Zurich Classic of New Orleans
Course Details: Par 72 – 7,341 Yards
Venue: TPC Louisiana
Billy Horchel 30/1
After last week’s performance in South Carolina I thought Billy looked threatening especially after the third round. He sadly followed that good third round with a 74 on Sunday however don’t let that minor hiccup discourage you from backing him this week, it certainly hasn’t turned me off that’s for sure. Billy’s last 3 starts are T2 at The Shell Houston Open in which he got me a place alongside Jim Furyk at a juicy 50/1, T3rd at The Texas Open and T9th at The RBC Heritage. Three top 10’s in his last three starts, Horchel is knocking on the door of a win and I believe it’ll be any day now. 4th in Birdie Average, 30th in Driving Accuracy, 26th in Strokes Gained Putting and 17th in Scoring Average it’s not difficult to see why he’s a potential danger man here in New Orleans.
John Rollins 70/1
Rollins is a solid player with a consistent season so far for 2013 on The PGA Tour with 6 top 25’s and 2 missed cuts. Steady? Yes I would certainly say steady and respectable. He has a decent record in The Zurich finishing tied 7th last year, T26th in 2011, T21st in 2010 and T13 in 2009. It would appear he likes this event and, despite missing the cut last week in South Carolina I reckon he’ll be fresh and ready going into this week. 13th in GIR, 38th in Driving Distance 14th in Birdie Average, 21st in Total Driving and 7th in the All-Around make Rollins very tempting each way at 70/1.
Rickie Fowler 20/1
Rickie really has had a greatyear so far for 2013 with 4 top 10’s so far this season. A T6 finish at The Hyundai back in Jan, T6 in The Farmers, T13 in The Farmers and a T3 in the Arnold Palmer I reckon Rickie is another guy like Horchel, that’s knocking on the door of a win any day now. A few of his stats read 24th in Driving Accuracy, 22nd in Strokes Gained Putting, 26th in Birdie Average and 9th in Sand Saves which will help around TPC Louisiana with its 71 bunkers! However he tends to struggle in The final round making silly mistakes that seem to be holding him back from finishing well. If Rickie can put 4 good rounds together he will be a huge contender.
Jimmy Walker 50/1
Regular readers of this blog will know I have a bit of a soft spot for Jimmy Walker and, in my defence, it’s a justifiable soft spot given his 2013 season so far. Before I start rabbiting on about how good his year has been, the main reason for choosing Walker this week is his stats. He is 14th in Driving Distance, 23rd in GIR, 9th in Birdie Average and 11th in Scoring Average. With TPC Louisiana being a lengthy 7,341 Driving Distance and GIR will be of key importance on this course. Lately, it would appear Jimmy has slightly come off the boil finishing T31st in Texas and T50th the week before in Houston in his last 2 starts. However, before that, his season has been good with a T4th in The Farmers back in Jan, T3rd in the AT&T and most recently T8th in The Arnold Palmer. He is another guy showing good signs of bagging a win soon. A nice, generous price for a player with great potential to go well here in New Orleans.
Justin Rose 12/1
He’s favourite this week with the bookies and it’s hard to bet against him to be fair. A fabulous 2013 season so far with a T4 at The Honda, T8 at The WGC Cadillac and 2nd in The Arnold Palmer, not to mention having a great start to the year on The European Tour finishing T2nd in Abu Dhabi, his season speaks for itself really. My only concern with Rose this week is his putting. After finishing T25th in The Masters, he did struggle with the putter with and shot a poor 75, 74 finish at the weekend in Augusta. However, if he shakes the putting monkey off his back and performs well on the greens he will be a big danger man here this week.
Back all of the above players each way. All prices taken from Bet365 at 2pm on Wednesday the 24th of April 2013.