The PGA Tour returns to New Orleans this week for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. This year however, the tournament has added a twist.
For the first time in the history of the event, the Zurich Classic is now a 72 hole team event. Here is how the new format will work:
The 72 hole stroke play event will consist of 80 teams competing in two rounds of alternate shot and two rounds of best-ball. Following the conclusion of the second round, the top 35 teams and ties will make the cut.
While the tournament won’t count towards Official World Golf Ranking points and the winners won’t receive a Masters invitation, there is still plenty to play for. The Zurich Classic will continue to award FedExCup points and official money, and will count as an official victory for the members of the winning team. As a result, both players will recieve a two-year winner’s exemption as well as invites to The PLAYERS, Tournament of Champions, the PGA Championship, and all the Invitational fields.
The Zurich Classic of New Orleans will take place this Thursday through Sunday at TPC Louisiana.