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Fantasy Aces: Zurich Classic






WEEK 15, MATCH 1: Jim McCabe ($3,220,848; 6-8-0) vs. Jeff Babineau ($2,074,654; 6-6-2)

JIM MCCABE

Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Site: Avondale, La.

Courses: TPC Louisiana (7,399 yards, par 71)

Purse: $6.5 million

Winner’s share: $1,152,000

Best bet: Justin Rose. The season has seen nothing but a long line of high-ranked marquee names darting into the winner’s circle, so it’s about time for a surprise pick, a guy who’s looking for his first PGA Tour victory. The Englishman, perhaps.

Ace up my sleeve: Steve Marino. Then again, maybe it’s this guy’s turn. Certainly, he’s been knocking on the door a lot, including T-5 here a year ago.

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JEFF BABINEAU

Best bet: Nick Watney. Nice finish at Augusta should bode well in New Orleans.

Ace up my sleeve: Charles Howell III. Four top 10s in this event in the last decade, including a couple of runner-up finishes. Time for Chucky Triple Sticks to get in there and win one to get him back to that little hometown tournament of his in Augusta.




WEEK 15, MATCH 2: Lance Ringler ($3,137,097; 7-6-1) vs. Sean Martin ($5,383,562; 7-6-1)

LANCE RINGLER

Best bet: Sergio Garcia. Steve Stricker withdrew, so I’m going with the field’s next-highest player in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.

Ace up my sleeve: Charles Howell III. No-brainer here. Howell has posted back-to-back runner-up finishes in New Orleans. His form has been good this year, placing in the top 30 in all but two events this year.

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SEAN MARTIN

Best bet: Nick Watney. His record has been spotty in New Orleans since winning the ’07 Zurich (MC last year; T-42 in ’08), but he’s playing well. He’s finished in the top 10 in two of his past three starts, including a seventh-place finish at the Masters, which was capped off with a stellar 65.

Ace up my sleeve: Charles Howell III. He’s having a solid season (six top-25s, including three top-10s, in 11 starts), and tied for second at last year’s Zurich.

The Zurich Classic of New Orleans field based on the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index:

  • 4. Steve Stricker (WD)
  • 12. Ian Poulter (WD)
  • 23. Sergio Garcia
  • 27. Ben Crane
  • 29. Stephen Ames
  • 30. Mike Weir
  • 36. David Toms
  • 39. Kevin Sutherland
  • 44. K.J. Choi
  • 45. Brandt Snedeker
  • 46. Jerry Kelly
  • 49. Steve Marino
  • 52. Scott Verplank
  • 53. John Senden
  • 54. Jason Dufner
  • 55. Justin Rose
  • 57. Bryce Molder
  • 59. Jason Bohn
  • 64. Tom Gillis
  • 68. Charles Howell III
  • 71. Mark Wilson
  • 72. Boo Weekley
  • 73. Rod Pampling
  • 77. Chad Collins
  • 78. Bubba Watson
  • 79. Chris Tidland
  • 80. Chris Riley
  • 83. Greg Chalmers
  • 91. Brian Davis
  • 92. Kevin Streelman
  • 99. Cameron Percy
  • 100. J.J. Henry
  • 106. John Rollins
  • 107. George McNeill
  • 110. Garrett Willis
  • 117. Jeff Overton
  • 124. Pat Perez
  • 125. Paul Goydos
  • 131. Nick O’Hern
  • 133. Bob Estes
  • 136. Blake Adams
  • 137. Michael Letzig
  • 144. Charley Hoffman
  • 145. Ryuji Imada
  • 146. D.A. Points
  • 147. Woody Austin
  • 148. Spencer Levin
  • 149. Matt Jones
  • 152. Charlie Wi
  • 156. Tim Petrovic
  • 158. Derek Lamely
  • 161. Brett Quigley
  • 164. Henrik Bjornstad
  • 167. Kevin Stadler
  • 168. Webb Simpson
  • 169. Briny Baird
  • 170. Chris DiMarco
  • 174. Tim Herron
  • 175. Scott McCarron
  • 176. Tom Pernice, Jr.
  • 177. Ted Purdy
  • 181. Richard S. Johnson
  • 182. Craig Bowden
  • 184. Jeff Klauk
  • 185. Jeff Maggert
  • 187. Rory Sabbatini
  • 188. Jimmy Walker
  • 189. Robert Garrigus
  • 190. Andres Romero
  • 191. Graham DeLaet
  • 192. Jeff Quinney
  • 194. Alex Prugh
  • 195. Joe Ogilvie
  • 197. Greg Owen
  • 198. Daniel Chopra
  • 199. Troy Matteson
  • 200. Matt Bettencourt
  • 206. Scott Piercy
  • 214. Stuart Appleby
  • 216. Matt Every
  • 218. Aaron Baddeley
  • 219. Alex Cejka
  • 220. John Merrick
  • 223. Steve Wheatcroft
  • 224. Rocco Mediate
  • 225. Shaun Micheel
  • 227. Roger Tambellini
  • 230. Kris Blanks
  • 233. Harrison Frazar
  • 234. Tim Wilkinson
  • 236. James Driscoll
  • 242. Mathew Goggin
  • 243. Charles Warren
  • 244. Josh Teater
  • 245. Garth Mulroy
  • 248. Johnson Wagner
  • 249. Brendon de Jonge
  • 251. Jarrod Lyle
  • 253. Steve Flesch
  • 257. Mark Calcavecchia
  • 262. Aron Price
  • 265. Chris Stroud
  • 272. Jeff Gove
  • 273. Brian Stuard
  • 275. Justin Bolli
  • 283. James Nitties
  • 285. John Mallinger
  • 289. Ryan Palmer
  • 291. Matt Weibring
  • 295. Lee Janzen
  • 298. Chez Reavie
  • 301. Omar Uresti
  • 306. Bill Lunde
  • 311. Nicholas Thompson
  • 325. Michael Bradley
  • 331. Rich Barcelo
  • 335. John Daly
  • 339. Will MacKenzie
  • 340. Ken Duke
  • 345. Rich Beem
  • 365. Troy Merritt
  • 375. Steve Lowery
  • 380. Fran Quinn
  • 381. Jerod Turner
  • 386. Mathias Gronberg
  • 388. Roland Thatcher
  • 401. Joe Durant
  • 412. Jay Williamson
  • 425. Martin Flores
  • 428. Chris Wilson
  • 431. Brent Delahoussaye
  • 444. Vance Veazey
  • 448. Todd Hamilton
  • 491. Andrew McLardy
  • 501. David Duval
  • 504. Kevin Johnson
  • 507. Parker McLachlin
  • 536. Brenden Pappas
  • 609. Arjun Atwal
  • 643. Brad Faxon
  • 675. Notah Begay III
  • 742. Greg Kraft
  • 859. Brennan Webb
  • N/R. Tommy Armour III
  • N/R. Michael Connell
  • N/R. Chris Couch
  • N/R. Matt Fast
  • N/R. Carlos Franco
  • N/R. Fred Funk
  • N/R. David Lutterus
  • N/R. Brian Rowell
  • N/R. Phil Schmitt
  • N/R. Tyson Shinaut
  • N/R. Chris Smith
  • N/R. Cameron Tringale
  • N/R. Brett Wetterich

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