Zurich Classic could offer preview of The Players Championship


AVONDALE, La. – With The Players Championship two weeks away, the PGA Tour offers a teaser this week of what's to come at the Stadium Course. 

TPC Louisiana is a Pete Dye design, as is the home to the Tour's crown jewel. The home of the Big Easy's PGA Tour event is the standard Dye track, identified by discombobulating placement of fairways, double-trouble hazards on both sides of a hole and severe fall-offs from undulating greens, leaving a nasty taste that even the best gumbo cannot outmatch.

'You have some weird angles off the tee that make it sometimes with cross winds that make you say, 'I can't hit this fairway. It doesn't set-up right.' Then with the pins on the edges of the greens you get some awkward shots that you need to avoid a big number sometimes,' said David Toms on Wednesday.

Aside from the difference in length, Toms said, 'I think this is a nice preview to what goes on at The Players Championship.'

Now a resident of Jupiter, Fla., Keegan Bradley knows all about Bermuda grass. The cuts here, however, have him placing a premium on greens in regulation.

'I hope to hit every green that I play this week because around the greens it's so severely into the grain (of Bermuda grass).  I've never seen anything like it,' he said.

In that regard, TPC Louisiana is more severe than Sawgrass.

'I don't think it's quite like Sawgrass but it is nice to play on Bermuda grass, you know, going into the next couple of weeks is basically all Bermuda, even into the Nelson,' he said.

'It is cool how they do it and I know that people really love where this tournament is placed in the schedule and I hope it doesn't change.'