PGA Tour
PGA - Zurich Classic of New Orleans Preview
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DATES: Thursday, April 22nd through Sunday, April 25th
SITE: Tournament Players Club of Louisiana, Avondale, Louisiana
COURSE ARCHITECT: Pete Dye (2004), Steve Elkington, Kelly Gibson -
         consultants
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,399
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 399 Yds10 - Par 4 390 Yds
2 - Par 5 548 Yds11 - Par 5 575 Yds
3 - Par 3 221 Yds12 - Par 4 492 Yds
4 - Par 4 482 Yds13 - Par 4 377 Yds
5 - Par 4 438 Yds14 - Par 3 216 Yds
6 - Par 4 476 Yds15 - Par 4 490 Yds
7 - Par 5 561 Yds16 - Par 4 355 Yds
8 - Par 4 372 Yds17 - Par 3 215 Yds
9 - Par 3 207 Yds18 - Par 5 585 Yds
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36 3,704 Yds36 3,695 Yds
 
Annual:  62nd
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  - Thursday/Friday -- 8:30-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay,
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 1-2:30 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  Golf Channel - Saturday/Sunday -- 9:30-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay
Defending Champion:  Jerry Kelly
Runner-Up:  Charles Howell III, Rory Sabbatini, Charlie Wi
Tournament Record:  262 (Chip Beck, 1988)
54-Hole Record:  196 (Phil Mickelson, 2001)
36-Hole Record:  128 (Scott Verplank, 2003)
18-Hole Record:  61 (Paul Stankowski, 2001 - English Turn Golf & Country Club)
Course Record:  64 (Kyle Reifers, 2007)
Total Purse:  $6,400,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,152,000; 2nd Place - $691,200; 3rd Place - $435,200
 
2009 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Jerry Kelly274David Toms276
Charles Howell III275Steve Stricker277
Rory Sabbatini275Aaron Watkins277
Charlie Wi275Jason Dufner278
Steve Marino276Roland Thatcher278
 
Past Zurich Classic of New Orleans Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2009Jerry Kelly (274) -- Charles Howell III, Rory Sabbatini, Charlie Wi
2008Andres Romero (275) -- Peter Lonard
2007Nick Watney (273) -- Ken Duke
2006Chris Couch (269) -- Fred Funk, Charles Howell III
2005*Tim Petrovic (275) -- James Driscoll
2004Vijay Singh (266) -- Phil Mickelson, Joe Ogilvie
2003*Steve Flesch (267) -- Bob Estes
2002K.J. Choi (271) -- Dudley Hart, Geoff Ogilvy
2001David Toms (266) -- Phil Mickelson
2000*Carlos Franco (270) -- Blaine McCallister
1999Carlos Franco (269) -- Steve Flesch, Harrison Frazar
1998Lee Westwood (273) -- Steve Flesch
1997Brad Faxon (272) -- Bill Glasson, Jesper Parnevik
1996Scott McCarron (275) -- Tom Watson
1995*Davis Love III (274) -- Mike Heinen
1994Ben Crenshaw (273) -- Jose Maria Olazabal
1993Mike Standly (281) -- Russ Cochran, Payne Stewart
1992Chip Beck (276) -- Greg Norman, Mike Standly
1991*Ian Woosnam (275) -- Jim Hallet
1990David Frost (276) -- Greg Norman
1989Tim Simpson (274) -- Greg Norman, Hal Sutton
1988Chip Beck (262) -- Lanny Wadkins
1987Ben Crenshaw (268) -- Curtis Strange
1986Calvin Peete (269) -- Pat McGowan
1985#Seve Ballesteros (205) -- Peter Jacobsen, John Mahaffey
1984Bob Eastwood (272) -- Larry Rinker
1983Bill Rogers (274) -- David Edwards, Jay Haas, Vance Heafner
1982#Scott Hoch (206) -- Bob Shearer, Tom Watson
1981Tom Watson (270) -- Bruce Fleisher
1980Tom Watson (273) -- Lee Trevino
1979Hubert Green (273) -- Frank Conner, Bruce Lietzke, Steve Melnyk,
Lee Trevino
1978Lon Hinkle (271) -- Gibby Gilbert, Fuzzy Zoeller
1977Jim Simons (273) -- Stan Lee
1976Larry Ziegler (274) -- Victor Regalado
1975Billy Casper (271) -- Peter Oosterhuis
1974Lee Trevino (267) -- Bobby Cole, Ben Crenshaw
1973*Jack Nicklaus (280) -- Miller Barber
1972Gary Player (279) -- Dave Eichelberger, Jack Nicklaus
1971Frank Beard (276) -- Hubert Green
1970*Miller Barber (278) -- Bob Charles, Howie Johnson
1969*Larry Hinson (275) -- Frank Beard
1968George Archer (271) -- Bert Yancey
1967George Knudson (277) -- Jack Nicklaus
1966Frank Beard (276) -- Gardner Dickinson
1965Dick Mayer (273) -- Bruce Devlin, Bill Martindale
1964Mason Rudolph (283) -- Jack Nicklaus, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Glenn Stuart
1963Bo Wininger (279) -- Tony Lema, Bob Rosburg
1962Bo Wininger (281) -- Bob Rosburg
1961Doug Sanders (272) -- Gay Brewer, Mac Main
1960Dow Finsterwald (270) -- Al Besselink
1959Bill Collins (280) -- Jack Burke Jr, Tom Nieporte
1958*Billy Casper (278) -- Ken Venturi
1957Not Held
1956Not Held
1955Not Held
1954Not Held
1953Not Held
1952Not Held
1951Not Held
1950Not Held
1949Not Held
1948Bob Hamilton (280) -- Roberto de Vicenzo, Fred Haas, Lawson Little
1947Not Held
1946Byron Nelson (277) -- Ben Hogan
1945*Byron Nelson (284) -- Harold McSpaden
1944Sammy Byrd (285) -- Byron Nelson
1943Not Held
1942Lloyd Mangrum (281) -- Lawson Little, Sam Snead
1941Henry Picard (276) -- Ben Hogan
1940Jimmy Demaret (286) -- Ralph Guldahl, Harold McSpaden, Sam Snead
1939Henry Picard (284) -- Dick Metz
1938Harry Cooper (285) -- Harold McSpaden

