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This marks the 68th Classic edition since 1938 and the 11th from this course at TPC Louisiana, Avondale, LA. - Just about 15 miles from Downtown New Orleans - Another standard Par72 track from Pete Dye (2003) again this week and expect another birdie fest while singing the Mississippi Blues on Sunday night.


This week’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans marks one of the final two opportunities for players not already eligible for THE PLAYERS Championship to earn a spot in the field at TPC Sawgrass in 15 days time. There are three ways a player can become eligible - move inside the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR), move inside the top 10 in the FedEx Cup standings or WIN a PGA Tour event asap.

Previous 11 winners and some following year results to note...

2005: Tim Petrovic -13 in a playoff from Jimmy Driscoll.
2006 Chris Couch -19 (at English Turn G&CC after the Aug ’05 Hurricane Katrina hit)
2007: Nick Watney -15 (2008 Watney: T42)

2008: Andres Romero -13 (2009 Romero: DQ)
2009: Jerry Kelly -14 (2010 Kelly: T67)
2010: Jason Bohn -18 (2011 Bohn: T67)

2011: Bubba Watson -15 in playoff from Webb Simpson. (2012 Watson: T18)
2012: Jason Dufner -20 in playoff from Els. Tournament record (2013 Dufner: T42)
2013: Billy Horschel -20 equals the record (2014 Horschel: MC)

2014: Seung-Yul Noh -19  (2015 Seung-Yul Noh W/D)
2015 Justin Rose -22 (266) New Tournament record (69,66,65,66) by one shot from Cameron Tringale (wonder where will the ‘Zurich sponsored’ ROSE finish in 2016 ? defending WINNER - A sponsor’s dream – his last four at TPC Louisiana have yielded T10-T15-T8-1 and 60-under-par - 28 rounds here with 22 under par and 15 rounds in the 60's for Justin @8/1.


One of the easier layouts on the PGA Tour with SEVEN first-time PGA TOUR winners in 11 events on this course, including three of the last four where no defending champion has ever finished better than T18 the following year here.

It really is about time for the young guns to moonshine ! The winner should be a rising star, a young ball-striker going for his first win on TOUR in a piss poor field with only three of the T10 in the OWGR to leapfrog moving up the leaderboard on Saturday. The Aussie Day #1, Tricky Rickie #5 (MC last year) & that 'smug South African' Rose #10 should not be of any concern to the likes of Daniel Berger 25/1, Smylie Kaufman 40/1 or 60/1 shots Patton Kizzire & Cameron Tringale.....Also going with Horsesh8te 20/1 6 places too. (Callit - 22’s, 7pls with that Piss Poor crowd - for €3.74 max - is HUGE Whoops ).


DAY at 5’s is too short - my advice fwiw is to wait ‘till his 5or6 back on Friday then snap like those gators on the course. Remember Rose, the highest-ranked player in the field was 14 shots behind at one point in his second round last year, then birdied six of his last 11 holes for a 67 to sit just outside the top 10.


Another PLAYOFF here come Sunday night @7/2 SJ will be good enough for me and my Bobby McGee tyvvm.


http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/avondale-la/70094/daily-weather-forecast/2205716?day=2

THE WEATHER may upset things again - Mostly cloudy with a heavy thunderstorm; storms may bring torrential downpours and damaging winds tonite so maybe hold on all bets. ©CMiyc Devil
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Report jedi sophie May 2, 2016 1:58 PM BST
another missed...knobend.
Report Total Bosman May 2, 2016 2:00 PM BST
World number 1198 solo leader.
Report bobweenit May 2, 2016 2:01 PM BST
Bobby gonna get it done
Report jedi sophie May 2, 2016 2:02 PM BST
Farce.
Report Mighty Whites 2008 May 2, 2016 2:07 PM BST
bobby shot a 57 when he was 17!
Report bobweenit May 2, 2016 2:08 PM BST
225 notes matched on Bobby at 1000Shocked
Report mengmeng May 2, 2016 2:10 PM BST
good job wyatt isnt in white pants
Report bobweenit May 2, 2016 2:11 PM BST
Oh Booby bottled it alreadyLaugh
Report jedi sophie May 2, 2016 2:14 PM BST
where you watching BOB?
Report bobweenit May 2, 2016 2:15 PM BST
golf channel
Report bobweenit May 2, 2016 2:18 PM BST
Go on Jason lad!
Report bobweenit May 2, 2016 2:19 PM BST
He holes that it really is game on
Report Ski-Wiz May 2, 2016 2:22 PM BST

May 2, 2016 -- 2:07PM, Mighty Whites 2008 wrote:


bobby shot a 57 when he was 17!


Par 3 course?

