This article is part of our PGA Tour Stats Review series.
Well, if you think golf is a crapshoot usually, welcome to the ULTIMATE crapshoot week: the revamped Zurich Classic of New Orleans, a new team format where the top-80 players who chose to compete got to pick their partner. It's added a ton of spice to the event but also made a bit of a scramble for fantasy players. Here's our stats preview.
Step No. 1: See If Your League Includes New Orleans
The latest PGA Tour iOS app update wasn't to fix a bug or incorporate more stats and biographical information into its interface. Rather, it was for a much simpler purpose: the app wasn't built for a team event and needed some code updates to handle the unique leaderboard for this week.
Let that be motivation for you to check your league and see if this event is even included and, if so, what format it's using. Some leagues are skipping this week while others, like my one-and-done league, for example, includes Zurich but has a system where you only need to select one player. Clearly then, pick the lower ranked player (i.e. Chase Koepka in the Brooks Koepka-Chase Koepka team), so you can use the higher ranked player another week or re-use a player that you've already chosen for a previous event. So take five minutes and check your rules and regulations for this week.
Step No. 2: Understand the Format
The format is as follows: Thursday and Saturday will be alternate shot, Friday and Sunday will