Everything you need to know about the new Zurich Classic format

Wednesday April 19th, 2017
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Everything you need to know about the new Zurich Classic
The Zurich Classic of New Orleans returns to TPC Louisiana, but with a new format. Here's everything you need to know about the team event.

Can't possibly wait until the Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup for another team golf event? Worry not, golf fans: The 2017 Zurich Classic of New Orleans will provide you with the fix you need. Here's everything you need to know about the changes to the regular Tour stop in Louisiana.

1. The Basics

What: The Zurich Classic of New Orleans
Where: TPC Louisiana, New Orleans, LA
When: April 27-30, 2017
TV schedule (EST):
Thursday: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Golf Channel)
Friday: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Golf Channel)
Saturday: 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Golf Channel), 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST (CBS)
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Golf Channel), 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST (CBS)

2. History

Zurich Insurance Group came on as the title sponsor in 2005, though the tournament has been an annual event since 1958, when Billy Casper beat Ken Venturi in a playoff to capture the first of what would be 14 Greater New Orleans Open Invitational titles. Before heading to TPC Louisiana in 2005, the tournament was held at English Turn Golf & Country Club for 16 straight years. It has remained since, save for 2006, when damage from Hurricane Katrina forced the event back to English Turn for a year.

3. Format

The 2017 edition of the tournament will be a two-man team event, with two rounds each of foursome and four-ball play. This is the first time the Zurich Classic won't be a stroke-play event.

Eighty teams (160 players) are entered. The top committed players choose their playing partner, provided they have full PGA Tour status or have been invited to play the event on a sponsor exemption.

Rounds one and three will be foursomes (alternate shot), and rounds two and four will be four-ball (best ball). A cut will be made with the top 35 teams, including ties, after two rounds. In the event of a tie after 72 holes, a sudden-death four-ball playoff format will follow.

Rickie Fowler and Jason Day will partner together at the 2017 Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
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4. What's at stake

In addition to divvying up the $7.2 million purse, both teammates will earn a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour and be eligible for invitational events like the Players Championship and the Tournament of Champions.

Each player will also receive FedEx Cup points by combining every two positions from the official FedEx Cup point list and splitting them evenly. For example, the winner of the event would receive 500 points and the runner-up 300, so each player on the winning team will receive 400 points (half of the total 800 from first and second; the prize money will be split the same way).

5. The field

Seven of the world's top-10 players will tee it up at TPC Louisiana next Thursday. Notable pairings include Olympic medalists Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, former Players champions Jason Day and Rickie Fowler and Texas duo Jordan Spieth and Ryan Palmer.

Jordan Spieth, Ryan Palmer
Jason Day, Rickie Fowler
Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson
Justin Thomas, Bud Cauley
Bubba Watson, J.B. Holmes
Patrick Reed, Patrick Cantlay
Daniel Berger, Thomas Pieters
Tyrrell Hatton, Jamie Donaldson
Jimmy Walker, Sean O’Hair
Russell Knox, Kevin Streelman
Louis Oosthuizen, Branden Grace
Brooks Koepka, Chase Koepka
Charley Hoffman, Nick Watney
Luke Donald, Jamie Lovemark
Jason Dufner, Patton Kizzire
Steve Stricker, Jerry Kelly
Billy Horschel, Matt Every
Smylie Kaufman, Harold Varner III
John Peterson, Andrew Loupe
Seung-Yul Noh, Byeong Hun An
Kevin Kisner, Scott Brown
Hudson Swafford, Harris English
Chris Kirk, Brendon Todd
David Hearn, Graham DeLaet
Freddie Jacobson, Willy Wilcox
Steve Marino, Will MacKenzie
Michael Thompson, Tim Wilkinson
Jason Bohn, Carl Pettersson
K.J. Choi, Charlie Wi
William McGirt, Robert Garrigus
Steven Bowditch, Boo Weekley
Tony Finau, Daniel Summerhays
Fabian Gomez, Jhonattan Vegas
Cody Gribble, Jim Herman
J.J. Henry, Tom Hoge
Mackenzie Hughes, Nick Taylor
Si Woo Kim, Sung Kang
Peter Malnati, Mark Wilson
Ben Martin, Ben Crane
Troy Merritt, Robert Streb
Rod Pampling, John Senden
Brian Stuard, Chris Stroud
Russell Henley, Blayne Barber
Zac Blair, C.T. Pan
Brian Harman, Johnson Wagner

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