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Zurich Classic of New Orleans 

The 11th-oldest host city on the PGA Tour, New Orleans has hosted what today is called the Zurich Classic since 1938, when the tournament was held in City Park. Through all the years and name and course changes, the tournament has been consistent in attracting top-notch talent and creating excitement, both on the course and at events held across the city throughout the week. (In 2005, the tournament generated an economic impact of $25 million.) This year is no exception. The tournament returns to its former host in the Jack Nicholson-designed course at English Turn. Phil Mickelson (pictured), hot on the heels of earning his second green jacket at The Masters, is arguably the hottest golfer in the world right now. (Yes, that includes Tiger Woods.) Mickelson leads a field that includes Retief Goosen, Vijah Singh, local favorite David Toms and Davis Love III. Also, organizers have planned an economic forum featuring Rudy Giuliani to discuss the rebuilding effort and vision. Tickets are $25 per day; tournament-long packages are also available. -- Frank Etheridge Mon.-Sun., April 24-30

English Turn Golf & Country Club, Algiers, 342-3000; www.zurichgolfclassic.com

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