A trophy hasn’t yet been awarded, and already the professionals are giving the PGA Tour a pat on the back for the new, revamped Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Even some who didn’t make the cut are lauding the change in format from 72-hole stroke play to a combination of foursome and four-ball team play. Following their respective missed cuts, teams of Jason Day and Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose looked back on the first two rounds as a shared experience to remember.
“We’re sharing the disappointment together,” said Day.
“A problem shared is a problem halved,” said Rose.
Players took to Twitter Friday to commend the event, regardless of where they finished.
“Truly believe that the Zurich Classic will be a must play event for majority of players from now,” Billy Horschel tweeted. “Will only get better from here on out.” Canadian Mackenzie Hughes posted: “I’m a huge fan of the new format.”
With a weekend of team golf left to play, that sentiment will surely continue to grow.
— Scott Stallings (@stallingsgolf) April 28, 2017
Thanks @Zurich_Classic for running a first class event! I’m a huge fan of the new format. Look forward to being back next year!
— Mackenzie Hughes (@MacHughesGolf) April 28, 2017
Truly believe that @Zurich_Classic will be a must play event for majority of players from now. Will only get better from here on out.
— Billy Horschel (@BillyHo_Golf) April 28, 2017
— Smylie Kaufman (@SmylieKaufman10) April 28, 2017
Let’s GEAAAUUUUXXXXX @aloupe6
— John Peterson (@JohnPetersonPGA) April 29, 2017
— Keegan Bradley (@Keegan_Bradley) April 29, 2017