Team golf format arrives at the PGA Tour Zurich Classic: video preview

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For the first time since 1981 team golf will officially be played on the PGA Tour this week and Jason Day has a great partner.

This week’s Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana has an unusual buzz about it because of the return of team golf to the PGA Tour. Not since the early 1980’s has an official team event been scheduled on the PGA Tour.

The two-man team format will be the same as played at the World Cup of Golf at Kingston Heath last year. Eighty teams will compete in the event featuring two rounds of alternate shot and two rounds of best ball formats; the top 35 teams and ties making the cut after two rounds.

Players organised their playing partners themselves and there are some exciting teams including Jason Day and Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth and Ryan Palmer, and Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace.

As well as Day, there will be five other Australians in the field. Not surprisingly Steven Bowditch will be paired with Boo Weekley, Ryan Ruffels will play with Kyle Stanley, Cameron Smith with Jonas Blixt, Matt Jones with Ricky Barnes and Geoff Ogilvy will team up with Ian Poulter.

Golfers from the winning team will be get a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour with FedEx Cup points counting towards their overall total. Each player will also get a spot in the Tournament of Champions, THE PLAYERS Championship and a spot in the field at the PGA Championship.

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