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.
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.
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.
ZURRICH CLASSIC TV SCHEDULE, TIMES, CHANNEL
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