Golf Talk Live - Tom Watson Transcript Segment 4

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 29, 2001, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
ALRIGHT HERE'S A QUESTION SUBMITTED TO OUR WEBSITE FOR THE TWO OF YOU. A MAJOR MANUFACTURER IS SELLING A CLUB THAT DOESN'T CONFORM WITH THE RULES OF GOLF. IT'S TIME FOR A

MANUFACTURER AND A HIGH PROFILE PLAYER TO VOICE THEIR OPINION, JIM IN HOUSTON, TEXAS SAYS TO THE TWO OF YOU. WELCOME, AS SOON AS WE COME BACK ON CAMERA, FOUNDER, PRESIDENT, CEO OF ADAMS GOLF. BARNEY ADAMS, GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE.

BARNEY ADAMS, CHAIRMAN & CEO, ADAMS GOLF (MALE):
THANK YOU, PETER.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT'S YOUR RESPONSE TO THAT QUESTION, SIR?

BARNEY ADAMS
WELL, I DO NOT THINK IT'S GOOD FOR THE GAME TO VIOLATE THE RULES, ONCE YOU START IN THAT DIRECTION WHERE DO YOU STOP? I DON'T THINK IT'S HEALTHY. SECONDLY, I THINK IT'S, IT'S GOOD FOR

THE GOLF PUBLIC TO KNOW THAT, FOR MANY MANUFACTURERS WELL DESIGNED DRIVERS THAT ARE CONFORMING, PLAY JUST AS WELL AS DESIRED DRIVERS THAT ARE NOT CONFORMING. THERE'S SOME MYSTIQUE OUT THERE THAT SAYS THAT IF YOU GO OVER THE SPEC, YOU'VE GOT THIS MAGIC DRIVER THAT HITS THE BALL, YOU

KNOW, 400 YARDS FURTHER. IT JUST ISN'T TRUE. IT'S A VERY, VERY FINE LINE, SO IT, IT, I KNOW WE ALL LIVE ON HOPE, BUT THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS THAT I JUST DON'T THINK IT'S HEALTHY.

TOM WATSON
WELL, MY, MY RESPONSE IS WHAT, WHAT'S NEXT. I THOUGHT WE MIGHT SEE IT HERE AT THE PGA MERCHANDISE SHOW HERE THIS WEEK. A BALL MANUFACTURE COMING OUT WITH A GOLF BALL THAT

WENT 25% FARTHER, WHICH CAN BE DONE, ACCORDING TO PEOPLE IN THE GOLF BALL MANUFACTURING BUSINESS. THEY CAN MAKE A GOLF BALL THAT'S THAT HOT AND WE PLAY BY, WE PLAY BY THE RULES.

THIS IS A TOUGH ENOUGH GAME, BUT THE THING IS, WHY DO YOU PLAY BY ANY OTHER SET OF RULES BUT THAT ONE SET OF RULES. YOU CAN'T COMPARE YOURSELF TO ANYTHING ELSE. YOU CAN'T COMPARE

YOURSELF TO SOMEBODY IF YOU WERE USING AN ILLEGAL CLUB OR AN ILLEGAL GOLF BALL OR YOU KICKED THE BALL IN THE ROUGH. YOU TAKE A MULLIGAN. YOU GIVE YOURSELF A THREE FOOT PUTT. YOU WANT TO SHOOT THAT. YOU WANT TO BREAK 80, AND YOU GO OUT, AND YOU GO

OUT THERE AND YOU, YOU HIT EVERY SHOT. YOU MAKE EVERY PUTT AND YOU SHOOT A 79. BOY YOU FEEL GOOD AND THE GAME, THE GAME IS PLAYED THAT WAY, AND THERE'S NO ADVANTAGE, AND

THAT'S WHAT THE USGA AND THE R&A ARE FOR. THE DIFFICULTY I SEE RIGHT NOW IS THE, IS THE CHASM, IF YOU WILL, BETWEEN THE R&A AND THE USGA ON THIS ISSUE, ON THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE OF THE TRAMPOLINE EFFECT OF THE DRIVERS.

I WISH THEY WOULD GET TOGETHER AND BE ABLE TO, YOU KNOW, COME TO A JOINT, JOINT CONCLUSION ON WHAT IS, WHAT IS AND IS NOT THE TRAMPOLINE EFFECT OF THE DRIVER AND, AND THAT SHOULD LEAD TO OTHER, OTHER DECISIONS. THEY,

THEY, THEY, THEY SHOULD JOINTLY BE ABLE TO MAKE, AND THAT, THAT DISTURBS ME AND I'M SURE IT DISTURBS A LOT OF PEOPLE IN BOTH THE R&A AND THE USGA SEEING SOME

CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN THE TWO AND IT, IT IS... IS SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO BE CORRECTED.

