Even Without Big Names, Plenty of Intrigue for Zurich Classic of New Orleans

The Zurich Classic of New Orleans will take place at TPC Louisiana from Friday, April 23rd to Sunday, April 26th. Golf’s biggest names like Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day will not be in attendance, but the golfers at the course are going to put on a great show. With the total purse at $6.9 million, $1.24 million will go to the winner.

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The winners of the tour’s last two tournaments are oddly out of the field for this event. Spieth, the second-youngest Masters winner, and Jim Furyk, the winner of RBC Heritage, will not be in attendance. Although many are surprised at Spieth’s absence, it is conceivable given the level that he has been producing that he would take a break from a relatively smaller tournament.

As for the golfers in the field, Billy Horschel looks to grab his first victory of the year. The first of his three tour victories came in Louisiana and he has also taken the 2014 BMW classic and the 2014 FedEx cup. He should be ready to make a push at a course that he has already played extremely well at. Horschel also finished third at the Valero Texas open, which was a highly contested tournament.

Dustin Johnson also figures to make a big splash in the bayou. The winner of the WGC classic will take to TPC Louisiana with a win already under his belt this season, which is something that many of the golfers in the field cannot say. Johnson may be playing the best golf of the field, with five top-10 finishes. Also, Justin Rose will look to finally capitalize on a tournament after he finished tied for second at the Masters. He’s looked really good so far this season and he’s poised to finally win a tournament.

The Zurich Classic won’t be played on a swiss links course, but the TPC Louisiana should challenge the golfers on all fronts. Fans looking to see some great tournament golf should make their way to New Orleans this weekend to see who will take the $1.242 million purse.