Zurich Classic of New Orleans, April 23 – 26, 2015
TPC Louisiana, Avondale, La.
Par: 72 / Yardage: 7,425
Purse: $6.9 million with $1,242,000 to the winner
Defending Champion:Seung-Yul Noh

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In its tenth year to host, TPC Louisiana yardage of 7,425 is nothing for the Touring pros to fear with an average winning score here of 19 under in the past three years. Statistically good putters with any half way decent long game come to the fore here.

Doc’s Top 5 To Watch

Justin Rose 9/1

Began to figure it out in Houston and then produced a brilliant performance at The Masters to tie second.  A rested Rose comes to TPC Louisiana with three consecutive top 15’s in the last three stagings.  If he produces anything like his Masters form of T6 in fairways hit and T2 greens in regulation, Rosey and Fooch will be right in the hunt this week.  Drove it everywhere last year and still managed T8.

Cameron Tringale 45/1

I’m hoping last week’s missed cut at the RBC Heritage was a blip because Cameron was (I mean is) on my radar after a solid Masters (T38) and T5 in Houston.  One missed cut in five starts at the Zurich Classic and a worst result of T28 in the four others.  Needs a good putting week.

Keegan Bradley 18/1

Still struggling for consistency in his game week to week but has shown flashes of form at Riviera (T4), Houston T5 and finished The Masters on the up with a 68 for a respectable T22 finish.  Two missed cuts in his last three visits to the Zurich Classic but has a best of T8 last year.  This course is statistically one of the easier to hole putts on; this could be set up perfect for Bradley.

Sean O’Hair 40/1

I think it’s safe to say we can disregard Sean’s ‘previous’ in this event because he was, in fairness, playing dismally.  This year it’s all change with top-30’s at Arnie’s, The Honda and Pebble, a T2 at The Valspar and a solo 6th last week at the RBC Heritage.  Third in putting then at Hilton Head, if Sean is in the mood he can win on a course where great putters always contend.

Lucas Glover 100/1

Lucas is a super talented player but doesn’t seem to give a flying flux about the PGA Tour most weeks!  Led here in 2013 before settling for a T4 and has three more top 10’s at the Zurich Classic in the noughties.  The Clemson grad was a very respectable T18 at the RBC Heritage last week. If he’s in the mood watch for him, but that’s a big if.

Long Odds Glory Shots

Morgan Hoffmann (60/1) was T34 in 2014 and T21 in 2013 but is bringing better form than ever in this year’s Zurich Classic.  Fourth at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, T28 at The Masters and T9 last week at the RBC Heritage.  Like Tringale, if he can putt well, he can contend.

Troy Merritt (90/1) had great results at the Valspar (6th) and last week at Hilton Head (3rd) but still starts at 90/1 given his slew of missed cuts besides this season.  He has however a solo third in this event back in 2010, so if he fancies two weeks in a row, could be worth an each way bet.

Bo Van Pelt (125/1) is coming off a T9 at the RBC Heritage which represents a massive turn around in form.  I’m always wary of guys that have found “the secret”!!
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