Zurich Classic of New Orleans: Course and current form stats

TPC Louisiana made its PGA Tour debut in 2005
For the sixth time in tournament history, the Zurich Classic will be a two-man team event.

The popular two-man team event returns for another instalment. Words and stats supplied by Andy Swales ...

  • 'Better-Ball' and 'Alternate Shot' formats this week

  • Cantlay and Schauffele defend in the Deep South

  • In-form Kitayama and rookie Montgomery to shine


  • For the sixth time in tournament history, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans will be a two-man team event, played over the customary 72 holes of stroke play.

    Sponsored by insurance group Zurich since 2005, this will be the 17th time that the event has been staged at TPC Louisiana.

    Among the eye-catching partnerships teeing-up this week will be defending champions Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele; as well as Collin Morikawa and Max Homa; not to mention another top-30 pairing of Billy Horschel and Sam Burns; Reigning US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick has selected his 24-year-old younger brother Alex for company.

    TPC Louisiana is located in the suburb of Avondale, just a handful of miles south-west of downtown New Orleans.

    This week's gathering is the only PGA Tour event in the state of Louisiana and, once again, will feature 80 two-player teams.

    On days one and three, the teams will play better-ball*, with rounds two and four dedicated to the more difficult alternate shot** format. This has been the order of play since 2018.

    Course Characteristics

    Designed by Pete Dye and opened in 2004, TPC Louisiana made its PGA Tour debut 18 years ago, replacing English Turn as tournament host.

    However, the latter returned for one year only after Dye's creation was badly damaged - along with the surrounding area - by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.

    Laid out on low-lying delta wetlands, TPC Louisiana covers more than 250 acres and is dotted with more than 100 bunkers.

    Water comes into play on eight holes, including each of the last three and, although rough is not a major issue when compared to many PGA Tour venues, the greens are heavily undulating.

    Although nowhere near as tiny as the putting surfaces experienced by the pros at Harbour Town last week, those in New Orleans are slightly smaller than the Tour average.

    Over the past few years, Dye has returned to make a number of changes to the course. In 2019 the greens were returned to TifEagle Bermuda, having previously been MiniVerde.

    And, during the winter of 2020/21, a number of bunkers were restored to their original shape. Generally, they are now slightly smaller.

    The purpose of these changes was to improve drainage, because much of the course is laid out below sea level.

    Less than two years ago the area suffered another battering by the weather, on this occasion Hurricane Ida.

    The damage was less extensive than in 2005, although nine acres of woodland was badly affected, resulting in the loss of 700 trees. Since then, 400 new trees have been planted on the property.

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    Four To Watch

    Patrick Cantlay & Xander Schauffele: Defending champs and the two highest-ranked players in the field. Both finished inside top-four at Harbour Town on Sunday.

    Billy Horschel & Sam Burns: In the five-year history of this team event, it has usually been one of the 'marquee' pairings that have ended up winning. This is their third appearance in partnership, having finished runner-up and fourth in the other two. Horschel has won at TPC Louisiana twice, once as an individual, and with Scott Piercy five years ago. Burns won last month's match play event in Texas.

    Si Woo Kim & Tom Kim: The Korean duo seek glory in the Deep South. Although neither of these two are in sparkling form right now, sometimes it's the combination of talent and chemistry which ignites an inspired performance - as is often witnessed in the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup.

    Kurt Kitayama & Taylor Montgomery: Both enjoying breakthrough seasons on the PGA Tour. While world No 20 Kitayama secured a maiden title at Bay Hill during March, No 61 Montgomery is ranked 27th in the current FedEx Cup standings.

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    This week's pairings (as of April 16):


