This event made a four-week move up the schedule from last year. In 2007, Nick Watney cruised to a three-stroke win two weeks after the Masters. This time around, the tournament will be played two weeks before Zach Johnson will defend his title at Augusta.
Watney picked up his first tour win thanks to four rounds in the 60s. He finished three clear of Ken Duke. Watney was the 16th player to earn his first tour win at this event.
The victory for Watney completed a hat trick as he was the third straight first-time winner at this tournament. Watney followed Chris Couch, who holed a chip for the win, and Tim Petrovic, who needed a playoff to down James Driscoll.
Vijay Singh claimed the title in 2004, but the year before was Steve Flesch, who also picked up his first tour win.
After a one-year stint at English Turn Golf & Country Club, the tournament returned to the TPC of Louisiana last year. English Turn had played host from 1989-2004, and the one year move back there was caused by Hurricane Katrina.
After the first two days on the GOLF CHANNEL, NBC will cover the weekend rounds. Next week will be the final tune-up for The Masters, the Shell Houston Open. Adam Scott won that title last year.