Report bobweenit May 2, 2016 2:25 PM BST
GO JASON LAD
Report bobweenit May 2, 2016 2:26 PM BST
All these botle jobs start to think about it and Jason will be in clover
Report Howdi May 2, 2016 2:27 PM BST
is the final round, lads
Report Total Bosman May 2, 2016 2:28 PM BST
This has all the makings of a 6 man playoff finishing some time around Christmas.
Report bobweenit May 2, 2016 2:28 PM BST
Yeah Howdi where you beenGrin Grant misses you
Report bobweenit May 2, 2016 2:29 PM BST
OH BOBBY
Report Mighty Whites 2008 May 2, 2016 2:29 PM BST
ski his 57 was shot at a 6628 yards par 71 @ Alabama Boys State Junior Championship
Report mengmeng May 2, 2016 2:33 PM BST
so 19 peoplefinisged round...they are getting there
Report Canaletto . May 2, 2016 3:06 PM BST
The only way Vegas was going to win was if it was a washout today.

What a loser
Report Total Bosman May 2, 2016 3:17 PM BST
42 guys done, we have a golf tournament.
Report bobweenit May 2, 2016 4:34 PM BST
how do you leave it shortLaugh
Report Total Bosman May 2, 2016 4:35 PM BST
Might need to have this playoff on an Xbox.
Report jedi sophie May 2, 2016 4:35 PM BST
Let the chokes begin!as per!USUAL.....
Report Catch Me ifyoucan May 2, 2016 4:43 PM BST
Catch Me ifyoucan 26 Apr 16 13:05.....
...Another PLAYOFF here come Sunday night @7/2 SJ will be good enough for me and my Bobby McGee tyvvm.


Presume we get paid Devil
Report Catch Me ifyoucan May 2, 2016 4:46 PM BST
PLAYOFF
Jamie Lovemark vs Brian Stuard vs Byeong-Hun An
Report Catch Me ifyoucan May 2, 2016 4:46 PM BST
http://cricfree.sx/golf-channel-live-stream
Report Catch Me ifyoucan May 2, 2016 4:48 PM BST
Catch Me ifyoucan  • May 1, 2016 7:56 PM BST
First timers in New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA):

Byeong-Hun An, Abraham Ancer, Julien Brun, Bronson Burgoon, Rhein Gibson, Russell Henley, Hiroshi Iwata, Smylie Kaufman, Michael Kim, Patton Kizzire, Kelly Kraft, Anirban Lahiri, Andrew Landry, Lucas Lee, Rob Oppenheim, Patrick Rodgers, Ryan Ruffels, Brett Stegmaier, Benjamin Taylor, Harold Varner III, Si Woo Kim, Bobby Wyatt, Tim Yelverton and Dawie van der Walt
Report Catch Me ifyoucan May 2, 2016 4:50 PM BST
They better hurry up - there's a storm a comin !
Report Ski-Wiz May 2, 2016 5:14 PM BST
Is loveymark determined to choke?
Report Catch Me ifyoucan May 2, 2016 5:15 PM BST
After the birdie fest - comes the choke fest Devil
Report Total Bosman May 2, 2016 5:17 PM BST
SHOT.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan May 2, 2016 5:17 PM BST
CONGRATS Brian Stuard Devil
Report Ski-Wiz May 2, 2016 5:19 PM BST
WD BS.
Report Ski-Wiz May 2, 2016 5:19 PM BST
Opphs... typing BS wasn't a good idea.

WD Brian Stuard.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan May 2, 2016 5:20 PM BST
This is Brian Stuard’s 120th PGA Tour start. Has 100 career Web starts, no wins on either tour. So, let me say, that was a big shot !
Report Ski-Wiz May 2, 2016 5:21 PM BST

May 2, 2016 -- 5:20PM, Catch Me ifyoucan wrote:


This is Brian Stuard’s 120th PGA Tour start. Has 100 career Web starts, no wins on either tour. So, let me say, that was a big shot !


Blooming heck. A giant piss up party for him today.

Report Ski-Wiz May 2, 2016 5:22 PM BST
I think i will have a tot of whisky on his behalf.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan May 2, 2016 5:22 PM BST
Brian Stuard's claim to fame prior to this? Caddie quit on him mid-round & he used guy from gallery like in Tin Cup !!!
Report Total Bosman May 2, 2016 5:24 PM BST
Slow and steady wins the race.
Report Ski-Wiz May 2, 2016 5:24 PM BST
Caddie quit mid-round.... is that allowed? Not very professional innit.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan May 2, 2016 5:25 PM BST
Brian Stuard's bogey free for the week - see you at the MASTERS.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan May 2, 2016 5:25 PM BST
LET THE HEAVENS OPEN.
Report Ski-Wiz May 2, 2016 5:28 PM BST
Nah, no need to put a damper on Brian's win.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan May 2, 2016 5:29 PM BST
Wink
Report mengmeng May 2, 2016 6:20 PM BST
didnt need the 36 hole stoppage anyway tho would hve been less stressful
Report Catch Me ifyoucan May 2, 2016 6:33 PM BST
As I said in the opening post...The winner should be a rising star, a young ball-striker going for his first win on TOUR in a piss poor field

A second shot course where birdies are easily available, but equally keeping your card clean is vitally important - A hot putter is still the shortcut to success in on the bayou - Brian was a flawless 44-for-44 from inside 10 feet this week. Stuard vaults up the FedEx Cup standings from 184th to 38th.

