We came close last week with a few guys in the running on a blustery Sunday, but none of them could join the eventual playoff that took place. We move on to New Orleans where the players will try and be triumphant at a tremendous golf course. Let’s take a closer look at TPC Louisiana.
The players will be testing their skills at TPC Louisiana this week. A Pete Dye designed course from 2003, TPC Louisiana has been the host of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans for the past 5 years. The tournament was played here in 2005 but then was forced to move to English Turn Golf and CC for a year due to Hurricane Katrina. The storm caused severe damage to the course but allowed Pete Dye and others to improve it. The team shortened the course by 179 yards and altered the set ups around many greens.
TPC Louisiana will be playing as a Par 72 this week at a total of 7341 yards. It features only 5 waters hazards but extremely well placed and contoured bunkers will test the golfers this week (71 in total). Pete Dye has a knack for knowing where players sight lines will be, and he places sand traps in areas that will punish a below average shot.
My favourite hole at TPC Louisiana is the 348 yard Par 4, 16th. This hole was shortened by just over 80 yards after the Hurricane, resulting a hole that gives the players options. Longer hitter may be tempted to attack the green with a driver, while shorter hitter will lay up to a proper wedge yardage. The problem with going for this green is the overhanging trees, a large fairway bunker, and water to the left side of the green. Many interesting numbers will appears on players score cards this week due to this very entertaining Par 4.
This is the first week back for many players after the 2013 edition of the Masters. The world’s best will now have a stretch of tournaments coming up that they will play in to build towards The Players Championship (May 9th to 12th). We will get to watch just four of the worlds Top 20 golfers this week, Justin Rose 4th, Keegan Bradley 13th, Bubba Watson 16th, and Jason Dufner 20th.
With such little high end talent in this tournament I feel it will be a bit more wide open than usual. I would not be at all surprised if we witnessed yet another playoff this week (hopefully with our guy winning again).
Steve’s Six Pack System Picks
We have our usual 6-pack of outright winners sent out to members, but I’m going to include a free one here for you below. To get all picks this week visit www.GolfBanker.com and sign up for a membership.
Billy Horschel 35 to 1 – Billy is going to win on Tour very soon. He has posted Top 10 finishes in each of his past 3 starts and has his game in complete control. Those finishes include a runner up at the Shell Houston Open, a T3 at the Valero Texas Open, and a T9 last week at the RBC Heritage. This will be Billy’s 3rd start at TPC Louisiana, and he will be looking to improve upon his past results. He finished T26 here in 2011 and missed the cut in last years event. Billy has utilized his accurate driving and solid putting to achieve his recent success. He ranks 30th on Tour for Driving Accuracy as he has been hitting over 65% of his fairways. His putting statistics are even more impressive, as Billy ranks 26th on Tour for Strokes gained through putting. I like the fact that he is a great putter from 3 to 5 feet this week, as many players will be faced with tricky putts from this distance. Look for Horschel to once again be near the top of the leaderboard on Sunday.