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World No. 252 Jonas Blixt readies for his fifth Zurich Classic of New Orleans and partners with Aussie and World No. 112 Cameron Smith, who posted a T43 in his only appearance in 2015 (69-70-69-69).

The Swede finished T72 (of 82) at the weather-plagued edition last year. That followed a missed cut in 2015 (by two) and a 70th (of 71) in 2013. The newly minted 33-year-old's fall off at TPC Louisiana has been stark, considering he went for T13 on debut in 2012, but it does mirror his career trend pretty closely. Blixt's last of two TOUR titles came in 2013 and 2013 is also the last year he played on a National Team. He enters the week 153rd in the FedExCup standings batting .500 on the season (in 14 starts) and a couple top 25s. Smith (no team experience) checks in at 67th in FEC points, 12-for-15 on the season with two top 10s, including a season-best T6 last week at the VTO, where he was the only one of 39 first-timers to top 10. The duo, who both reside in the Jacksonville, Florida, area, is currently an 80/1 outright.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Apr 26 - 2:05 PM

Brian Campbell preps for his course and tournament debut ahead of this week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans, teaming up with Miguel Angel Carballo to take on TPC Louisiana.

The PGA TOUR rookie has started slower than he wanted, with just a 5-for-9 record to sit at 187th in the FedExCup standings. With no history at TPC Louisiana, he will lean on his partner, Miguel Angel Carballo, who is 1-for-3 here with a T39 in 2012 being the highlight. Campbell and Carballo combined for seven top 10s in 28 starts last year on the Web.com Tour, proving the upside is there. While the potential is there, it remains hidden on the PGA TOUR, making them a long shot to contend this week in Avondale, Louisiana.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Apr 26 - 9:33 AM

Canada will be represented well when David Hearn teams up with Graham DeLaet for this week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

The Canucks are both still searching for their maiden PGA TOUR wins. The duo has a career record of 243-for-375 with 46 top 10s, nine of those doubliing as podium finishes. At this week's venue, TPC Louisiana, Hearn is a perfect 7-for-7 with four top 25s while DeLaet brings a 3-for-4 record including a T4 finish in 2012. With solid course history and stellar long-term pedigree, the Canadians should be right in the thick of things come Sunday afternoon.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Apr 26 - 9:19 AM

Smylie Kaufman connects with Harold Varner III ahead of this week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

The LSU product is teaming up with East Carolina's Harold Varner III at TPC Louisiana this week. They will open the week playing the alternate shot format in round one before moving to best ball in round two. Kaufman has seen this week's layout just once, a missed cut at last year's weather-shortened edition. His playing partner, HV3, had a much better debut, finishing T8 last year after rounds of 69-67-69=205 (-11). For recent form, Kaufman broke out of a six-event slump when he collected a T37 at last week's Valero Texas Open. That was coming on the heels of his second annual Spring Break trip with Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, and Rickie Fowler. Perhaps the trip has rejuvenated his form.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Apr 26 - 9:12 AM

Chris Wood hopes to find some sharpness as he flies out to Beijing to contest the Volvo China Open at Topwin Golf & CC.

After T11 in Qatar and T19 in Dubai on the 'Desert Swing' he's not had his best stuff and in a run of events in America he made a first-round exit in the WGC-Dell Match Play, took T49 in the Houston Open and missed the cut at the Masters after shooting 74-77. Speaking to the europeantour.com, he said: "I've been playing alright but just not really scoring, hence why I need to keep playing. I have had a couple of weeks off since the Masters and practised hard at home, so I am ready for this week." Wood is 3-for-5 in the Volvo China Open although this is his first start at Topwin. On his last two starts in the country, the World No. 65 has finished T22 in the BMW Masters and T23 at the WGC-HSBC Champions.
Apr 26 - 5:04 AM

After shooting 72-76 to miss the cut in last week's Shenzhen International, Jorge Campillo will aim to get back on track in the Volvo China Open at Topwin Golf & CC in Beijing.

The Spaniard enjoyed a run of seven top 25s in 11 starts from October to March but has wobbled recently by failing to cash in two of his last three tournaments. However, between those early exits he was T19 in the Trophee Hassan II and in early March the 30-year-old was runner-up at the Tshwane Open so he can't be too far off. Campillo had struggled previously in this event (MC-MC-64-MC) but played well when the tournament moved to Topwin for the first time last year. He opened 70-67-68 to sit T12 with 18 holes to play but then carded a disappointing 73 in his closer to finish T34.
Apr 26 - 4:52 AM

Sam Brazel was a shock winner of the Hong Kong Open in December and he'll look for more success in the region when making his debut in this week's Volvo China Open at Topwin Golf & CC in Beijing.

That HK victory was easily the career highlight for the 38-year-old Aussie but he's played some decent golf since, cashing in six of the seven tournaments he's played in 2017. That run includes T12 at the Maybank Championship in Malaysia so he certainly is one to keep an eye on when the European Tour heads to Asia. He also pegged it up in last week's Shenzhen International in China, starting slowly but carding 69-71 over the final 36 holes to take T51.
Apr 26 - 4:43 AM

Mikko Korhonen slots in at 49th on the Race to Dubai ahead of his third start at the Volvo China Open.