PETER KESSLER
AND AS BARNEY, BARNEY AND I CAN CONFIRM TO YOU, BREAKING 80 BY SHOOTING 79, ACTUALLY THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 80 AND 79 IS TEN SHOTS, IT'S NOT ONE SHOT. IT FEELS LIKE TEN SHOTS.

TOM WATSON
(LAUGHS)

PETER KESSLER
TALK TO ME ABOUT THIS DRIVER THAT YOU'VE DESIGNED THAT HE CAN PLAY WITH BUT THAT ALSO I COULD PLAY WITH.

BARNEY ADAMS
WELL THAT'S KIND OF THE CHALLENGE, PETER. WHEN YOU DESIGN A GOLF CLUB, WHEN YOU'RE DESIGNING IT, LET'S SAY WITH A TOM WATSON IN MIND, THE PROCEDURE THAT YOU FOLLOW IS THAT YOU, FIRST, WHEN YOU TEST, YOU USE

HIS SWING SPEED AND YOU MEASURE PERFORMANCE OFF THE MIDDLE OF THE CLUB WITH HIS SWING SPEED BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE HE HITS IT, AND ONCE YOU'VE OPTIMIZED PERFORMANCE OFF THE MIDDLE OF THE CLUB WITH HIS SWING SPEED, NOW YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND

OR REMEMBER, MAYBE THAT'S A BETTER WAY OF SAYING IT, THAT THE AVERAGE GOLFER DOESN'T HIT IT HERE VERY OFTEN. THE REASON THE HEADS WERE MADE LARGER WAS TO INCREASE THE

RESISTANCE TO OFF CENTER HITS, BECAUSE THE AVERAGE GOLFER HITS THE BALL ALL OVER THE FACE, SO IF I DESIGN A GOLF CLUB THAT'S GOOD FOR TOM, ONLY IN THE MIDDLE, BUT NOT SO GOOD HERE AND

HERE, I'VE HELPED HIM, BUT I HAVEN'T HELPED MY MARKET PLACE, OR
CONVERSELY, IF YOU, SAY THEORETICALLY, IF YOU IGNORE TOM AND DO THE OPPOSITE, SO ONCE YOU'VE OPTIMIZED

TOM WATSON
AND SOME CLUBS HAVE BEEN MADE THAT WAY.

BARNEY ADAMS
OH OF COURSE

TOM WATSON
IN OTHER WORDS, THE, THE BETTER HIT IS OFF THE TOE.

BARNEY ADAMS
OH OF COURSE. YEAH. I MEAN THAT'S

TOM WATSON
THAT'S WHERE A LOT OF, MOST PLAYERS HIT IT

BARNEY ADAMS
YEAH, BUT, THERE'S, THERE'S NO QUESTION ABOUT THAT, SO, TO ME, THE ESSENCE OF DESIGN IS TO MEET HIS SPECIFICATIONS, AND AT THE SAME TIME,

THEN DESIGN IN BY THE SHAPE OF THE CLUB, OR HOWEVER YOU DO IT, BUT, WHEN, AND YOU'RE TESTING, YOU GOT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE AS GOOD AS YOU CAN POSSIBLY BE AROUND THE FACE. THEN YOU GET THE BENEFIT FOR BOTH

PLAYERS. I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANYTHING MORE FUN IN GOLF FOR AN AMATEUR GOLFER, WHEN YOU HIT ONE AND YOU KNOW YOU HAVEN'T QUITE NAILED IT, BUT WHEN IT GETS OUT IN THE FAIRWAY IT'S OUT THERE PRETTY GOOD.

I MEAN THAT'S, YOU KNOW, HE DOESN'T WORRY ABOUT THAT. HE HITS IT IN THE MIDDLE. THAT'S A BIG DEAL FOR ME.

PETER KESSLER
TELL ME WHY YOU LIKE THIS IDEA OF HAVING THE GRAPHITE SHAFT WITH THE STEEL TIP IN THE DRIVER AND THE FAIRWAY CLUBS, THE FAIRWAY WOOD CLUBS AND WHY THE STEEL WITH THE GRAPHITE TIP IS WORKING PARTICULARLY WELL IN THE IRONS, FROM YOUR POINT OF VIEW.

