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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Zurich Classic of New Orleans - Preview

The PGA TOUR turns to the Zurich Classic of New Orleans for what is likely the best menu of the season. Seung-yul Noh is set to defend at TPC Louisiana, and here is a preview to get you off and running in your research.

TPC Louisiana has been the host of this event from 2007 until current, with the 2005 edition also occurring at this venue. It is a par-72 layout that stretches out to a formidable 7,425 yards. It features the expected four par 5s, four par 3s and 10 par 4s.

Here is a list of winners and runners-up for those years.

  • 2005:  Winner: Tim Petrovic (13-under 275) over James Driscoll in a playoff
  • 2007:  Winner: Nick Watney (273) over Ken Duke (276)
  • 2008:  Winner: Andres Romero (275) over Peter Lonard (276)
  • 2009:  Winner: Jerry Kelly (274) over Charles Howell III, Rory Sabbatini, Charlie Wi (275)
  • 2010:  Winner: Jason Bohn (270) over Jeff Overton (272)
  • 2011:  Winner: Bubba Watson (273) over Webb Simpson in a playoff
  • 2012:  Winner: Jason Dufner (269) over Ernie Els in a playoff
  • 2013:  Winner: Billy Horschel (268) over D.A. Points (269)
  • 2014:  Winner: Seung-yul Noh (269) over Andrew Svoboda and Robert Streb (271)
The off-the-cuff reaction to that list is that it is very heavy on ball-strikers. That would make strokes gained: tee-to-green a worthy metric to consider. This is also a potential landing spot for first-time winners, so consider taking a flier on a guy who is trending towards a breakthrough. Par 5 scoring is pretty critical, as all four are under 600 yards and offer vital birdie opportunities. 

With that as the backdrop, I will dig deep into the research and emerge with a power ranking later this week.

Until then, happy research!

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