April 25 2013
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
Three former Zurich Classic of New Orleans champions -- Jason Dufner, Bubba Watson and Nick Watney -- are playing TPC Louisiana right now with varying degrees of success. As we look to the afternoon pairings, here are some other players to watch.
Boo Weekley (1:20 p.m. ET): At a course where a guy named Bubba won two years ago and a week when the folks from "Duck Dynasty" held court during the pro-am, why shouldn't Weekley prosper? He's got two top-10s already this year, including solo second at the Tampa Bay Championship presented by EverBank.
Ernie Els (1:30 p.m. ET): The big South African returned to the Big Easy last year for the first time in a decade. Smart move. The reigning British Open champ lost to Dufner in a playoff and is back again to kick-start 2013.
Rickie Fowler (1:30 p.m. ET): He tied for 10th at TPC Louisiana a year ago so Fowler has a comfort zone. He comes to the Crescent City with three top-10s in eight starts this year, too.
Justin Rose (1:40 p.m. ET): He's the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 4 in the world and hasn't finished lower than 25th in his last 14 starts worldwide.
Billy Horschel (1:40 p.m. ET): Horschel is arguably the hottest player on TOUR after finishing T2, T3 and T9 in his last three starts. He's 29 under during that stretch, as well.
Keegan Bradley (1:40 p.m. ET) He leads the PGA TOUR in top-10 finishes with five, including four in his last five starts. He's a victory waiting to happen.
James Hahn (2 p.m. ET): The rookie has cooled off after a hot start on the West Coast that included three finishes of 16th or better. Will this be the week the former shoe salesman gets back on track?
Thorbjorn Olesen (1:10 p.m. ET): The PGA TOUR's newest special temporary member has two top-10s in his last three starts, including a tie for sixth at the Masters where he shot a pair of 68s on the weekend.
Guan Tianlang (2:40 p.m. ET): The 14-year-old amateur from China made headlines at Augusta National when he became the youngest to win low amateur honors. Can he make his second PGA TOUR cut this week?