The new two-man team format for the Zurich Classic is attracting the New Orleans-area event’s best field in years, as more top players, including Jordan Spieth and Hideki Matsuyama, have committed to the tournament.
Jordan Spieth will play in the event, teaming up with fellow Texan Ryan Palmer. Meanwhile, Hideki Matsuyama has entered the field with teammate Hideto Tanihara, who caught a lot of attention for his fourth-place finish in the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
The headliners on each team give this field seven of the top 10 players in the world. Three played in the event last year.
These two teams will be part of the 80-team field in the event, set for April 27-30 at TPC Louisana in Avondale, La. Some of the intriguing teams include Jason Day and Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson and Bubba Watson pairing with J.B. Holmes.
The 80 teams will play a 72-hole event, with the first two rounds played as alternate shot (foursomes). A 36-hole cut will be made down to the top 35 teams and ties, which will then play the final two rounds under best ball (fourballs) rules. A sudden-death playoff to settle any ties after 72 holes will be played under best-ball rules, too.