Five Players to Watch: 2014 Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Power Rankings: 2014 Zurich Classic of New Orleans

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While the luster of this year's Masters may not have faded from memory just yet, the weekly grind of the PGA Tour is a machine that doesn't stop. This week's destination is sure to be a field favorite, as action is set to begin in the Big Easy, New Orleans.

TPC Louisiana hosted a scoring bonanza last year, and birdies are sure to be flying again this time around. These five players could go way low on their way to victory.

5. Justin Rose

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5. Justin Rose

Justin Rose Zurich Classic

Rose, currently ranked No. 11 in the world, started his 2014 PGA Tour campaign a bit slowly, but he's shown some signs of picking up lately. He's finished in the top 15 at New Orleans each of the last two years, and this could be a great opportunity to get his game in shape for a US Open defense.

4. Matt Every

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4. Matt Every

Matt Every Zurich Classic

With the exception of his missed cut at Augusta National, Every has been in the top 25 in each of his last five starts. Every is fourth on TOUR in scoring average this season, and leads all players in strokes gained - putting. He'll find birdies in bunches, so if he gets hot this week, it'll be tough to stop him.

3. Ryan Palmer

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3. Ryan Palmer

Ryan Palmer Zurich Classic

Twice in 2014, Palmer has finished as a runner-up. He has four top-10s to his credit this season, but he just hasn't been able to close the deal. He does have some good history to draw on at TPC Louisiana, still holding the course record of 64 from 2012.

2. Rickie Fowler

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2. Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler Zurich Classic

It looks like Fowler's work with Butch Harmon is starting to pay dividends, He made a big move toward silencing his critics by finishing T5 at the Masters. Fowler now has back-to-back top-tens after an awful start to 2014 that saw him miss three straight cuts. A win may be just around the corner for the fan favorite.

1. Graham DeLaet

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1. Graham DeLaet

Graham DeLaet Zurich Classic

Last year at this time, Billy Horschel was the guy everybody was looking for to get his first win. Graham DeLaet could easily fill that role in New Orleans, and earning his first victory this week would help ease the pain of missing the cut at his first Masters. DeLaet hits plenty of greens (3rd this season), he just needs to convert more, especially on the par-4s, to get it done.


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