Golf Talk Live - Johnny Bulla Transcript Segment 5

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 12, 2001, 5:00 pm
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PETER KESSLER
 
HERE'S A QUESTION, JOHN, I'M GOING TO READ TO YOU THAT WAS SUBMITTED TO OUR WEBSITE. YOU FINISHED SECOND IN TWO OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS ON THE OLD COURSE AT ST. ANDREWS. WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE GOLF COURSE? SEAN STEPHENS WOULD LIKE TO KNOW.
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
WELL, TRADITIONALLY IT'S A GREAT GOLF COURSE BECAUSE IT'S BEEN THERE SO LONG. THE HISTORY AND EVERYTHING BUT AS FAR AS A REAL TEST OF GOLF, THAT WE KNOW IT OVER HERE, IT COMES UP LACKING. I, I NEVER WAS TOO IMPRESSED WITH ST. ANDREWS BUT I'LL TELL YOU A STORY. THE FIRST TIME I WENT OVER THERE, IN '39, I'D LED THE OPEN AFTER THREE ROUNDS AND I WAS
 
PLAYING REAL WELL AND IT WAS CALM AND I WENT OUT AND PLAYED AND I SHOT 68 AND DIDN'T PLAY PARTICULARLY GOOD. I SAID I CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE CAN'T SHOOT THIS THING IN NOTHING. I SAID I'LL BREAK 70 EVERY TIME I PLAY IT. THE NEXT DAY THE WIND
 
WAS BLOWING AND THE RAIN WAS COMING SIDEWAYS. IF I HADN'T HAVE PICKED IT UP I WOULDN'T HAVE BROKEN 90. SO AS FAR AS THE CONDITIONS IS WHAT MAKES ST. ANDREWS. IF THERE'S NO CONDITIONS THERE, LIKE TIGER
 
CAUGHT IT, THEN IT'S NOT, IT'S A PUSSYCAT.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
WHAT DID SAM THINK ABOUT IT OTHER THAN WHEN HE FIRST SAW IT BY TRAIN HE SAID LOOK THERE'S A BROKEN DOWN OLD GOLF COURSE.
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
HE, HE THOUGHT IT WAS THE WORST THING HE'D EVER PLAYED UNTIL HE WON THE TOURNAMENT AND THEN HE KEPT HIS MOUTH SHUT.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
(LAUGHS)
 
HE DIDN'T EVEN LIKE IT THEN?
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
NO.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
ALRIGHT, NOW, IN THE LATE 30'S WHEN BING CROSBY HAD HIS TOURNAMENT FOR THE FIRST TIME 36 HOLES DOWN AT RANCHO SANTA FE BEFORE THEY MOVED UP TO MONTEREY, SAM OF COURSE WANTED TO BE PAID IN CASH. I THINK HE WAS. DO PEOPLE APPRECIATE, DO YOU
 
THINK THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF BING CROSBY AND BOB HOPE IN TERMS OF WHAT THEY'VE MEANT TO GOLF AND WHAT THEY'VE MEANT TO TOURNAMENT GOLF?
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
OH, THEY WERE THE BILLBOARDS FOR GOLF. THEY, THEY'VE NEVER BEEN RECOGNIZED AS MUCH AS THEY, THEY SHOULD HAVE BECAUSE THEY BOTH PROMOTED GOLF IN A BIG WAY. BING AND, BING AND BOB DID SO MUCH FOR THE PEOPLE GETTING THEIR CONSCIOUSNESS
 
OF GOLF BECAUSE THEY'RE ENTERTAINERS AND THEY KNEW THEM. I DON'T THINK YOU CAN GIVE THEM TOO MUCH CREDIT FOR IT.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
TEL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HOGAN AS A PUTTER IN THE 30'S BEFORE HE WON, IN THE 40'S WHEN HE WAS WINNING, AND AFTER THE ACCIDENT, SAY IN THE EARLY 50'S.
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
WELL HOGAN WAS A CONSERVATIVE PUTTER. FROM TEN FEET IN HE'S AS GOOD AS ANYBODY, BUT YOU NEVER SAW HIM MAKE MANY LONG PUTTS BECAUSE HE WAS ALWAYS CONSERVATIVE. HE'S WANTING TO GET IT AROUND THE GREENS.
 
