Zurich Classic of New Orleans 2018: Form stats for this week's PGA Tour event at TPC Louisiana

Chris Kirk: Tied-5th at TPC Louisiana two years ago
Chris Kirk, who partners JT Poston in New Orleans, posted a top-10 finish in Texas on Sunday
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Andy Swales supplies both course and current form stats for this week's two-man team event at TPC Louisiana in New Orleans ...

"Last year's champions, Jonas Blixt of Sweden and Aussie Cameron Smith, started the week ranked 252 and 112 respectively."

America's Deep South welcomes the PGA Tour for this week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana.

For the second straight year, the tournament will be a two-man team event comprising 80 pairs.

Outsiders Prevail

Last year's instalment proved difficult to predict, with only one of the six players who occupied the top three team positions being ranked inside the world's top 100.

The eventual champions, Jonas Blixt of Sweden and Aussie Cameron Smith, started the week ranked 252 and 112 respectively.

This week's 72-hole format is as follows: Days one and three are fourballs, while days two and four feature foursomes.

Opened 14 years ago, TPC Louisiana is a low-lying venue which stretches over 250 acres of wetlands along the Mississippi River delta. It is a tree-lined course that has more than 100 bunkers and a sizeable number of water hazards too.

It was designed by famed architect Pete Dye, who entrusted the help of tour pros Steve Elkington and Kelly Gibson - the latter a New Orleans native.

Top Team on Paper

In terms of combined world rankings, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson are the 'No 1 seeds'.

Last year they were cumulatively the second best pair in the field going into the tournament, but proceeded to miss the cut by one shot. Rose and Stenson, the gold and silver medallists respectively from the Rio Olympics, are in decent form right now, with the Englishman a former champion over this course.

The top duo in 2017, going by the rankings, was Jason Day and Rickie Fowler who also failed to survive the 36-hole chop.

Fowler is not teeing-up this week, leaving Day to join forces with fellow Aussie Ryan Ruffels who tied-for-29th with Kyle Stanley 12 months ago. Ruffels turns 20 on the final day of the tournament.

Good Current Form

Judging by last year's results, it appears that at least one member of the leading few teams had arrived in Louisiana in good shape.

Winner Smith had been sixth the week before, while Kevin Kisner - who along with Scott Brown finished second after losing a play-off - had played pretty well during the early months of 2017.

And Kevin Tway, whose team ended-up in third spot, had stood on the podium the previous week despite his world ranking of 279.

With this in mind, possibly the hottest pair teeing-up in New Orleans will be Jimmy Walker and Sean O`Hair who both finished inside the top-four at TPC San Antonio on Sunday.

Another top-10 finisher from Texas is Chris Kirk who tied-fifth in Louisiana in 2016.

His partner is JT Poston who played well for three days last week and ended up just inside the top 30.

Charley Hoffman and Nick Watney have enjoyed some good solo performances in the past at this week's venue, and were fifth together last year.

National Bonding

A number of non-American pairs hail from the same country, including Spaniards Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera-Bello, South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel and the UK's Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell.

As for strong US partnerships there is Bubba Watson who partners Matt Kuchar, while Brandt Snedeker teams-up with JB Holmes - and could be worth an each-way punt.

Patrick Reed makes his first start since winning The Masters and, for the second year running, he is playing with Patrick Cantlay who tied-seventh at Harbour Town two weeks ago.

Top Four Teams of 2017

(World ranking at start of week)

1st: Jonas Blixt (252) & Cameron Smith (112)
2nd: Kevin Kisner (40) & Scott Brown (122)
3rd: Kelly Kraft (178) & Kevin Tway (279)
4th Jordan Spieth (5) and Ryan Palmer (85)


* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W16 W15 W14 W13 W12 W11 W10 W9 W8 W7 W6 W5
Justin Rose 12 52 3 5 37
Henrik Stenson 5 6 4 MC 60
Bubba Watson 5 1 66 9 1 35 40
Matt Kuchar 51 23 28 8 9 40 58 26 62 5
Sergio Garcia MC MC 9 4 7 33
Rafa Cabrera-Bello MC 38 MC 36 3 29 26 26
Patrick Reed 1 9 7 2 37 MC MC 17
Patrick Cantlay 7 MC 17 30 4 35
Louis Oosthuizen 12 9 MC 16 30 24
Charl Schwartzel MC MC 36 MC 49 48 68
Jordan Spieth 3 3 17 MC 14 9 20 MC
Ryan Palmer MC 76 MC 28 MC MC
Justin Thomas 17 4 2 1 9 17
Bud Cauley 23 18 14 MC Wd 20 MC
Brandt Snedeker 15 23 MC* MC 31 MC 20 23
JB Holmes MC 32 41 46 49 60 MC MC
Ian Poulter 7 44 1 5 41 MC MC 52
Graeme McDowell 51 55 MC 22 40 MC 26 MC
Pat Perez MC MC 52 20 41 35
Jason Dufner MC MC 64 17 MC 55 17
Cameron Smith 32 5 5 MC 46 6 48
Jonas Blixt 14 MC 41 MC MC
Jason Day 20 36 22 2
Ryan Ruffels 54 MC 18 MC
Billy Horschel 11 5 MC 54 MC MC MC MC 43
Scott Piercy MC 16 24 60 MC 17 20 MC
Shane Lowry 14 MC 49 49 MC 43 65
Padraig Harrington MC* MC MC MC 64 MC
Kevin Na MC MC 52 36 2 20 48
Byeong Hun An 7 52 14 MC 5 23
Scott Stallings 55 MC* MC 31 29 4 7 23
Aaron Baddeley 16 55 74 49 14 55 26
Gary Woodland MC 29 MC 50 49 MC 1
Daniel Berger 32 18 59 14 29 MC 11
Zach Johnson 5 42 36 36 26 16 57
Jonathan Byrd MC 50 MC* 54 62
Charley Hoffman 64 23 12 36 14 MC 20 41 Wd 26
Nick Watney 20 32 32 59 33 47 26
Brendan Steele 30 MC 17 20 49 3
Jamie Lovemark 30 24 41 16 7 26 52
Brooks Koepka
Marc Turnesa MC
Kelly Kraft MC MC* 3 31 8 63 MC MC
Kevin Tway 36 67 32 28 58 MC MC MC 57
Tommy Fleetwood 17 17 26 14 4 37
Chris Paisley MC 37 27
Jimmy Walker 4 20 73 28 33 MC 8
Sean O`Hair 2 MC 64 7 12 MC 64 73
Mackenzie Hughes MC MC MC 54 MC 59 MC MC
Corey Conners 26 MC MC 13 16 59 MC
Cameron Percy MC 22 54 39 MC
Greg Chalmers MC MC 70 MC MC 17 68 MC MC
Alex Cejka MC MC 40 Wd 75 Wd
Ben Crane 11 43 45 74 MC
Steve Stricker MC 12 26 31
Jerry Kelly MC
Ross Fisher MC MC 36 MC 46
Jamie Donaldson 32 MC 34 59 MC
Tony Finau 10 24 17 MC 27 2 MC
Daniel Summerhays 58 MC 55
JJ Spaun 26 MC MC MC Wd
Sam Ryder 36 MC 5 MC 68 68
Martin Laird 11 32 26 MC 9 9
Russell Knox MC 40 MC 73 16 MC 15 MC
Chris Kirk 8 55 MC 13 49 33 MC 11
JT Poston 30 67 19 68
William McGirt MC 70 MC 26 16 33 MC 26 MC
Sam Burns 33 1 20 49 12 8 2 MC
Keegan Bradley 45 43 36 26 31 49 MC 43
Jon Curran MC MC MC MC MC
Jon Rahm 1 4 52 20 26 11
Wesley Bryan MC 42 MC MC MC MC
Brian Gay MC 70 22 MC MC MC 8 9
Aaron Wise MC 32 41 68 33 MC 15
Chez Reavie 53 MC 29 MC 52 73 2 2
Lucas Glover 32 32 49 74 17 MC 43
Harold Varner MC MC MC 45 78 72 60 38
Robert Garrigus MC MC 18 MC 31 MC MC 52
Kevin Kisner 7 28 2 MC 29 MC MC
Scott Brown MC MC MC* MC 64 46 MC MC MC
Hudson Swafford MC* MC 75 MC 64 MC
Harris English 36 32 MC 5 22 MC 33 MC MC
Shawn Stefani MC 24 13 MC MC MC
John Rollins MC
Danny Lee 51 55 64 MC MC Wd MC MC
David Lingmerth 51 74 28 64 64 MC 75
Billy Hurley MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
Peter Malnati 64 67 MC MC 49 MC 35 MC
Sung Kang MC MC Wd 58 73 MC 16 MC
John Huh MC 23 32 26 MC 24 26 38
