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PGA Tour Expert Picks: Zurich Classic

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

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23 tournaments down, 22 to go on the season. That's right, we're past the halfway point of the PGA Tour season and entering what should be a heat wave over the next few months.

First stop, New Orleans.


The Zurich Classic is played at TPC of Louisiana in New Orleans and has been ever since 2007 although the tournament itself has been around since 1938.


The tournament will take place April 24-27 and the purse is $6.8 million. You can watch on Thursday and Friday (April 24-25) on Golf Channel from 3-6 PM and on Saturday and Sunday from 1-2:30 PM on Golf Channel and from 3-6 PM on CBS. You can also watch the simulcast on CBSSports.com on Saturday and Sunday.

All times Eastern

Participants and odds

Justin Rose: 12-1
Rickie Fowler: 16-1
Keegan Bradley: 18-1
Graham DeLaet: 22-1
Ryan Palmer: 25-1
Matt Every: 28-1
Patrick Reed: 28-1
Billy Horschel: 33-1
Chris Stroud: 33-1
Kevin Stadler: 33-1
Russell Knox: 33-1

Former champions

2013 -- Billy Horschel
2012 -- Jason Dufner
2011 -- Bubba Watson
2010 -- Jason Bohn
2009 -- Jerry Kelly

That field...

It's not pretty. One of the least star-studded all year, actually. Bubba Watson didn't want to play in 2012 even though he was defending champ because of an exhausting post-Masters win schedule. Same for this year, I presume.

We'll always have this, though

True. So true.

Expert picks


Graham DeLaet (22-1): I picked a Graeme/Graham last week (McDowell) and he let me down. DeLaet has to (I mean he has to) get his first win at some point this season. He's too good not to and this isn't an elite field (it might not even be a good field). I'm hanging on to his T4 performance here in 2012 and ignoring his T47 in 2013.

Lock for top 10

Justin Rose (18-1): When in doubt go with the best guy in the field. Rose has Top 15s in each of his last two appearances in New Orleans so at least there's a precedent. He also finished top 15 at the Masters and Valspar Championship in the last month so his form is strong and he'll want to improve that as he heads for the Players Championship and his US Open defense in June.


Jhonattan Vegas (200-1): Why not?! He's only missed two cuts so far this season and posted a T12 at one of the tour's toughest courses at the Honda Classic. When you get past 150-1 odds you're basically just drawing names out of a hat (let's be honest, that's what you're doing regardless of odds) so I'll roll with Johnny Vegas in New Orleans.

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