YOU DIDN'T SEE HOGAN THREE PUTT VERY MANY BECAUSE HIS, HIS IDEA WAS TO GET IT CLOSE TO THE HOLE. IT FELL IN FINE, BUT HE WAS A GREAT PUTTER.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
DID YOU THINK IT WAS SOMEBODY WITH A GOOD SHORT GAME GENERALLY AS DISTINCT FROM BEING A GREAT PUTTER FROM TEN FEET AND IN?
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
OH SURE YOU DO. SURE YOU DO. TODAY, THE, MOST OF THE BOYS THAT STAY OUT THERE THAT WIN, THEY'RE GOOD FROM EVERY PLACE.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT JIMMY DEMARRET. HE, HE WON THE MASTERS THREE TIMES IN '40, IN '47 AND '50 AND THOSE WERE HIS THREE MAJORS. YOU KNOW WE HEAR THAT HE WAS AN INCREDIBLE HANDS PLAYER, AN INCREDIBLE SHOT MAKER. YOU TELL US.
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
WELL, JIMMY WAS ONE OF THE GREATEST ASSETS TO GOLF BECAUSE HE WAS A GREAT DRESSER, HE HAD A GREAT PERSONALITY, HE HAD GREAT WIT AND HE WAS REALLY A GREAT PLAYER. JIMMY WAS HIS OWN WORST ENEMY. HE LIKED
 
TO HAVE FUN. HE WAS ONE OF THESE FREE SPIRITED GUYS AND HE DIDN'T TAKE IT SERIOUSLY LIKE A LOT OF THE OTHERS, BUT HE HAD SHOTS THAT, THAT NOBODY PLAYED ANY BETTER THAN HE DID, AND
 
IT'S JUST TOO BAD THAT JIMMY WAS HIS OWN WORST ENEMY BECAUSE HE REALLY HAD THE TALENT. EVERYBODY, AND HE LOVED THEM, EVERYBODY LOVED HIM. I REMEMBER WHEN I WON THE L.A. OPEN, EVERYBODY WAS COMPLAINING THIS,
 
THAT I WON IT AND JIMMY SAYS ' I'M TICKLED TO DEATH HE WON IT. HE DESERVED IT'. I MEAN HE WAS THAT KIND OF A GUY.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
WHEN PEOPLE REFER TO HIM AS A HANDS PLAYER, DO YOU THINK IT'S ACCURATE?
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
NO, NO ABSOLUTELY NOT. SURE HE HAD GREAT BIG HANDS. FOREARMS LIKE POPEYE, BUT HE, AND HE MANIPULATED THE BALL GOOD BUT HE HAD GREAT BODY ACTION. HE STOOD PRETTY CLOSE TO IT, FEET FAIRLY CLOSE TOGETHER BUT HE HAD GREAT BODY ACTION INTO THE BALL.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
WHY DID HE AND HOGAN GET ALONG AS WELL AS THEY DID.
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
I'LL TELL YOU EXACTLY. JUST LIKE SNEAD AND MYSELF. WE'RE OPPOSITE. HOGAN WAS A QUIET LAID BACK SORT OF GUY. HE WAS A FREE SPIRIT. HE, YOU SEE THESE ALL THE TIMES WHERE THE OPPOSITE ATTRACT EACH OTHER. I'M, AS OPPOSITE FROM SNEAD AS YOU CAN BE BUT WE ALWAYS GOT ALONG GREAT AND HOGAN
 
AND WELL THE SAME WAY WITH, WITH JACK BURKE, AND, AND DEMARRET. JACK WAS A LAID BACK SERIOUS SORT OF A GUY AND JIMMY WAS A FREE SPIRIT AND IT MADE GREAT COMPATIBILITY.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
IS IT TRUE, HERE'S ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE, IS IT A TRUE STORY THAT YOU AND JACK BURKE WERE DRIVING ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO GO PLAY IN SOME TOURNAMENT AND YOU STOPPED FOR LUNCH AND THAT YOU WENT TO GO WASH
 
