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AVONDALE La. - Louisiana is the center of the golfing world as some some of game's greatest arrived in town.

With names like Justin Rose, Ernie Els and Bubba Watson, the 2013 Zurich Classic of New Orleans is star studded.

Thursday is the first day of the tournament, and things looked better than Wednesday, when the rain cut the Pro-Am short and caused everyone to evacuate the course.

The weather inAvondale is expected to hold up for the participants.

Tianlang Guan, the 14-year-old Chinese sensation, made history as the youngest player in the Masters earlier in April and will be teeing off on Thursday.

Jason Duffner returned for a chance to take home the winner's title two years in a row. If he succeeds, he'll be the first repeat winner in the New Orleans tournament since 2000.

There is more than just golf at the TPC. During the weekend, the course turns into a concert venue and live music will begin right after the tournament ends.

For $175, spectators can receive special treatment in the Champions Club, which is an air-conditioned tent on the 18th fairway. Food will be served from Drgao's, Bourbon House and Ruth's Chris Steakhouse.

The tournament benefits the Fore!Kids Foundation, which funds programs for needy children.

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