APRIL 25, 2017

The rebirth of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina is nearly 12 years in the making. The rebirth of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, a PGA Tour staple dating to 1938, begins in earnest this week.

Stuck in a dead zone between the Masters and The Players on a TPC of Louisiana golf course considered uninspiring, the Zurich Classic had fewer big-name acts than the competing Jazz and Heritage Festival and had become something of an afterthought.

Vegas favors Day-Fowler and Rose-Stenson pairings

The oddsmakers expect the world’s top golfers to excel this week as teammates.

The pairings of Jason Day-Rickie Fowler and Justin Rose-Henrik Stenson were listed as 6-1 co-favorites to win the PGA Tour’s first official team event in 36 years, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, according to Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

The pairings of Day (No. 3 in the Official World Golf Ranking) and Fowler (No. 9) and Stenson (No. 6) and Rose (No. 8) provide star power to an event that hasn’t always been a must-play week for the game’s marquee performers.

World No. 5 Jordan Spieth and fellow Texan Ryan Fowler were 10-1 third choices to win at TPC Louisiana in Avondale.

Daniel Berger and Thomas Pieters were listed at 12-1. Branden Grace-Louis Oosthuizen and J.B. Holmes-Bubba Watson rated as 15-1 choices.

In the news

Recalled: By McCain Foods USA, two brands of frozen hash browns “that may be contaminated with extraneous golf ball materials,” according to a Food and Drug Administration news release (http://bit.ly/2pXimE7). Two-pound bags of frozen Southern-style hash browns under the brand names Roundy’s (distributed in Illinois and Wisconsin) and Harris Teeter (Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia) were recalled because of their potential “choking hazard,” the FDA said.

Adjusted: The score for David Howell on the 15th hole during the second round of the recent Shenzhen International, from a 5 to a 9, after he raised questions about his actions. The statement from the European Tour: “At the conclusion of the final round of the Shenzhen International, England’s David Howell approached officials with concerns relating to his preferred lie on hole 15 during the second round. He was unsure if he had taken a preferred lie using the correct score card length or the incorrect club-length and therefore insisted on accepting the appropriate penalty. He incurred a two strokes penalty for playing from a wrong place under rule 20-7 and an additional two strokes penalty under rule 6-6d for an incorrectly returned score card. The four strokes penalty to the second round would have seen Howell missing the cut, therefore he will receive no prize money.” It would have been the first made cut for Howell in seven starts this year, dating to the UBS Hong Kong Open in December.

Revived: The Toney Penna brand of golf equipment and accessories, by the Toney Penna Golf Co. The gear will be available at www.toneypennagolf.com.

From the Morning Read inbox

Lessons from Ralph Terry last a lifetime

I enjoyed your article about Ralph Terry (“Baseball and golf help ex-Yankees star go the distance,” April 24, bit.ly/2oEiV4t).

Our family was one of the original members of Roxiticus (Golf Club in Mendham, N.J.). I had several lessons during high school playing days with Ralph. He always had time to ask me how our team was playing. My 8 handicap wasn't good enough for college golf, so here I am, 64 years old and a “true 10."

Mark Williams
Thompson's Station, Tenn.


GustBuster has received a Golf Digest Editors’ Choice Award for best umbrella, the company announced. It is the second consecutive year that GustBuster has been honored for one of its umbrellas.

April 25
Amateur: Terra Cotta Invitational
Naples (Fla.) National GC
April 25-26
National Golf Day
April 27-30
Web.com Tour: El Bosque Mexico Championship
El Bosque CC, Leon, Mexico
LPGA: Volunteers of America Texas Shootout
Las Colinas CC, Irving, Texas
PGA Tour: Zurich Classic of New Orleans
TPC Louisiana, Avondale, La.
European Tour: Volvo China Open
Topwin Golf and CC, Beijing
April 28-30
Symetra Tour: Symetra Classic
Atlanta National GC, Milton, Ga.
Industry: Haggin Oaks Golf Expo
Haggin Oaks Golf Complex, Sacramento, Calif.
May 4-7
Web.com Tour: Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship
Corales GC, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
LPGA: Lorena Ochoa Match Play
Mexico GC, Mexico City
Amateur: Lytham Trophy
Royal Lytham and St. Annes, Lytham, England
PGA Tour: Wells Fargo Championship
Eagle Point GC, Wilmington, N.C.
May 5-7
Champions Tour: Insperity Invitational
The Woodlands (Texas) CC
May 9-10
NGF Golf Business Symposium
Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village, St. Augustine, Fla.
May 11-14
PGA Tour: The Players Championship
TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
European Tour: Portugal Open
Morgado G&CC, Portimao, Portugal

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