YOUR HAND SAND HE FORGOT TO WAIT FOR YOU TO COME OUT AND
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
NO
 
PETER KESSLER
 
THAT'S NOT TRUE EITHER
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
NO. NONE OF THOSE STORIES ARE TRUE.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
(LAUGHING)
 
WHY DID YOU AND SAM, WHAT, WHAT WAS THE THINGS THAT MADE YOU AND SAM SO OPPOSITE THAT HELPED YOU GET ALONG SO WELL?
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
WELL, OF COURSE I WAS A GREAT ADMIRER OF HIS GOLF. I APPRECIATED HIS SKILLS, AND SAM WAS A TRUE FRIEND AS FAR AS A FRIEND IS CONCERNED. LET ME, LET ME TELL YOU A STORY, WE WERE GOING TO PLAY IN THE CHICAGO OPEN,
 
I TELL YOU THIS IS PROOF OF WHAT FRIENDSHIP WE HAD. WE WERE GOING TO PLAY IN THE CHICAGO OPEN AND L.B. ISLY, THE PRESIDENT OF WILSON CALLED ME, SAM WAS STANDING WITH ME, HE SAYS SAM, WOULD YOU BRING S... WOULD YOU
 
BRING JOHN, WOULD YOU BRING SAM OVER, I WANT TO TALK TO HIM AND I SAT OUTSIDE HIS OFFICE WAITING FOR SAM TO COME OUT AND SAM CAME OUT AND HIS FACE WAS RED AND I KNEW HE WAS MAD. HE SAYS LET'S GET OUT OF HERE, AND I THOUGHT HE'S GOT FIRED AND HE HAD THE BEST CONTRACT IN GOLF. WE GOT IN THE CAR AND HE SAYS YOU KNOW WHAT
 
HE WANTED? HE TOLD ME THAT HE DIDN'T WANT ME TRAVELING WITH YOU ANYMORE BECAUSE YOU WERE BAD FOR GOLF, AND I SAID MR. ISLY, YOU CAN TELL ME WHAT CLUBS TO PLAY, YOU CAN TELL ME WHAT GOLF COURSES TO GO TO, BUT DON'T EVER TELL ME ABOUT MY FRIENDS
 
BECAUSE JOHN AND I ARE CLOSE AND WE'RE GOING TO STAY THAT WAY. NOW HE COULD HAVE BLOWN HIS WHOLE CONTRACT AS MUCH AS HE LOVED MONEY. I'VE, MY FRIENDSHIP MEANT MORE TO HIM, AND THAT MEANT A LOT TO ME BECAUSE HE WAS REALLY A TRULY FRIEND.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
SO NOW WHY WOULD ISLY SAY SOMETHING LIKE THAT? WAS HE UPSET BECAUSE YOU WERE THE GUY WHO PROMOTED A GOLF BALL THAT YOU COULD BUY IN A DRUGSTORE?
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
ABSOLUTELY. THEY WOULD COME OUT WITH A HOLE HIGH AND IT WASN'T WORTH A NICKEL AND WE JUST KILLED THEM IN, IN SALES, SO ISLY WAS WANTING ME TO GET OUT OF THE PICTURE. HE DIDN'T HAVE ANYTHING PERSONALLY
 
AGAINST ME, IT WAS ALL A MARKETING THING.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
AS WE LEAVE FOR JUST A MOMENT I WANT TO MAKE SURE EVERYBODY'S FAMILIAR WITH OUR WEBSITE. LOG ON TO THEGOLFCHANNEL.COM. YOU CAN CLICK ON TO THE GOLF TALK LIVE SECTION. IT'S A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN LISTEN TO THE
 
SHOW ON DEMAND, A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN SUBMIT A QUESTION FOR A GUEST WHO WILL BE ON THE SHOW AND IT'S ALSO A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN PULL UP AT YOUR LEISURE, A GOLF TALK LIVE TRANSCRIPT. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH JOHNNY BULLA.
 
