Billy Horschel will take on an elite field as he attempts to defend his Zurich Classic title in New Orleans. Horschel continued two trends last year as he became the sixth in the last nine players to make this tournament their debut win and became the eighth American in the last ten to win the title.
This tournament is all about trends as nine of the last eleven tournaments has been decided by a single shot or extra holes. So there is no doubt that this weeks open will go down to the wire.
The beautiful and vibrant course situated by the Mississippi River Delta was established in 2004 and has since been a firm favourite for many of the Tour Pros. With the tees being pushed back the course is stretched up to 7,399 yards and is a challenging par 72 with water hazards coming into play on the majority of the holes. However, birdie chances are out there with Billy Horschel closing with a round of 8 under-par and a total of 20 under-par last year.
Justin Rose leads the way after a T14 finish at the Masters with a 12/1 odds on to win outright. The Englishman has had a slow start to the season with just two top ten finishes in his last seven events with just four of those events ending with him under par. Rose came fifth earlier this season at the HSBC Championship with a steady 16 under-par finish but since has only managed at best a 2 under-par finish at the Valspar Championship in March.
The American Rickie Fowler is close behind Rose on 18/1 to win outright. Follow is coming into the event off a superb performance at the Masters which saw him secure his best finish yet on a tie for fifth. Last week was just as good a performance with the American finishing sixth in Houston. Fowler has had a busy season so far participating in twelve events so far but has been inconsistent throughout. A third place, three top tens and four missed cuts means anything can happen this week.