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Zurich title could fit like a Glover

Two years ago, the Zurich Classic moved to TPC-Louisiana, its new permanent home after being conducted at English Turn G&CC for 16 seasons.

But damage from Hurricane Katrina forced the tournament to make a detour back to English Turn in 2006. This week, TPC-Louisiana is back in action, holding the Zurich for only the second time. (Tim Petrovic defeated James Driscoll in a playoff back in '05.)

Our experts break down the event with their predictions.


Louisiana native David Toms helped design the TPC venue.

When in doubt, take the local superstar. David Toms has been a great spokesman for this event. Might be time for his annual victory.

New Orleans resident Kelly Gibson has done a ton for Katrina relief. He'll get some good mojo this week.

You have to go with Tim Petrovic here because he's the only player to win a PGA Tour event at the TPC-Louisiana.

Birdie Buster

Despite his putting woes, Mark Calcavecchia is third on the PGA Tour in birdies and is having a nice year.

Anthony Kim has been tearing apart par-5s this year. Not only will he be a Birdie Buster, he may be an Eagle Buster, too.

The adrenaline rush will carry Boo Weekley for another few days.

Bubba Watson made four eagles at English Turn in 2006, but TPC-Louisiana plays nearly 500 yards longer. That, however, should be no problem for the long-hitting Watson.

Super Sleeper

Defending champion Chris Couch has withdrawn or missed the cut 15 times since winning the tournament last year at English Turn and doesn't even get to return to the course where he won.

In 60 starts since winning the Zurich two years ago, Tim Petrovic owns just two top-10s -- and both of those came in '05. Perhaps a return to TPC-Louisiana will help regain that mojo.

Jesper Parnevik dresses like he's constantly in a Mardi Gras parade. This is a spiritual home game for him.

Sean O'Hair has finished in the top 15 of his last three tournaments, the latest being his best, a seventh at the Heritage. Couple that hot streak with a T-14 at TPC-Louisiana two years ago and O'Hair has a good chance.

Winner

He's only having a so-so year, but Lucas Glover tied for third in New Orleans two years ago when the tournament was last played at TPC Louisiana.

I've proven in recent months that picking players to earn their initial PGA Tour win is a daunting task, but I'm going with Bo Van Pelt anyway, who's long overdue.

David Toms. Another Louisiana native who will come up big for the home folks.

Forget the missed cut at the Heritage, but look instead at the T-20 Lucas Glover produced at the Masters. Plus, he has been in the top 10 at the last two Zurich Classics. That looks like a pretty formidable combination.