Image courtesy the Zurich Classic of New Orleans
The PGA Tour’s sole team event, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, begins tomorrow at the TPC Louisiana. Though the tournament dates back to the 1930s, 2019 marks only the 3rd year of the Zurich Classic as a team event. Teams of 2 compete in games of best ball and alternate shot to decide the eventual champion, with the winners guaranteed over $1 million and 400 FedEx Cup points each. Fans enjoy the unique format and the highly unpredictable tournament.
2018 Champions Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy
With his 2018 win, Billy Horschel became the only golfer to have both an individual and team title at the Zurich Classic. Playing with partner Scott Piercy, their team scored an impressive -22 on the way to the win. However, they had to do it the hard way by overturning a 3 stroke lead on the final day. Playing alternate shot, Horschel and Piercy scored a 67 with no bogeys to claim the title by 1 stroke over Jason Dufner and Pat Perez. The win was Horschel’s 5th PGA Tour win since 2013, and Piercy’s 4th since 2011. It also marks the second tournament that Piercy has won by 1 stroke over Perez.
Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy, Getty Images
Horschel and Piercy are back to defend their title against a slew of talented teams. Brooks Koepka is joined by his younger brother Chase, a regular on the European Tour, for a particularly strong team. Hall of famer Davis Love III will look to roll back the years with his son Dru in their first appearance at the team event (Love III won the Zurich Classic as a solo event in 1995). Other strong teams include the Australian duo of Adam Scott and Jason Day, both majors winners. Another team of majors winners is that of Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson and Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell. European Ryder Cup teammates Sergio Garcia and Tommy Fleetwood are competing for their first time as a team and have to be considered one of the favorites. While lacking the star power of some of the other teams, the team of Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown has proven that they are serious contenders in New Orleans. The pair lost via a playoff in 2017 and were leading the pack after 3 rounds in 2018. This could finally be the year they claim the title.
Brothers Chase and Brooks Koepka
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 the 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 .