If we look at the winners list since 2005 it's apparent that all were experienced professionals (Noh, Horschel and Watney were in their 3rd season on Tour when capturing their maiden Tour title here) however over 70% of the T3 finishers had never won on the PGA Tour or had achieved only single career victories.
Admittedly, not many would have picked 33yo Stuard - turned pro in 2005, worth the wait ! - see him next at The Players.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan May 2, 2016 7:48 PM BST
ONE TO WATCH: Chris Kirk: 4-time PGA Tour with wins at Annandale (2011), Sea Island (2013), TPC Boston (2014) and Colonial (2015) - turns 31 on the 8th May, has 2 wins on Bermuda grass greens and 2 on Bent grass putting surfaces highlighting his ability to play on all surfaces.

Each week Chris is looking more and more comfortable with the PXG clubs and the results are following as he is starting to build some momentum with a personal best 12th at Bay Hill, only lost out to Rory in the last 8 at the Match Play after wins against Grace (twice), Lingmerth and Haas, followed by another personal best 23rd at Hilton Head with improved ball-striking and putting stats. Kirk is T-23 or better in his last four non-majors and circled 19 birdies last week at a difficult Valero (T-13) followed by 17 birdies this week (2 bogeys and a double didn't help in finishing T5). An all-rounder warming to the task right now, he has shown enough across Dye tracks (at Crooked Stick and TPC Sawgrass) to suggest he could be a factor at The Players.

Goodbye Joe me gotta go me oh my oh - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yog-cNfqnig
Report Si-K May 3, 2016 1:34 AM BST
Dissapointed in Vegas T5 so dead heat on the each way but layed of decent win part at 3.6 last night. Thought it was far too short given the amount of birdies people would be making
Report fullback May 3, 2016 9:35 AM BST
WD CMIYC...........you know your golf.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan May 10, 2016 8:55 PM BST
PXG clubs

http://fortune.com/2016/03/20/godaddy-founder-golf-clubs/
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 17, 2017 7:35 PM BST
The Jostling for partners has already begun in the NEW TEAM FORMAT for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans 2017.

In one of the most significant changes to the regular TOUR schedule in some time we now get a full-field TEAM EVENT in at TPC Louisiana, in the middle of the season on April 27-30, for FedEx Cup points, official money and win exemptions.

And to kick it off we already know of some high profile teams with World No.1 Jason Day set to team up with Rickie Fowler.
And the gold and silver Olympic medallists in Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson are also suiting up. In six appearances as a team together in the Ryder Cup the European major winners hold a 4-2-0 record.

We have seen the growth of popularity with the biennial team competitions like The Presidents Cup, Ryder Cup and World Cup and the excitement that they produce. We believe the fans will love to see this sort of competition as a regular part of our season.” - Andy Pazder, Chief of Operations for the PGA TOUR.

The new 72-hole stroke play format will feature Foursomes (alternate shot) during the first and third rounds and Four-Ball (best ball) during the second and fourth rounds. The starting field will consist of 80 teams (160 players). Each of the top available players from the PGA TOUR Priority Rankings who commits to the tournament will choose his partner, who in turn must have PGA TOUR status unless he is chosen as a tournament sponsor exemption. Following the conclusion of the second round, there will be a cut to the low 35 teams and ties at the 35th position. In case of a tie after 72 holes, there will be a sudden-death playoff using the Four-Ball format. FedExCup points and prize money will be awarded to teams making the cut based on combining every two positions from the distribution table for a standard TOUR event, with each team member receiving an equal share.

So how are players picking their partners? Is it mostly friends? Or strategy? Who else can we expect in the field. “I think that a choice of partner in team golf is obviously important because if you have a good camaraderie in your team then good things happen. You don’t necessarily even have to play the best in team golf if you have great chemistry,” former PGA Championship winner and eager participant Keegan Bradley said.
Bradley has revealed he intends to play with Brendan Steele, with whom he paired to win the Franklin Templeton Shootout, the unofficial team event hosted by Greg Norman in 2011. Keegan Bradley and Brendan Steele teamed up to win the Franklin Templeton Shootout in 2011. “This has serious implications. This has world ranking points, winner’s exemptions and winning this tournament could quite easily change your career. It gets you into majors and invitational’s and other big events and then who knows what can happen.”

