DJ, Day, Crane among featured groups at Zurich

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The PGA Tour heads to the Crescent City this week for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Here are four featured groups to watch at TPC Louisiana (all times ET):

Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Steve Stricker: 8:40 a.m. Thursday, 1:40 p.m. Friday

Rose is one of the favorites this week in the bayou, coming off a T-2 finish at the Masters and now heading to a course where he has cracked the top 15 each of the last three years. He'll play the first two rounds with Fowler, who surprisingly missed the cut last year after three solid results in New Orleans, and Stricker, who finished T-28 at Augusta National and is making just his second start since undergoing back surgery in December.


Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Ben Crane: 8:50 a.m. Thursday, 1:50 p.m. Friday

Johnson remains one of the hottest players on Tour, with five top-6 finishes in his last six starts highlighted by his victory last month at Trump National Doral. He'll be joined by Day, who is making his first start in New Orleans since a T-32 finish in 2009, and Crane, who has missed the cut at TPC Louisiana five of the past six years.


Seung-Yul Noh, Harris English, Keegan Bradley: 1:40 p.m. Thursday, 8:40 a.m. Friday

This group is a reunion of the final-round pairing from a year ago, as Noh held off Bradley and a host of other contenders to win by two shots and secure his first PGA Tour win. He'll look to become the first back-to-back champ at this event since Carlos Franco in 1999 and 2000, with English rounding out the group as he looks to improve upon his T-6 finish two years ago at this event.


Billy Horschel, Nick Watney, David Toms: 1:50 p.m. Thursday, 8:50 a.m. Friday 

This group includes a trio of past Zurich champions in Horschel (2013), Watney (2007) and Toms (2001). Horschel is still looking to gain traction after his FedEx Cup title last season, with only one top-10 finish in 14 starts, while Watney boasts four top-25 finishes in his last seven starts. They'll be joined by Toms, an LSU grad making his 22nd start in this event who will have plenty of fan support this week in the Big Easy.