The 2017 Zurich Classic of New Orleans will be the first official PGA Tour team event in 36 years.
To mark this historical moment, here are nine interesting nuggets related to PGA Tour team play.
61 Events In Total
The PGA Tour has held 61 previous official team events, with two pros paired together, using various formats.
The First-Ever Foursomes
The 2017 Zurich Classic of New Orleans will use a four-ball and foursomes format. It will mark the first time foursomes (alternate shot) has been used in tournament play.
Scotch Foursomes at Pinehurst
The closest the PGA Tour has previously come to using a foursomes format in an official event was at the 1934 Pinehurst Pro-Pro held at Pinehurst’s No. 2 and won by Tommy Armour and Bobby Cruickshank. That tournament played under Scotch Foursomes rules, a setup that allows each player to hit a drive on each hole and then whichever player’s ball is in the best position, the teammate hits the next shot in alternate-shot fashion until the ball is holed.
Four-Ball Is Popular
The other 60 team PGA TOUR tournaments (with two pros) have used a four-ball format with various rules, including total strokes, match-play brackets and round-robin matches (with teams earning or losing points depending on the outcome of the hole played).
Way Back in 1916
The first PGA TOUR team event was the 1916 Rockland Country Club Four-Ball held at Rockland Country Club in Sparkhill, N.Y. Willie MacFarlane and Fred Pye teamed for the win.
Not Since 1981
The last official PGA Tour team event was the 1981 Walt Disney World National Team Championship held at the Magnolia, Palm and Lake Buena Vista courses at Disney. Vance Heafner and Mike Holland won that title. The tournament became an individual stroke-play event in 1982.
The PGA Tour has contested 13 official team tournaments where a pro was paired with an amateur in official events, with the pro always earning official-win designation.
Tough Texan Teams
Two Texans, Jimmy Demaret and Ben Hogan, teamed to capture six titles—the most in TOUR history and one more than the five victories Henry Picard and Johnny Revolta combined to win.
Ben There, Done That
Ben Hogan won the most team titles in TOUR history, with eight. Hogan combined with Jimmy Demaret for six victories and also won tournaments with Vic Ghezzi and Gene Sarazen as his partners.
Name: Zurich Classic at New Orleans
Locale: New Orleands, LA
Course: TPC Louisiana
Distance: 7425 yards, par-72
Architect: Pete Dye, 2004
Winning Share: $1,116,000
FedEx Cup Points: 500
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