Could we see other big name teams commit? Who would you want to see? Imagine Rory McIlroy with someone like Dustin Johnson. Or Tiger Woods with anyone. Or Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed. Or veterans like Jim Furyk and Zach Johnson trying to take down the youngsters. It is clear as we await confirmation of other teams the tournament is already becoming a headliner and a must watch. Bring it on.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 20, 2017 3:43 PM BST
Other teams are Rickie Fowler-Jason Day; Justin Rose-Henrik Stenson; Bubba Watson-J.B. Holmes; Justin Thomas-Bud Cauley; Daniel Berger-Thomas Pieters.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 24, 2017 9:38 AM BST
Be sure to add RONNIE 11/4 to your picks this week Devil
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 24, 2017 2:29 PM BST
FYI


THE 79 Teams are...

Alker, Steven(Power, Seamus)
An, Byeong Hun(Noh, Seung-Yul)
Barber, Blayne(Henley, Russell)
Barnes, Ricky(Jones, Matt)
Berger, Daniel(Pieters, Thomas)
Blair, Zac(Pan, C.T.)
Blaum, Ryan(Bryan, Wesley)
Blixt, Jonas(Smith, Cameron)
Bohn, Jason(Pettersson, Carl)
Bowditch, Steven(Weekley, Boo)
Bozzelli, Dominic(Poston, J.T.)
Bradley, Keegan(Steele, Brendan)
Brehm, Ryan(Spaun, J.J.)
Brown, Scott(Kisner, Kevin)
Bryan, Wesley(Blaum, Ryan)
Cabrera, Angel(Etulain, Julian)
Cantlay, Patrick(Reed, Patrick)
Castro, Roberto(Stallings, Scott)
Cauley, Bud(Thomas, Justin)
Cejka, Alex(Kjeldsen, Soren)
Chappell, Kevin(Woodland, Gary)
Choi, K.J.(Wi, Charlie)
Collins, Chad(Duke, Ken)
Crane, Ben(Martin, Ben)
Day, Jason(Fowler, Rickie)
DeChambeau, Bryson(Sabbatini, Rory)
DeLaet, Graham(Hearn, David)
Donald, Luke(Lovemark, Jamie)
Donaldson, Jamie(Hatton, Tyrrell)
Dufner, Jason(Kizzire, Patton)
Duke, Ken(Collins, Chad)
English, Harris(Swafford, Hudson)
Etulain, Julian(Cabrera, Angel)
Every, Matt(Horschel, Billy)
Fathauer, Derek(Saunders, Sam)
Fdez-Castano, Gonzalo(Flores, Martin)
Finau, Tony(Summerhays, Daniel)
Flores, Martin(Fdez-Castano, Gonzalo)
Fowler, Rickie(Day, Jason)
Garrigus, Robert(McGirt, William)
Glover, Lucas(Reavie, Chez)
Gomez, Fabian(Vegas, Jhonattan)
Gonzales, Andres(Taylor, Vaughn)
Goosen, Retief(Van Aswegen, Tyrone)
Grace, Branden(Oosthuizen, Louis)
Gribble, Cody(Herman, Jim)
Hagy, Brandon(Kim, Michael)
Harman, Brian(Wagner, Johnson)
Hatton, Tyrrell(Donaldson, Jamie)
Hearn, David(DeLaet, Graham)
Henley, Russell(Barber, Blayne)
Henry, J.J.(Hoge, Tom)
Herman, Jim(Gribble, Cody)
Hoffman, Charley(Watney, Nick)
Hoffmann, Morgan(Villegas, Camilo)
Hoge, Tom(Henry, J.J.)
Holmes, J.B.(Watson, Bubba)
Horschel, Billy(Every, Matt)
Hubbard, Mark(Randolph, Jonathan)
Hughes, Mackenzie(Taylor, Nick)
Jacobson, Freddie(Wilcox, Willy)
Johnston, Andrew(Reifers, Kyle)
Jones, Matt(Barnes, Ricky)
Kang, Sung(Kim, Si Woo)
Kaufman, Smylie(Varner III, Harold)
Kelly, Jerry(Stricker, Steve)
Kim, Michael(Hagy, Brandon)
Kim, Si Woo(Kang, Sung)
Kim, Whee(Owen, Greg)
Kirk, Chris(Todd, Brendon)
Kisner, Kevin(Brown, Scott)
Kizzire, Patton(Dufner, Jason)
Kjeldsen, Soren(Cejka, Alex)
Knox, Russell(Streelman, Kevin)
Koepka, Brooks(Koepka, Chase)
Koepka, Chase(Koepka, Brooks)
Kraft, Kelly(Tway, Kevin)
Lee, Danny(Lingmerth, David)
Levin, Spencer(Mediate, Rocco)
Lingmerth, David(Lee, Danny)
Loupe, Andrew(Peterson, John)
Lovemark, Jamie(Donald, Luke)
MacKenzie, Will(Marino, Steve)
Malnati, Peter(Wilson, Mark)
Marino, Steve(MacKenzie, Will)
Martin, Ben(Crane, Ben)
Matsuyama, Hideki(Tanihara, Hideto)
McGirt, William(Garrigus, Robert)
Mediate, Rocco(Levin, Spencer)
Merritt, Troy(Streb, Robert)
Mullinax, Trey(Wyatt, Bobby)
Murray, Grayson(Percy, Cameron)
Noh, Seung-Yul(An, Byeong Hun)
Ogilvy, Geoff(Poulter, Ian)
Oosthuizen, Louis(Grace, Branden)
Owen, Greg(Kim, Whee)
Palmer, Ryan(Spieth, Jordan)
Pampling, Rod(Senden, John)
Pan, C.T.(Blair, Zac)
Percy, Cameron(Murray, Grayson)
Peterson, John(Loupe, Andrew)
Pettersson, Carl(Bohn, Jason)
Pieters, Thomas(Berger, Daniel)
Poston, J.T.(Bozzelli, Dominic)
Poulter, Ian(Ogilvy, Geoff)
Power, Seamus(Alker, Steven)
Ramey, Kyle(Schmitt, Phil)
Randolph, Jonathan(Hubbard, Mark)
Reavie, Chez(Glover, Lucas)
Reed, Patrick(Cantlay, Patrick)
Reifers, Kyle(Johnston, Andrew)
Rodgers, Patrick(Tringale, Cameron)
Rollins, John(Stefani, Shawn)
Rose, Justin(Stenson, Henrik)
Ruffels, Ryan(Stanley, Kyle)
Sabbatini, Rory(DeChambeau, Bryson)
Saunders, Sam(Fathauer, Derek)
Schmitt, Phil(Ramey, Kyle)
Schniederjans, Ollie(Werenski, Richy)
Senden, John(Pampling, Rod)
Smith, Cameron(Blixt, Jonas)
Spaun, J.J.(Brehm, Ryan)
Spieth, Jordan(Palmer, Ryan)
Stallings, Scott(Castro, Roberto)
Stanley, Kyle(Ruffels, Ryan)
Steele, Brendan(Bradley, Keegan)
Stefani, Shawn(Rollins, John)
Stenson, Henrik(Rose, Justin)
Streb, Robert(Merritt, Troy)
Streelman, Kevin(Knox, Russell)
Stricker, Steve(Kelly, Jerry)
Stroud, Chris(Stuard, Brian)
Stuard, Brian(Stroud, Chris)
Summerhays, Daniel(Finau, Tony)
Swafford, Hudson(English, Harris)
Tanihara, Hideto(Matsuyama, Hideki)
Taylor, Nick(Hughes, Mackenzie)
Taylor, Vaughn(Gonzales, Andres)
Thomas, Justin(Cauley, Bud)
Thompson, Michael(Wilkinson, Tim)
Todd, Brendon(Kirk, Chris)
Tringale, Cameron(Rodgers, Patrick)
Tway, Kevin(Kraft, Kelly)
Van Aswegen, Tyrone(Goosen, Retief)
Varner III, Harold(Kaufman, Smylie)
Vegas, Jhonattan(Gomez, Fabian)
Villegas, Camilo(Hoffmann, Morgan)
Wagner, Johnson(Harman, Brian)
Watney, Nick(Hoffman, Charley)
Watson, Bubba(Holmes, J.B.)
Weekley, Boo(Bowditch, Steven)
Werenski, Richy(Schniederjans, Ollie)
Wi, Charlie(Choi, K.J.)
Wilcox, Willy(Jacobson, Freddie)
Wilkinson, Tim(Thompson, Michael)
Wilson, Mark(Malnati, Peter)
Woodland, Gary(Chappell, Kevin)
Wyatt, Bobby(Mullinax, Trey) Wink
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 24, 2017 2:53 PM BST
BEST PRICES...so far

