NEW ORLEANS, LA - MAY 1: Bubba Watson hits his tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the Zurich Classic at the TPC Louisiana on May 1, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

2011 Zurich Classic: Bubba Watson Wins In Sudden Death Playoff

The 2011 Zurich Classic went to a sudden death playoff and required two holes to find a winner. Bubba Watson finished with his second PGA Tour victory of the season.

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Bubba Watson, Zurich Classic Champion After Sudden Death Playoff

Bubba Watson won the 2011 Zurich Classic in a sudden death playoff with Webb Simpson. After the two birdied No. 18 in the first playoff hole, they returned to the same tee for a third go at the hole on Sunday. Simpson made par, while Watson turned in another birdie to win his second PGA Tour event of the season.

Simpson and Watson both started the day at 12-under, but it looked like Watson was out of it after he double-bogeyed the ninth hole. However, a birdie on the 13th hole, combined with two late bogeys by Simpson, had both at 15-under after 18 holes.

Simpson started the day off strong with a birdie on No. 1 and then an eagle on No. 2. He had three more birdies (and one bogey) before those two bogeys on the back nine. The bogey on the 15th hole came as a result of a one-stroke penalty incurred when he placed his putter behind the ball, which moved.

The best round of the day came from Jason Dufner with a 6-under. Luke Donald and Steve Stricker finished at 10-under and 9-under, respectively.

Here is the top 10 leaderboard:

Position Player Overall Round 4
T1 Webb Simpson -15 -3
T1 Bubba Watson -15 -3
T3 Jason Dufner -13 -6
T3 Tommy Gainey -13 -3
T3 K.J. Choi -13 -3
T6 Matt Jones -12 -2
T6 George McNeill -12 -2
T8 Billy Mayfair -10 -5
T8 David Mathis -10 -4
T8 Andres Romero -10 -4

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2011 Zurich Classic Leaderboard Update: Webb Simpson Takes Lead As Bubba Watson Stumbles

The final round of the 2011 Zurich Classic of New Orleans began with Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson tied for the lead at 12-under, but Simpson has caught fire as stands at 17-under through the first 11 holes. Four birdies, an eagle and one bogey have given Simpson sole possession of the lead.

Watson started the final round off well, making eagle and two birdies on Holes 2-4. However, he stumbled to close out the front nine when he made double bogey on the ninth hole, a par-3. He hit the ball into the water, a costly error.

Simpson isn't the only golfer finding his stride on Sunday. Jason Dufner is currently at and Billy Mayfair finished at 5-under for the day. Dufner now stands at 12-under for the day and Mayfair shot 10-under.

Can Simpson hold on for his first PGA Tour victory?

Here is the current leaderboard:

1. Webb Simpson (-17)
2. Bubba Watson (-14)
T3. K.J. Choi (-13)
T3. George McNeill (-13)
T5. Jason Dufner (-12)
T5. Matt Jones (-12)
7.Tommy Gainey (-11)
T8. Four tied (-10)

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Zurich Classic 2011 Tee Times TV Coverage Final Round

Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson hold a share of the lead into the final round of the Zurich Classic on Sunday morning. The two match each other stroke-for-stroke and sit at 12-under for the tournament with 18 holes to play. Watson and Simpson will be paired together in Sunday's final group, set to tee-off at 12:45 p.m.

Coverage of the final round of the Zurich Classic is set to begin at 3 p.m. EDT on CBS. The coverage window will last until 6 p.m. or whenever the final group is off the course. Radio coverage can also be found on Sirius XM beginning at 12 p.m. EDT.

The full list of tee times can be found below.

12:45 pm Simpson, Webb Watson, Bubba
12:35 pm Rollins, John McNeill, George
12:25 pm Howell III, Charles Choi, K.J.
12:15 pm Gainey, Tommy Stricker, Steve
12:05 pm Jones, Matt Durant, Joe
11:55 am Gomez, Fabian Chalmers, Greg
11:45 am Toms, David Wilson, Dean
11:35 am Senden, John Hearn, David
11:25 am O'Hern, Nick Donald, Luke
11:15 am Dufner, Jason Teater, Josh
11:05 am Romero, Andres Fowler, Rickie
10:55 am Haas, Hunter Watney, Nick
10:45 am Mathis, David Jobe, Brandt
10:35 am de Jonge, Brendon Wi, Charlie
10:25 am Mayfair, Billy Villegas, Camilo
10:16 am Tringale, Cameron Stroud, Chris
10:07 am Hoffman, Charley Allenby, Robert
9:58 am Singh, Vijay Merrick, John
9:49 am Maggert, Jeff Bettencourt, Matt
9:40 am Turnesa, Marc Palmer, Ryan
9:31 am Flesch, Steve Horschel, Billy
9:22 am Crane, Ben Price, Aron
9:13 am Adams, Blake Couch, Chris
9:04 am Ridings, Tag Herron, Tim
8:55 am Rocha, Alexandre Taylor, Vaughn
8:46 am Matteson, Troy Johnson, Richard S.
8:37 am Bertsch, Shane Pettersson, Carl
8:28 am Tomasulo, Peter Davis, Brian
8:19 am Bradley, Michael Bradley, Keegan
8:10 am Knost, Colt Gay, Brian
8:01 am Points, D.A. DiMarco, Chris
7:52 am Overton, Jeff Gutschewski, Scott
7:43 am Smith, Nate Streelman, Kevin
7:34 am Bramlett, Joseph Janzen, Lee
7:25 am Bohn, Jason Reavie, Chez
7:20 am Piller, Martin
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2011 Zurich Classic Leaderboard Update: Bubba Watson In Front Entering Round 3

On Saturday at TPC Louisiana, Bubba Watson will hit the links with a slim lead over his competition. A pair of eagles over the course of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans have helped to send him to the top of the leaderboard.

