2017 Zurich Classic of New Orleans – What to Watch FORE!

Congratulations to Kevin Chappell on his win at the Valero Texas Open.  Chappell did a full 180; his first win came in his 180th event.  His final round 68 was enough to hold off a surging Brooks Koepka who finished with a 65 and waited calmly in the clubhouse.

Chappell took advantage of a weakened field and a strong week to get his first win.  When looking at Kevin’s stats against the rest of the tour, nothing stands out at you.  On Sunday, he was able to manage his game and limit risk.  The famous saying goes, “It’s better to be lucky than good.”  Kevin Chappell is a good player who’s still getting his game into form and it worked well for him this week.  He’s been near the top of the leaderboard a lot over the last two years.  This first win most certainly won’t be his last.  Hopefully he’ll be as excited about the next one.

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The Tournament

 

The Tour heads East for the Zurich Classic.  The event has been a big point of discussion ever since the new format was announced late last year.  This is the first team event on the PGA Tour since 1981.  The 80 two man teams will play alternate shot in the 1st and 3rd rounds and four ball in the 2nd and 4th rounds.  The Zurich is going to be an opportunity to break the monotony of 72-hole stroke play.  It’s also gives fans an opportunity to see guys play as a team.  Though this is a novel approach, providing teammates in a place like New Orleans can lead to a lot of possible off the course shenanigans.  Will Smylie Kaufman show up after a few too many Natty Lights begging for forgiveness from Harold Varner III?  Will the Koepka brothers tear one another limb from limb?  All these questions and more will be answered this weekend.  They say the only competition in golf is between the player and the golf course, but a partner and Bourbon Street may have a factor in that equation.

TPC Louisiana is 7,425 yards playing to a par 72.

The defending champion is Brian Stuard.

The last two man team to win a PGA Tour Event is Vance Heafner & Mike Holland.

My Pick

Last Week: 2nd   Season Stats: Winner – 2, Top 10 – 4, Top 25 – 4, Top-50 – 2, MC – 2

Justin Rose & Henrik Stenson

The twosome is just being edged out as odds-on favorites by Jason Day and Rickie Fowler.  I’m a little surprised by that.  Rose and Stenson are Ryder Cup teammates who can strike the golf ball.  I can’t see the weakness with this team.  I think they’ll excel with the alternate shot where others will struggle.

****Sellstant Week Long Challenge****

With no Podcast in the near future, I asked the staff a sports radio question.  Who will win more money on tour this season?  Vijay Singh or Tiger Woods.  This will be a running tally. 

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Tiger Woods: $0 – Tiger Woods has finally announced he will not play again this season.  After having surgery to fuse pieces of his spinal cord for comfort, Woods is out at least 6 months.  People thought he was going to play Augusta this year.  There was no shot of that.

Vijay Singh: $50,303

As usual, I was right and everyone else was wrong.

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Some Stuff to Look For

  • Bubba Watson– Typically, Watson is relentless one his caddy.

  • Old Guys – Jerry Kelly and Steve Stricker is the oldest pairing in the event this year.  It’d be fun to see these guys get on top of the leaderboard and try to teach the young guns a thing or two.

Who is broadcasting the event this week?

CBS.  This new event format couldn’t have come at a better time.  We’re about 3 weeks out from The Players and you can tell CBS is packing it in.  Jim Nantz didn’t even feel the need to call last week’s event and America with stuck with the Bill Macatee show.  Bill’s actually not bad.  It’s just hard for a golf fan to find value in an event when CBS won’t even fly it’s A-team out.  Then again, CBS is making some changes and maybe Nantz needed to work with that.

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What Bugged Me This Week?

I don’t think anything.

Good Song 

Generally this song will keep me from hitting something/somebody due to the above.

‘Til next week.  Tee it high and keep it dry.

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Jeremy will be writing about some things on the PGA Tour and those that plague everyday life.  Feel free to contact Jeremy via email (Jeremy@sellstant.com) or on twitter (@jeremyparch).  As always, you can write your thoughts in our comment section.  

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