    Patrick Cantlay - Xander Schauffele
    Collin Morikawa - Max Homa
    Billy Horschel - Sam Burns
    Matt Fitzpatrick - Alex Fitzpatrick
    Si Woo Kim - Tom Kim
    Sahith Theegala - Justin Suh
    Zach Johnson - Steve Stricker
    Luke Donald - Edoardo Molinari
    Tom Hoge - Harris English
    Nick Taylor - Adam Hadwin
    Joel Dahmen - Denny McCarthy
    Ben Taylor - Callum Tarren
    Kurt Kitayama - Taylor Montgomery
    Sungjae Im - Keith Mitchell
    Andrew Landry - Austin Cook
    Taylor Moore - Matthew NeSmith
    Jj> Spaun - Hayden Buckley
    Michel Thompson - Paresh Amin
    Brendon Todd - Patton Kizzire
    Ryan Brehm - Mark Hubbard
    Tyler Duncan - Hank Lebioda
    Jim Herman - Ryan Armour
    Luke List- Henrik Norlander
    Trey Mullinax - Scott Stallings
    Robert Streb - Troy Merritt
    Erik van Rooyen - MJ Daffue
    Dylan Frittelli - Matti Schmid
    Matt Wallace - Callum Shinkwin
    Richy Werenski - Scott Brown
    Jason Dufner - Kevin Chappell
    Jimmy Walker - DA Points
    Thorbjorn Olesen - Nicolai Hojgaard
    John Daly - David Duval
    Sam Saunders - Eric Cole
    Victor Perez - Thomas Detry
    Ryan Palmer - Scott Piercy
    Davis Riley - Nick Hardy
    Taylor Pendrith - Michael Gligic
    Wyndham Clark - Beau Hossler
    Lee Hodges - Robby Shelton
    Brandon Wu - Joseph Bramlett
    Russell Knox - Brian Stuard
    Nick Watney - Charley Hoffman
    Doug Ghim - Kramer Hickok
    Kevin Tway - Kelly Kraft
    Austin Smotherman - Harry Higgs
    Ben Griffin - Ryan Gerard
    Davis Thompson - Will Gordon
    David Lingmerth - Jonas Blixt
    Michael Kim - SY Noh
    Austin Eckroat - Scott Harrington
    David Lipsky - Aaron Rai
    Sam Ryder - Doc Redman
    Greyson Sigg - Brice Garnett
    Max McGreevy - Sam Stevens
    Chesson Hadley - Ben Martin
    Matthias Schwab - Vincent Norrman
    Justin Lower - Dylan Wu
    Zac Blair - Zecheng Dou
    Byeong Hun An - SH Kim
    Tyson Alexander - Carl Yuan
    Harry Hall - Akshay Bhatia
    Harrison Endycott - Aaron Baddeley
    Austin Eckroat - Scott Harrington
    Brent Grant - Kevin Roy
    Paul Haley II - Cody Gribble
    Carson Young - Kyle Westmoreland
    Tano Goya - Trevor Werbylo
    Augusto Nunez - Fabian Gomez
    Brandon Matthews - Sean O'Hair
    Chad Ramey - Martin Trainer
    Trevor Cone - Andrew Novak
    Chad Collins - DJ Trahan
    Cameron Percy - Greg Chalmers
    Bill Haas - Jonathan Byrd
    Chris Stroud - William McGirt
    Ricky Barnes - Kyle Stanley
    Wesley Bryan - Grayson Murray
    Geoff Ogilvy - Kevin Stadler
    Sung Kang - Sangmoon Bae
    Derek Ernst - Robert Garrigus

    * Better-ball (Both golfers play their own ball, with only the best score on each hole counting);

    ** Alternate-shot (Just one player drives off the tee, after which the two golfers take alternate shots until the ball is holed.)

    Note: Became a two-man team event in 2017. Not staged in 2020 due to the pandemic.

    MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

    Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

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Last 10 Weeks / TPC Louisiana Form (2012-22)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W15 W14 W13 W12 W11 W10 W9 W8 W7 W6
Patrick Cantlay 3 14 9 19 4 3 MC
Xander Schauffele 4 10 5 19 39 33 10
Max Homa MC 43 9 6 14 2 39
Matt Fitzpatrick 1 10 31 MC MC 14 MC 29
Sam Burns 15 29 1 6 35 MC MC 6
Collin Morikawa 31 10 28 13 MC 6 MC
Sung Jae Im 7 16 17 6 21 42 56 6
Tom Kim MC 16 31 51 34 45 50
Kurt Kitayama MC MC 5 MC 1 MC 23
Sahith Theegala 5 9 31 74 14 6 39
Billy Horschel MC 52 9 MC MC 42 MC 32
Tom Hoge MC MC 59 3 MC 14 MC
Si Woo Kim MC 29 39 17 27 39 MC 23
Harris English 63 43 31 MC 2 MC 12 MC
Keith Mitchell MC 53 52 35 24 5 42
Taylor Moore 11 39 1 35 39 MC 14
Taylor Montgomery MC 22 17 44 39 MC MC
Scott Stallings 56 26 31 69 MC MC 23
Denny McCarthy 25 52 19 13 MC 14 MC
Victor Perez 31 45
Nick Taylor 41 15 31 10 MC MC 33 2
Davis Riley MC Wd 28 19 MC 8 29 MC
Adam Hadwin MC 31 MC 13 MC 66 10
JJ Spaun MC 22 9 MC MC 33 MC
Davis Thompson 63 31 68 53 MC MC
Hayden Buckley 5 10 MC MC MC MC 29
Justin Suh 73 31 45 6 24 5 40
Brendon Todd 51 53 27 39 MC MC
Ben Griffin 31 MC 31 45 35 14 21
Thomas Detry MC 64 8 MC 24 Wd 33
Wyndham Clark 29 6 5 27 34 33 10
Trey Mullinax MC MC MC MC 8 62 61
Callum Shinkwin
Thorbjorn Olesen 6 1
Joel Dahmen MC 50 61 60 MC MC 50
Brandon Wu MC 58 MC 19 14 MC 50
Luke List MC 39 MC MC MC 29 MC
Sam Ryder MC 3 19 44 MC 20 20
Ben Taylor MC MC MC 53 5 58
Matt Wallace MC 28 1 7 MC 29 MC MC
Robby Shelton 15 MC MC 39 21
Matthew NeSmith 59 MC MC 39 MC MC
Nicolai Hojgaard 28 2 32 5
Taylor Pendrith MC MC 70 69 MC 42 57
Erik van Rooyen MC MC 56 10 32 MC 50
Aaron Rai 48 28 19 53 MC 29 42
Sam Stevens MC 2 3 MC 15 MC
David Lingmerth MC 27 6 70 10
Will Gordon MC 36 54 70 42
Seong Hyeon Kim 15 45 MC 39 63 33
Lee Hodges 41 6 63 MC MC 14 18 MC
Byeong Hun An 6 45 35 Wd 21
Troy Merritt MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
Beau Hossler 31 46 MC MC MC MC 14
MJ Daffue 15 29 19 64 21
Eric Cole MC 39 MC 27 MC 2
Carl Yuan MC 63 MC MC
David Lipsky MC 36 MC 65 62 MC
Callum Tarren MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
Mark Hubbard 11 MC 29 MC 35 42 MC MC
Nick Hardy MC 28 13 MC MC MC MC MC
Tyson Alexander 26 65 MC MC 78
Dylan Frittelli Wd MC MC MC 29 MC 14
Paul Haley MC MC 35 MC 21 MC
Joseph Bramlett MC 36 MC MC 55
Tyler Duncan MC 58 3 MC 54 3 33 MC
Ben Martin 41 10 8 45 54 5
Austin Eckroat MC 5 MC MC MC
Harry Hall 28 13 MC 7 74
Ryan Palmer MC MC MC 53 MC 42
Russell Knox MC MC 58 MC MC MC MC MC
Patton Kizzire 31 64 10 65 MC MC MC
Greyson Sigg MC MC 57 MC 61 MC MC 57
Chad Ramey MC MC Wd 27 27 MC MC MC
Justin Lower 71 70 MC MC MC MC MC 50
Matti Schmid 46 MC MC 33 MC
Marty Dou Ze Cheng 15 MC 69 MC MC
Michael Kim 46 26 45 5 MC
Michael Thompson 29 39 19 MC 45 MC
Scott Piercy MC MC 29 MC 21 50 Wd
Edoardo Molinari 20 44 17
Harry Higgs 28 38 MC 7 MC
Zach Johnson 54 34 MC 68 12 32
Chesson Hadley MC 60 MC MC 44 29 MC 23
Akshay Bhatia MC 46 24 MC 2 49 MC