Watson's favorite hole is surely the 11th, on which he sunk an eagle in both the first and second rounds. He currently stands at 10-under for the tournament, one stroke ahead of Josh Teater. Should Watson hang on, this would be the third PGA Tour win of his career, and his second of 2011.

Teater, meanwhile, had the best Round 2 despite a disappointing double-bogey on the 18th hole to end his day. He scored a total of eight birdies to shoot a 6-under 66 for the day. Teater, age 22, is looking for the first PGA Tournament win of his career.

Here is how the top of the leaderboard looks entering Saturday's action.

1. Bubba Watson (-10)
2. Josh Teater (-9)
3. John Rollins (-8)
T4. John Senden (-7)
T4. Jason Dufner
T4. Matt Jones
T4. Webb Simpson
T4. Dean Wilson
T9. Tommy Gainey (-6)
T9. Steve Stricker
T9. David Mathis
T12. 10 tied (-5)

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Zurich Classic Leaderboard: Bubba Watson In Contention, Josh Teater On A Tear

Bubba Watson took to the tee box on Friday morning in a first-place tie with Matt Jones at the Zurich Classic. But midway through the second round, that PGA Tour leaderboard at TPC Louisiana is in the midst of a serious shakeup. 

Enter Josh Teater, who while putting together a torrid second round at the Zurich Classic is getting the "Who?" treatment on Twitter. It's a fair question; Teater is 32 years old but has played in only 45 events, making 25 cuts, and he's never won a PGA Tour event. The Kentucky native's best tournament showing came earlier this month at the Shell Houston Open, where he finished in a tie for 19th place, shooting 8-under par.

Meanwhile, on Friday at TPC Louisiana, Teater was 8-under through 16 holes, taking him to 11-under for the weekend and a stroke ahead of Watson for the lead. Watson, who shot 66 on Thursday for 6-under and a share of the lead with Jones, had another hole to play on Friday and, at -4, was just a smidgen behind his pace from the first round.

Jones, however, is in the process of reverting to the form he'd previously displayed this season. He won't miss the cut, as he had in the previous two tournament he'd participated in, but Jones is shooting even par so far on Friday, dropping him into a tie for seventh with Tommy Gainey. He still sits ahead of Luke Donald, who followed a 58 on Thursday with a 71 on Friday.

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Zurich Classic Leaderboard: Joe Durant Takes Share Of Lead Into Clubhouse

Joe Durant's name appears at the top of the 2011 Zurich Classic leaderboard, as the American finished his first round in Avondale, Louisiana with a 5-under score. Also 5-under are Carl Pettersson and Vaughn Taylor, both of whom have completed 11 holes thus far.

Tied for fourth place are Matt Bettencourt, Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson, with the latter just starting his back nine and the former two finished for the day.

There's a pileup at 3-under, as Graeme McDowell and seven others are tied for seventh place. Defending champion Jason Bohn sits at 1-under through 11 holes, and Heritage near-misser Luke Donald resides at 2-under after 11. Several of these players who've gone through 11 started on the back nine, in case you're worried about a dangerous logjam of players waiting out a Kevin Na situation.

Keep up with scores by checking the Zurich Classic leaderboard and this StoryStream. For more on the PGA Tour and the Zurich Classic, join Waggle Room, SB Nation's golf community.

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Zurich Classic 2011: Tee Times, TV Coverage And More

The 2011 edition of the Zurich Classic tees off early Thursday morning with six golfers including Duffy Waldorf hitting the course at 7 a.m. Full Tee Times are available here.

Defending champion Jason Bohn tees off at 12:20 p.m. along with Carl Pettersson and John Rollins. Last week's runner-up at the Heritage, Luke Donald begins his round soon after at 12:30 pm. Other notable golfers Vijay Singh and Justin Rose begin their rounds at 7:40 a.m. on Thursday. 

TV coverage for the event is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. ET on Thursday and Friday on the Golf Channel. CBS takes over coverage at 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 

The tournament has a $6,400,000 purse with the winner getting a $1,116,000 cut. 

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PGA Tour Schedule Zurich Classic: Luke Donald Leads Competitive Field

 

The 2011 Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana in Avondale continues the PGA Tour schedule on April 28 at 7 am ET. The winning player will receive a $1,116,000 slice of the $6,400,000 purse, with 500 FedEx Cup points also up for grabs.

Near-No. 1 and Heritage playoff victim Luke Donald (12:30 pm ET round one tee time) headlines the field, along with defending Zurich champion Jason Bohn (12:20 pm), U.S. Open champ Graeme McDowell (12:30 pm), Justin Rose (7:40 am), Vijay Singh (7:40 am), Camilo Villegas (12:30 pm), Rickie Fowler (8:10 am) and Steve Stricker (12:40 pm).

Review the rest of the field here, along with tee times for rounds one and two. The event's TV schedule includes 3 pm ET start times on the Golf Channel for Thursday and Friday, with CBS taking over coverage at 3 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Keep up with scores by checking the Zurich Classic leaderboard and this StoryStream. For more on the PGA Tour and the Zurich Classic, join Waggle Room, SB Nation's golf community.

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