Saturday, April 22, 2017

PGA Golf Playing Field for the 2017 Zurich Classic of New Orleans

The 2017 Zurich Classic of New Orleans golf tournament on the PGA Tour is taking place this week from April 27-30, 2017, at the TPC of Louisiana golf course located in the New Orleans neighborhood of Avondale, Louisiana. Here is a list of the playing field of top PGA golfers for the 2017 Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Before we get to the playing field, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans has switched to a team event in 2017. There are 80 teams of two-players each. The top 80 players in the golf rankings who agree to play will be able to each choose a partner who is a PGA Tour member or a player who gets a sponsor exemption. The cut line will be for the top 35 teams plus ties.

The format will be Foursomes (two-teams) playing alternate shot in the first and third rounds and best ball during the second and fourth rounds. Teams are not trying to knock each other off but to get the lowest possible score in stroke play to make the cut.

Each player on the winning team is considered a winner of a PGA event and will get a two-year PGA exemption plus eligibility into invitational events like the Players Championship and also into the PGA Championship golf major. FedEx Cup points and the prize money will be split evenly between the two players on each team combining every two positions.

PGA Golf Playing Field for the 2017 Zurich Classic of New Orleans

These are the ten top teams in the field based upon overall golf rankings of the highest team member. You have some real power teams in this tournament and it's going to be very interesting to see how the real power teams fare this week.

  • Jason Day and Rickie Fowler

  • Hideki Matsuyama and Hideto Tanihara 

  • Jordan Spieth and Ryan Moore

  • Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose

  • Justin Thomas and Bud Cauley

  • Patrick Reed and Patrick Cantlay

  • Tyrrell Hatton and Jamie Donaldson

  • Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen

  • Bubba Watson and J.B. Holmes

  • Brooks Koepka and Chase Koepka

If one of the top 10 teams listed above does not win the 2017  Zurich Classic of New Orleans what will that say about team play? In theory, the teams of Jason Day and Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose should be pretty unstoppable but will it turn out that way?

Other teams that should be really good are Jordan Spieth and Ryan Moore along with Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen. How will the Japanese duo of Matsuayma and Tanihara fare? How about the bother team of Brooks and Chase Koepka? 

The real question is how will this team format work out this week? The big problem with match-play events has always been that all the top players people want to see can get knocked out early leaving a tough weekend. Will most of the top 10 teams listed above survive the cut? One would think they will but we'll see.

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