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Top 20 Fantasy Golfers For Zurich Classic

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Tournament: Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Location: TPC Louisiana – Avondale, LA

Date: Thursday, April 25-28, 2013

Past Winners: Jason Dufner (2012), Bubba Watson (2011), Jason Bohn (2010), Jerry Kelly (2009), Andres Romero (2008), Nick Watney (2007), Chris Couch (2006), Tim Petrovic (2005), Vijay Singh (2004), Steve Flesch (2003), K.J. Choi (2002), David Toms (2001), Carlos Franco (2000), Carlos Franco (1999)

2012 Results: 1. Jason Dufner (-19)*, 2. Ernie Els (-19), 3. Luke Donald (-17), T4. Ryan Palmer (-16), T4. Graham Delaet (-16), 6. Steve Stricker (-15), T7. Ken Duke (-14), T7. Cameron Tringale (-14), T7. John Rollins (-14), T10. David Mathis (-13), T10. Justin Rose, T10. Rickie Fowler (-13)

* - denotes playoff win


This year’s Zurich Classic will have a little more media attention than normal, especially from golf fans overseas, as the 14-year-old Japanese sensation, Tianlang Guan, will be making the trip to New Orleans. The kid spent a month with family in the area last summer, so he knows this course exceptionally well. After shockingly making the cut at the Masters this month, the schoolboy could once again surprise the world if he has a couple strong rounds in the Bayou.

Keegan Bradley, Justin Rose, and Bubba Watson will all be making the trip down south this week. All three of them have been playing outstanding golf this month and will all have strong performances.

Additionally, defending Zurich champ, Jason Dufner, will be attending the event, so expect him to be one of the premier fantasy picks this week as well.

To help you in your drafts this week, here are the top-20 fantasy golfers for the 2013 Zurich Classic.

Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.

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20. Tianlang Guan

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Tianlang Guan – The kid may not be ready to compete with the superstars just yet, but imagine the fantasy numbers he could put up if he did.

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19. Chris Kirk

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Chris Kirk – Captain Kirk has three consecutive top-30 finishes.

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18. Harris English

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Harris English – English has two top-10 finishes this year, but he has also missed the cut three times. He will be the ultimate hit-or-miss golfer this weekend in Louisiana.

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17. Brendon de Jonge

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Brendon de Jonge - BDJ finished 18th at the 2012 Zurich Classic and 26th in 2011. He should easily crack the top-20 this week.

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16. Johnson Wagner

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Johnson Wagner – Mr. Moustache has been somewhat forgotten this year, as Wagner has yet to crack the top-10 in a tournament. He will continue to be a risky pick until he starts having some solid rounds of golf.

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15. Jimmy Walker

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Jimmy Walker – Walker has three top-10 finishes on the year and will be a great sleeper in the Bayou.

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14. Aaron Baddeley

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Aaron Baddeley – Baddeley has shot a 71 or under in eight of his last 12 rounds.

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13. Jeff Overton

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Jeff Overton - Overton shot a beautiful 16 under at TPC Louisiana in 2010.

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12. Boo Weekley

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Boo Weekley – Weekley has only missed the cut once this season and has two top-10 finishes.

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11. Charles Howell III

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Charles Howell III – Chuckie Three Sticks tied for second place in the 2009 Zurich Classic and tied for 13th in 2011.

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10. Freddie Jacobson

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Freddie Jacobson – The Swede has shockingly finished inside the top-25 in seven consecutive tournaments.

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9. Ernie Els

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Ernie Els – Els lost the Zurich Classic last year in the playoffs, but he still had an amazing score of 19 strokes under par. Expect the veteran to once again have a strong showing this weekend.

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8. Billy Horschel

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Billy Horschel – Horschel is leading the tour with 22 consecutive cuts made and will be one of the safest picks this week.

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7. Charley Hoffman

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Charley Hoffman – Hoffman was leading the RBC Heritage in the third round, but his 77 in the fourth round forced him to settle for sixth place. Hoffman still has two straight top-six finishes, so expect him to once again be a strong fantasy option this week.

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6. Nick Watney

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Nick Watney – Watney won the Zurich in 2007 and his past success here will make him a popular pick this weekend.

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5. Rickie Fowler

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Rickie Fowler – Fowler has cracked the top-10 in three of his eight PGA appearances this season.

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4. Keegan Bradley

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Keegan Bradley – Before his miserable 54th place finish at the Masters, Bradley had four consecutive top-10 finishes.

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3. Bubba Watson

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Bubba Watson – Watson won here in 2011 with a score of 15 under, and he shot an equally impressive 11 under in 2012.

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2. Jason Dufner

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Jason Dufner – Dufner is the defending champ of the Zurich Classic and has cracked the top-10 in four straight trips to New Orleans.

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1. Justin Rose

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Justin Rose – Rose has finished inside the top-25 in 14 straight tourneys around the world. He has three top-10 finishes in just five stateside events and the Englishman is the hottest golfer heading to Louisiana.