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain-Shortened

Note:Formerly called HP Classic of New Orleans (2003-04), Compaq Classic of
New Orleans (1999-2002), Freeport-McDermott Classic (1996-98), Freeport-McMoran Classic (1992-95), USF&G Classic (1982-91), USF&G New Orleans Open (1981), Greater New Orleans Open (1980), First NBC New Orleans Open (1975-79), Greater New Orleans Open Invitational (1938-74).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Jerry Kelly---T-18---T-5T-34T-65mc------Won
Charlie Wi---------------T-68---T-44mcT-2
Charles Howell III---7thT-16T-50T-5T-59T-2------T-2
Rory SabbatiniT-54------------------------T-2
Steve Marino---------------------mcmcT-5
David TomsT-37WonT-9mcT-34mcT-47T-44---T-5
Steve StrickerT-4T-26T-14mcT-20mcT-25T-11mcT-7
Tim Petrovic------mc------WonmcT-24T-7T-11
Ian Poulter---------------mcT-7------T-13
Brian Davis---------------T-17---mcT-33T-19
K.J. ChoiT-74mcWonT-37T-7------------T-24
Daniel Chopra------------T-34T-9mcT-15T-33T-34
John Mallinger---------------------T-3T-42T-34
Chris DiMarcoT-43mcT-4T-8T-76T-3mcT-80mcT-34
Woody AustinT-43T-34mc7thmcT-5T-25T-18T-4T-65
Carlos FrancoWonT-34mcT-50mcT-52T-15T-44T-23mc
Mark Calcavecchiamcmc------------T-25T-5T-33mc
Joe DurantT-9T-11T-67mcT-10T-52T-4mcT-75mc
Mike Weir---T-61------------------mcmc
Chris Couch------------wd---WonT-80---mc
Justin Rose------------T-5T-17T-66------mc
Stephen AmesT-4T-8T-31T-30T-7---mc------mc
Andres Romero------------------------Wondq
Steve FleschT-6mcT-49WonT-45mcT-41mcT-23---
Sergio Garcia------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Ian Poulter
Darkhorse - Stuart Appleby
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (K.J. Choi) - Finished tied for 41st
Last Week's Darkhorse (Jeff Maggert) - Missed the cut
 
NOTES:
One of the longest running events in PGA Tour history takes center stage this week, as the Zurich Classic of New Orleans plays host to the best players in the world. Two of the top-six players in the world are in the field this week - Steve Stricker (3) and Ian Poulter (6). Sergio Garcia is also playing in this event for the first time.