The Finn posted T47 on debut at Tomson two years ago but missed the cut at this week's venue, Topwin Golf & CC, last year despite opening with a promising 68. He returns on the back of T39 at last week's Shenzhen International where he edged his way up the leaderboard after starting out with a 74. Korhonen has added reliability to his game in the last six months, missing just one cut in 11 starts. He was also runner-up at March's Tshwane Open and T7 at January's South African Open. This will be his 122nd European Tour start and he's still chasing a first victory.
Apr 26 - 4:35 AM

Peter Hanson has plenty of strong form lines going for him at this week's Volvo China Open.

The Swede shot 66-71-67-67 to tie for sixth last year when this event moved to Topwin Golf & CC in Beijing for the first time. Meanwhile, the most recent of his six European Tour wins also came on Chinese soil when he captured the 2012 BMW Masters at Lake Malaren in Shanghai. Hanson played some strong golf on the 'Desert Swing' earlier this season, with T8 in Abu Dhabi and T18 in Qatar but then took time off until returning at last week's Shenzhen International. There was a little rust after 10 weeks off but he shot four under par rounds to post T29. With another decent performance in China under his belt, Hanson could be ready to kick on here and crack the top 10 again.
Apr 26 - 4:24 AM

Brandon Hagy reunites with an old college teammate, Michael Kim, for a team appearance at this week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

The UC-Berkeley duo complement each other nicely as Hagy is one of the longest hitters on TOUR while Kim is one of the best putters on TOUR. They are just three years removed from playing team events together, so the team chemistry should pop right back into place. Hagy was a member of the 2014 Palmer Cup squad, going 1-1-0 in team competion before losing both of his singles matches. From a statistical perspective this team is middle of the pack this week, but their team chemistry is a wildcard asset that could help them jump right into contention on Thursday.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Apr 25 - 9:16 PM

Steve Stricker readies for his 16th appearance at this week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans, this time pairing up with Jerry Kelly for the new team format.

The Wisconsin natives bring plenty of experience to the table, playing this event a total of 31 times and arriving with a combined age of 100. Stricker brings a career record in team play events of 14-12-1, most recently going 3-1-0 at the 2013 Presidents Cup. Stricker posted a T16 in his latest PGA TOUR start (81st Masters) before collecting a T8 at the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf on the senior circuit. If experience is a key part of your grading scale this week, the Stricker & Kelly combo have to rise to the top.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Apr 25 - 9:05 PM

Bobby Wyatt takes his talents to TPC Louisiana for a team showdown at this week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

The University of Alabama alum is teaming up with another Crimson Tide product this week, Trey Mullinax. The duo will be one (of 80) teams competing at this week's Zurich Classic. Wyatt will supply the course history at TPC Louisiana, as he finished solo fourth during his debut last year while Mullinax is getting his first look at the Pete Dye design. More recently, he's struggled to find his form, missing the cut in six of his last seven starts. Perhaps a college reuinion is all it will take to light a fire under Wyatt.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Apr 25 - 8:55 PM

Jason Scrivener is readying himself for a second appearance in the Volvo China Open at Topwin Golf & CC in Beijing this week.

Two full seasons into his European Tour career the Australian is getting uncomfortably used to scraping about at the end of the year, desperate for the few Euros required to confirm his playing rights. Thus far this season he is 69th in the rankings, but will feel far from safe as the tour heads Europe bound soon and the big hitters spent more time playing. He owes his position to a fourth in the World Super 6 Perth and T10 in the Hong Kong Open. Otherwise the year has been something of a struggle. He’s used to that however. The top ten in Hong Kong was no exception, he was T3 there in 2015. But last week he was T45 in Shenzhen and last year T44 on this layout, hinting that this might not be one when he makes too much progress.
Apr 25 - 12:20 PM

Sweden’s Alexander Bjork has made a fine start to his career on the main stage and he’ll aim to continue it in that style when he tees it up in the Volvo China Open at Topwin Golf & CC.

European Tour rookie Bjork’s T14 last week in the Shenzhen International was a neat continuation of his solid opening campaign which has seen him record T17 in the Alfred Dunhill Championship, T7 in the South African Open, T28 in the Qatar Masters and T5 in the Tshwane Open (he led after 54 holes). It leaves him 58th in the Race to Dubai and not too far from confirming retention of his card for 2018. It should not have been too much of a surprise that he impressed in China because his record there on the Challenge Tour was smart enough: T35 and T21 in the Foshan Open, then T6 in last year’s Hainan Open. One to watch and certainly exceeding the expectations of many when he graduated from the second circuit.
Apr 25 - 12:18 PM

One-time tournament winner Brett Rumford will seek his second title of the season when he plays the Volvo China Open at Topwin Golf & CC in Beijing this week.

It’s been a wonderfully neat season so far for the Australian. He opened with T5 in the Australian PGA Championship, completed victory in the World Super 6 Perth, and has added top 25 finishes in Hong Kong and then last week in Shenzhen. The latter result (T14) should provide gamers with reason to sit up and take note because Rumford is not only a previous winner of the event (in 2013), but he also posted a final round 67 on the course last year to finish T34. In fact his record in the tournament is exceptionally solid: 10 starts, nine cuts made, five top 30s, one win.
Apr 25 - 12:16 PM



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