Get prepared for one of the most unusual occasions on the skilled golf schedule.
Established in 1938, the PGA Tour makes its annual cease in Louisiana this week for the 2021 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, held April 22-25 at TPC Louisiana in Avondale.
The Zurich Classic turned a crew occasion in 2017, with Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith as the inaugural winners of the new format. Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy received in 2018. Ryan Palmer and Jon Rahm are again to defend their 2019 title after the 2020 occasion was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here are eight groups value watching this week in Louisiana.
Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele
Cantlay and Schauffele not solely rhymes, however has been a profitable pairing on the course. The two went 2-2 at the 2019 Presidents Cup and are each ranked inside the high 10 (Schauffele No. 5, Cantlay No. 10).
US gamers Xander Schauffele (L) and Patrick Cantlay (R) bump fists throughout the third day of the Presidents Cup in Melbourne on December 14, 2019. (Photo: William West/AFP by way of Getty Images)
Cameron Champ and Tony Finau
These younger bombers are prepared to battle in the bayou. Or slightly, “send it,” as they said.
Cameron Champ of the United States and Tony Finau of the United States look on from the first tee throughout the last spherical of the QBE Shootout at Tiburon Golf Club on December 13, 2020 in Naples, Florida. (Photo: Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)
Ryan Palmer and Jon Rahm
Defending champs, what else wants to be stated? Palmer and Rahm received at 26 underneath in 2019, tied for the second-best rating in event historical past. Palmer has made the minimize in 12 of his 13 occasions this season, securing seven top-25 finishes. Rahm, a brand new father, can also be in good kind, with eight top-10 finishes in 12 occasions.
Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer maintain up the Zurich Classic championship trophy after the last spherical of the Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana. (Photo: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports)
Collin Morikawa and Matthew Wolff
If the Zurich Classic was the highschool lunch room, this pairing could be the Cool Kids Table. Both gamers turned skilled in 2019 after profitable collegiate careers and received of their rookie seasons on Tour. Expect some fireworks from these rising stars in professional golf.
Matthew Wolff shakes arms with Collin Morikawa on the 18th inexperienced after the last spherical of the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities on July 07, 2019 in Blaine, Minnesota. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Talor Gooch and Max Homa
This pairing ought to earn the honors for First Team All-Fun. The two are good pals, which can both translate to good scores on the course or some can’t-miss content material. https://twitter.com/maxhoma23/status/1087118681862098944
Rose and Stenson boast a powerful 6-2 document in the Ryder Cup. Rose received the gold medal in the 2016 Olympic Games, beating Stenson, the silver medalist. Both gamers have received 20-plus skilled occasions worldwide and every has earned a FedEx Cup title, Stenson in 2013 and Rose in 2018. But that success hasn’t translated to TPC Louisiana, where the team has missed the cut (2017) and finished T-19 (2018). Don’t be stunned in the event that they make some magic this weekend.
Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson at the 2014 Ryder Cup.
Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith
As famous earlier, the 27-year-old Smith brings some profitable expertise to this all-Australian group after his 2017 title. Following consecutive missed cuts at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and Players Championship, Leishman has reset the previous couple of weeks with a T-28 at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and T-5 at the Masters.
Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman on the fifth inexperienced throughout the third spherical of the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges on October 21, 2017 in Jeju, South Korea. (Photo: Matt Roberts/Getty Images)
Scottie Scheffler and Bubba Watson
This group might be a detailed second to the First Team All-Fun pairing of Homa and Gooch. Watson received the 2011 Zurich Classic and can present loads of course data to Scheffler, the 2020 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year who’s no stranger to the massive moments. Two of Scheffler’s three top-10 finishes this yr have been at World Golf Championship occasions.
Bubba Watson watches his drive from the 1st gap throughout the third spherical of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana. (Photo: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports)