The Zurich Classic is usually a low-key event with modest fanfare and exposure, but a new team format has injected some life into the New Orleans tournament.
Last Monday, the PGA Tour announced that the Zurich Classic will feature 80 two-man teams playing alternate shot and best ball formats over four rounds next April at TPC Louisiana. Perhaps the most intriguing part of this new wrinkle is that the top players can choose their own partners, and we already have a couple of power duos.
World No. 1 Jason Day and the ever-popular Rickie Fowler will be teaming up at the event. So will Ryder Cup stalwarts Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose.
“The addition of a team format adds a new, incredibly exciting element to the event,” Rose said. “Henrik and I are very excited to tee it up together in April, and hopefully we can continue our longstanding chemistry and success in team formats.”
Fowler also displayed some enthusiasm by tweeting to his partner. It’s hard to blame him for being pumped given Day’s prodigious talent.
— Rickie Fowler (@RickieFowler) November 14, 2016
Will any other superstar teams emerge in the next little while? How about Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka? Or a Jim Furyk and Phil Mickelson pairing? Or a Bubba Watson and Zach Johnson duo? The possibilities are endless, which makes the Zurich Classic great fodder for conversation.