What to Watch for Friday in New Orleans: Rain, Sergio, Couch, Romero
Rain. Well, it is New Orleans, what do you expect? Only a chance of thundershowers, however, maybe in the afternoon. If it gets windy, scores will go up. If not and the course softens, the afternoon guys could catch a break. Sergio Garcia. The Spaniard is the only player in the field ranked in the top 25 in the world, and he’s been struggling of late. He shot one over Thursday and was one stroke off the cutline, so he’ll need a little bit of a rally today to play on the weekend. He teed off early this morning. (Leaderboard) Chris Couch. A former winner of this event, Couch has made a nice comeback from shoulder surgery and a subsequent problem with frozen shoulder (don’t ask, but you don’t want to have one) that sidelined him for nearly two seasons. He’s quietly been playing good golf, contended at Bay Hill and shot five under par in the first round. The course knowledge from his win won’t help—that came across town at English Turn, not here at the TPC of Louisiana. Andres Romero. The go-for-broke Argentine, who had brushes with consecutive British Opens and later got his first U.S. victory here at the TPC, shot three under par in the opening round. He’s been quiet for some time. It would be no surprise to seem him vault into contention on a course that suits his aggressive power style of golf.