Ryan Gerard 56 MC 71 11 4 3
Kramer Hickok 72 MC 46 45 44 14 29 MC
Augusto Nunez 37 26 MC 15 71
Matthias Schwab MC MC 8 MC 54 60 50 MC
Cameron Percy 68 16 MC 12
Doug Ghim 54 MC 16 27 MC 62 MC
Kevin Tway MC MC 38 MC MC 63 40 32
Andrew Novak 9 46 27 MC 44 29
Harrison Endycott MC 58 65 MC 26
Max McGreevy 63 MC 50 MC MC 33 MC MC MC
Ryan Armour MC 45 MC 61 63
Aaron Baddeley 46 72 34 MC
Brent Grant MC 8 MC 40 Wd
Charley Hoffman 22 MC MC MC MC 14
Trevor Werbylo 56 64 27 40 49
Dylan Wu 39 16 58 35 48 10
Austin Smotherman 67 MC 36 35 MC MC
Brice Garnett 60 8 MC 48 55
Vincent Norrman MC 16 MC 21 63
Brandon Matthews Wd 35 MC 40 55
Robert Streb MC MC MC MC MC MC
Austin Cook MC 13 MC MC MC
Doc Redman MC MC 16 MC MC MC MC
Henrik Norlander 60 22 45 15 MC
Ryan Brehm MC MC 65 MC MC 14 MC MC
Michael Gligic 71 Wd 68 MC MC MC
Jimmy Walker 25 22 MC 49 MC
Kevin Roy MC MC 50 MC 33 29
Carson Young 19 MC 38 MC 3 29
Sean O`Hair 29 19 61 MC
Brian Stuard MC MC MC MC MC
Tano Goya 46 35 MC 11 55
Hank Lebioda MC 64 58 21 MC
Luke Donald 67 46 MC 39 MC 40
Cody Gribble 50 7 7 79 MC
Zac Blair MC 10 49
Trevor Cone MC MC 65 70 74
Kelly Kraft MC MC 16 MC MC 55 MC 63
Chris Stroud 38 15 MC
Martin Trainer 22 MC 64 MC
Nick Watney MC MC 57 MC MC
Sam Saunders 5 10 MC MC
William McGirt MC 57 29
Kevin Chappell 39 16 15 29
Fabian Gomez 60 MC MC MC MC MC
Richy Werenski MC MC MC 27 21 MC MC
Seung-Yul Noh 38 29 MC Wd
Kyle Westmoreland MC 50 MC 39 MC
Scott Harrington MC 46 MC 29 26
Jim Herman 67 MC MC 44 14 66
Bill Haas 24 11 71
Andrew Landry MC MC 45 40 MC MC
Jonathan Byrd 16 MC 48 MC
Grayson Murray 52 MC 15 MC
Jason Dufner MC 60 58 36 44 74 32
Sung Kang 38 69 MC MC
Alex Fitzpatrick 9 MC 25
Scott Brown 30 64 33 MC
Jonas Blixt MC 64 MC 7
Wesley Bryan MC MC MC 6 MC
Kyle Stanley 71 MC 54 60 MC
Ricky Barnes MC 7 33 MC
Sangmoon Bae 56 72 MC 8 36
Greg Chalmers 56 33 MC
Geoff Ogilvy MC 11 80
Robert Garrigus MC MC
Derek Ernst MC 21
DA Points 38 MC
DJ Trahan MC 44
Steve Stricker
Kevin Stadler MC 54
Chad Collins MC
David Duval
John Daly
Paresh Amin
Derek Lamely MC 21
George McNeill 62 61
Ted Potter MC 59
Richard S Johnson MC 64
Tommy Gainey MC MC MC
Bo Van Pelt MC MC
David Hearn MC MC
JJ Henry MC MC MC
Brian Davis MC MC
Matt Every MC MC
Player `22 `21 `19 `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13 `12
Patrick Cantlay 1 11 MC 7 14
Xander Schauffele 1 11 11
Max Homa 21 17 MC 65 48
Matt Fitzpatrick
Sam Burns 2 4 MC MC
Collin Morikawa 29 MC
Sung Jae Im 14 MC 37
Tom Kim
Kurt Kitayama 38
Sahith Theegala MC
Billy Horschel 2 4 13 1 MC 36 48 MC 1 MC
Tom Hoge MC MC 34 10 24 MC MC
Si Woo Kim MC MC 64
Harris English MC MC 32 MC 6 MC
Keith Mitchell MC 4 MC
Taylor Moore 4
Taylor Montgomery
Scott Stallings MC 11 13 MC MC 11 22 MC MC MC
Denny McCarthy MC 37 25
Victor Perez
Nick Taylor MC 9 MC 36 48
Davis Riley 4
Adam Hadwin MC 13 36 MC
JJ Spaun MC 22 MC MC
Davis Thompson
Hayden Buckley MC
Justin Suh 11
Brendon Todd 21 27 MC MC MC
Ben Griffin
Thomas Detry
Wyndham Clark 10 17 MC
Trey Mullinax MC 13 31 MC
Callum Shinkwin
Thorbjorn Olesen MC MC
Joel Dahmen 29 MC 18 25
Brandon Wu 21
