With Ben Curtis finally getting his first win on the PGA Tour in over half a decade, the Tour now moves to Louisiana for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans from April 26-29. What follows are the top three storylines heading into the event.
How will Bubba Watson play coming off of a Master's win?
Obviously every golf fan should know by now about his hook shot on the second playoff hole to beat out Louis Oosthuizen at the Masters this year, but can he build off of that? I doubt he will end up like a Shaun Micheel or Stewart Cink type who wins a major and then disappears into oblivion; Watson is just too talented for that to happen, at least in my view. I think that from this point forward one should not count out Bubba Watson to win a golf tournament, especially this week's event. He won it in 2011, but really caught a break when Webb Simpson gave himself a one stroke penalty when he went to tap in a putt and it moved before he hit it; Watson went on to defeat Simpson in a playoff that year. It won't be easy for him this year, though, with a strong field that includes the likes of Luke Donald, K.J. Choi, Keegan Bradley, Ernie Els, and a whole host of other great players.
Will we see another first time winner this week?
Other than Hunter Mahan, we have yet to see someone win more than one event on the PGA Tour this year, which really speaks to how talented the Tour is as a whole more than anything else. Out of everyone that has won at least one event this year, I would actually have to give the edge to Bubba Watson to pick up his second win of the year at the Zurich Classic. A lot of it has to do with the course; it is one where practically every hole requires some sort of shot making ability, whether drawing it or fading it, and that is something Bubba excels at. It is hard to go against someone who has the sort of distance he has as well.
Is Luke Donald ready to take his game to the next level?
Rory McIlroy took the top spot in the Official World Golf Rankings from Luke not too long ago, but Donald could take it right back with a solid finish at this week's event. He has played surprisingly well this season, with a win and two top-25 finishes in six starts. The key for him this week, as it has been for some time now, is his iron play; Donald ranks 137th on Tour in greens in regulation, and he will need to hit a lot of them at the Zurich Classic to have any sort of chance to win.
Ryan Kekoufski is a scratch golfer who has both played and watched the sport for well over a decade. He covers sports for the Yahoo! Contributor Network, and currently resides in Virginia.
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