The Zurich Classic isn’t the only event taking place this week in the Big Easy. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival coincides with the PGA Tourney, adding flavor and jive for the players and fans. The tournament serves local specialities like oysters, crab and crawfish. Yummy! But, I’m not sure the players should be munching on these snacks during competition. It sounds like it could be a recipe for disaster. Just some food for thought.
Anyway, here’s who I’ll be rooting for this week:
- Kenny Perry: Who isn’t pulling for him after his heartbreaking loss at the Masters? He’s handled the disappointment better than 99.98% of any athlete/pro out there. It’s no secret that I was cheering for Perry at the Masters from the very beginning, and I still am this week (and ‘til he retires). Perry’s been playing incredibly all year, and perhaps, he’s more confident than ever. He’ll have plenty of fan support, which always gives him a boost. And, frankly, finishing second place at the Masters isn’t anything to be ashamed about.
- Nick Watney: He won this tournament in 2007. Watney’s been playing stellar all season. He won the Buick Invitational earlier this year. Also, he’s made the cut in all 9 appearances, placed in the top-ten 3 times, and currently ranked fourth in the FedEx Cup Standings. It’s simple – He’s a baller!
- Mike Weir: I can’t explain it. I just have a soft spot for the guy. He hasn’t been playing spectacularly this year, but it hasn’t been terrible either. I’m looking for him to make some noise this week.
- Ryan Moore: As a product of Washington State and a former Junior Golf buddy, I’m always pulling for him. Moore’s demeanor is calm, collected and confident. So far in ‘09, he has finished in the top-25 three times. He’s a young guy on Tour whose due to break through. Mark my words!
- Danny Lee: He’s one of the teen phenoms that have created quite the stir. And, for good reason – He’s only 18, but playing well beyond his years. As expected, he turned pro after playing in the Masters. Lee is the current U.S. Amateur Champion, and to boot, he already has a European Tour victory under his belt. He’s got game.