DeLaet ready to throw the monkey into the bunker in Zurich

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Six of the last nine winners of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans were winning for the first time on the PGA tour and so it may pay to side with some of the bigger priced runners this week in New Orleans.

At the top of the market sits 2013 US Open champion Justin Rose (12/1) who recovered admirably from a first round 76 to make the cut at the Masters and end up tied for 14th.

A third round of 69 put the 33-year-old right back in the picture at Augusta before his chance of challenging disappeared early on SundayHowever, Rose has not added to his mantelpiece since his gutsy success at Merion and at the prices he doesn’t represent much value.

The same can be said of Rickie Fowler (14/1) who you would have thought was winning every other week considering the amount of attention the marketer’s dream of a 25-year-old receives on the other side of the pond.

The reality though is that the Ryder Cup star has only won twice in his career and the last time was back in 2012.

Fowler played some excellent golf to get himself back in contention at the Masters before finishing tied for fifth – his best effort at the course in seven attempts – but his lack of victories, despite 11 top-10 finishes since the Wells Fargo Championship, is enough to make the price a poor one.

Instead, a chance should be taken on Graham DeLaet (20/1). Only Matt Kuchar and Jordon Speith have registered more top-10 results since the beginning of 2013 and with three runner-up finishes in that period as well his chance to come out on top of the leaderboard at last may have arrived.

Matt Kuchar showed last week that deserting a player who has failed to convert recent winning opportunities can be foolhardy and now is not the time to abandon the Canadian.

A more fanciful suggestion comes in the form of local player Andrew Loupe (100/1) who is usually found plying his trade on the NGA Pro Series Tour but has been given exemption into the tournament by the sponsors.

None of the field will know their way around the Avondale track better.

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