The Zurich Classic of New Orleans will reportedly change in a big way for 2017.
The PGA Tour event change from a traditional 72-hole individual tournament to a two-man event, according to the Golf Channel’s George Savaricas.
SportsNOLA.com has learned an official announcement is expected next week.
The reported changes make the the tournament attractive to despite the shift from the typical format:
The event will feature 80 teams of two. Both members of the winning team will receive the two-year Tour exemption that typically accompanies a victory in an official event, and each winning player will receive 400 FedEx Cup points. A regular tournament offers 500 points to the winner and 300 to the runner-up.
The only two-person team event sanctioned by the PGA Tour is the Franklin Templeton Shootout in which teams play 54 holes with a different format each day (scramble, alternate shot and best ball).
A source with knowledge of the situation tells SportsNOLA.com that the event figures to attract a higher quality field with the preparation aspect for Ryder Cup and President’s Cup events serving as a springboard. The European Tour already has a two-man team event in place.
The TPC Louisiana is expected to remain the host site of the tournament, but many locals are eyeing the opening of the new City Park championship golf course as a potential future site for a major golf event.