Here are five of the featured, notable groups at this year’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Kevin Stadler, Nick Watney, Ratief Goosen- Thursday tee time: 7:30 A.M. (hole 10). Friday tee time: 12:30 PM (hole 1).
This is a solid group. Kevin Stadler comes into the Zurich Classic steady as she goes; He’s having a great year. Nick Watney has been solid himself. He’s making cuts and just playing some solid golf. He’s coming off a T-44 at The Masters. Ratief Goosen is coming off his best result this season with a T-7 at the Houston Open.
Keegan Bradley, Matt Every, Charles Howell III- Thursday tee time: 7:40 A.M. (hole 10). Friday tee time: 12:30 P.M. (hole 1).
Matt Every is playing some fantastic golf of late, Charles Howell III is solid, and Keegan Bradley is always a great watch. When the second round rolls around, you would have to expect Every and Howell III will be in the mix and Bradley could either near the bottom or near the top of the leaderboard.
Patrick Reed, Billy Horschel, Rickie Fowler- Thursday tee time: 12:30 P.M. (hole 1). Friday tee time: 7:30 A.M. (hole 10).
This is probably the best group, on paper, this week. We will see if it that’s actually the case, but nevertheless, you have the defending champion in Billy Horschel, the boastful long hitting Patrick Reed, and Rickie Fowler who is one of the favorites this week. A very dynamic, exciting group to watch for the first round.
Ernie Els, Justin Rose, David Toms- Thursday tee time: 12:40 PM (hole 1). Friday tee time: 7:40 A.M. (hole 10).
Justin Rose has been good all year long and will look to continue that this week. He plays alongside The Big Easy looking to turn around his game this week at The Big Easy, and David Toms who is from The Big Easy. This should be an interesting group to watch.
Ryan Palmer, Russell Knox, Spencer Levin- Thursday tee time: 1:10 P.M. (hole 10). Friday tee time: 8:10 A.M. (hole 1). Ryan Palmer and Russell Knox will have the chance to talk about that Honda Classic. Palmer and Knox both were involved in the 4-man playoff two months ago and both came up short. Both are playing very well while Spencer Levin definitely isn’t, but he did snap his 4 tournament missed cut streak last week at the RBC Heritage.