Day, Fowler together for PGA Tour’s new team event

You only need to look at the success of the Ryder Cup and the Presidents Cup to appreciate that golfers actually love ‘team’ games.

So it is hardly surprising that the US PGA Tour will introduce a new team game and they have chosen the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in 2017 to launch it.

Jason Day Jason Day (Credit: Anthony Powter)

The exciting format will feature two rounds each of foursomes and four-ball competition.

And the professionals are so keen on the idea that many have indicated they are preparing to play, including several high-profile partnerships.

Indeed world No 1 Jason Day will team up with Ricky Fowler, in what should be a favoured combination when the event hits off on April 27 at TPC Louisiana in New Orleans.

Another hot combination will be the 2015 Zurich Classic of New Orleans champion Justin Rose playing alongside Olympic gold medallist Henrik Stenson.

“I’ve loved being a part of team events throughout my amateur, collegiate and now professional career,” explained Fowler at the PGA Tour’s official launch of the event.

“As a longtime ambassador, the Zurich Classic is already a special tournament for me,” said Rose, who beat Stenson by two strokes to become the 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist in Rio de Janeiro.

“The addition of a team format adds a new, incredibly exciting element to the event.”

“Henrik and I are actually excited to be teeing it up together in April. Hopefully we can continue our longstanding chemistry and success in team formats.”

The new 72-hole stroke play format will feature Foursomes (alternate shot) during the first and third rounds and Four-Ball (best ball) during the second and fourth rounds.

The starting field will consist of 80 teams (160 players).

Each of the top available players from the PGA TOUR Priority Rankings who commits to the tournament will choose his partner, who in turn must have PGA Tour status unless he is chosen as a tournament sponsor exemption.