Two weeks removed from the Masters and more than a month away from the U.S. Open, the Zurich Classic doesn't draw the biggest names.
No. 4 Justin Rose is the lone golfer in the Top 10 of the world golf rankings who is scheduled to appear.
However, that is not to suggest this isn't a deep field. We do have nine major champions and 61 Tour winners.
Check out the vitals for this tournament, and we'll break down what should be an entertaining week of golf.
When: Thursday, April 25 to Sunday, April 28
Where: TPC Louisiana; Avondale, La.
Tee Times: Full tee times of Rounds 1 and 2 on PGATour.com
Purse: $6.6 million
FedEx Cup Points: 500
Thursday: Golf Channel 3-6 p.m. ET
Friday: Golf Channel 3-6 p.m. ET
Saturday: Golf Channel 1-2:30 p.m. ET, CBS 3-6 p.m. ET
Sunday: Golf Channel 1-2:30 p.m. ET, CBS 3-6 p.m. ET
*Tournament info via PGATour.com
Put this tightly packed group on a TPC Louisiana course that is ripe for scoring and you get a tournament that consistently packs the drama.
As Nola.com's Rick Gaille points out, eight of the past 10 stops at this tournament have been decided by one stroke or in a playoff.
Last year, Jason Dufner took down Ernie Els in a playoff to notch his first Tour victory. He was 19-under on the par 72 course.
Dufner will be back to defend his title, and if he wants to do that, he will have to post a similarly low number.
Gaille tells us that TPC Louisiana was ranked the 10th easiest course out the Tour's 51 stops.
Dufner will spend the first two days paired up with 2011 Zurich champ, Bubba Watson. Watson hasn't played since his disappointing 50th at the Masters.
Players to Watch
After teeing up as the youngest player to ever take on the Masters, 14-year-old Tianlang Guan made the cut and finished 58th.
His performance at Augusta was so amazing, it prompted golf legend Gary Player, via Nola.com's Peter Finney, to say:
It’s the second best thing I’ve ever seen in golf. The only thing better was Tiger Woods winning a Grand Slam at 24. What Guan did at 14, on a monster golf course, was beyond belief.
That is going to be a tough act to follow. However, this youngster has shown he can handle pressure.
With his lack of distance, this par-72 track isn't ideal for Guan. However, distance is not as big a factor here as it is at Augusta.
Don't be shocked to see this short-game ace make another cut.
Defending champion Jason Dufner has been a disappointment this year after a strong finish that saw him card eight top 10's and two wins in his final 16 events last season.
So far this year, his best finish is 12th at the Cadillac Championship, and he's missed two cuts. Dufner is an average putter. When he was on last year, he made up for that with tremendous ball striking and accuracy.
He has dropped in both driving accuracy and greens in regulation this year (h/t PGATour.com).
However, don't count Dufner out. His strong finish to last season? That began with his win at this tournament.
Justin Rose let me down at the Masters. I spent all week touting his chances, and he went onto a pedestrian 25th-place finish after going five-over on the weekend.
This is his first time back out since his Masters fade, and it will be fascinating to see how he handles it.
He is the highest-rated golfer in the field, and he had been marvelous leading up to the Masters, by finishing second, eighth and fourth his previous three times out.
Rose finished 10th here, and he definitely has the distance and ball striking to improve on that performance.
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