Groups we’re watching: First round Zurich Classic of New Orleans
Brian Bateman, Nick Watney, Jeff Maggert Tee time: 12:23 p.m. CT Tee: No. 10 Total TOUR wins: 5 Why you should watch: It’s not often a defending champion successfully retains his crown, but you never know what might happen. In a city with as much heart as New Orleans, it wouldn’t be surprising to see last year’s emotion-filled first-time winner, Nick Watney, race to first place again this year. Brian Bateman is a homegrown Louisiana boy, born in Monroe and educated at Louisiana State University, so a win in his native state would be a sweet treat for this one-time TOUR winner. Jeff Maggert has kept his play smooth and steady so far this season making six of seven cuts and finishing inside the top 25 twice — look for the Midwesterner to try to make something happen this week.
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