Day/Fowler, Rose/Stenson to team at Zurich


World No. 1 Jason Day will pair up with Rickie Fowler when the Zurich Classic of New Orleans switches to a two-man team format in April, while former champ Justin Rose will team up with fellow Olympic medalist Henrik Stenson.

News of the format change broke last week, as the tournament will now feature 80 teams of two. The first 36 holes will include one round of foursomes and one round of fourballs, with the top 35 teams making the cut.

The top 80 qualified players will be allowed to choose their own partner, a rule that will allow friends Day and Fowler to team up. Both are Zurich ambassadors and regular tournament participants, as Day finished T-5 this year while Fowler finished T-20 in his sixth straight appearance.

Rose won at TPC Louisiana in 2015, and will make his 11th career appearance in New Orleans next year. But Stenson is an example of the type of marquee player the tournament hoped to attract with its format change, as the Swede will make his first appearance alongside the only man that beat him in Rio this summer.

Both members of the winning team will receive a two-year PGA Tour exemption as well as spots in the PGA Championship and Tournament of Champions, but they will not receive invitations to the Masters for the team victory.

The Zurich Classic will be played April 27-30, 2017.