Keith Mitchell 26 55 6 2 MC 47
Stephan Jaeger MC MC 54 49 MC MC 43
Peter Uihlein MC MC 17 66 37 MC 26 52
Emiliano Grillo 16 3 50 26 6 8 57
Ryan Armour MC 55 43 77 40 MC 64 20 MC
Johnson Wagner 20 52 70 55
Abraham Ancer 58 8 13 16 52 MC 68
Roberto Diaz MC 32 MC 39 33 MC
Chad Campbell MC MC 64 31 MC 49 43
Matt Jones MC 52 28 MC
DA Points MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
Kyle Thompson MC 59 MC MC
Jim Furyk 26 70 MC 7 46 MC
David Duval MC
Adam Schenk 58 60 35 59 29 53 MC
Tyler Duncan MC 52 MC MC MC 24 MC MC MC
Chesson Hadley 20 7 18 49 MC MC 35 5
Brice Garnett MC* 42 MC 1 31 MC MC 35
Tom Lovelady MC 68 5 MC 17 MC MC
Smylie Kaufman MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
Cameron Tringale MC MC MC MC MC 47 MC
Brett Stegmaier MC 43 60 MC
Jonathan Randolph MC MC MC 68 MC 66
Trey Mullinax 2 22 8 47
Nicholas Lindheim 36 14 MC Wd MC
Richy Werenski 11 MC MC* 45 MC MC MC MC
Whee Kim MC 50 MC MC 49 MC MC
Andrew Yun 64 MC MC* MC MC
Tom Hoge MC 55 60 26 MC MC 53 MC MC
JJ Henry MC 16 MC 65 74 MC MC MC
Seamus Power MC 60 5 MC MC MC
David Hearn 16 MC 50 MC
Brandon Harkins MC* MC 60 36 MC 41 15 MC
Lanto Griffin 58 MC 28 MC MC
Troy Merritt 36 43 35 MC 49 41 8
Brendon de Jonge MC MC 72 MC
Xin Jun Zhang MC MC 5 MC MC MC 43
Marty Dou Ze Cheng 51 MC MC MC 55
Rory Sabbatini 23 70 43 5 17 72 31
John Daly 65
KJ Choi 45 55 MC 5 MC MC 26 MC
Charlie Wi
CT Pan MC 23 MC 41 MC 17 MC 62
Zac Blair 36 39 MC MC
Ricky Barnes 51 60 62 MC
Colt Knost MC MC MC 62
Ben Silverman 45 MC* MC MC 53 MC 48
Matt Atkins 68 MC 22 56 MC
Chris Stroud Wd MC MC 33 MC 35 MC
Brian Stuard 36 67 MC 36 MC MC MC MC 65
Denny McCarthy 20 43 4 MC 66
Hunter Mahan 45 43 35 MC MC MC
Rob Oppenheim MC 32 35 MC MC 47
Nate Lashley MC 18 28 MC MC
Andrew Putnam 8 32 5 MC MC MC
Michael Kim MC 77 MC 43 MC 57 MC MC
Andres Romero MC
Fabian Gomez MC 50 MC* 22 68 MC MC MC MC
Cody Gribble MC MC MC MC MC MC MC 70
John Peterson MC 57
Tyrone Van Aswegen MC 23 32 72 28 68 68 26 69
Retief Goosen 20 MC 35 MC MC 53 MC
Andrew Landry 1 42 MC MC MC
Talor Gooch MC MC 26 MC MC 20 MC
Sam Saunders MC 72 MC 49 MC 26 26
Matt Every MC 55 8 35 MC 68 66 MC MC MC
Martin Piller MC 24 MC MC 67 67 MC
Joel Dahmen MC* MC* 13 33 MC 55
Ryan Blaum MC MC 16 MC 60 73 MC
Blayne Barber MC MC 16 MC 67
Player 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Justin Rose MC MC 1 8 15 10 MC 43 MC
Henrik Stenson MC
Bubba Watson 5 15 18 1 43 MC 70
Matt Kuchar MC MC
Sergio Garcia 70
Rafa Cabrera-Bello
Patrick Reed 14 MC MC 24
Patrick Cantlay 14
Louis Oosthuizen 24
Charl Schwartzel
Jordan Spieth 4 MC
Ryan Palmer 4 MC 32 4 46 MC 59
Justin Thomas 5 12
Bud Cauley 5 11 MC
Brandt Snedeker MC MC
JB Holmes 5 11 13 MC
Ian Poulter 32 13
Graeme McDowell 57 MC
Pat Perez MC MC Wd 12
Jason Dufner 5 42 1 3 7 9
Cameron Smith 1 43
Jonas Blixt 1 72 MC 70 13
Jason Day MC 5 4 32 MC
Ryan Ruffels 29 20
Billy Horschel MC 36 48 MC 1 MC 26
Scott Piercy MC MC 13 MC MC 34
Shane Lowry MC
Padraig Harrington 67 4
Kevin Na MC
Byeong Hun An MC 2
