The PGA Tour moves east to TPC Louisiana and the Zurich Classic. This week features the only team event of the season as teams of two will play alternate shot and best ball to determine the winner. The change has been met with much enthusiasm and brought in players who would have otherwise skipped the event. Full field and tee times.
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Last year, the team of Jonas Blixt and Cam Smith defeated Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown in a four-hole playoff. Kisner chipped in for eagle on the 72nd hole of regulation for a final-round 60. They forced extra holes, but the duo came up short during the Monday finish. This was the first win of Cam Smith’s career and the third for Jonas Blixt. The pair returns this year to defend their title.
The Kisner/Brown duo also gave us one of the most cringeworthy clips of the year as Dottie Pepper interviewed them during the 4th round rain delay.
While TPC Louisiana is hardly inspirational, it has wide fairways. The course has hazards galore and winds through the wooded New Orleans landscape. It lacks character but serves as a good tour venue because of its size.
Teams to Watch
Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson
No funny business with them. They’re here to wear sunglasses and win.
Patrick Reed/Patrick Cantlay
The Masters champion returns with Cantlay as his partner. It is definitely one of the more perplexing pairings, but what isn’t with Reed?
Rory Sabbatini/John Daly
Justin Thomas/Bud Cauley
It appears that Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas have forgotten they are friends. Instead, Thomas is playing with his college teammate Bud Cauley. The pair had a strong showing last year, finishing T-5.
Jon Rahm/Wesley Bryan
The Thumb and Taco Belt team up in one of the better ying-yang pairings. The two have very different styles of golf, and it will be interesting to watch them play together.
Jordan Spieth/Ryan Palmer
After getting passed by Jon Rahm in the world rankings this week, Jordan Spieth teams up with fellow Texan Ryan Palmer. I would love one of them to pair up with Sam Saunders next year. Although I’m not sure who Ryan would play with.
Jason Dufner/Pat Perez
I am willing to offer a good chunk of money to get a live mic on these two.
Jason Day/Ryan Ruffels
This is one I cannot wait to watch. Jason Day is pairing up with fellow Australian Ryan Ruffels this week. Ruffels is a member of the PGA Tour Latinoamerica this year but has a lot of game. Don’t be surprised if the pair is in contention on Sunday.
If you are looking for picks, Paulie put together a comprehensive article and identified a few teams he likes.
Investing in the Future
The Tour announced on Monday that Charles Schwab has signed a 4-year agreement to sponsor the event at Colonial Country Club starting in 2019. The event is one of few tournaments that are running without a sponsor in 2018. Colonial has held a PGA Tour event since 1946, and it had been feared that it would lose its spot next year.
Return of the Motor City
Speaking of events without sponsors, it was reported by Tony Paul of The Detroit News that the PGA Tour is close to signing a deal to bring a tournament to Donald Ross’ Detroit Golf Club in 2019. The sponsor of the event would be Quicken Loans, who pulled their sponsorship of Tiger’s tournament in Washington DC after a 4-year run. Rumors of Quicken Loans wanting the event to move to Detroit have been floating for months, and it looks like Michigan will get its first PGA Tour event since 2009.
Geoff Ogilvy Podcast Part II
Part II of the Geoff Ogilvy podcast is now online. In this episode, Geoff talks about how he got into golf course architecture, strategy, PGA Tour setups, his thoughts on TPC courses, and much more. Listen to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or on the website.
The European Tour heads to the Volvo China Open.
The Web.com Tour heads to Victoria National this week for the United Leasing Championship.
Lake Merced Golf Club in San Francisco will hold the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship this week.
The Big 12 and Pac 12 Championships will finish up on Wednesday.