J Day/R Fowler 13/2.....OWGR highest ranked combo.   
J Rose/H Stenson 7.....Rose here reads mc,1,8,15,10,mc,43,mc & 17th while Henrik is on debut but MC's last 3 events.    
J Spieth/R Palmer 12.....fellow Texans... http://www.golfdigest.com/story/how-jordan-spieth-found-his-partner-for-new-...  
JB Holmes/B Watson 16.....Ah, Bubba found someone to play with !                       
B Grace/L Oosthuizen 18.....both makes their debut here.
D Berger/T Pieters 18.....Another OWGR Top 5 ranking & V.LONG with Berger was 20th & 6th here last two years while Pieters makes his debut but 4,48,mc,5,mc,2 & 23rd last 7 events.
B Cauley/J Thomas 22                       
K Chappell/G Woodland 25
B Hun An/S-Yul Noh 30
H Matsuyama/H Tanihara 33   
P Cantlay/P Reed 33                       
L Donald/J Lovemark 40
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 24, 2017 2:53 PM BST
* http://www.golfdigest.com/story/how-jordan-spieth-found-his-partner-for-new-... Devil
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 24, 2017 2:54 PM BST
* http://www.golfdigest.com/story/how-jordan-spieth-found-his-partner-for-new-orleans-wesley-bryan-victory-meal-ian-poulter-untimely-putting-woes

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Report donny osmond April 24, 2017 4:12 PM BST
andrew johnson playing with a Reefer Shocked
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 24, 2017 4:18 PM BST
How 'bout this duo...

