Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Zurich Classic of New Orleans team event this week on US 

PGA Tour
Team golf makes a rare appearance on the regular US PGA Tour this week at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, live on Sky Sports.
The tournament was given a significant overhaul in 2017 and changed to a two-man team event containing 160 players, making it the only team tournament on the US PGA Tour, with the same format being used again this week.
Pairs will play best ball for the opening round and then foursomes for the second round, with the lowest 35 teams and ties then progressing through to the weekend.
Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith return to New Orleans as defending champions, having defeated Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown in a Monday play-off at last year's event.
The teams making the cut will have the opportunity to pick a walk-up song to be played on the first tee, before playing best ball again for Saturday's third round and foursomes on Sunday.
Five of the world's top 10 feature at TPC Louisiana, with Justin Thomas teaming up with former university room-mate Bud Cauley and Justin Rose being partnered by long-time Ryder Cup team-mate Henrik Stenson.
Jordan Spieth plays alongside Ryan Palmer for the second year running and Sergio Garcia forms an all-Spanish duo with Rafa Cabrera Bello, while Masters champion Patrick Reed joins forces with Patrick Cantlay.
Garcia and Cabrera Bello played alongside each other during the 2016 Ryder Cup
Former Ryder Cup team-mates Graeme McDowell and Ian Poulter play together and Tommy Fleetwood tees up alongside fellow Englishman Chris Paisley, with Shane Lowry and Padraig Harrington the leading Irish interest in the field.
Brooks Koepka makes his return from injury after a four-month absence, with Marc Turnesa his playing partner, while Matt Kuchar combines with Bubba Watson.



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