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The 2019 Zurich Classic kicks off this Thursday, April 25, before wrapping up Sunday, April 28 at the TPC Louisiana golf course just outside New Orleans. The only official team event on the PGA Tour, the Zurich Classic pits 80 teams of 2 competing in rounds of fourball and foursomes to claim the title. The field includes the teams of Brooks Koepka playing with younger brother Chase, defending champions Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy, and Ryder Cup standouts Sergio Garcia and Tommy Fleetwood. The tournament also sees a father/son team with hall of famer and former champion Davis Love III looking to turn back the years with son Dru.
The tournament was first held in 1938 as the Crescent City Open and was played sporadically until becoming an annual event in 1958. The tournament was a stroke play singles tournament from its founding until 2017 and played at various New Orleans courses. This period saw numerous legendary winners, including 2-time winners Byron Nelson and Tom Watson, as well as Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Bubba Watson and Justin Rose. Since the transition to a team event, past champions include the teams of Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith along with Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy.
Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy. photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images
Fans looking to watch the action in person can find daily grounds tickets for $35 or a weekly badge for $85, with fans 17 and under free with a ticketed adult. For folks who want a true taste of New Orleans with their golf, tickets to the on course Acme Oyster House range from $85-$115 depending on the day. This includes access to views of the 13, 14, and 17 holes, as well as 4 complimentary drinks and 4 food courses (oysters on the half shell, choice of appetizer, entrée and side, and dessert). For an even more exclusive option, fans can buy tickets to the Fidelity Bank Champions Club from $185-$240. The Champions Club is an air conditioned venue on the 18th fairway that features balcony seating and fine dining from area restaurants Arnaud’s, Drago’s, Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak and Jack Rose among others. Each ticket includes one signature dish from the area restaurants with unlimited beverages.
All the action is provided by the Golf Channel and CBS beginning with Golf Channel’s coverage on Thursday and Friday, 3-6pm ET. Saturday and Sunday coverage begins on the Golf Channel 1-2:45pm ET, before switching over to CBS from 3-6pm ET. Live streaming is available through PGA Tour Live with radio coverage provided by PGA Tour Radio on SiriusXM and PGATour.com .