Next stop on the PGA Tour is the Zurich Classic as the players head to the TPC of Louisiana. Bubba Watson is amongst a group of big names at the top of the market who havn't teed it up since The Masters. Watson comes into the event as defending champion, coming out on top in a playoff over Webb Simpson in 2011. He's also recently added a new green jacket to his wardrobe and sits just behind Luke Donald in the betting at 13.0 or 3.5 for the place.
Keegan Bradley is the standout name amongst the market leaders for me. Trading at 20.0 for the win or 5.0 for a top five finish, Keegan ranks 12th in total driving, 1st in the all round, fifth in birdie average and has the perfect game to overpower the TPC Louisiana course. He's played eleven events on tour this year and failed to finish outside the top 30.
The Course - TPC Louisiana
Playing 7,341 yards to a par of 72, the TPC Louisiana is generally there to be taken advantage of. Conditions are set to play slightly faster and firmer this year than previous years and rough may be slightly heavier but fairways are relatively generous and the big hitters will have an advantage. Key this week will be on approach shots into undulating greens, some of which are protected by treacherous bunkers that must be avoided. TPC Louisiana is one of the toughest tracks in terms of proximity to the hole from approaches so, as mentioned, accurate iron play is a must and good long range putting skills a plus.
Three from the pack
Graeme McDowell comes into the event off the back of a T12 at The Masters. Form is good of late with a second place finish to Tiger Woods a few weeks previous at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. McDowell ranks 2nd in driving accuracy, 7th in proximity to the hole and 4th in putting from 10-15ft which could be a winning formula this week. Graeme tends to be a streaky player and at 35.0 for the win or 8.0 the place, he looks good value this week.
A man that doesn't fit into the big hitter's bracket but with course form that can't be ignored is Greg Chalmers. A winner in Australia at the back end of last season and at a big price, Chalmers has a new found confidence and in the last three years in this event has posted a T24, T8 and a solo fifth place. Top 20 at the Heritage and in contention last week after three rounds, before a final round collapse, Chalmers has the form to be a feature here once more. Greg can be backed at a good value 70.0 for the win or 15.0 for a top five finish.
Another big priced outsider that catches my eye this week is the young, big hitting, South Korean rookie, Sul yeung-Noh. Noh is one of those this year on my 'one to watch' list that I'm hoping can supply a big priced winner. Like Chalmers, Noh found himself in a good position last week going into final round Sunday, eventually finishing in a tie for 13th. As mentioned, deceptively long for such a slight figure, Noh ranks 21st in total driving and can go very low in any given round, ranking 9th in the total birdie stat. He's already a winner in Europe and I like his game for this course. Noh is trading at a huge 100.0 or 20.0 for a place.