TOM WATSON
WELL, FIRST OF ALL, I, BARNEY CAME TO ME A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, ACTUALLY, WHEN WE WERE, WE JOINED FORCES A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, HE, HE CAME AND HE SAID, YOU KNOW, TOM, WHAT KIND OF GUY ARE YOU AND I SAID WHAT KIND OF

GUY ARE YOU AND WE JUST, WE, WE'RE ON, WE'RE BY OURSELVES AND JUST TALKING, YOU KNOW, ABOUT, YOU KNOW, WHAT'S, WHAT'S OUR PHILOSOPHY OF THE GAME AND, AND THAT'S HOW WE GOT TO KNOW EACH OTHER, AND HE JUST SAID,

WELL, TAKE A LOOK AT THIS THING I'VE GOT FOR YOU AND IT WAS A 7 IRON WITH A GRAPHITE

TIP TO IT, AND HE SAID HIT THIS THING ,SO I HIT IT AND IT, IT DIDN'T FEEL PARTICULARLY GOOD AT FIRST AND I SAID WELL WHAT'S THE, WHAT'S THE CONCEPT HERE AND HE SAID WELL, THIS IS VERY STIFF, WE'VE GOT A STEEL SHAFT, AND HE

SAID, THE CONCEPT IS, THE GOOD PLAYERS, VERY GOOD PLAYERS ALL USE STEEL IN THEIR IRONS. THEY DON'T USE GRAPHITE IN THE IRONS BECAUSE THEY HAVE A PROBLEM OF THE, OF THE CLUB BEING TOO LIGHT, TOO LIGHT AND THEY GET DIFFERENT DISTANCES, AND HE SAID

WHAT I'VE DONE HERE, THIS HAS BEEN, YOU'VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT THAT. YOU TOLD ME YOU'VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT THAT FOR 7 OR 8 YEARS OR WAS IT

BARNEY ADAMS
THAT'S RIGHT

TOM WATSON
LONGER THAN THAT?

BARNEY ADAMS
NO, IT STARTED 7 YEARS AGO. IT TOOK ME, TOOK PEOPLE SMARTER THAN ME, 5 YEARS JUST TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO KEEP FROM BREAKING.

TOM WATSON
YEAH

BARNEY ADAMS
THAT WAS THE BIG DEAL.

TOM WATSON
EXACTLY

BUT UH THE KEY HERE IS HAVE THE CONSISTENCY OF THE A STEEL SHAFT WHERE YOU, YOU KNOW THE DISTANCE. NOW WHEN I PLAY, WHEN I'M SWINGING MY BEST, I GO OUT, I HIT MY OWN BALLS, I
GO OUT AND PICK THEM UP AND I'LL HIT 7

IRONS AND I'LL HIT 3 IRONS, AND IF THERE'S NO WIND AND I'M REALLY HITTING THE BALL WELL, I WON'T HAVE 3 OR 4 YARDS DI... DISTANCE DIFFERENCE IN

THE 7 IRON IF I'M JUST HITTING JUST ONE TYPE OF SHOT AND OF COURSE I'M TRYING TO HIT CUT SHOTS AND HOOKS LIKE THAT, BUT, IF I'M JUST TRYING TO HIT TEN SHOTS JUST THE SAME, I'LL GO, I'LL GO OUT THERE, I'LL HAVE NO MORE THAN 3 OR 4

YARDS DISTANCE, DIFFERENCE, AND THAT'S WHAT WE WANT, THAT'S YOU KNOW, I'VE ALWAYS FELT THE STEEL SHAFT GIVES YOU THAT. THE GRAPHITE SHAFT DID NOT GIVE YOU THAT. THE REASON THIS IS IN HERE IS TO DAMPEN THE EFFECT OF THE, OF, OF THE MISS HIT, OR MAKE IT A LITTLE BIT A SOFTER HIT, JUST LIKE YOU

GET WITH A GRAPHITE, GRAPHITE SHAFT. MY FRIEND, TREVINO, USED GRAPHITE SHAFTS FOR A WHILE BECAUSE HIS ARMS WERE SORE AND IT MADE A DIFFERENCE FOR HIM BECAUSE THE SOFTER HIT, LESS

VIBRATION. SO YOU HAVE A COMBINATION OF CONSISTENCY OF DISTANCE WITH THE STEEL AND LESS VIBRATION, BUT JUST THAT, THAT MUCH, THAT'S ALL THAT'S NECESSARY, GIVES A LITTLE BIT LESS VIBRATION, AND THAT'S WHY, THAT'S WHY IT WORKS, IT WORKS THAT WAY.

PETER KESSLER
CAN YOU STAY A FEW MORE MINUTES?

BARNEY ADAMS
SURE

PETER KESSLER
ALRIGHT, DON'T GO AWAY. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

(BREAK)

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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.