Last year, Jerry Kelly fired rounds of 68-66-69-71 to win by one stroke over Charles Howell III, Rory Sabbatini and Charlie Wi. Kelly finished his third PGA Tour victory at 14-under-par 274. It was his first PGA Tour win since the 2002 Western Open.

This week, Kelly is attempting to join Byron Nelson, Bo Wininger, Tom Watson and Carlos Franco as the only players to win this event two straight years. Franco was the last player to accomplish the feat in 1999-2000. The tournament purse increased $100,000 from last year to $6.4 million, with the winner receiving $1,152,000.

In 2008, Andres Romero closed with rounds of 65 and 68 on Sunday to win this event by a single stroke over Peter Lonard. Romero, who had completed 16 holes Saturday when play was suspended for the day, returned to birdie 17 and 18 to close out a third-round, seven-under 65. The Argentine came right back with a four-under 68 on the TPC of Louisiana to get in at 13-under-par 275. With Saturday's weather delay, players remained in their third-round pairings. That led to Romero finishing more than two hours ahead of the final group. Romero became the fourth straight first-time winner of this event and 17th in tournament history.

Nick Watney carded four rounds in the 60s back in 2007, to pick up his first PGA Tour title at this event. Watney completed the event at 15-under-par 273 for a three-shot victory over Ken Duke. Watney also became the first winner of this event to post all four rounds in the 60s since Franco in 2000. Kyle Reifers fired a course-record, eight-under 64 in the first round at the TPC of Louisiana in 2007 and finished in a tie for 24th.

In 2006, Chris Couch holed a par-saving chip from nearly 55 feet on the 72nd hole to win this event. Couch closed with a seven-under 65 following a third-round 64 to end at 19-under-par 269. The win for Couch was his first on the PGA Tour and came one day before his 33rd birthday. Couch, who made the cut on the number at minus-four, became the fourth player in PGA Tour history to make the cut on the number, then go on to win the title. The last player to do it before Couch was Brad Faxon at the 2005 Buick Championship in Connecticut. Fred Funk nearly made a miraculous comeback in the final round. He fired a 10-under 62, one off the course record, to end in a tie for second place at 18-under-par 270.

The event was played at English Turn Golf & Country Club in 2006, the site of the tournament from 1989-2004. Extensive damage from Hurricane Katrina caused the TPC of Louisiana to be unplayable and forced the event to be moved back to English Turn.

Seventeen players have made this event their first career win - Bill Collins (1959), Wininger (1962), Larry Hinson (1969), Jim Simons (1977), Lon Hinkle (1978), Bob Eastwood (1984), Ian Woosnam (1991), Mike Standly (1993), Scott McCarron (1996), Lee Westwood (1998), Franco (1999), K.J. Choi (2002), Steve Flesch (2003), Tim Petrovic (2005), Couch (2006), Watney (2007) and Romero (2008).

There has never been a wire-to-wire winner at this event, however, Calvin Peete came the closest, sharing the lead after round one in 1986 before pulling away to a five-stroke win over Pat McGowan. Lee Trevino holds the tournament record for largest winning margin, defeating Ben Crenshaw and Bobby Cole by eight shots in 1974. When Trevino won this event in 1974, he played all 72 holes without a bogey. No player since then has been able to accomplish that feat.

David Toms, ranked 55th in the world, is competing in this event for the 17th time. When Toms won in 2001, he became the first native of Louisiana to win the New Orleans tournament.

The PGA Tour moves to Charlotte, North Carolina next week for the Quail Hollow Championship, as Sean O'Hair defends his title. World No. 1 Tiger Woods and Masters champion Phil Mickelson are expected to compete.

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As of April 20, 2010, at 03:47 PM ET