Stewart Cink, 47, earned his second victory of the PGA Tour season with a four-stroke victory over Emiliano Grillo and Harold Varner III last weekend at the RBC Heritage. Cink became the fourth player in PGA Tour history to win multiple events in a season at 47 or older, joining Sam Snead in 1960, Julius Boros in 1967-68 and Kenny Perry in 2008-09. At a price of 125-1, Cink won the RBC Heritage for the third time in his career (2000, 2004, 2021) by leading the field for Strokes Gained: Tee-To-Green and Greens In Regulation. He’s back in the OWGR Top 50 for the first time in over a decade.
The PGA Tour now heads to the "Big Easy" for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, which became a team event in 2017. The 2020 event was canceled due to COVID-19, so 2019 winners Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer are still the defending champions and the tournament favorites at 15-2. Patrick Cantlay finished seventh in 2018 with Patrick Reed but will team this time with Xander Schauffele (8-1), fresh off a third-place finish at the Masters two weeks ago.
Cameron Smith earned his first PGA Tour victory at this event in 2017, teaming with Jonas Blixt, but he will pair up with fellow Aussie Marc Leishman (12-1) this week. Bubba Watson (14-1), who won this tournament in 2011 when it was an individual stroke-play event, will team up with Scottie Scheffler. Young guns Collin Morikawa and Matthew Wolff (14-1) competed against each other regularly on the amateur and collegiate circuits but will be on the same side here. Tony Finau finished sixth in 2018 with lifelong friend and now-retired Daniel Summerhays, so he will partner up with Cameron Champ (16-1) this time.
Many teams in the field consist of former college teammates, including Chris Kirk and Brendon Todd (20-1), who were teammates on Georgia’s 2005 NCAA championship team, and Viktor Hovland and Kristoffer Ventura (35-1), who were teammates on Oklahoma State's 2018 NCAA championship squad. Several past and potential future Ryder and Presidents Cup pairings will also take part this week, including Danny Willett and Tyrrell Hatton (29-1), Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson (40-1) and Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel (33-1).