JB Holmes and Bubba Watson are arguably the two longest hitters on the PGA Tour. Holmes ranks first in driving distance (all drives) while Watson ranks third (he's obviously been taking it easy this season). One also happens to be a righty while the other is a lefty, which means they can do something like this:

https://twitter.com/Killengolf/status/742381578249199617?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.golfdigest.com%2Fstory%2Fwatch-bubba-watson-and-jb-holmes-simultaneously-bomb-drives-on-oakmonts-range
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 24, 2017 4:30 PM BST
Flash Back..... to the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship 2011

Bubba Watson, who came into Saturday having played only 43 holes in three matches, faced 37 holes in a long and wild day. Watson was 5 down with eight to play against JB Holmes when he staged an amazing comeback. Holmes hit into the desert at the wrong time and lost in 19 holes.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 24, 2017 8:25 PM BST
15 from the OWGR T30 are missing this week...

1 Dustin Johnson
2 Rory
7 Sergio Garcia
10 Adam Scott
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12 Alex Noren
13 Jon Rahm
14 Paul Casey
17 Matt Kuchar
18 Charl Schwartzel
20 Phil Mickelson
-----------------
21 Danny Willett
25 Jimmy Walker
26 Brandt Snedeker
29 Tommy Fleetwood
30 Bernd Wiesberger.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 24, 2017 8:53 PM BST
Another combo that could go well are Flukey Donald (OWGR 72) along with Jamie Lovemark OWGR 97 who was 2nd here last year, while Luke was 8th & 3rd in his only two appearances here in 2011 & 2012 (Dufner won) and he also had a recent bout of seconditis at H/town.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 24, 2017 9:34 PM BST
THE list of players who make their debut, MC once or more or just played sh1te here before.....Consider most of these 'no-hopers' (except where a touch of class might be apparent). 

Hideki Matsuyama 4
Jordan Spieth 5
Henrik Stenson 6
Tyrrell Hatton 16
Branden Grace 22
Thomas Pieters 27
Louis Oosthuizen 31
Hideto Tanihara
Wesley Bryan
Soren Kjeldsen
Si-Woo Kim
Tony Finau
JJ Spaun OWGR 107
Andrew Johnston
Ollie Schniederjans OWGR 100
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Mackenzie Hughes
Pan Cheng-Tsung
Bryson Dechambeau
Smylie Kaufman
Kelly Kraft
Patrick Cantlay
Dominic Bozzelli
Derek Fathauer
Michael Kim (Ok 48th first time here last year)
Cody Gribble
Grayson Murray
Jamie Donaldson
Ian Poulter (13th but that was 2009 ffs)
Zac Blair
Tyrone Van Aswegen 3 MC's
Richy Werenski
JT Poston
Sam Saunders 3 MC's
Seamus Power
Ryan Brehm
Ryan Blaum
Trey Mullinax
Brandon Hagy
Shawn Stefani
Peter Malnati
Julian Etulain
Tom Hoge
Kevin Tway
Jonathan Randolph
Steve Alker
Angel Cabrera 64th & WD
Gonzalo Fdez-Castano
Brendon Todd 3 MC's
Chase Koepka
Report stephaniebot April 24, 2017 10:41 PM BST
I know their best days are gone, but the pairing that will be a huge price, that catches my eye, is Stricker and Kelly. Good pals, similar styles, and done decently at that Greg Norman pairs thing in the past. Probably not good enough in this sort of field, but I suspect they'd be a huge price for a fun chance?
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 24, 2017 11:12 PM BST
Maybe also Byeong Hun AN (59) &  Seung-Yul NOH (257) at 66/1 - AN was 2nd here last year while NOH record here is  20,wd, WON 2014, mc,66 last five years.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 24, 2017 11:19 PM BST
btw 75/1 B365 or 80's Spoils 6pls.
Steve Stricker (OWGR 94) record here reads 58,mc,6,13,7,mc,11,mc.
Jerry Kelly (164) reads mc,22,mc,47,mc,mc,67, WON 2009,65
Report charwell. April 25, 2017 1:11 AM BST
Looks a really interesting tournament. I like to assess where the 'chemistry' may be; particularly those that know each others games.

