Zurich Classic team format tees off April 20-23

Collin Morikawa and Max Homa will be contenders at the Zurich Classic featuring team format-style play for 72 holes.

The 2023 Zurich Classic will take place at TPC Louisiana, located in the Hamlet of Avondale along the Mississippi River Delta, from Thursday April 20th through Sunday, April 23rd. Architect Pete Dye, who also designed last week’s RBC Heritage course at Harbour Town, designed the TPC Louisiana course which opened in 2004.

Often referred to by the players as the seasons most unique tournament, this exciting two-man team format features 80 teams playing two rounds of best ball and two rounds of alternate shot. There will be 400 FedEx Cup points, a two-year PGA Tour exemption and an $8.3 million purse on the line with a winner’s share of nearly $2.4 million.

Xander Schaeffle and Patrick Cantlay, ranked No. 4 in the world, are defending champions.

The 2023 Zurich Classic is not one of the PGA Tour’s seventeen (17) designated events that were established in 2023. Players who finished in the top 20 of the 2022 Player Impact Program (PIP) are required to play in the designated events they are eligible to play in. These specific players are allowed to miss only one of these events during the year.

One member of each team is initially chosen via the Tour priority rankings, and his partner must either be a PGA Tour member or earn entry through a sponsor exemption. The winning team will split the prize money and both players will be given credit for a PGA Tour victory. Last year, the dynamic duo of Cantlay and Schauffele opened with 13-under 59 and went wire-to-wire.

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This year’s 2023 Zurich Classic field includes four of the top 10 players in the world to lead another strong field:

Defending champions Patrick Cantlay, ranked No. 4 in the world, and Xander Schauffele, ranked No. 6 have entered. They join last year’s runner-up team of Billy Horschel, ranked 26th with Sam Burns, who vaulted to 10th in the world after winning the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play Championship. Collin Morikawa, ranked 11th in the world has entered to play with Max Homa, ranked seventh. 2022 U.S. Open champion and last week’s RBC Heritage winner Matt Fitzpatrick, ranked 16th in the world, will team with his brother Alex.

One week after CBS TV reported the final round of the 2023 Masters was the most-watched golf broadcast in the past five years, the network drew 4.152 million viewers last Sunday for the final round of 2023 RBC Heritage, up 13 percent from last year.


Thursday, April 20: 3:00-6:00 p.m. ET, Golf Channel

Friday, April 21: 3:00-6:00 p.m. ET, Golf Channel

Saturday, April 22: 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. ET, Golf Channel; 3:00-6:00 p.m. ET, CBS

Sunday, April 23: 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. ET, Golf Channel; 3:00-6:00 p.m. ET, CBS


Bill Sangster, a life-long golf aficionado and former Sergeant in Marines, moved to Cape Cod in 1974 where he raised his family while working as educator with the Sandwich School System for 23 years. With his Falmouth home adjacent to Paul Harney’s Golf Course, Bill spent many days learning and playing the game of golf. He was a member of White Cliffs Country Club and Sandwich Hollows Country on Cape Cod. In 2018 he continued his love for the game of golf by moving to “The Villages” in Florida. He now will admit to anyone who asks that he is addicted to the game of golf! Bill can be reached at sangsterbill33@gmail.com.

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