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Zurich Classic Announces New Team Format For 2017 Event

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 November 2016 20:38 Tuesday, 15 November 2016 20:25

Brian StuardPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida — The PGA TOUR Policy Board has approved an exciting new two-man team format for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans which will feature two rounds each of Foursome and Four-Ball competition.

The change will be in effect for the 2017 tournament, which is scheduled for April 24-30 at TPC Louisiana in New Orleans. It has drawn widespread interest among TOUR members and already has resulted in a couple of high-profile commitments. Announcing their participation today were the teams of World No. 1 Jason Day with Rickie Fowler, and 2015 Zurich Classic of New Orleans champion Justin Rose with Henrik Stenson, the Olympic gold and silver medalists, respectively.



Olympic Medalists Sign Up For New PGA Tour Event

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 November 2016 19:16 Tuesday, 15 November 2016 19:12

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida (AP) — Olympic gold and silver medalists Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson were among the first to sign up for the PGA Tour’s first team event since 1981.

The Zurich Classic outside New Orleans will feature 80 two-man teams, and both players will receive credit for an official victory, the tour said Monday.

Rose outlasted Stenson in the final round at Rio to capture the gold medal. They also have gone 4-2 as partners in the last two Ryder Cups.

“The addition of a team format adds a new, incredibly exciting element to the event,” said Rose, who has a sponsorship deal with Zurich. “Henrik and I are very excited to tee it up together in April, and hopefully we can continue our longstanding chemistry and success in team formats.”



Tour Going From Lasers To Cameras To Track Shots On Greens

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 November 2016 18:47 Tuesday, 15 November 2016 18:38

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JACKSONVILLE, Florida (Doug Ferguson/AP) — The laser machines that have been tracing shots at PGA Tour events for more than a decade were getting old and needed to be replaced. That led tour officials to ask if there was a better method to collect data.

The answer was found in sophisticated video cameras.

It started with small cameras attached to poles on the sides of three greens at PGA Tour events during a testing phase toward the end of last season. As 2016 ends this week, cameras are being used on six greens at Sea Island for the RSM Classic.

“It would be easy to buy new lasers,” said Steve Evans, the tour’s senior vice president of information systems. “But would there be another way to collect data? And could we be collecting more than we’re collecting? What about using video cameras to translate what comes through video into data?”



Memorial Tournament Presented By Nationwide Donates $1,676,500 To Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 November 2016 18:38 Tuesday, 15 November 2016 18:31

Memorial Tournament donates to Nationwide Children's HospitalDUBLIN, Ohio — Officials of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide announced that the 41st playing of the prestigious invitational, concluded June 5, 2016, raised $2,166,000 for charitable organizations in central Ohio, including a record-setting $1,676,500 for Nationwide Children’s Hospital through an alliance with the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation. Since its first playing in 1976, the Memorial has eclipsed $27 million in donations to central Ohio charities, with more than $16.5 million going to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.



OHL Mayakoba Classic Donates 100 Wheelchairs In Mexico

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 November 2016 18:31 Tuesday, 15 November 2016 18:22

OHL Classic donates wheelchairs(Doug Milne/PGA TOUR) — On any given day, those fortunate enough to be able to compete on the PGA TOUR can reel off a list of perks.

High on that list is that they get to walk the most exquisite fairways on the planet. “Walk” is the operative word and is one that transcends onto lists of perks far beyond membership to the TOUR.

Not everyone can walk. Many are confined to a wheelchair and of those, quite a substantial number are dealing with inadequate, antiquated or broken equipment.



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