Scott Stallings MC 11 22 MC MC MC MC
Aaron Baddeley 58 MC MC 28
Gary Woodland MC 20 64 MC
Daniel Berger MC 20 6
Zach Johnson 57
Jonathan Byrd 62 MC MC 12
Charley Hoffman 5 11 5 MC MC* 40 28 19 MC
Nick Watney 5 MC MC* 15 MC 20 MC 42
Brendan Steele MC MC 52 32
Jamie Lovemark MC 2 MC MC
Brooks Koepka 5 21
Marc Turnesa 31 40 MC MC
Kelly Kraft 3 MC
Kevin Tway 3 48
Tommy Fleetwood
Chris Paisley
Jimmy Walker 8 18 MC 42
Sean O`Hair MC 12 52 47 MC
Mackenzie Hughes MC
Corey Conners
Cameron Percy 11 48 MC MC MC 43
Greg Chalmers MC 34 65 30 8 5 24
Alex Cejka 24 MC 65 18 Wd 21 MC 75
Ben Crane MC* MC 56 MC MC MC 20 MC MC
Steve Stricker 14 58 MC 6 13 7 MC
Jerry Kelly 14 MC 22 MC 47 MC MC 67 1
Ross Fisher MC
Jamie Donaldson MC 48 MC
Tony Finau MC MC
Daniel Summerhays MC 21 MC 30 MC
JJ Spaun MC
Sam Ryder
Martin Laird MC MC 24 MC
Russell Knox MC 43 MC 30
Chris Kirk MC 5 21 MC
JT Poston 32
William McGirt MC MC MC 30 MC
Sam Burns
Keegan Bradley MC MC 22 8 MC MC 26
Jon Curran 82 MC MC
Jon Rahm
Wesley Bryan 29
Brian Gay 36 66 51 MC
Aaron Wise
Chez Reavie MC* MC MC MC MC 70 MC 42
Lucas Glover MC* 31 62 62 4 66 19 MC
Harold Varner MC 8
Robert Garrigus MC 72 Wd 5 MC MC MC
Kevin Kisner 2 28 34 MC MC
Scott Brown 2 36 42 MC
Hudson Swafford 32 MC 12 MC
Harris English 32 MC 6 MC
Shawn Stefani MC 52 MC
John Rollins MC 74 MC 7 26 21 13
Danny Lee 14 58 22 25 52 MC
David Lingmerth 14 MC MC MC
Billy Hurley MC MC* MC
Peter Malnati MC MC
Sung Kang MC 72 MC MC
John Huh MC 48
Keith Mitchell
Stephan Jaeger
Peter Uihlein
Emiliano Grillo
Ryan Armour MC
Johnson Wagner 14 48 MC MC 64
Abraham Ancer MC
Roberto Diaz
Chad Campbell 72 8 MC 59 MC
Matt Jones 22 32 45 6 10 70 64
DA Points MC 12 52 2 MC 56 MC 24
Kyle Thompson MC
Jim Furyk MC
David Duval 25 66 MC 53 MC MC
Adam Schenk
Tyler Duncan
Chesson Hadley 20 8
Brice Garnett MC MC MC*
Tom Lovelady
Smylie Kaufman MC MC
Cameron Tringale MC 48 2 17 MC 7 18 28
Brett Stegmaier MC
Jonathan Randolph MC* MC
Trey Mullinax MC
Nicholas Lindheim
Richy Werenski MC*
Whee Kim MC MC 8
Andrew Yun
Tom Hoge 24 MC MC
JJ Henry 24 64 MC 70 62 52 MC MC MC 57
Seamus Power MC
David Hearn 22 20 6 34 21 24 46
Brandon Harkins
Lanto Griffin
Troy Merritt 24 72 MC 48 MC 3
Brendon de Jonge MC 22 MC 18 26 MC MC
Xin Jun Zhang
Marty Dou Ze Cheng
Rory Sabbatini MC MC 17 MC MC 53 2
John Daly MC MC Wd MC
KJ Choi 24 MC 36 MC 39 3 37 24
Charlie Wi 24 34 MC 16 21 2 MC
CT Pan MC
Zac Blair MC MC
Ricky Barnes 22 MC MC 52 42 MC MC
Colt Knost 65 69 24 56 MC
Ben Silverman
Matt Atkins
Chris Stroud 11 20 22 MC MC 24 26 21 MC 64
Brian Stuard 11 1 65 MC MC
Denny McCarthy
Hunter Mahan MC
Rob Oppenheim 64
Nate Lashley
Andrew Putnam MC
Michael Kim 36 48
Andres Romero MC MC 45 MC MC 8 37 Dq 1
Fabian Gomez MC 59 62 32 46
Cody Gribble MC
John Peterson MC* 48 MC 8 MC
Tyrone Van Aswegen 14 MC MC MC
Retief Goosen 14 72 28 21 21 MC 57
Andrew Landry MC
Talor Gooch
Sam Saunders MC MC MC MC
Matt Every MC MC Wd 32 MC MC
Martin Piller MC 71
Joel Dahmen
Ryan Blaum 29
Blayne Barber MC 48 8
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