Rose/Stenson is an obvious choice @ 7/1 and have an excellent Ryder Cup record together. They are both in the very elite list of ball striking and; crucially, average putters (like these two) tend to putt better in a pairs format. In terms of synergy and ability they  look the pick of the paddock.

Grace/Oosty @ 16/1 know each others games inside out and Grace comes here starting to look like getting back to his best. Oosty is a really streaky player who makes lots of birdies with the odd card wrecker; his game is ideal for the fourballs.

Cejka/Kjeldson - @ 100/1 Europeans love team events and I can see these two gritty competitors giving followers a good run for their money. Expect them to be up there with the best on foursomes and hope they can fire enough birdies between them to keep it competitive in the fourballs.

Fernandez Castano/Flores - @ 200/1 they make some outside appeal. Castano hinted at a return to form last time out and Flores is an inconsistent but, crucially, a long hitter who makes a lot of birdies. In the recent Peurto Rico Open he made the 2nd most birdies of the week. I have a hunch these two could combine well if avoiding too much damage in the foursomes.
Report Total Bosman April 25, 2017 3:08 PM BST
Given the rewards for winning a PGA Tour event I'm amazed how many good players have hampered themselves with inferior partners.  Suggests a few are in town to have a laugh on Bourbon Street and play golf with a buddy.  Beyond the top few pairs of consistent performers a tough one to bet on.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 25, 2017 6:23 PM BST
Stick with the cream to rise to the top
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 25, 2017 7:01 PM BST
THE FORECAST for the week is mostly sunny and pleasant...getting rather cloudy and breezy...and by Sunday a couple of showers and a heavy thunderstorm & cloudy.

http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/avondale-la/70094/daily-weather-forecast/2205716?day=2
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 25, 2017 7:40 PM BST
Busted flat in Baton Rouge, waiting for a train, And I’s feeling nearly as faded as my jeans. Bobby thumbed a diesel down just before it rained, It rode us all the way to New Orleans.....for two rounds of Four-ball better ball and two rounds of Foursomes (alternate shots) in this two-man team event.

PICKS...
Pieters, Thomas 27(Berger, Daniel 37) 18/1......ffs that 18's didn't last long...someone **** been reading the forum ! Tongue Out
Dufner, Jason 63(Kizzire, Patton 141).....50/1, winner in 2012 along with Patton's 8th place last year.
Day, Jason 3(Fowler, Rickie 9).....11/2, OWGR highest ranked combo.
Spieth, Jordan 5(Palmer, Ryan 85).....9's, fellow Texans.
Watson, Bubba 24(Holmes, J.B. 43).....16's, Ah, Bubba found someone to play with ! his Presidents Cup Partner.
R:Stenson, Henrik 6(Rose, Justin 8)
*OWGR Ranking in brackets - Good enough for me and my Bobby McGee.

May have been a mistake not to have had a closer look at 23yo Justin Thomas (11) & 27yo Bud Cauley (OWGR up to #126 from #321 last year and the better current form of the two) - A couple of young University of Alabama products who will be up for it and comfortable on the Bermuda greens in New Orleans. They played here before too - JT 12th in 2015 & Bud 11th in 2014. Cauley's been a third-place finisher three times on TOUR and is vying for his first title. Expect Team USA’s Ryder Cup Captain Jimmy Mr.58 Furyk to be close at hand this week while European Ryder Cup Captain Thomas Bjørn watches on from The Great Wall Of China. Devil 

Time for Jambalaya & filé gumbo on the Bayou.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnKOVPXhlnE
Report therhino April 25, 2017 10:10 PM BST
Like the Palmer/Spieth combo. Palmer in good form, and teaming up with Jordan gives him his best chance at gracing the winners circle since the whenever the last time he graced the winners circle was. Like Berger and Pieters as well, was hoping for a slightly larger price on them though.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 27, 2017 4:29 PM BST
Spoils & PP/BF going 6pls 1/5th
Report Total Bosman April 27, 2017 6:49 PM BST
If this is the scoring we're getting from foursomes tomorrow could get silly.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 27, 2017 7:29 PM BST
Ffs +3 for Flukey Donald with Lovemark is a disappointing start.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 30, 2017 9:46 AM BST
Earlier start for this due to storm front
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 30, 2017 9:47 AM BST
AVONDALE, La. – Final-round tee times for the Zurich Classic have been moved up in anticipation of storms Sunday at TPC Louisiana.

