McDowell aiming to put 2011 behind him in New Orleans

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Graeme McDowell heads into this week’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans at 15/1 to be victorious after showing good form of late.

The Northern Irishman will be fresh having not played for two weeks since finishing tied 12th at the Masters, and he showed signs of constant improvement at Augusta as he bettered his score in each round.

He currently has four top 15’s in six starts on the tour, showing that he is starting to put his game back together after an indifferent 2011.

Masters champion Bubba Watson will be full of confidence after scoring his first Major success and he is 12/1 to claim another victory in a tournament he won in a play-off last year.

Fellow American and world number seven Steve Stricker already has a victory under his belt after winning the season’s curtain raiser at Kapalua.

The 45-year old has finished in the top 15 on three of his last four visits to TPC Louisiana and will be confident he can get a first win at 20/1.

Swede Peter Hanson is priced at 40/1 and may be worth a punt for those looking for more of an outside hope.

The man who tied third in Georgia’s main event, is in a rich vein of form and shot the lowest round of the day on Sunday in the Volvo China Open and he will go into this one full of confidence.

The more patriotic punter may again be looking to Luke Donald at 12/1.

He finished tied eighth here last year and his consistent game always puts him amongst the fancied members of the field.

Those looking for an alternative Englishman should look no further than Justin Rose.

The South African born man, who is at 20/1, finished tied eighth at the Masters, his third top ten in five events, and will be well-rested as he hasn’t played since competing in this year’s first Major.

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