Wednesday, April 26, 2006
New Orleans fits like a Glover
By John Hawkins
Another week, another weak field. The Zurich Classic will feature the post-Masters return of Phil Mickelson, Retief Goosen, and a lot of guys you'd never think about picking. This tournament moves back to English Turn G&CC because the TPC of Louisiana lost 8 and 6 to Hurricane Katrina, suffering turf damage so immense it won't reopen to anybody -- much less the PGA Tour -- until this summer.
English Turn was never all that popular among tour pros, although somebody really will love the place in a few days. The question is, who? Tim Herron feels like a good fit for this high-trajectory venue, but Lumpy has missed three cuts in four starts. J.J. Henry played well in Atlanta, but that was almost a month ago. Carlos Franco collected back-to-back wins in New Orelans (1999-2000), but those days are long gone. Then there's Steve Flesch, whose first of two victories came at English Turn in 2003.
But -- drumroll please -- I've settled on Lucas Glover. Big hitter, makes tons of birdies, two nice paychecks lately in Hilton Head (T-12) and Houston (T-21). The kid is a player with strong numbers across the board, and he dismantles par 5s.
Best of all, Glover finished one shot out of a playoff (won by Tim Petrovic) in New Orleans last year. English Turn is a course more suited to his style, and that's more than good enough for me.