Last week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans ended up looking like a practice round for the International Team in the Presidents Cup as the Australian team of Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman, at 12-1, triumphed in a playoff over the South African duo of Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel. Smith earned his second win in the event (2017 with Jonas Blixt) and his third career PGA Tour win, while Leishman earned his sixth career tour victory. Oosthuizen technically has one PGA Tour win, the 2010 British Open at St. Andrews, but he’s still looking for his first victory on American soil (nine career PGA Tour runner-up finishes) despite all his career success.
While the Florida Swing has technically concluded, the Valspar Championship in the Tampa Bay area got pushed back and will take place this week. The top end of the field gets a major boost with the participation of World No. 1 Dustin Johnson (10-1) and World No. 2 Justin Thomas (8-1), who won the Players Championship the last time he teed it up in Florida seven weeks ago. Patrick Reed (18-1), a runner-up here in 2015 and 2018, is also ranked in the OWGR Top 10. Viktor Hovland and Corey Conners, who has four top-10 finishes in his last six events, are priced at 20-1. Paul Casey (20-1) won back-to-back here in 2018 and 2019 and is bidding to be the first player to win any single event three times in a row since Steve Stricker at the John Deere Classic from 2009 to 2011. Oosthuizen was the runner-up at the Valspar two years ago and is slotted at 30-1 along with Sungjae Im and Abraham Ancer.