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Preview: Zurich Classic of New Orleans

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Twenty-five of the top-50 players in the 2013 PGA Tour FedExCup Standings highlight a field competing for the $1.1 million first-prize at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

The field is headlined by Jason Dufner, the returning champion who used his first PGA Tour victory in New Orleans to springboard his 2012 season where he managed to finish in the top 10 six more times, including another victory at the Byron Nelson Championship.

Dufner has had a so-so start for the 2013 season, managing four top-25 finishes in nine starts. If history can repeat itself, the Zurich tournament may be the turn-around event for Dufner once again.

Other players to watch out for

Justin Rose has played well in his five official starts this season, earning top-10 honors in three of those tournaments. Rose has been a model of consistency over the past two seasons and is regularly billed as one of the favorites to win a major championship. He looks to win his first victory of 2013 in New Orleans, a tournament where he tied for 10th in 2012.

Rickie Fowler is also one to watch as he has impressed critics this season with three top 10s and only one missed cut in 2013. He currently sits in 35th place in the FedExCup Standings, and is hoping for a second-career Tour win in the Bayou where he tied for 10th last year.

Bubba Watson won the Zurich Classic in 2011, beating Webb Simpson in a playoff. TPC Louisiana typically rewards long hitters with a good touch around the greens,and low scores are available for those willing to take chances on the par 5s. This suits Bubba’s game perfectly and it woudn’t be surprising if he finishes at least in the top 5 this weekend.

A 14-year-old phenom

The most notable entry this weekend will be 14-year-old Guan Tianlag, who will make his second career Tour start after an impressive showing at the Masters. He made the cut at Augusta, winning low amateur honors with a final score of 12-over, good enough for 58th place overall.

Tianlang is the youngest player to ever be invited to the Masters and he didn’t disappoint onlookers, beat writers and fellow competitors who thought his inexperience could prove overwhelming at the most famous tournament in golf. Instead, Tianlang played a solid 72 holes in which he didn’t score any hole worse than a bogey and did not three-putt once on the undulating greens of Augusta National.

The debate continues on whether competing at this level of competition will help or hurt his game, but a top-30 finish could quiet his critics who believe Tianlang should just stick to dominating players at his age level — those who aren’t old enough to drive a vehicle or indulge in a post-round beer.

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Dennis lives in Calgary, Canada where golf is available (at best) six months of the year. The other six months are spent understanding the nuances of the game that make it so addicting and wonderfully frustrating. In a perfect world, Dennis would take his set of G10s and his D300S to travel the world playing and photographing the beautiful, unique landcapes of the golf world. For now, he sits at a desk and is developing an eight-layer golf ball simply called "The Tour Ocho."

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  1. Tony Twillie

    Apr 24, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    If you get a chance, stop by and say hello; I’m working the greenside tower at the 8th hole doing ShotLink!

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WRX Retrospective: Interesting photos from the 2019 Masters

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As of now, we know the 2020 Masters is going to have to wait until November. The tournament will be as exciting as it will be interesting since it will be the first modern glimpse into Augusta National beyond April.

It has also given us the great opportunity to look back with hindsight 20/20 (that was very much an unintended pun) at our pictures from 2019 to showcase some of the most noteworthy and interesting, including some potential foreshadowing of the week that was to come.

2007 Masters champion Zach Johnson isn’t one to change putters too often, but he must have been searching for something last year when testing out this TaylorMade Spider.

This was Viktor Hovland’s last Masters as an amateur. He won low amateur honors and went on to capture the same distinction at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

TaylorMade always does a wonderful job with major-themed accessories and bags. 2019 was no exception.

Little did we know at the time this was taken, this man would be leading heading into Sunday’s final round. How the tables turned so quickly.

Callaway’s collab with Seamus Golf lead to these flower-themed headcovers.

We can’t forget that Tuesday practice day was rained out and the course was closed at 10 a.m. to both players and spectators. It wasn’t the warm spring kickoff many had hoped for!

Although it was short-lived, it was a rainy Tuesday for all, including caddies.

The weather broke on Wednesday and the view up the 10th hole never gets old.

Did you realize two-time Masters champ Bubba Watson’s Flightscope has a custom pink paint job?

Inexpensive snacks and beverages are always a highlight of any Master’s visit.

The 2019 Masters featured pre-bulked Bryson, who also happened to have a custom FlightScope X3. He looks like a veritable stick!

They say a picture says 1,000 words, but in the case of Tiger Woods, we had no idea how many words would be written come Sunday.

A peek into the bag of Gary Woodland, who would go on to become the U.S. Open Champion only a few months later.

Special shoutout to Gary Woodland’s caddy Brennan Little, who hails from St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, and is obviously a big Toronto Blue Jays fan. He was also on the bag for Mike Wier’s win in 2003.

Although the relationship was short-lived, Sergio used some very cool custom Toulon putters while on staff with Callaway Golf.

The eighth green is one of the most interesting and mounded on the course, there’s not a bunker to be found but danger lurks everywhere.

Undulations at No. 1 are a sight to be seen at ground level.

The iconic, understated clubhouse of ANGC.

The tucked-away first tee spike cleaner is something every course should have.

And of course, the iconic 12th, where so much would be decided come Sunday.

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10 interesting photos from the 2020 Players Championship

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2020 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

The field this week featured the best golfers in the world, including Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, and more.

Rory McIlroy enters the tournament as the defending champion, looking hoist the crystal again.

Check out all our galleries below, along with highlights from TPC Sawgrass.

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Bettinardi’s St. Patrick’s Day covers  

Brand-new Srixon 745 in Keegan’s bag

Roger Sloan’s custom Cameron

Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal irons spotted in Nick Watney’s bag 

Joel Dahmen with a battle-worn hybrid

Fresh eggs for Patrick Reed…

Justin Rose continues to tweak his equipment

Carlos Ortiz looks to be picking up some supplies to mark the end of his driveway…

Jordan Spieth with a Vokey WedgeWorks Proto 60T in the bag

Kiradech Aphibarnrat with lead tape and stamping on cavity-back irons. Solid! 

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GolfWRX Spotted: Justin Rose with mixed bag at Arnold Palmer Invitational

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It’s not very often we get breaking equipment news this time of year on the PGA Tour schedule, but this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, one of the highest-profile players on tour, Justin Rose, was spotted testing multiple brands of clubs throughout his entire bag.

It started last week at the Honda Classic when Rose put a TaylorMade SIM driver with Mitsubishi Kuro Kage in play. As of today’s first round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Rose has a mixed set including TaylorMade, Cobra, and Titleist clubs, along with an Axis1 putter.

Here are the details of Rose’s equipment:

Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5 degrees @ 8.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 70 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Max (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 80 TX

5-wood: Cobra SpeedZone Tour (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80 X

Irons: TaylorMade P730 (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (52, 56 degrees), Titleist Vokey Design Prototype K Grind (60 degrees)
Shafts: Project X 6.5 (52, 56), Proto Hi-Rev 135X (60)

Putter: Axis1 Rose
Grip: Flat Cat Svelte

Ball: TaylorMade TP5 ‘19 (No. 1)

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