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Yahoo Fantasy Golf | Zurich Classic Of New Orleans PGA 2016 | Predictions

Yahoo Fantasy Golf | Zurich Classic Of New Orleans PGA 2016 | Predictions

Our intros across the site have been limited this week, as we’re still battling the flu and are pretty low energy. Funny and low energy don’t mix, just ask my Dad. We could have done better last week, but we didn’t roster Charley Hoffman. We were still pretty good after day 1 and were able to sub in our backups for our stars that faltered. We took all three big names this week and it will be category C that will be the big differentiator in our opinion. Now of the course.

Welcome to the Zurich Classic Of New Orleans 2016. The TPC Louisiana has been it’s home since 2005, with the exception of 2006 due to Hurricane Katrina. The course is  a 7,425 yards, par 72, and it’s considered one of the easiest courses on tour. It’s a mixture of some very short par 4’s, long par 4’s, long par 3’s and long but reachable par 5’s. 

In the last 11 played here, there have been 7 first time winners. Obviously this year, with few big stars, the chance of another first time winner seems very possible. When you look at player history here, you’ll notice that the closest things to a horse for the course are Justin Rose and Jason Dufner. Other players with solid records( That are playing this week) at the TPC, with at least four starts are: Boo Weekley, Steve Stricker, Cameron Tringale, Lucas Glover, KJ Choi and Jeff Overton.  Not a star studded list at all. 

If you go back through every year of this tournament since 2005, you’ll notice that hitting the fairways isn’t the biggest deal. Many have done very well here with being middle of the pack for the week, others have been quite poor for the week and have even won here before, like Seung Yul Noh. Another thing you’ll notice, players hit the greens here at a very high rate. The average is usually between the 70-72% rate for the week. If you’re hitting them at a higher rate for the week, it’s hard to make bogeys. You’ll notice with the above crew of golfers, most of them would fall into the category of guys that hit greens at a high level. Straight shooters. 

You wouldn’t think of Jason Dufner or Cameron Tringale as Par 5 scorers due to their lack of length off the tee, but in most years, they rank in the top 60, if not higher in Par 5 scoring. You’ll notice this with many that show up on the leaderboards over the years, players that are short off the tee but still score on Par 5’s. The reason they’re able to is because they’re top notch from 200 plus yards out with their irons or hybrids. It’s very year by year, as some players have great years with irons/hybrids, then fade away, but in the years they played well here, with few exceptions like Greg Chalmers, you’ll notice them as being highly ranked in Par 5 scoring and GIR from 200+ yards. On in two for the Par 5’s, will equal easier scoring.

Yes, there will be tons of scoring this week and that means a ton of putting opportunities. If you get a guy with a hot putter at this event, he could roll if he’s also hitting greens a very high rate as well. To win here, you must be close to -5 a day or better. That means you must bring your putter to keep pace. It always comes down to a putting contest, but it’s also a reason why there haven’t been many that have dominated here. The week to week putting always fluctuates. This is why it makes sense that guys who consistently hit greens over the years, give themselves more opportunities to roll in putts and do well here.

Now for the squad.

A: Jason Day – Rickie Fowler

B: Justin Rose – Jason Dufner – Charley Hoffman – Danny Lee

C: Billy Horschel – Byeong-Hun An

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