Fitzpatrick brothers, Michael Thompson accompanied by a former career soldier… PGA Tour Zurich Classic’s Unique Team Eyes
The Zurich Classic (total prize money of $8.6 million), which is the only team match on the PGA Tour, is drawing attention with its unique team composition and unique history.
The tournament, which will be held for four days from the 21st at TPC Louisiana (par 72, 7425 yards) in Avondale, Louisiana, USA, was founded in 1938 and was held as an individual event, but since 2017 it has changed to a two-person team competition. The format of the tournament is a four-ball method for rounds 1 and 3 (each player plays with a ball, and the better performance is recorded as a team score), and rounds 2 and 4 are a foursome method (one ball is played alternately).
Team composition is done in a way that qualified players nominate companions and match them in order of performance on the PGA Tour. The companion must be a PGA Tour member or be invited by the event organizer. All players who are not members are invited players.먹튀검증
Matt Fitzpatrick (England), who won last week by defeating Jordan Spieth (USA) after overtime at the RBC Heritage, a PGA Tour special event, drew attention by competing with his younger brother Alex Fitzpatrick. Alex, a golfer who turned professional last year, currently holds a conditional seed for the DP World Tour and is only ranked 705th in the world. At the time of winning the US Amateur in 2014, he had a history of serving as caddy for his older brother Fitzpatrick, so he also drew a lot of attention when he won the US Open last year. Matt added to the fun by revealing the story of how he coolly sent a text message to his younger brother asking if he had free time on the third week of April, and when he heard that it was possible, he suggested, “Then let’s go to the Zurich Classic.”
Michael Thompson (USA), ranked 227th in the world, is attracting attention by choosing Parrish Amin, who has served in the military for 15 years, as his partner. Parrish Amin is a player who has served in the US Army and Air Force for 15 years and has been active on the Jeep Pro Tour, a minor professional tour in the eastern United States since three years ago. It is of interest to see how he will perform in his debut on the PGA Tour, as he has never made the cut on the Jeep Tour.
It is also noteworthy that John Daly (USA), a representative long hitter in the 1990s and now a symbol of eccentric golfers, paired up with David Duvall (USA).
Last year’s winner, Patrick Cantley-Zander Chopley (USA), is the strongest candidate for the championship, and Kim Si-woo and Kim Joo-hyung, who beat them at the 2022 Presidents Cup, pair up for the first time, adding to the interest. Im Seong-jae broke up with Ahn Byeong-hun, who he had been with for the past two years, and paired up with Kevin Mitchell (USA), and Ahn Byeong-hun formed a new team with Kim Seong-hyun. Bae Sang-moon, Kang Seong-hun, Noh Seung-yeol, and Michael Kim (USA) will also participate.