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Golf Channel Ramps Up Six Weeks of Comprehensive College Golf Coverage Culminating With The NCAA Women's and Men's Golf Championships, May 18-30

By Golf Channel Public RelationsApril 24, 2018, 9:00 pm

Golf Channel to Announce NCAA Division I Women’s and Men’s Golf Championships Regional Selections on Wednesday, April 25 and Wednesday, May 2

 Golf Channel to Expand Coverage of NCAA Women’s and Men’s Regional Championships  

Driven: Oklahoma State Cowboys, a Four-Part Docu-Series Executive Produced by Rickie Fowler, Premieres on Golf Channel Monday, May 7

 More than 100 News and Tournament Hours Planned for Women’s and Men’s Championships, Back-to-Back Weeks at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.

 

ORLANDO, Fla., April 24, 2018 – With conference championships underway, golf fans will be able to follow their favorite college golf programs and alma maters as they attempt to qualify and compete in the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s and Men’s Golf Championships in May at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla., as Golf Channel expands its comprehensive on-air and digital collegiate golf coverage the next six weeks.

“Through our new long-term partnership, the NCAA and Golf Channel are successfully raising the profile of college golf by shining a spotlight on the game’s future stars and the passion these programs have in competing for national championships,” said Molly Solomon, Golf Channel executive vice president of content and executive producer. “With our expanded coverage of the regional championships and partnering with OSU alum Rickie Fowler for Driven, our viewers will be treated to the most college golf coverage in network history leading into the NCAA Golf National Championships.”

REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS SELECTION ANNOUNCEMENTS: On Wednesday, April 25 at 5:30 p.m. ET (women) and continuing Wednesday, May 2 at 5:30 p.m. ET (men), Golf Channel will announce the teams and individuals selected by the NCAA to participate in the women’s and men’s regional championships, the first step on the road to the NCAA Golf Championships. Live streaming coverage of selection shows will be available through the Golf Channel Mobile App or GolfChannel.com, and Golf Channel will aggregate social content for the shows using the hashtag #NCAAGolf. 

  • Women’s Golf Championships Regional Selections, Wednesday, April 25, 5:30 p.m. ET: Golf Central will announce (live) the 72 teams and24 individuals selected to compete in the four NCAA Women’s Regional Championships, May 7-9 (18 teams and six individuals per regional). 24 teams and 12 individuals will advance from regional sites to the national championships.
  • Men’s Golf Championships Regional Selections, Wednesday, May 2, 5:30 p.m. ET: Golf Central will announce the 81 teams and 45 individuals selected to compete in the six NCAA Men’s Regional Championships, May 14-16 (13 teams and 10 individuals at three regionals and 14 teams and five individuals at three regionals). 30 teams and six individuals will advance from regional sites to the national championships.

GOLF CHANNEL TO EXPAND REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS COVERAGE: New for 2018, Golf Channel will feature expanded coverage of the final day of the NCAA women’s and men’s regional championships, Wednesday May 9 and Wednesday, May 16, respectively. Beginning within Morning Drive, Golf Channel’s daily lifestyle news show, and continuing hourly throughout the day via live Golf Central news updates from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. ET that will be published to Golf Channel Digital and Golf Channel’s social media handles. Coverage will conclude with live news segments, featuring highlights and interviews, announcing the teams and individuals who qualified for the women’s and men’s national championships.

RICKIE FOWLER AND NBC SPORTS COLLABORATE ON FOUR-PART DOCU-SERIES DRIVEN: OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS: NBC Sports Group is teaming up with PGA TOUR superstar Rickie Fowler to give viewers a dramatic behind-the-scenes look into Fowler’s alma mater in a four-part documentary series – Driven: Oklahoma State Cowboys. Driven, executive produced by Fowler, will premiere Monday, May 7 at 10 p.m. ET and continue Monday, May 14 (10 p.m. ET) and Monday, May 21 (8 p.m. ET). The finale will air on NBC on Saturday, June 16, recapping their season that culminates with a run at a potential 11th national championship, taking place on their home turf.