Luke List MC MC 31
Sam Ryder 3 17 MC
Ben Taylor MC 48
Matt Wallace 18 23
Robby Shelton MC
Matthew NeSmith 4 MC
Nicolai Hojgaard
Taylor Pendrith
Erik van Rooyen 17
Aaron Rai 4
Sam Stevens
David Lingmerth MC MC 14 MC MC MC
Will Gordon MC
Seong Hyeon Kim
Lee Hodges MC
Byeong Hun An 14 MC MC MC 2
Troy Merritt MC MC 22 10 24 72 MC 48
Beau Hossler MC MC
MJ Daffue
Eric Cole
Carl Yuan
David Lipsky 4
Callum Tarren 34
Mark Hubbard 14 MC MC* 72 56
Nick Hardy 21
Tyson Alexander
Dylan Frittelli MC MC
Paul Haley MC
Joseph Bramlett MC MC
Tyler Duncan 14 11 MC 7
Ben Martin MC MC MC* 64 15
Austin Eckroat
Harry Hall
Ryan Palmer 18 7 1 MC 4 MC 32 4
Russell Knox 21 MC 22 7 MC 43 MC 30
Patton Kizzire MC MC 5 8
Greyson Sigg MC
Chad Ramey MC
Justin Lower 10
Matti Schmid
Marty Dou Ze Cheng MC
Michael Kim MC 28 MC 15 36 48
Michael Thompson MC 14 MC 48 67 MC
Scott Piercy 21 MC 13 1 MC MC 13
Edoardo Molinari
Harry Higgs MC MC
Zach Johnson 15
Chesson Hadley MC MC MC 4 20 8
Akshay Bhatia MC
Ryan Gerard
Kramer Hickok MC
Augusto Nunez
Matthias Schwab 32
Cameron Percy MC 33 10 11 48 MC MC
Doug Ghim 32 11
Kevin Tway MC MC 13 MC 3 48
Andrew Novak MC
Harrison Endycott
Max McGreevy MC
Ryan Armour 36 MC
Aaron Baddeley MC MC 58 MC MC
Brent Grant
Charley Hoffman MC 11 9 31 5 11 5 MC MC*
Trevor Werbylo
Dylan Wu 10
Austin Smotherman MC
Brice Garnett MC 11 MC 4 MC MC MC*
Vincent Norrman
Brandon Matthews
Robert Streb MC MC 22 24 36 MC 2 MC
Austin Cook MC MC 22
Doc Redman 3 17
Henrik Norlander MC 21 31 15
Ryan Brehm 14 MC
Michael Gligic 36 29
Jimmy Walker 25 8 18
Kevin Roy
Carson Young
Sean O`Hair 21 25 MC 12 52 47
Brian Stuard 21 MC 22 28 11 1 65 MC
Tano Goya
Hank Lebioda 18 MC 5
Luke Donald MC MC 3
Cody Gribble 37 34 MC
Zac Blair MC MC MC
Trevor Cone
Kelly Kraft MC MC 13 MC 3 MC
Chris Stroud 22 28 11 20 22 MC MC 24
Martin Trainer MC MC
Nick Watney MC 11 9 31 5 MC MC* 15 MC
Sam Saunders MC MC MC MC
William McGirt MC MC MC MC 30
Kevin Chappell 29 MC MC 34
Fabian Gomez MC MC MC 59 62 32
Richy Werenski MC 3 MC 25 MC*
Seung-Yul Noh MC MC 20 Wd 1 MC 66
Kyle Westmoreland
Scott Harrington MC
Jim Herman MC MC 4 MC MC
Bill Haas 36 MC 30
Andrew Landry MC 22 MC MC
Jonathan Byrd MC MC MC 15 62 MC MC
Grayson Murray 25 11
Jason Dufner MC MC MC 2 5 42 1
Sung Kang MC MC MC 36 MC 72 MC
Alex Fitzpatrick
Scott Brown 35 MC 5 15 2 36 42 MC
Jonas Blixt MC MC 1 72 MC 70 13
Wesley Bryan MC MC 29
Kyle Stanley 38 23 MC 29 MC 52 3
Ricky Barnes MC MC 22 MC MC 52 42 MC
Sangmoon Bae MC MC MC 34
Greg Chalmers 33 10 MC 34 65 30
Geoff Ogilvy 32 64 MC* 45
Robert Garrigus MC MC MC MC 72 Wd 5
Derek Ernst 36 MC 34 47
DA Points MC MC MC 12 52 2 MC
DJ Trahan MC MC MC MC MC
Steve Stricker MC 14 58 MC 6
Kevin Stadler MC MC 8
Chad Collins MC 15 43 45 MC
David Duval MC MC 25 66
John Daly MC MC
Paresh Amin
Derek Lamely MC
George McNeill MC Dq 12 MC 47 24
Ted Potter MC MC MC
Richard S Johnson
Tommy Gainey MC 48 8 32 MC*
Bo Van Pelt MC MC MC 25
David Hearn 32 5 10 22 20 6 34 21 24
JJ Henry 34 10 24 64 MC 70 62 52
Brian Davis Wd 36 MC 32 39
Matt Every MC 3 MC MC MC Wd 32 MC

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