Zurich Classic | Round 2 Preview
NEW ORLEANS - With the magic number - 13-under (59) - Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele set the Zurich Classic of New Orleans 18-hole scoring record yesterday. The team’s bogey-free round included 11 birdies (including Nos. 16-18) and an eagle on the par-5 second hole when Cantlay made a 27-foot, 1-inch putt.
Despite the first-round (59), there’s room for caution as no 18-hole leaders/co-leaders have converted for the win at the Zurich.
Matthew NeSmith and Taylor Moore become the sixth team in tournament history to post a 12-under (60) and are a stroke back while defending champions Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith opened with a 7-under (65).
Jay Haas (making his 799th official start on the PGA Tour) and son, Bill, combine for a 7-under (65).
Tee Times are a bit later today, coming at 8:20am (local)/9:20am (ET).
Zurich Classic | Leaderboard After 18 Holes:
Patrick Cantlay/Xander Schauffele 59 (-13)
Matthew NeSmith/Taylor Moore 60 (-12)
Aaron Rai/David Lipsky 61 (-11)
Tommy Gainey/Robert Garrigus 61 (-11)
Doc Redman/Sam Ryder 61 (-11)
Zurich Classic | Tournament Facts
COURSE: TPC Louisiana, Avondale, LA
ARCHITECT: Pete Dye
YARDS/PAR: 7,425 yards/Par 72
PRIZE Money/First Place Winnings: $8,300,000
DEFENDING CHAMPIONS: Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith
PAST RESULTS: (link)
PAST CHAMPIONS: (link)
FEDEx CUP Points to Winners: 400 to each player
TV COVERAGE: Second round coverage is scheduled for coverage from 3:30pm to 6:30pm (ET) on Golf Channel. On Saturday and Sunday, coverage is set for 1:00pm to 3:00pm (ET) on Golf Channel and 3:00 to 6:00pm (ET) on CBS.
PGA TOUR LIVE STREAMING on ESPN+: Streaming coverage will be featured on ESPN-Plus today with Main Feed, Featured Hole and Featured Groups from 9:15am to 6:30pm (ET). Weekend times include Saturday streaming from 8:45am to 6:00pm (ET) while Sunday’s final round streams 10:30am to 6:00pm (ET) or to completion.
PGA TOUR RADIO COVERAGE: SiriusXM Radio will have live radio coverage of The Zurich Classic with today’s broadcast from 1:00pm to 6:30pm (ET). Saturday and Sunday coverage on Sirius XM Radio runs from 1:00 to 6:00pm (ET) or completion of event. PGA Tour Radio is available on Sirius 208/XM 92 or online via PGATourCom.
NOLA: Remember local time is Central time, one hour behind Eastern Daylight time.
Zurich Classic | The Basics:
How the Team Format Works (PGATourCom)
Four-ball (best ball) in first and third rounds, Foursomes (alternate shot) today and the fourth round. The Zurich Classic of New Orleans switched from individual stroke play to the two-man team format in 2017 and is the only official FedEx Cup team event on the Tour.
Zurich Classic Tee Times start today at 9:20am (ET) and go to 3:14pm (ET).
Weather: Partly cloudy skies turning sunny with temperatures 75-80 degrees. Humidity dropping from 81 to 52% as day progresses. Low chance of rain. Weekend weather is similar with a 20% chance of rain on Sunday.
Zurich Classic Tournament Web Site: (link)
FedEx Cup Standings: (link)
PGA Tour Brunch will post before 9:00AM (ET) on Saturday.
Next Week: Mexico Open at Vidanta
What They’re Saying:
Cantlay/Shauffele open with a (59) - (ESPN/Associated Press)
Record Set for Zurich Classic - (PGATourCom)
Food Poisoning, a Car Accident, an Ace that Doesn’t Count? (Golf Week)
How to Watch Zurich Classic (Golf Week/USA Today)
On This Day in Golf History:
April 22, 1984 - Nick Faldo won his first PGA Tour event, taking the Heritage Classic at Harbour Town in Hilton Head, South Carolina. With the win, Faldo became the first Englishman to win on American soil since Tony Jacklin in 1972. - Courtesy of Randy Walker, Author of On This Day in Golf History, available via Amazon.com and by clicking HERE
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