NCAA GOLF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS COVERAGE: Contested in back-to-back weeks, May 18-30 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla., Golf Channel will dedicate its full suite of production resources to the NCAA Women’s and Men’s Golf Championships, featuring nearly 30 combined hours of live tournament coverage. In addition, Golf Central will feature nearly 30 hours of combined pre-and post-event live news coverage produced on location, as well as daily news updates on Morning Drive and Golf Channel Digital.                                             

Golf Channel NCAA Women’s Golf Championships Coverage

Monday, May   21       

Individual National   Championship  

4-8 p.m. ET (Live)

Tuesday, May   22          

Quarterfinals, Team   Match Play  

11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. ET   (Live)

Tuesday, May   22                 

Semifinals, Team Match   Play 

4-8 p.m. ET (Live)

Wednesday, May   23            

Team National   Championship  

4-8 p.m. ET (Live)

 

Golf Channel NCAA Men’s Golf Championships Coverage

Monday, May   28      

Individual National   Championship  

4-8 p.m. ET (Live)

Tuesday, May   29          

Quarterfinals, Team   Match Play  

11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. ET   (Live)

Tuesday, May   29                 

Semifinals, Team Match   Play 

4-8 p.m. ET (Live)

Wednesday, May   30            

Team National   Championship  

4-8 p.m. ET (Live)

 

COLLEGE CENTRAL – GOLF CHANNEL DIGITAL COVERAGE: Golf Channel is providing comprehensive coverage leading up to and during the NCAA Women’s and Men’s Golf Championships as part of College Central,Golf Channel Digital’s home for college golf. Led by Jay Coffin, Ryan Lavner and Steve Burkowski, College Central will be the source for all things college golf, including tournament results and scores, features and columns, video highlights and breaking news.

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS NEWS COVERAGE: Golf Channel will cover the conference championships with scores and analysis across its on-air news platforms - Morning Drive and Golf Central – and online within College Central.

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With help from partner, Burns could secure Tour status

By Ryan LavnerApril 24, 2018, 8:33 pm

AVONDALE, La. – This week Sam Burns has yet another chance to secure special temporary membership for the rest of the PGA Tour season, but his partner may determine whether he’s ultimately successful.

In an interesting twist, Burns is burning one of his seven available sponsor exemptions this week at the Zurich Classic. He is 80 non-member points shy of securing special temporary membership, which would allow him to receive unlimited sponsor exemptions for the rest of the season.

Burns needs at least a two-way tie for fourth to earn the necessary points, but it won’t all depend on how he plays this week. The Zurich is a two-man game, with two rounds apiece of fourballs and alternate shot.

Burns' partner this week is William McGirt. Their games couldn’t be more different – Burns ranks eighth on Tour in driving distance, at 309 yards per pop, while McGirt is 143rd (290) – but they hope to compliment each other over four days at TPC Louisiana.


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“I got a good pair of spurs sharpened up last week while I was in San Antonio,” joked McGirt, who is looking for his first top-10 since the fall. “I told him I was going to ride him hard this week. It’ll be fun.”

Burns will have at least two (and maybe three) more opportunities to earn status, with starts lined up next week at the Wells Fargo Championship and also at the Memorial. He doesn’t face quite as much pressure because he won earlier this month on the Web.com Tour and currently sits fourth on the money list, essentially locking up his PGA Tour card for next season.

“It’s obviously nice to have that win,” he said, “but at the same time you have to be careful and make sure you play enough out there to where you’re secure for sure. You don’t want to get at the end of the year and then have two or three events left and you have to make a certain amount of money to get your card.

“So I’m just going step by step, tournament by tournament, and trying to figure out what’s the best route.”   

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Spieth-Palmer draw Rahm-Bryan early at Zurich

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 24, 2018, 7:49 pm

AVONDALE, La. – The PGA Tour’s only team event gets underway Thursday at the Zurich Classic. Here are some featured groups to watch at TPC Louisiana.

Justin Thomas-Bud Cauley/Daniel Berger-Gary Woodland: 8:39 a.m. ET Thursday off 10 tee, 2:08 p.m. Friday off 1: 

The Bama boys, Thomas and Cauley, team up for the second consecutive year, after tying for fifth a year ago on the strength of a final-round 61. Berger teamed with Thomas Pieters a year ago but missed the cut, so he’ll try his luck with Woodland, who also shares a management team at Excel Sports.