Tee times for better-ball play will be from 7:40 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. ET, off split tees.
Report Mighty Whites 2008 April 30, 2017 11:55 AM BST
only 2 of the 80 teams failed to break 70 on friday so suspect it going to take a low one to catch the front two
Report jedi sophie April 30, 2017 7:06 PM BST
Any chance of a restart here at all anyone???
Report Mighty Whites 2008 April 30, 2017 8:00 PM BST
hoping to get back out there in a couple of hours

someone got a bit giddy backing kisner and brown at 1.31 they obviously didnt see kisner on the back nine last time week
Report GRANTCKING April 30, 2017 10:40 PM BST
do we know if sky going to stay till the conclusion?
Report bigH May 1, 2017 7:54 AM BST
kisner 95ft chip in eagle at 18 to force play off

must have been a few cardiacs when that went in
Report scarlet May 1, 2017 2:24 PM BST
smith misses 6 foot birdie putt 1st playoff hole for win
Report jedi sophie May 1, 2017 2:26 PM BST
Deary deary me,what a miss!
Report scarlet May 1, 2017 2:48 PM BST
smith misses 10 foot birdie on 2nd playoff
blixt misses 8 foot birdie
Kisner misses 6 foot birdie  onto 9th hole for 3rd playoff
Report jedi sophie May 1, 2017 2:49 PM BST
After you chaps!Laughable stuff!
Report scarlet May 1, 2017 3:03 PM BST
kisner misses 20 foot birdie
smith misses 14 foot birdie
blixt misses 9 foot birdie for win onto 18th for 4th playoff
Report jedi sophie May 1, 2017 3:06 PM BST
Honestly hard to comprehend.....The amounts of cash these people play for and cannot hole a putt to win. As bad as the ladies last night which was actually embarrassingly bad!
Report scarlet May 1, 2017 3:27 PM BST
blixt misses 26 foot birdie putt
smith misses 15 foot birdie putt
kisner misses 10 foot birdie putt
smith holes 3 foot birdie for win !!!!
Report jedi sophie May 1, 2017 3:36 PM BST
HOORAY...Well done young man....

Kisner massive timeform squiggle for me now. 3 golden opportunitys in last couple months.all blown!
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 26, 2018 12:20 AM BST
TOP TEAMS THIS WEEK

Rose/Stenson, Thomas/Cauley, Spieth/Palmer, Reed/Cantlay, and Watson/Kuchar.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 26, 2018 12:20 AM BST
Goodbye Joe me gotta go me oh my oh - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yog-cNfqnig
Devil
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 26, 2018 8:28 PM BST
SAME SH1TE, DIFFERENT YEAR.....

Steele/Lovemark opened at 33's then 40's with Spoils now 25's.....Grab it !

See above...Jamie beaten in play-off in 2016 Devil
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 26, 2018 8:33 PM BST
Brendan Steele has dropped Keegan Bradley this year to play with JAMIE (having won the Franklin Templeton Shootout with Keegan) Devil
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 26, 2018 8:46 PM BST
If we look at the winners list since 2005 it's apparent that all were experienced professionals (Noh, Horschel and Watney were in their 3rd season on Tour when capturing their maiden Tour title here, + Stuard in 2016, his one and only win on TOUR), however, over 70% of the T3 finishers had never won on the PGA Tour or had achieved only single career victory.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 26, 2018 10:32 PM BST
JUST the SECOND Annual Team Event on this Pete Dye Design par 72 at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, Louisiana.....water is in play on 7 holes off the tee here.

THE 80 two-man teams play Four-Ball best ball on Day 1. then Foursomes in Rd 2. Top 35 and ties make the weekend with golfers playing Four-Ball in R3, and end the week with Foursomes.
The team connections - players just end up together due to having the same agency/management team a lot of the time (Day/Ruffels). For others it's been friends from high school (Reed/Cantlay). Texan's Spieth & Palmer. Thomas/Bud Cauley are former Alabama Uni players - T5 last year. Furyk & Duval - their wives are good friends. Dufner (a past winner) & Perez are both ball-strikers, go figure? Spanish duo Sergio & Rafa. Argentine duo Gomez & Romero.....and as for Bubba & Kuch - don't ask !!!

PGA TOUR - For Jason Day the change to Four-ball on Day 1 was welcome - it was more about the opening round and playing his own ball from the start.
“It gives you a chance to feel your way into the tournament a little, although you will still need to get away to a good start”.

LIKE THE RBC Heritage, we have some players in the field solely to appease their sponsors. The ZURICH boys include Day, Rose, Sergio, Fleetwood, Horschel & Jamie Donaldson.
Day, Fowler & Rose were the Top 3 "ambassadors" in the field last year - all three were early booth slammers on Friday. 
Fowler is no longer tied to Zurich - and you guessed it - he's not playing this week. The marquee pairing of Rose & Stenson - missed the cut last year.....just saying.

Last year's event was won by the team of Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith with a four-day total of -27.....Foresomes/Four-ball 67-62-68-64.
Steele/Lovemark 16's now.....going in again ! CM iyc Devil


The weekend looks like beautiful golfing weather - sunny with highs of 75+ - so no Monday finish this year.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan May 4, 2018 6:55 PM BST
RESULT

1st S. Piercy / B. Horschel -5 for -22 under par

2nd J. Dufner / P. Perez -4 for -21.
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