Power Rankings: 2016 Zurich Classic of New Orleans


The 2016 fantasy golf season rolls right along, as the PGA Tour heads to Louisiana this week for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. A field of 156 players will tackle TPC Louisiana, where the winning score can sometimes eclipse 20 under par.

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Justin Rose won this event last year by four shots over Cameron Tringale. Here are 10 players to watch in the Big Easy:

1. Jason Day: The world No. 1 has only finished outside the top 25 once this season, and even his bad rounds - like a Saturday 79 at Harbour Town - don't prevent him from contending. Day already has two wins to his credit this season and has a great chance to pick up a third on a course where he finished fourth last year.

2. Justin Rose: Rose has finished T-15 or better each of the last four years at TPC Louisiana, highlighted by last year's win where he played the final 66 holes without a bogey. Rose hasn't fallen outside the top 20 in a stroke-play event since Torrey Pines, including a T-10 finish at the Masters.

3. Daniel Berger: The reigning Rookie of the Year is still in search of his first win, but it could come this week. Berger finished T-6 here a year ago on a course that should ideally suit his game, and he enters with top-10 finishes in each of his last two events after shaking off a wrist injury in Austin.

4. Rickie Fowler: Fowler cracked the top 10 at this event back in 2012, but he has missed the cut each of the last two years. Still, he remains a threat in a field without a ton of top-flight names, and Fowler has four top-10 finishes in his last six starts dating back to a playoff loss in Phoenix.

5. Billy Horschel: Horschel broke through for his maiden victory at this event in 2013, which remains a lone bright spot on his Zurich record. But a T-4 finish last week at Valero was just the latest solid result for the former FedEx Cup champ, who also finished T-17 at the Masters and appears to be adjusting to his new equipment.

6. Chris Kirk: Kirk was slow to rebound after a hand injury late last season, but he appears to have found his groove again with top-25 finishes in four of his last five starts. That includes a T-13 finish last week in San Antonio, and Kirk finished T-21 the last time he teed it up in New Orleans.

7. Charley Hoffman: Hoffman enters on a tear, with four top-20 finishes in his last seven starts highlighted by a dramatic victory at TPC San Antonio. Hoffman effectively ironed out the final-round scoring issues that had plagued him, and he finished T-5 here in 2014 in his most recent appearance.

8. Patton Kizzire: The reigning Web.com Tour Player of the Year will get a win soon; it's just a matter of when. Kizzire went to school at Auburn and knows all about playing golf in this part of the country, and his record includes a T-9 finish at the WGC-Match Play and a T-14 finish in HIlton Head. He ranks eighth on Tour in strokes gained putting.

9. Smylie Kaufman: The former LSU standout will have a hearty rooting section this week in the bayou, and he proved both with his win in Las Vegas and his performance at the Masters that he has what it takes to both contend and win. He has finished T-29 or better in three of his last four starts and should be well-rested after a rather public trip to the Bahamas.

10. David Hearn: The Canadian has had some pretty solid success at this event, with three top-25 finishes in six appearances highlighted by last year's T-6 result. He has found his footing after abandoning the long putter in the fall, as Hearn finished T-13 last week in San Antonio.