Jordan Spieth-Ryan Palmer/Jon Rahm-Wesley Bryan: 8:52 a.m. Thursday off 10, 2:19 p.m. Friday off 1: 

Spieth and Palmer finished fourth a year ago, five shots back of the leaders. Spieth is making his first start since his epic Sunday run at the Masters. Rahm and Bryan have opposite strengths – Rahm is one of the game’s preeminent drivers, while Bryan, statistically, is one of the worst – but the Spaniard is coming off a European Tour victory at home. Another wrinkle here: Even though no world-ranking points are on offer this week, Rahm is set to supplant Spieth as the third-ranked player in the world.

Jason Day-Ryan Ruffels/Brooks Koepka-Marc Turnesa: 1:31 p.m. Thursday off 1, 9:42 a.m. Friday off 10: 

Two stars with questionable sidekicks. Ruffels is an up-and-coming Australian who has been playing primarily in Latin America. (He also shares a manager with Day.) Turnesa, meanwhile, got the call late last week from Koepka, who is finally ready to return from a 15-week layoff because of a wrist injury. They both play out of Medalist in South Florida, but Turnesa, 40, has turned his attention to real estate instead of professional golf.

Patrick Reed-Patrick Cantlay/Jonas Blixt-Cameron Smith: 1:44 p.m. Thursday off 1, 9:53 a.m. Friday off 10: 

Reed makes his first start as Masters champion after taking off the past two weeks. This duo tied for 14th last year, undone by a Saturday 75 in foursomes play. Blixt and Smith are the defending champions, after shooting 27 under par last year and holding off Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown in a playoff. Blixt doesn’t have a top-10 on Tour since then, while Smith tied for fifth at the Match Play and the Masters.

Justin Rose-Henrik Stenson/Bubba Watson-Matt Kuchar: 1:57 p.m. Thursday off 1, 10:04 a.m. Friday off 10:

Rose and Stenson, who have proved to be a formidable pairing in the Ryder Cup, were a stunning missed cut last year, after shooting 6 under par for two rounds. Watson teamed up with J.B. Holmes to finish fifth last year, while Kuchar is making his first start in this event since 2009.

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Zurich Classic: Tee times, TV schedule, stats

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 24, 2018, 7:09 pm

The PGA Tour tries team competition for the second year in a row at the Zurich Classic. Here are the key stats and information for play at TPC LouisianaClick here for full-field tee times.

How to watch:

Thursday, Rd. 1: Golf Channel, 2:30-6:30PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

Friday, Rd. 2: Golf Channel, 2:30-6:30PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

Saturday, Rd. 3: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream; CBS, 3-6 p.m.

Sunday, Rd. 4: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream; CBS, 3-6 p.m.


Purse: $7,200,000 ($1,036,800 to each winner)

Course: TPC Louisiana (par 72; 7,425 yards)

Defending champions: Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt (-27) in a playoff over Scott Brown and Kevin Kisner


News and notes

• All four reigning major champions - Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Patrick Reed - are in the field this week. This is the first time all four reigning major winners have played this event since 1984 (Ben Crenshaw, Larry Nelson, Tom Watson, Hall Sutton).

 Both members of winning team this week will earn an official PGA Tour victory, two-year Tour exemptions, and exemptions into the Players and PGA Championships.

• That said, no Official World Golf Ranking points are awarded from this event and winners will not earn exemptions into the 2019 Masters.


Notable teams in the field 

Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson

 Rose won this event in 2014, when it was individual stroke play. From 2012-16, he was a combined 60 under at TPC Louisiana in stroke play, seven shots better than any other player.

 Rose has dramatically improved his performance on the greens from last season, moving from 123rd in strokes gained-putting to 10th.

 Stenson's last three starts look like this: solo 4th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, T-6 at the Houston Open, and T-5 at the Masters.

Jon Rahm and Wesley Bryan

 Rahm is coming off a victory at the Spanish Open, his second worldwide win in 2018 and fifth since Jan. 2017.

 Rahm outdrives Bryan by an average of 30 yards off the tee, 305.1 to 276.3.

 Rahm is second on Tour in the strokes gained-off the tee, while Bryan is 210th, last among qualifying players.

Patrick Reed and Patrick Cantlay

 Reed is just the fifth reigning Masters champ to play the Zurich since 2000, joining Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson (twice), and Bubba Watson.

 Reed has gone T-2, T-7, T-9, WIN in his last four starts.

 Cantlay broke through for his maiden PGA Tour win earlier this season at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.