or 156 players, this week's field instead will be comprised of 80 two-man teams. Teams were chosen by the individuals, as the 80 players highest on the exempt priority list were allowed to choose their own partner.

The winning team won't earn Masters bids if not already qualified, but both players will be invited to the Tournament of Champions in January and will receive Tour exemptions through the 2023 season.

Here's a look at some of the notable odds this week in New Orleans, where teamwork will be the name of the game:

Odds to win the Zurich Classic (via PointsBet)

+650: Jon Rahm/Ryan Palmer

+700: Patrick Cantay/Xander Schauffele

+1200: Marc Leishman/Cameron Smith

+1400: Collin Morikawa/Matthew Wolff, Scottie Scheffler/Bubba Watson

+1700: Cameron Champ/Tony Finau

+2000: Chris Kirk/Brendon Todd

+2500: Sam Burns/Billy Horschel, Tyrrell Hatton/Danny Willett

+3000: Branden Grace/Harold Varner III, Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson

+3500: Dylan Frittelli/Kevin Streelman, Max Homa/Talor Gooch, Viktor Hovland/Kristoffer Ventura, Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel, Brendan Steele/Keegan Bradley

+4000: Lucas Glover/Chez Reavie, Sungjae Im/Byeong-Hun An

+5000: Scott Brown/Kevin Kisner, Roberto Castro/Cameron Tringale, Justin Suh/Doug Ghim, Tom Lewis/Thomas Pieters, Joel Dahmen/Lanto Griffin

+6000: Alex Noren/Henrik Norlander, Charley Hoffman/Nick Watney, Erik van Rooyen/Wyndham Clark

+7000: Will Gordon/Michael Thompson, Brian Stuard/Russell Knox, Jason Kokrak/Pat Perez, Martin Laird/Nick Taylor

+8000: J.J. Spaun/Matt Jones, Keith Mitchell/Brandt Snedeker, Peter Uihlein/Richy Werenski, Joseph Bramlett/Maverick McNealy

+10000: Doc Redman/Sam Ryder, Tom Hoge/Beau Hossler, Kyle Stanley/K.H. Lee, Matthew NeSmith/Chase Seiffert

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