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Golf Glance: PGA Tour's lone team event hits New Orleans

Field Level Media
21 Apr 2021, 06:40 GMT+10

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PGA TOUR

LAST TOURNAMENT: RBC Heritage (Stewart Cink)

THIS WEEK: Zurich Classic of New Orleans, April 22-25

Course: TPC Louisiana (Par 72, 7,425 yards)

Purse: $7.4 million (Winner: $1.069M to each member of winning team)

Defending Champions: Jon Rahm, Ryan Palmer (2019)

FedEx Cup leader: Bryson DeChambeau

HOW TO WATCH

TV: Thursday-Friday, 3:30-6:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-3 p.m. (GC), 3-6 p.m. (CBS)

PGA Tour Live: Thursday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Featured Groups); Friday, 9:15 a.m.-6 p.m. (Featured Groups); Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Featured Groups), 3-6 p.m. (Featured Holes); Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (Featured Groups), 3-6 p.m. (Featured Holes)

NOTES: The two-player team event returns after being canceled in 2019 due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is the only team event on the FedEx Cup schedule. ... Teams will play Four-ball (best ball) during the first and third rounds and Foursomes (alternate shot) during the second and fourth rounds. A sudden-death playoff would begin with Foursomes for the first extra hole and alternate formats until a winner is determined. ... The event features 80 teams and 160 players. The low 33 teams and ties will make the cut. ... FedEx Cup points and official money will be awarded to teams making the cut based on combining every two positions from the distribution table for a standard PGA Tour event, with each team member receiving an equal share. The winning team will evenly split first and second place FedEx Cup points (500 for first, 300 for second for 800 total points, or 400 for each player). Official money will be distributed in the same manner. ... 60 is the low 18-hole score in the team format (all in Four-ball), a record shared by five teams since the team format was adopted in 2017.

BEST BETS: Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay (700) will team together for the first time. They also comprise the only team that includes a pair of top 10 players in the world rankings. ... Rahm is the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 3. He and partner Ryan Palmer are also being offered at 700 as they defend the title they won by a record three shots two years ago. ... Australians Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith (1200) team up for the first time. Smith won the inaugural team event in 2017 with Jonas Blixt. Leishman and Smith are the only team in the field with both players coming off a top-10 showing at the Masters. ... Collin Morikawa and Matthew Wolff (1400) are each making their tournament debut and are the youngest team in the field with a combined age of 46. ... Aiken, S.C., natives Scott Brown and Kevin Kisner (6000) lost in a playoff in 2017, held the 54-hole lead in 2018 and finished T5 in 2019.

NEXT WEEK: Valspar Championship, April 29-May 2

LPGA Tour

LAST TOURNAMENT: LOTTE Championship (Lydia Ko)

THIS WEEK: HUGEL-AIR Premia LA Open, April 21-24

Course: Wilshire Country Club, Los Angeles (Par 71, 6,447 yards)

Purse: $1.5 million (Winner: $225,000)

Defending Champion: Minjee Lee

Race to the CME Globe leader: Nelly Korda

HOW TO WATCH

TV: Wednesday, 6-9 p.m. ET; Thursday-Friday, 6:30-9 p.m.; Friday, 6-9 p.m. (All times Golf Channel).

Livestream: Wednesday-Saturday, 6-9 p.m. ET (NBC Sports App and golfchannel.com)

NOTES: Lee set the tournament scoring record of 14-under 270 in winning by four shots in 2019. The event was canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. ... All six winners on Tour this year are in the field. ... Ko took over as the official money leader in 2021 with $791,944. ... Inbee Park is the scoring average leader at 68.250. ... Korda leads the Team USA Solheim Cup standings with 372.50 points, followed by Danielle Kang (360.50) and Lexi Thompson (200.50).

NEXT EVENT: HSBC Women's World Championship, Singapore, April 29-May 2

Champions Tour

LAST TOURNAMENT: Chubb Classic (Steve Stricker)

THIS WEEK: OFF.

NEXT TOURNAMENT: Insperity Invitational, The Woodlands, Texas, April 30-May 2

--Field Level Media

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