The Zurich Classic of New Orleans is a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour, played in Avondale, Louisiana. Beginning 84 years ago in 1938 and held annually since 1958, it is commonly played in early to mid-spring. Zurich Insurance Group is the main sponsor, and it is organized by the Fore!Kids Foundation.
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Matt Cooper has three selections with the Betfair Sportsbook paying seven places and, as Steve has already reiterated, here is Matt’s second pick for the week.
Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele shot a tournament-record 13-under-par 59 in the first round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to take a one-shot lead in the team event.
Cantlay drained a 27-foot eagle putt at the par-five second hole to get the pair’s round rolling and they finished with 11 birdies, including on each of the final three holes at TPC Louisiana.
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Zurich has been a team event since 2017 (no tournament in 2020) and past results reveal a mix of favorites and longshots in the top-10. Cam Smith has won twice with two different partners, including in the playoffs with Mark Leishman last year. Billy Horschel won with Scott Piercy in 2018 and competed with former LSU star Sam Burns last year.
There are 80 teams of two for a total of 160 golfers participating, with all teams playing 36 holes on Thursdays and Fridays before the best 33 teams and ties are cut. They will play the weekend with the same format as T33 and better.
On Thursdays and Saturdays, teams will play a best-ball format, sometimes referred to as a four-ball. Each golfer will play his ball from the tee into the hole, but only the best score between two players on the team will count.
And as far as winner goodies, it’s pretty close a regular Tour event. Both members of the winning team receive a Tour exemption through the end of the 2023-2024 season, a spot in the May’s PGA Championship.
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